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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 9

Big offensive explosions from the top two affiliates. The bottom two affiliates struggled to score runs.

Syndication: The Indianapolis Star
Tyler Ladendorf
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Congratulations to Iowa Cubs outfielder Michael Hermosillo, who you voted as the BCB Minor League Player of the Month for June!

You still have time to vote on the Pitcher of the Month Award.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs martyred the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 15-2. It was the first time Iowa has ever beaten the Saints in Des Moines in ten attempts.

Matt Swarmer kept the Saints from scoring for six innings, allowing just four hits. Swarmer walked two and struck out four as he collected his first win of the season.

Third baseman Tyler Ladendorf had a huge night, going 4 for 5 with his second home run of the year. The home run came with the bases empty in the second inning. Ladendorf had five total RBI on the evening.

First baseman Alfonso Rivas blasted his third home run this season in the eighth inning with a man on. Rivas went 3 for 5 and scored two times. He was also hit by a pitch.

Shortstop Andrew Romine was 4 for 6 and scored twice.

Catcher Tony Wolters went 2 for 6 with a double and four RBI. Wolters scored three times.

Center fielder Michael Hermosillo went 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. Hermosillo scored four runs and had one run batted in.

Right fielder Vance Vizcaino went 3 for 6 with two RBI.

DH Trayce Thompson was 2 for 5 and was hit by a pitch. He scored two runs.

Every batter in the I-Cubs lineup had at least one hit. They had 22 hits as a team.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies mauled the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 12-8.

The Smokies gave starter Peyton Remy a 10-0 lead after the top of the second, but he gave back half of that big lead. Remy allowed five runs on six hits in just three innings. Remy walked two and struck out one.

Alex Katz was awarded the win after allowing two runs, both unearned, on three hits over 2.2 innings. Katz struck out three and walked one.

Right fielder Darius Hill opened the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. It was Hill’s third home run this season. Hill was 3 for 5 with a walk. He scored twice.

In the second inning, DH Nelson Maldonado blew the game open with a three-run home run. It was also his third home run of 2021. Maldonado went 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

Center fielder Brennen Davis was 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. Davis scored twice and drove home three runs.

Left fielder DJ Artis was 2 for 3 with a two-run double in the Smokies’ nine-run second inning. Artis also scored that inning. He walked twice.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were broken by the Beloit Snappers (Marlins), 2-0.

Coming off his six innings of perfect baseball in his last start, Ryan Jensen retired the first ten Snappers batters of the game. But in the fourth inning, he issued a walk and then gave up a hit to put runners on the corners with one out. A groundout then scored the first run of the game and Jensen ended up with the loss.

The final line on Jensen was one run on one hit and one walk over five innings. Jensen also hit one batter. He struck out six.

South Bend had two hits tonight, both singles. Center fielder Edmond Americaan was 1 for 3 with two steals. He was also hit by a pitch.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were made blue by the Augusta Green Jackets (Braves), 6-1.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez pitched the first four innings and surrendered four runs on seven hits. Gonzalez walked three and struck out four.

First baseman Matt Warkentin hit an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to avoid the shutout. Warkentin went 1 for 3 with a walk.

ACL Cubs

Beat the Diamondbacks, 19-6.

Aramis Ademan went 1 for 2 in his first action of the season.