#Cubs Minor League report

Thursday’s games

Munenori Kawasaki hit his first Minor League home run, a two-run shot, and Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a solo homer in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Sacramento. Josh Collmenter made his first start for the Iowa Cubs and gave up one run on one hit and walked four over two innings. Joe Thatcher also made his Cubs debut, giving up one hit over one inning and striking out three. Candelario is batting .312 and has hit safely in six straight games.

Tennessee lost 11-7 to Jacksonville. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up five earned runs over five innings. Kelly Dugan hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer. Chesny Young had four hits, including a double, and one RBI.

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Winston-Salem was cancelled because of rain and will not be made up. The Pelicans play Lynchburg on Friday.

South Bend rallied to beat Bowling Green, 6-4. Matt Rose had two hits, including a solo home run, and two RBI. Duane Underwood Jr. started and walked one over two innings. Alberto Mineo had two hits, including a double, and Andruw Monasterio had two hits and two RBI.

Eugene won its 14th straight game with a 1-0 victory over Boise. Manuel Rondon gave up five hits over six scoreless innings. Trent Giambrone had three hits, including two doubles. D.J. Wilson had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

Mesa lost, 6-2, to the Reds. Jhonny Pereda had two hits, including a double.


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