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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 1

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South Bend wins a controversial one. Iowa takes advantage of the altitude to pound the Sky Sox.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs climbed the Colorado Sky Sox (Brewers), 13-8.

Tsuyoshi Wada started this game played at 6,531 feet. Wada got the win after allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings. Wada walked two and struck out four.

Left fielder John Andreoli led off the game with his third home run of the season and strangely enough, that was the only home run hit in this game. Andreoli went 3 for 6 and scored three times.

The I-Cubs jumped all over Sky Sox starter Josh Roenicke for four runs in the first inning, three in the second and four in the third. Shortstop Javier Baez had a big night, going 3 for 6 with a double and five RBI. Baez scored twice.

First baseman Christian Villanueva went 3 for 6 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Second baseman Chris Valaika was 3 for 5 and scored twice.

Right fielder Rubi Silva hit two doubles and walked once in a 2 for 4 game. Silva had four RBI and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies poured some gravy on the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-4.

Jeffry Antigua started and got the win after going six innings and allowing four runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Corey Black tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Black allowed two hits. He struck out four and walked no one.

P.J. Francescon pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save. He stcuk out one.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario had a big game tonight. He went 3 for 5 with a solo home run in the second inning. It was Candelario's first Tennessee home run and sixth overall.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 3 for 5. He scored once and had one RBI.

DH Jacob Hannemann led off this game with a triple and later scored on an error. Hannemann was 2 for 4.

Shortstop Ryan Dent was 2 for 4 with a double.

All nine Smokies had at least one hit in this game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were unlocked by the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 4-3. This snapped the Pelicans six-game winning streak.

Starter Brad Markey allowed only one run on four hits over six innings. Markey walked one and struck out one.

After the Pelicans tied up the game 3-3 in the eight, James Farris pitched the bottom of the inning, gave up an unearned run after a passed ball on a strikeout and took the loss. Farris allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks. He stuck out two, although one of those Ks reached base anyway.

The Pelicans tied it up in the eighth on a three-run home run by Mark Zagunis. It was his sixth home run this year. He was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs scored two runs in the top of the ninth on a disputed play and beat the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 5-4. It was the first time all season that South Bend won after trailing after eight innings.

Jake Stinnett pitched the first six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked no one, although he did hit two batters.

Ryan McNeil gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to cough up the South Bend lead, but got the win when the Cubs retook the lead in the ninth. McNeil allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits over two innings. McNeil did not have a walk or a strikeout.

After Dillon Maples walked two batters in the ninth inning, Corbin Hoffner came in the game with two on and two out and got a ground out to third to get his fifth save.

The controversy in this game came in the top of the ninth when the Cubs, trailing by one, had the bases-loaded with one out and Gleyber Torres at the plate. Torres hit a grounder that second baseman Cory Thompson threw to the shortstop for one out and then shortstop Luis Gonzalez threw the ball wide at first base, turning what would have been a game-ending double play into a two-run error.

The Dragons appealed that the runner going into second base, Jeffrey Baez, should have been called out for interference on his slide. With the caveat that the quality of the video is certainly poor for minor league broadcasts, it certainly looked like Baez went well out of the baseline to take out Gonzalez on the slide. It looks like the Cubs caught a break.

Baez had a big game at the plate, going 4 for 5 with a steal. He scored once.

Catcher Erick Castillo was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were shut out by the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 4-0.

Ems starter Kyle Miller took the loss after he allowed two runs on a pair of doubles in the second inning. Miller pitched two innings and allowed those two runs on two hits and a walk. He struck out one.

Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 1 for 3 with a double.

AZL Cubs

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