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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 14

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South Bend saved the Cubs system from an embarrassing night.

Sue Skowronski

We have an explanation for Arismendy Alcantara being placed on the temporarily inactive list. His mother is having surgery and he left the team to be with her. He's expected back soon.

The Cubs released Joe Ortiz.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were deafened by the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 9-2.

It was a rough start for Felipe Paulino, who surrendered six runs on six hits and two walks over only two innings. Paulino struck out one.

DH Tommy La Stella was 1 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were badly burned by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 14-2.

Rob Zastryzny had nothing tonight as he was torched for nine runs on ten hits, including two home runs, in only 2.2 innings. Hey, one of the runs was unearned, so that's something. Except that it was Zastryzny's own error that led to the unearned run. He walked one batter and didn't strike anyone out.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher doubled in a run in the fifth inning. Rademacher was 2 for 5.

Left fielder Albert Almora singled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He was 1 for 5.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were toyed with by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 7-3.

The Pelicans wasted a strong start from Jeremy Null, who didn't allow a run over five innings. He gave up three hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Josh Conway took the loss after a Cael Brockmeyer error in the seventh inning opened the floodgates to three unearned runs. Conway pitched two innings and allowed three unearned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Brockmeyer actually made two errors at first base tonight. But he had a much better day at the plate as he crushed a solo home run in the second inning. It was Brockmeyer's eighth home run this season and second for the Pelicans. He was 1 for 4.

Highlights.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs defanged the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 12-2.

James Norwood had a no-hitter going until he gave up a double after a leadoff error in the sixth inning. That would be the only hit Norwood would allow in his six innings of work. Norwood allowed two unearned runs. He walked three and struck out seven.

Ryan McNeil pitched the final three innings without allowing a run for his first career save. McNeil allowed two hits. he walked one and did not strike anyone out.

Center fielder Ian Happ hit a bases-empty home run in the fifth inning, his seventh of the season and third with South Bend. Happ's final line on the night was 3 for 5 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges also had a big night. He was 3 for 5 with two doubles and a two-run home run in the top of the ninth. It was Hodges' sixth home run. He had four total RBI.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Second baseman David Bote went 3 for 4 with a double and walk. Bote drove in two runners and he had two runs scored

First baseman Matt Rose was 2 for 4. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were devalued by the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 6-3.

The Aqua Sox jumped on Ems starter Oscar De La Cruz for three runs in the top of the first inning. The final line on De La Cruz was five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, including two home runs. De La Cruz struck out five and walked one.

Catcher Tyler Alamo was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Reds, 5-4.