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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 16

Four Ems combined for a no-hitter.

Eugene Emeralds players celebrate their no-hitter
Eugene Emeralds players celebrate their no-hitter
Jeff Oliver/Eugene Emeralds

We're going to start with Eugene tonight because:

Eugene Emeralds

Preston Morrison, Kyle Twomey, Luis Hernandez and Trey Masek combined to throw a no-hitter as the Eugene Emeralds beat the the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 3-0. The last no-hitter in Eugene history was on June 23, 1968.

Morrison was perfect over the first three innings, striking out four. Twomey relieved Morrison in the fourth inning and gave Everett their first baserunner of the game with a two-out walk in the fourth. That was the only baserunner that Twomey allowed in his three innings of work.

Hernandez relieved Twomey to start the seventh and he retired the side in order that inning. He came out to pitch the eighth and gave up a one-out walk. That runner stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Ian Rice. Hernandez struck out the next batter for two outs, then issued a two-out walk to put runners on the corners with two outs. Hernandez then ended the threat and the inning with a line out to third to keep the no-hitter intact.

Hernandez struck out four in his two innings of work.

Trey Masek came on for the save in the ninth and retired the side in order to complete the no-hitter. He struck out one.

Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell was most of the offense for Eugene. He singled and scored in the third inning and doubled home Tyler Alamo in the fifth. He was 2 for 3.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs abducted the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 4-3.

Starter Tsuyoshi Wada pitched 5.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Blake Cooper blew a save when he came on in the bottom of the seventh with a man on third and two out and gave up a game-tying single. But he stayed in the game, pitched a scoreless eighth inning and got the win when Iowa pushed a run across in the top of the ninth. The final line on Cooper was 1.1 innings, allowing no runs of his own on two hits. Cooper struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

Brian Schlitter pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 19th save. He did not strike anyone out.

Right fielder John Andreoli tripled with one out in the top of the ninth and then scored the eventual winning run on a squeeze play by Matt Szczur. Andreoli went 2 for 5 and Szczur was 1 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. He drove home one.

Shortstop Javier Baez went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were uncovered by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 11-4.

Starter Jeffry Antigua took the loss. Antigua went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He had control issues as he walked five and struck out two.

The Lookouts did their real damage against Andres Santiago, who let in two runners inherited from Antigua and four of his own, and Corey Black, who was torched for four runs over two-thirds of an inning.

DH Willson Contreras went 2 for 4 with a double, He scored once and had one run batted in.

Albert Almora doubled in the third inning to extend his hit streak to 13 games. He was 1 for 4 with a run scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 2-0.

Brad Markey has been outstanding since his promotion to Myrtle Beach last month. In seven starts, he's gone at least six innings in six of them and has not allowed more than one run in any of them. Tonight was no exception as Markey went 6.2 innings and gave up just three hits. Only one baserunner made it past first base, and that was because Markey balked him there. Markey walked one and struck out four as him improved to 5-0.

Jasvir Rakkar pitched the ninth and nailed down his 15th save. The first batter in the inning reached on an error, but Rakkar retired the next three batters. He struck out one.

Right fielder Chesny Young doubled in the third inning and scored the first run of the game on a Pin-Chieh Chen triple. Young was 3 for 4 and Chen was 1 for 3 with a walk.

DH Jordan Hankins was 2 for 4. He doubled and scored in the fifth inning.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs skinned the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 4-1.

Starter Zach Hedges took the win after giving up just one run on four hits over five innings. Hedges struck out two and walked nobody.

Corbin Hoffner pitched the ninth and took home his eighth save. Hoffner walked the first batter in the ninth, but then retired the next three to end the game. He struck out one.

DH Ian Happ had a big game. He was 2 for 3 with a two-run triple, a solo home run and a walk. The home run came in the eighth inning. It was Happ's fourth South Bend home run and eighth overall.

First baseman Matt Rose was 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Off day.