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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 20

Five blowouts. One walkoff loss.

Christian Villanueva
Christian Villanueva
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs took the honey from the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 13-2.

Carlos Pimentel pitched the first five innings and claimed his 11th win after allowing two runs on six hits. His pitch count hit 108 after five innings in part because he walked six batters while striking out three.

Drake Britton pitched the final four innings without allowing a run for his first save of the season. Britton allowed two hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Iowa pounded out 18 hits and three two-run home runs. Christian Villanueva hit his system-high 16th home run in the top of the first inning. Villanueva was 3 for 6 and scored three runs.

Taylor Teagarden hit his fifth home run in the fifth inning. Teagarden was 2 for 5.

Finally, Mike Olt connected for his two-run shot in the eighth inning. It was his seventh home run this year. Olt was 2 for 4 and reached once on catcher's interference. Olt scored three times.

Javier Baez was 2 for 6 with a double and two RBI. He also scored once. Tommy La Stella was 3 for 5 with a triple. He scored after the triple and he had one RBI. Chris Valaika went 2 for 5 with a double and one RBI. He also scored one run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were burned to black by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 17-4.

Rob Zastryzny retired the Biscuits in order in the first inning and that was pretty much the last bit of good news in this game. Zastryzny pitched three innings and allowed six runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs in the third inning. Zastryzny walked one and struck out one.

First baseman Wes Darvill pitched the top of the ninth and he was the only Smokies pitcher not to allow a run. In the bottom of the ninth, he hit a two-run home run, his second of the season. He was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to make it 17-2. Earlier, he also kept the score from being even worse with a pair of nice diving catches in center. It was Hannemann's fifth home run this season and he was 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 4 with a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were run over by the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 5-4.

Starter Daury Torrez pitched six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. That's not quite true. He allowed two runs on two solo home runs. The other two hits were incidental. Torrez struck out four and walked one.

Michael Heesch took the loss after he loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and then uncorked a wild pitch that ended the game. Heesch's final line was one run on one hit and two walks over 1.1 innings. Heesch struck out one.

Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI.

Third baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were downed by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7-2.

Tommy Thorpe pitched 5.1 innings and allowed five runs on ten hits. Two of the runs were unearned. Thorpe walked three and struck out seven.

DH Ian Happ went 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He scored once and drove one run in.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 5 and scored a run.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds capped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 12-5.

Oscar De La Cruz got the win after pitching six innings and allowing four runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked one.

DH Eloy Jimenez connected for his fourth home run of the season with a man on in the fifth inning. Jimenez was 2 for 6 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Right fielder Alex Bautista was 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI. Left fielder Sutton Whiting was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. He also stole a base.

Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 6 with a steal and two runs scored. He had one RBI. Second baseman Frandy Delarosa went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two driven in.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Diamondbacks 11-0.