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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 22

The Pelicans pounded out four home runs to beat the Keys. Dallas Beeler is finishing the season strong.

Mark Zagunis
Mark Zagunis
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs took the sting out of the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 3-1.

Dallas Beeler turned in his fourth-straight strong start, allowing just one unearned run over 6.2 innings. Beeler gave up six hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

Over his last four starts, Beeler has gone at least 6.2 innings and has allowed only one run or fewer.

Brian Schlitter pitched the ninth inning and got his 20th save. He allowed no hits, but he did walk one batter. Schlitter struck out one.

DH Adron Chambers hit his first home run of the season with a man on in the sixth inning. He was 1 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies split a doubleheader with the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), winning game one 6-5 in eight innings and dropping the second game 5-2.

In game one, starter Jeffry Antigua pitched 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Tayler Scott pitched the rest of the way and he gave up an unearned run in the top of the eighth after a two-base throwing error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario. But Scott got his fourth win when the Smokies scored twice in the bottom of the inning. The final line on Scott was 2.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit. He walked one and struck out two.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, shortstop Jonathan Mota came to the plate with runners on second and third and two out. Mota hit a soft line drive that dropped in front of the center fielder and scored both runs to win the game. Mota was 2 for 4 with three RBI.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach played his first game after coming off the disabled list and with the Smokies trailing by a run in the sixth, he tied the game up with a massive blast that left the stadium in right field. It was Vogelbach's sixth home run this season. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.

In game two, starter Fernando Cruz took the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits over four innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Mota was 2 for 3 with a run scored in game two.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans hit four home runs tonight as they cracked the code of the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 10-5.

Paul Blackburn was the beneficiary of this offensive explosion as he claimed his seventh win of the season. Blackburn pitched 6.1 innings and gave up five runs on six hits. All five of the runs came in the seventh inning. One of the five runs was unearned. Blackburn walked three and struck out two.

David Garner threw 2.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit in a non-save situation. Garner walked one and struck out two.

Center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen got the party started with a three-run home run in the top of the third. It was only Chen's second Pelicans home run and third overall. Chen was 2 for 5 and he also doubled.

Catcher Ben Carhart made the score 6-0 when he connected for another three-run home run in the sixth inning. It was his fourth home run. Carhart was 1 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis made it 8-0 Pelicans in the seventh inning when he hit his eighth home run with a man on. Zagunis went 2 for 4 and he was hit by a pitch. He also scored twice.

Finally, first baseman Jacob Rogers closed out the scoring with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth, his 12th this year for the Pelicans and 13th overall. Rogers was 3 for 4.

Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5 and scored once.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were boiled by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 2-0.

Jake Stinnett pitched well, but took the loss anyway. Stinnett allowed two runs on four hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

DH Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were sacrificed to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 6-5 in ten innings.

Kyle Twomey pitched the first 2.2 innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit. He did walk four batters, however. Twomey struck out three.

The Ems had a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but Craig Brooks allowed three singles and a walk to let one run in. The bases were still loaded with one out when Greyfer Eregua came in. He got one out on a ground out that let one run in and made it 5-4. Then Eregua got a ground ball to second that should have ended the game, but Frandy Delarosa misplayed the ball for a game-tying error.

In the tenth, Eregua took the loss after he gave up a run on a walk and two singles. The final line on Eregua was 1.1 innings pitched, allowing one run two hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Catcher Ian Rice was 2 for 3 with two walks and a two-run double in the top of the ninth. Rice had three total RBI.

Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Second baseman Delarosa was also 2 for 5 and he scored twice. But defensively, he made three errors, including the critical one in the bottom of the ninth.

Third baseman P.J. Higgins was 2 for 5 in his first game with the Ems.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Athletics, 6-4.