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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 26

Albert Almora leads the Smokies to a big win. Iowa wins behind another strong effort by Carlos Pimentel.

Carlos Pimentel
Carlos Pimentel
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs subdued the Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), 3-2.

Starter Carlos Pimentel got his PCL-leading 12th win tonight after giving up just one run on three hits over 5.1 innings. Pimentel did walk four batters, while striking out three.

Brian Schlitter gave up a run in the ninth, but still hung on to save his league-leading 22nd save. Schlitter allowed one unearned run on one hit over one inning. (The run was unearned because of Schlitter's own errant pickoff throw.)  He walked one and struck out one.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 2 for 4 and drove in a run with each of his two singles.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies got in the eyes of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 8-4.

Starter Ryan Williams got the win after pitching six innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits. Williams walked one and struck out three.

P.J. Francescon got the final four outs for his 21st save of the season. Francescon did allow one run on one hit over 1.1 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

In the top of the first inning, center fielder Albert Almora connected for his sixth home run of the season. In the fourth inning, Almora came to the plate with the bases loaded and he connected for a three-run double. Almora was 2 for 4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

In the fourth inning, first baseman Dan Vogelbach hit his seventh home run of the season with the bases empty. Vogelbach was 2 for 4 with a double and the home run. He also walked once. Vogelbach scored twice.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He also stole a base and had one RBI.

Third baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 5 with one run scored and one RBI. Stephen Bruno was 2 for 3 with a double. He also scored one run and drove one run in.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans were rained out. The game will not be made up.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs wiped out against the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 4-3.

South Bend wasted a terrific start from Tommy Thorpe, who allowed only one unearned run over seven innings. Thorpe gave up just two hits, both singles. He walked three and struck out three.

Alex Santana relieved Thorpe for the bottom of the eighth and got the loss after he issued three one-out walks to load the bases and then a three-run triple. Santana's final line was one inning pitched, allowing three runs on one hit and three walk. He did not record a strike out

Left fielder Ian Happ was 1 for 5 with an RBI triple in the first inning. He later scored on a balk.

DH Charcer Burks was 0 for 1 with three walks. He stole one base.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds threw a combined one-hitter as they dropped the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 4-1.

Starter Oscar De La Cruz was brilliant tonight. He didn't allow a hit until a two-out single in the sixth inning. The only Ems run came in the fifth inning when a batter reached on a strikeout/wild pitch and then stole second base and score stealing third after a bad throw by the catcher.

De La Cruz's final line was 7 innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit. He struck out 13 and walked only one.

Greyfer Eregua was perfect over the final two innings for his second save. He struck out two.

The Ems scored three runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by right fielder Alex Bautista. Bautista was 1 for 4.

Shortstop Andrew Ely went 2 for 3 with a walk.

AZL Cubs

Off day.