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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 5

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The Ems see their playoff hopes fade.

Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

In case you didn't hear, Mike Olt was claimed on waivers by the White Sox.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were delayed by the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 4-3.

Starter Felipe Paulino took the loss after pitching five innings and allowing four runs on four hits, two of which were home runs. Paulino walked four, hit a batter and struck out five.

Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio was 3 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Bonifacio scored twice.

Shortstop Chris Valaika was 3 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies shelled the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 7-2.

Starter Felix Pena got his seventh win after allowing one run on four hits over seven innings. Pena struck out five and walked three.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to make the score 3-0. It was Candelario's fifth home run of the season. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 5 with a double and a triple to lead off the game. Hannemann scored twice.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 1 for 3 with a walk and a two-run double in the third inning. Contreras would later go on to score in that inning.

With the 1 for 3, Contreras' batting average stands at .327. Chattanooga's Max Kepler went 0 for 3 to lower his batting average to .323 in the race for the Southern League batting title with two games to play.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), winning game one 4-2 and dropping the second game 6-2.

In game one, Jen-Ho Tseng got the win after pitching five innings and allowing two runs on four hits. Tseng controlled the strike zone as he struck out six and walked only one.

Jeff Conway threw two scoreless innings for his third save. He allowed just one hit, a leadoff single in the seventh, but erased him in a double play to face the minimum Conway struck out three.

Third baseman Jason Vosler was 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the top of the first and a two-run single in the fifth.

Second baseman Daniel Lockhart went 2 for 3 with a double. He scored one run and drove one run in. Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 3 with a run scored.

In game two, starter Jeremy Null got knocked around for six runs on eleven hits over five innings. Null walked two and struck out five.

Both of Myrtle Beach's runs in game two came on a two-run home run by DH Ben Carhart in the fourth inning. It was Carhart's seventh home run this year. He was 1 for 3.

Chesny Young went 1 for 6 with a walk in the doubleheader. That drops Young's batting average on the season to .322. Second-place Kevin Heller of the Salem Red Sox is hitting .295, so Young is going to win the Carolina League batting title no matter what happens in the final two games.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 5-2.

South Bend committed five errors in this game, and that led to all five runs scored by Lake County to be unearned. Starter Erick Leal pitched six innings and allowed one unearned run on six hits. Impressively, he struck out eight and walked no one.

The wheels came off for South Bend in the seventh inning. Errors by pitcher Daniel Lewis and first baseman Jordan Hankins led to a four-run inning. Lewis was the losing pitcher after he gave up four unearned runs on three hits in one inning of work. Lewis walked two and struck out one.

Both of South Bend's runs came on a two-run single by Hankins in the first inning. Hankins was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were polished off by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 4-1.

Starter Casey Bloomquist gave up two runs in the bottom of the first inning and the Ems never caught up. Bloomquist pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked no one.

The Emeralds managed only three hits. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

With the win, the Hops clinched the second-half title in the Northwest League South Division. Also, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes beat the Boise Hawks. The Emeralds can still make the playoffs, but they will have to beat Hillsboro tomorrow and the Volcanoes will have to lose to Boise.