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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 1


Dylan Heuer

For the second straight week, Pelicans first baseman Yasiel Balaguert was named Carolina League Player of the Week. South Bend outfielder Eloy Jimenez won the same award this week for the Midwest League.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs rained thunder on the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 13-0.

Rob Zastryzny faced 15 batters and retired all of them. He struck out eight of them.

The perfect game was broken up in the sixth inning with a single off Miguel Mejia. But four Iowa pitchers combined to strike out 17 Storm Chasers, walk none and give up just three hits.

Right fielder Juan Perez hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, his eighth home run of the season. Perez was 3 for 5 with a double and five RBI.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. It was Candelario's tenth home run this year and sixth with the I-Cubs. Candelario was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.

Kristopher Negron hit the I-Cubs third home run tonight, a three-run blast later in the eighth. It was Negron's sixth on the year. He wa 1 for 4 with a walk and four RBI. He scored twice.

Center fielder John Andreoli was 3 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Andreoli scored three times and drove in two.

FIrst baseman Cael Brockmeyer had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 5 night. Brockmeyer scored twice. DH Taylor Davis was 3 for 5 with two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies scored three times in the top of the ninth to topple the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 3-2.

Jen-Ho Tseng pitched the first six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Nick Sarianides got the win. He allowed just one hit over two innings. He walked one and struck out three.

James Farris pitched the bottom of the ninth and got the save. He walked the first batter he faced, but that was it as far as baserunners. Farris struck out two.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver doubled in a run in the ninth for the first Smokies run and he also scored to give the Smokies the lead. He was 2 for 4.

Chesny Young had a two-out, RBI double to cap off the three-run ninth. Young was 1 for 5.

DH David Freitas went 2 for 4 and scored on the Penalver double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans unlocked the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 5-4.

Starter James Pugliese got the win after allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

Tommy Nance gave up a run in the ninth, but hung on for his first Pelicans save and second overall. Nance gave up one run on two hits over 1.2 innings. He struck out one and walked no one.

Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 4 with a double and a sac fly. He also stole two bases. Dewees scored twice and had two RBI.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs stopped the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 5-1.

Starter Justin Steele got the win after five scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits. Steele walked one and struck out seven.

Steele, Kyle Twomey and Scott Effross combined to strike out 15 and walk only one.

Left fielder Eloy Jimenez stayed red-hot, going 2 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI. Right fielder Eddy Martinez was 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI.

Eugene Emeralds

All-Star Break.

AZL Cubs

Off day.