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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 21

Ian Rice leads the Pelicans to victory in the only Cubs' win of the day.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs laid an egg against the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 4-1.

The I-Cubs wasted a good start from Jake Buchanan, who took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned on seven hits over seven innings. Buchanan struck out six and didn't walk anyone.

Catcher Tim Federowicz was 2 for 4 with the lone Iowa RBI. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies got burned by the Jacksonville Suns (Marlins), 5-2.

Starter Zach Hedges got the loss after he pitched 4.1 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. One of the five runs was unearned. Hedges walked two and struck out three.

First baseman David Freitas tied the game up 1-1 in the second inning with his third home run of the season. Freitas was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored both Smokies runs.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans declawed the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 7-6 in ten innings.

James Pugliese started and gave up two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings. Pugliese walked two and struck out five.

It was a bad day for Craig Brooks, who relieved Pugliese in the sixth inning and faced four batters. All four of them reached by two hits, a walk and a hit batter, and all four would eventually come around to score. The Hillcats scored all six of their runs in the sixth inning.

Tommy Nance pitched the final three innings without allowing a run and he got the win. He gave up just two baserunners: one on an infield single and one when Nance made a bad throw to first. Nance struck out four.

DH Ian Rice was the hero today. Rice hit a game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth and then hit a walkoff single in the tenth. Rice was 3 for 5. He scored twice and had the three RBI. It was his 15th homer this season and sixth for the Pelicans

In the fourth inning, right fielder Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run, his eighth of the year. Baez was 1 for 3 with two runs scored.

Shortstop Andrew Ely was 3 for 5 with an RBI.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were loosened by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 3-2.

Casey Bloomquist started and took the loss. Bloomquist pitched five innings and surrendered three runs on four hits. One of the runs was unearned. Bloomquist walked three and struck out four.

Left fielder Robert Caro was 4 for 4 today, singling every time he came to the plate. He scored the first South Bend run in the seventh inning and drove home the other one in the eighth.

Catcher Alberto Mineo was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Right fielder Eddy Martinez was 2 for 4 with a double.

South Bend had 12 hits in this game, but went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost their second-straight game, 4-1 to the Everett AquaSox (Mariners).

Erling Moreno pitched the first five innings and allowed just one run on a solo home run in the third inning. He gave up three hits total. Moreno struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Tyler Peitzmeier was tagged for a two-run home run in the seventh inning and got the loss. Peitzmeier pitched two innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked no one.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone hit a home run in the fifth inning to tie the game 1-1. It was his third home run of the season. Giambrone was 2 for 3, and those two hits were the only two the Ems would have tonight.

AZL Cubs

Off day.