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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 2

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Wins for the Smokies, Pelicans and South Bend.

David Bote
David Bote
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were caught by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 1-0.

Trevor Cahill pitched four scoreless innings on a rehab assignment, allowing just two hits. Cahill walked two and struck out six.

In the seventh inning, Felix Peña loaded the bases with nobody out. After getting a foul out and a strikeout, it looked like he was going to get out of the jam, but then Peña hit a batter to force in the only run of the game. The final line on Peña was one run on two hits and two walks over two innings. One of the walks was intentional. Peña struck out four.

Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 2 with two walks. Center fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 5.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies defenestrated the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 9-1.

Starter Michael Wagner got the win after allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings. Wagner walked two and struck out three.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher got the Smokies going early with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was Rademacher's ninth home run this season. Rademacher was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored two runs.

Third baseman Chesny Young finished out the scoring with a solo home run in the ninth inning, his fourth of the season. Young was 4 for 5 and also doubled and walked once. Young scored three runs and had two total RBI.

Left fielder Kelly Dugan was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI and scored once. Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Center fielder Ian Happ was 2 for 6 with an RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans solved the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 5-4 in 13 innings.

Jake Stinnett started and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits over 5.2 innings. Stinnett did have some issues throwing strikes as he walked five, hit a batter and struck out four.

The Pelicans bullpen did not allow another run to score until the 13th inning, when after the Pelicans scored three runs in the top of the frame, reliever James Norwood allowed two runs in in the bottom of the inning. But with runners on first and third and two out, Norwood got a ground out to second base to end the game and get his first save. Norwood allowed two runs on four hits in one inning. He struck out one.

First baseman David Bote broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI single. Then DH Jeffrey Baez hit a two-run single to give the Pelicans a three-run lead. Bote was 3 for 6 with a double and he scored twice. Baez was 1 for 1.

Right fielder Daniel Spingola hit his first professional home run in the second inning with the bases empty. Spingola was 2 for 4 with a walk.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs tarred and feathered the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 5-2.

Jose Paulino gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the first and Great Lakes didn't score again. Paulino pitched seven innings and surrendered five hits. He walked two and struck out four as he got his first win since being promoted from Eugene.

Jared Cheek pitched the ninth and got his first South Bend save after recording seven with Eugene. Cheek gave up a leadoff single, but retired the next three batters without incident. He did not strike anyone out.

First baseman Matt Rose tied up the game in the second inning with a two-run home run. It was his tenth of the season and sixth for South Bend. He was 2 for 4 and he scored twice.

Left fielder Eloy Jimenez had three more hits tonight, going 3 for 4. He scored twice.

Center fielder Connor Myers went 3 for 4 with a double. He had one RBI and scored once.

Eugene Emeralds

The Northwest League All-Stars beat the Pioneer League All-Stars, 11-5.

Emeralds first baseman Chris Pieters was 2 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. He scored one run and drove in one for the Northwest League. Robert Garcia was 1 for 2.

Michael Knighton pitched one inning without allowing a run or a hit. The first two batters did reach on an error and a walk, but he then retired the next three batters, two by strikeout.

AZL Cubs

Rained out.