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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 1

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell silent against the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 6-5.

Stephen Fife started and pitched four scoreless innings. Fife allowed two hits, he walked two and struck out six.

Giovanni Soto got lit up for four runs in the sixth inning. He pitched 1.2 innings and surrendered four hits. He walked one and struck out one.

After Iowa tied the game up in the top of the ninth, Gerardo Concepcion entered the game and took the loss. He gave up a leadoff single and then after a failed bunt retired one batter, Concepcion was tagged for a walk-off triple.

Right fielder Lane Adams was 3 for 5 with a solo home run in the eighth inning. It was Adams’ tenth home run this year and first for Iowa. He also stole two bases.

Left fielder John Andreoli was 1 for 3 with two walks and a steal. Andreoli scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were cooked by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 3-2.

Starter Zach Hedges got the loss despite a solid outing. Hedges allowed three runs on ten hits over seven innings. Hedges struck out three and walked no one.

DH Chesny Young was 4 for 4 and singled and scored in the ninth inning. With the four hits, Young raised his batting average to .304 and took over the league lead in that category with just four games to go.

First baseman David Freitas had a two-run double in the ninth that got the Smokies close, but he was stranded there. Freitas was 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans put the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians) in the bag, 7-1.

Starter Jeremy Null got the win after allowing just one run on five hits over 6.2 innings. Null walked two and struck out four.

In the fifth inning, shortstop Bryant Flete connected for a massive two-run home run to right field. It was his seventh home run of the season and third for the Pelicans. Flete was 1 for 4.

In the seventh inning, third baseman David Bote hit a solo home run, his sixth of the season and fifth for Myrtle Beach. Bote had a big night, going 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Left fielder Charcer Burks went 2 for 5 with a triple. He scored once.

The Pelicans have a 2.5 game lead in the second half with four games to play. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot, but they need to win the division to get a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 5-3.

Jose Paulino pitched the first five innings and took the win after allowing just one run on six hits. Paulino struck out seven and walked nobody.

Jared Cheek had to come on and get the save when Dillon Maples walked the bases loaded with one out in the ninth. Cheek did allow one inherited runner to score on a ground out and then walked one. But with the bases loaded again, he got a strikeout to end the game.

Vimael Machin was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and drove in two.

Alberto Mineo was 3 for 3 with a double and a sac fly.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds shut out the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 4-0. It was the Ems 7th straight win.

Three Emeralds pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Starter Pedro Silvero got the win after allowing just one hit over five innings. Silvero struck out seven and walked just one.

First baseman Jose Paniagua was 0 for 3, but he hit a two-run sacrifice fly in the second inning, scoring Trent Giambrone and Tyler Payne.

Robert Garcia was 2 for 4 with one run scored.

WIth the win, the Emeralds clinched the second-half division title. They also won the first half this season as well.