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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 3

The Pelicans clinch a 2nd Half title. Iowa and South Bend also win.

David Bote
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs topped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 5-1.

Starter Josh Collmenter got his first win in the Cubs organization after allowing just one run on six hits over five innings. Collmenter struck out three and walked one.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 3 for 4 with an RBI double and two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies

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

A strong start for Tyler Skulina, who pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs, only one of which was earned. Skulina gave up six hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Starling Peralta relieved Skulina in the bottom of the eighth and threw a perfect inning. But he got the loss when he came out to pitch the ninth and gave up a leadoff double and then a bunt single that Peralta then threw away for the walkoff run. Peralta’s final line was one unearned run on two hits in 1+ innings. He struck out one.

Right fielder Kelly Dugan hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. It was his 13th this season. Dugan was 1 for 4. Catcher David Freitas was 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans impeached the Potomac Nationals, 5-4 in 14 innings. The win clinched the second-half division title for the Pelicans.

Starter Erik Leal allowed four run on eight hits in just four innings. Leal did not have a strikeout or a walk.

Two Tommys, Tommy Thorpe and Tommy Nance kept the game close for the next six innings, and both threw three scoreless innings and both only allowed one hit. Thorpe walked one and struck out four while Nance did not walk anyone and struck out three.

Scott Effross ended up getting the win. He came on with two on and one out in the 13th inning and pitched out of that jam. He then pitched the bottom of the 14th to close out the game. Effross allowed one single and one walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out one.

The Pelicans got off to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a home run by David Bote, his seventh of the season and sixth with Myrtle Beach. Bote went 2 for 7 with the three RBI and he scored twice.

The Pelicans broke the 4-4 tie in the top of the 14th when Donnie Dewees singled home Tyler Pearson. Dewees went 2 for 7 with a steal and he scored on Bote’s home run. Pearson was 2 for 2.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 3 for 7 with a double and a triple. Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 5 with a walk and a stolen base.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs slew the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7-4.

Starter Casey Bloomquist pitched four innings and surrendered two runs on four hits. Bloomquist struck out three and walked one.

Jared Cheek allowed the tying run to score in the top of the eighth, but got the win when South Bend struck back for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Cheek pitched two innings and allowed a run on four hits. He struck out three and walked no one.

First baseman Matt Rose broke the 4-4 tie in the eighth with a two-run home run, his 17th of the season and 13th with South Bend. Rose went 1 for 2 with two walks.

Earlier, in the second inning, catcher Tyler Alamo connected for his fifth home run of the season with the bases empty. Alamo was 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Before the game, the Cubs promoted shortstop Isaac Paredes from Arizona. He was 1 for 4 in his Midwest League debut.


Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were flat-footed against the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 1-0.

Starter Erling Moreno allowed just one run on just two hits over five innings, so of course he got the loss. Moreno walked two and struck out four.

Third baseman Wladimir Galindo was 2 for 3 with a walk.