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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 20

Big comeback for South Bend. Iowa stops Sounds.

Austin Upshaw
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), 9-1.

Former White Sox pitcher Scott Carroll made his second start in the Cubs organization and picked up his first win. Carroll allowed one run (a Chris Carter home run in the second) on five hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out four.

DH Taylor Davis gave the I-Cubs the lead for good with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was Davis’ sixth home run this year. He went 1 for 4.

Shortstop Elliot Soto was 2 for 4 with a two-run single and an RBI double. He also scored one run.

Third baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.

Left fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 5 with a double. He also scored twice.

Iowa will play tomorrow afternoon in Nashville for their “Total Eclipse of the Park” game. The game will start after the eclipse and the other festivities finish at 4:05 Central.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies couldn’t hide from the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 11-6.

It was the worst start of the season for Adbert Alzolay, who didn’t make it out of the second inning. Alzolay allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits over 1.2 innings. Alzolay struck out three and walked no one.

Center fielder Charcer Burks hit a two-run home run in the third inning. It was his ninth of the season. Burks was 1 for 4 with a walk.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez cranked a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was also his ninth home run this season. Baez went 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans cracked the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 2-1.

Starter Ryan Kellogg allowed just one unearned run over four innings. Kellogg gave up three hits and walked one while striking out three.

The win went to David Berg, who tossed a career-high three scoreless innings. Berg allowed three hits. He struck out three and walked no one.

Scott Effross was unscored upon over the final two innings for the save. Effross allowed just one baserunner, a one-out double in the ninth. He struck out three as well.

Both Pelicans runs scored on wild pitches. Connor Myers scored all the way from second on a wild pitch in the seventh inning with what turned out to be the winning run. Myers was 1 for 2.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs nailed the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 8-6.

South Bend starter Bryan Hudson put the Cubs in a 6-1 hole early. Hudson allowed six runs on nine hits over just four innings. Hudson walked three, hit one batter and struck out two.

After Mark Malave threw two innings of no-hit, no-run relief, Chad Hockin pitched the next two innings without allowing a run and picked up the win as South Bend came back. Hockin allowed just one hit. He struck out four and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit two batters.

Jhon Romero pitched the bottom of the ninth for the save. He did not surrender a run or a hit, but Romero did walk two. He struck out two.

DH Austin Upshaw broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the ninth with an RBI double that scored Aramis Ademan. Earlier, Upshaw hit a solo home run in the second inning, his second of the season for South Bend. Upshaw was 3 for 5 with two doubles, the home run and three RBI. His other double tied the game at 6-6 in the seventh inning.

Ademan was 3 for 5.

First baseman Joe Martarano hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his second home run of the season and first for South Bend. Martarano went 1 for 5.

Right fielder Luis Ayala was 3 for 5 with one run driven in and one run scored. Center fielder D.J. Wilson was 2 for 4. He tripled and scored in the seventh inning.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were grounded by the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 11-6 in 15 innings.

Starting pitcher Corey Abbott and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits over three innings. Abbott struck out three and walked no one. He also made two errors.

Casey Ryan took the loss. Ryan pitched three innings of relief without allowing a run, but then he started the top of the 15th and allowed six batters to reach without retiring any of them. The final line on Ryan was five runs on seven hits over 3+ innings. He walked one and didn’t strike out anyone.

Catcher Michael Cruz gave the Ems a 1-0 lead with a home run in the bottom of the second inning, his sixth of the season. Cruz was 1 for 6.

After the Hawks scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning, third baseman Austin Filiere tied it up with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning. It was his fifth of the year. Filiere went 2 for 6 with a walk.

Second baseman Jhonny Bethencourt went 3 for 5 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI. Center fielder Zach Davis was 2 for 7 with a double and a stolen base. Davis scored one run.

AZL Cubs

Losing to the White Sox, 8-0 in the fifth.

Will update later.