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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 22

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Iowa was rained out. Arizona was off. Everyone else won.

Dakota Mekkes
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Just four games, but it was a perfect 4-0.

Iowa Cubs

Rained out in Nashville. The game will not be made up. It’s that time of year already.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies toasted the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 4-3.

Duane Underwood Jr. started tonight and allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out two as he picked up his 13th win.

Craig Brooks pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth inning for his ninth save this year and sixth with the Smokies. Brooks struck out one.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez tied the game up 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning when he led off the inning with a solo home run. It was his tenth home run of the season. Baez was 2 for 5 and scored twice.

Three batters later in the sixth, DH Ian Rice gave the Smokies the lead for good with a solo home run of his own. It was Rice’s 17th home run this year. He was 1 for 4.

Third baseman Ozzie Martinez went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans hunted down the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 7-3. The win was Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey’s 1999th of his minor league career.

Starter Casey Bloomquist went five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. Both runs scored in the fifth inning. Bloomquist struck out five and walked nobody.

Dakota Mekkes pitched the next two innings and got the win. He had some control issues as he walked three, leading to one run. He didn’t allow any hits, however and he got one strikeout. He also got a huge double play in the sixth inning with the bases loaded that allowed the one run to score, but limited the damage.

Pedro Araujo threw two perfect innings in a non-save situation, striking out two.

First baseman Tyler Alamo, who was named Carolina League Player of the Week, was 3 for 5 with a double and three runs scored.

Left fielder Robert Garcia had a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Pelicans a 4-3 lead. He was 2 for 4.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. DH Adonis Paula was 2 for 3. He scored one run and drove one in.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 3-0.

Tyson Miller threw the first six innings and surrendered just five hits and a walk. He struck out five.

Tyler Peyton tossed the other three innings without allowing a hit for his first career save. Peyton did walk one and he struck out one.

South Bend scored all three runs in the fifth inning. Center fielder D.J. Wilson hit a two-run triple and then scored on an RBI single by third baseman Austin Upshaw. Wilson was 1 for 4 and Upshaw was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Luis Ayala went 2 for 5. Catcher Tyler Payne was 2 for 4 and scored on the Wilson triple.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds egged the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 3-1.

It was a strong start for Jose Albertos, who got the win after allowed one run on four hits over five innings. The run scored on a single to leadoff the game and three wild pitches by Albertos. He walked two and struck out eight.

Luis Aquino pitched a perfect top of the ninth for the save, striking out two.

Right fielder Jose Gonzalez hit a two-run triple in the second inning. He was 1 for 3.

Catcher Will Remillard went 3 for 4 and scored once. Shortstop Rafael Narea went 2 for 4.

AZL Cubs

Off day.