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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 25

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Iowa reaches .500. South Bend wins 8th straight.

Tyler Payne
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs defeated the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 4-2.

Williams Perez dominated the Redbirds for seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out five.

David Garner pitched the final two innings for the save. Garner gave up one run in the ninth inning. He allowed three total hits. Garner struck out two and didn’t walk anyone.

The I-Cubs scored all four of their runs and had all five of their hits in the second inning. First baseman Chris Dominguez led off the second with his 11th home run of the year. He was 1 for 4.

With the win, Iowa improved to 65-65 on the season. It was the first time since April that they have been at the .500 mark.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were burnt by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 6-2.

Matt Swarmer has already started for three teams this year, so why not make a start for the Smokies too? (He has not pitched in Myrtle Beach or with the Arizona rookie ball team) In his first start in Double-A, Swarmer took the loss after allowing six runs on six hits over five innings. Three of the six runs allowed were unearned, however. Swarmer walked four and struck out two.

Both Smokies runs came on solo home runs. Center fielder Trey Martin hit his fifth of the season in the seventh inning. He was 1 for 4. Cael Brockmeyer hit a pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth. It was his sixth home run this season.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were reeled in by the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 10-5.

Michael Rucker started and took the loss after surrendering three runs on five hits over four innings. Rucker walked one and struck out four.

DH Jesse Hodges hit a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning. Hodges now has 13 home runs on the season. He was 1 for 5.

Shortstop Zack Short had a pair of doubles in a 3 for 5 game. He scored one run and had one run batted in.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs capsized the Lake County Captains (Indians), 7-4.

Starter Bryan Hudson gave up a home run to the first batter of the game, but he got the win after pitching seven innings and giving up four runs on five hits. One of the four runs was unearned. Hudson struck out five and walked two.

Manuel Rodriguez tossed the final two innings without allowing a run for his second save. Rodriguez gave up one hit and he walked one. He also struck out one.

Alberto Mineo started this game behind the plate, but he left in the third inning after being hit in the arm with a foul ball. So Tyler Payne came into the game and went 4 for 4 with three RBI. Payne also scored once.

First baseman Austin Upshaw was 2 for 4. He scored two runs and had one RBI.

Highlights. You can see Payne got kind of lucky on one of his hits:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds sacrificed the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 8-3.

Javier Assad was terrific over six scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit, a single to lead off the third inning. Assad struck out nine and walked just two.

DH Jhonny Bethencourt went 2 for 5 with a double and scored twice. He also stole one base.

First baseman Gustavo Polanco was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He drove in two runs.

Catcher Will Remillard went 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. He scored once and had one RBI.

Left fielder Zach Davis walked twice and had three stolen bases. He He was 0 for 3 and he scored twice.

Third baseman Austin Filiere went 1 for 2 with a double and three walks. Filiere scored twice and had one RBI.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Giants, 5-4.