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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 31

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South Bend keeps pace in Wild Card race. Smokies blow a wild one.

Bryan Hudson
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Iowa Cubs

Rained out in Memphis. The game will not be made up.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies surrendered to the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 8-7 in 11 innings.

Zach Hedges started and he gave up two runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. Hedges walked one and struck out five.

The Smokies had a 5-2 lead heading into the top of the ninth, but Craig Brooks gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He was saved from the loss when the Smokies tied it up in the bottom of the inning after David Bote was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Instead, the loss went to James Norwood, who pitched the top of the 11th and allowed two runs on three hits over one inning. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.

Second baseman Andrew Ely hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, his third this season. Ely was 2 for 5 with a walk.

Bote was 2 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI. He scored once.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 3 for 4. He had one run batted in and he scored once.

Left fielder Charcer Burks was 3 for 5 with two runs batted in and one run scored. He was also hit by a pitch.

Center fielder Trey Martin was 3 for 6 with two runs scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans went nova on the Buies Creek Astros, 9-2.

Michael Rucker started and took the win home after allowing two runs on just four hits over six innings. Rucker walked two and struck out two.

Shortstop Zack Short was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double and three walks. Short scored twice.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 3 for 6 with a two-run double in the ninth and three total RBI. Hodges scored one run.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez was 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had one run batted in.

First baseman Vimael Machin went 3 for 4 with a walk and one run scored.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone was 2 for 5. He scored twice and had a two-run single in the ninth inning.

DH Adonis Paula was 2 for 6 with one run batted in.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs calmed the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 3-1.

Bryan Hudson got the win after the longest and probably the best start of his professional career. Hudson went 7.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run on three hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Wyatt Short pitched the ninth and got his 16th save. One batter reached on an error, but Short didn’t allow any other baserunners. He did not strike out anyone.

Right fielder Luis Ayala singled to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on a double by Aramis Ademan. Ayala was 2 for 4 and Ademan was 1 for 4 with one run scored.

DH Kevonte Mitchell went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Highlights:

Unfortunately, Bowling Green snapped their 10-game losing streak with a win over Dayton, so the Cubs remain one game behind the Hot Rods with four to play for the final playoff spot.

Eugene Emeralds

Off day. They’re tied with Boise for the final playoff spot with three games left to play.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Angels 9-2.

The Cubs now have a one-game lead over the Angels for the second-half title with one game to play. I have no idea which team holds the tiebreaker.