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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 2

Eugene and Arizona claim playoff spots. South Bend is eliminated.

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The voting for the minor league pitcher of the month got moved to tomorrow morning, but you can still vote for the player of the month through Monday.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs calmed the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-3.

Another strong start for Jen-Ho Tseng as he got his sixth Iowa win after allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings. Tseng walked one and struck out three.

Pierce Johnson entered the game in the ninth inning after David Garner had already allowed one run in and had the bases loaded with no outs. Johnson then struck out the next three batters for the save.

Left fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He drove in three runs and scored once. Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBI as well, although he did not score, nor did he steal a base.

Center fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored two runs.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to outflank the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 4-3.

Starter Casey Bloomquist went seven innings and gave up three runs, all in the second inning. Bloomquist surrendered nine hits and he walked one while striking out two. He did hit one batter.

Daury Torrez pitched the next two innings without allowing a run to get the win. Torrez gave up one hit. He struck out one and didn’t walk anyone.

Charcer Burks hit an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game up at 3-3. Burks then went to third on a passed ball and scored the go-ahead run on an Andrew Ely sacrifice fly. Burks was 1 for 3 with a walk. Ely was 1 for 3 with one run scored and the sac fly.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were swept in a doubleheader by the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 4-0 and 4-3.

Game one starter Duncan Robinson allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Robinson walked two and struck out four.

The Pelicans managed just two singles in game one.

Game two starter Thomas Hatch took the loss after he gave up four runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. Hatch struck out six and he hit three batters. He also walked two batters, but one was intentional.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 3 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were run over by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 5-0. The loss eliminated South Bend from the playoff hunt and clinched the second-half wild card for Bowling Green.

Tyson Miller started and took the loss. Miller pitched six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Miller walked two and struck out three.

Andruw Monasterio was 2 for 4 with a double. Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds stuffed the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 8-3. The win, combined with a Boise loss to Hillsboro, clinches a playoff spot as the Ems try to defend their 2016 Northwest League title.

Cory Abbott pitched the first three innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out four and did not walk anyone.

Enrique De Los Rios threw the next five innings and got the win. De Los Rios allowed one run on a home run in the fourth inning. He gave up just two hits. De Los Rios struck out four and did not walk anyone.

DH Michael Cruz hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, his eighth of the year. Cruz was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and two total RBI. He was also hit by a pitch.

Second baseman Jared Young had four hits and five RBI tonight. He was 4 for 5 with a double. He also scored once.

Left fielder Zach Davis was a home run short of the cycle, as he was 4 for 5 with a double and a triple. Davis scored twice.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Reds, 6-1.

With the win, the AZL Cubs won the second-half division title with a 16-12 record. They’ll play a one-game playoff with the Brewers tomorrow. I think. The Arizona League isn’t very transparent about these sorts of things. Sometimes I wonder why they bother keeping score.