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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 12

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Strong pitching in Tennessee and Myrtle Beach. South Bend and Eugene also win.

Justin Steele
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Iowa Cubs

Despite hitting four home runs, the Iowa Cubs were frosted off by the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 7-6.

Starting pitcher Alec Mills allowed seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs, over 4.1 innings. Mills walked two and struck out three.

Third baseman Jason Vosler gave the I-Cubs an early lead with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was Vosler’s seventh home run for Iowa and 19th overall. Vosler was 1 for 4.

Iowa retook a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning when shortstop Ryan Court connected for a solo home run, his 11th this year. Court went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Two batters later, right fielder Mark Zagunis tacked on another run with his seventh blast on the season. Zagunis went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Catcher Taylor Davis got the I-Cubs to within a run with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth. Davis went 2 for 3 with a walk. It was his fourth home run this year.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies shut out the BIloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 5-0. It was the second-straight shutout for the Smokies pitching staff.

Today it was Duncan Robinson’s turn to shut down the Shuckers, tossing six innings and giving up just three hits. Robinson struck out two and walked one.

Wyatt Short entered the game with runners on second and third and only one out in the eighth inning and pitched out of that jam with no runs scoring. He then pitched the ninth and got the save. Short pitched 1.2 innings and allowed two hits, both two-out singles in the ninth inning. Short struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Catcher Ian Rice hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his eighth on the year. Rice was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Charcer Burks hit a two-out RBI triple in the seventh inning and then scored on a P.J. Higgins pinch-hit single. Burks was 1 for 3.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 3-0.

Justin Steele had another terrific start, allowing no runs and just one hit over 5.1 innings. Steele did not give up a hit until the sixth inning. It’s the second time in three starts since returning to Myrtle Beach after Tommy John surgery that Steele did not give a up a run in a start of at least five innings.

Steele struck out two and walked two.

The save went to Tyler Peyton, his ninth of the year. He pitched the ninth inning and gave up a two-out triple, but got a ground out on the other three batters he faced.

Center fielder D.J. Wilson had a pair of doubles and went 3 for 4. He scored one run.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 4 with a double an RBI double in the first inning, scoring Wilson.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs sank the Lake County Captains (Indians), 5-4. The win snapped a four-game losing skid for South Bend.

Starter Enrique De Los Rios got the win after pitching five innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Brian Glowicki pitched the final two innings and got the save. Glowicki gave up just one hit, but that led to two unearned runs thanks to a pair of errors in the eighth inning. (One of those errors was Glowicki’s, so you can judge how “unearned” it was.) He walked one and struck out no one.

DH Jimmy Herron went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Third baseman Delvin Zinn was 2 for 4 with an RBI single.

Center fielder Chris Singleton went 2 for 3.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds dried out the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 7-4.

Faustino Carrera threw the first six innings and got the win after giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Sean Berry pitched the ninth inning and he put runners on first and second with one out on a single and a walk. But a double play ended the game and gave him the save.

Left fielder Grant Fennell hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, which was his third of the season. Fennell also hit an RBI double in the second inning. Fennell was 2 for 5.

DH Nelson Velazquez went 3 for 5 with a double. He had two RBI and scored once.

Third baseman Luke Reynolds was 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and a walk. Reynolds scored twice and had two runs batted in.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were losing to the Dodgers, 1-0 in the third inning.

Cubs 2 were suspended in the third inning in game one with the Angels, losing 5-4.

Game 2 between Cubs 2 and the Angels was postponed.