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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 14

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A low scoring night, but the Pelicans managed to win with just one hit.

Aramis Ademan
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Sorry I’m not “deeper” tonight.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs game was suspended by rain in the fourth inning with Colorado Springs leading 1-0. They’ll finish that game and play a seven-inning game afterwards on Wednesday.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were forced to swear fealty to the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 2-0.

Matt Swarmer was the victim on no support tonight as he allowed just two runs on four hits over six innings. Both runs scored on solo home runs. Swarmer struck out six and walked just one.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert went 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans spit a doubleheader with the Potomac Nationals, winning game one 1-0 in nine innings and losing the second game 1-0.

Alex Lange gave up just two hits tonight over six innings. He struck out six and walked one. He also hit one batter.

Manuel Rondon pitched the final three innings and did not allow a hit and only walked one. Rondon struck out two. That’s especially impressive because a runner started on second base in two of the three innings he pitched.

The Pelicans did not have a baserunner in this game until D.J. Wilson walked to lead off the seventh inning. They did not have a hit until Aramis Ademan had an RBI single in the top of the ninth. Those were the only two baserunners, not counting the two runners who started an inning on second base. Ademan knocked one of them home.

In game two, starter James Buckelew pitched the first two innings without allowing a run. Buckelew allowed two hits and walked two. He struck out one.

Jose Paulino threw the other four innings and got the loss when he gave up two hits in the bottom of the sixth. Those were the only two hits he allowed. Paulino struck out two and walked one.

The Pelicans had five times as many hits in game two as game one, but one fewer run. Andruw Monasterio went 2 for 3.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 5-2 in ten innings.

Starter Jeffrey Passantino allowed two runs on solo home runs in the fifth and sixth inning. The final line on Passantino was two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked nobody.

Ben Hecht gave up a three-run home run in the top of the tenth inning to take the loss. Hecht allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk in one inning of work. He struck out one.

The game went to extra innings when center fielder Jimmy Herron had a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. Herron went 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were jumped over by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6-4.

Starter Brailyn Marquez was terrific tonight, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings. Marquez struck out seven and did not walk anyone.

Sean Berry allowed four runs in the seventh inning, all of which were unearned, to take the loss. Berry pitched one inning and gave up two hits and two walks while striking out two.

Left fielder D.J. Artis hit a three-run home run in the third inning, the first professional home run for the seventh. Artis was 2 for 4.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli hit a solo home run in the fifth for the other Ems run. It was his second of the season. Kelli went 1 for 2 and was also hit by a pitch. He also scored on the Artis home run.

Here’s Artis’ home run.

And here’s Kelli’s.

Here are some Marquez highlights:

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were off.

Cubs 2 were losing to the Padres in the fifth inning, 5-2.

This game had a long wind delay.