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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 15

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Wins for the Smokies and Pelicans. Iowa splits a twin bill.

Jason Vosler
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs split a doubleheader with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), losing the continuation of yesterday’s suspended game 3-1 and winning the regularly-scheduled seven-inning game 9-4.

Jen-Ho Tseng started yesterday and allowed just one run on three hits over four innings. Tseng struck out five and walked one. He also hit one batter.

The loss went to Dillon Maples in relief, who allowed a run to score against him for the first time since June 16. (In the minors. He gave up five runs to Minnesota on July 1.) In the top of the ninth, Maples allowed two runs on four walks (and no hits) over two-thirds of an inning. One of the two runs he allowed was unearned. Maples did strike out two.

Iowa had just three hits in game one.

In game two, starter Luke Farrell allowed two runs on three hits over 4.1 innings. Farrell struck out six and walked three. Farrell also went doubled to lead off the third inning, which was his first hit as a professional. He later scored in the inning.

The win went to Alberto Baldonado in a particularly-egregious example of the “starting pitcher did not go five innings” rule. Baldonado gave up two runs on three hits over 1.2 innings. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Chris Gimenez hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the season. Gimenez also had a two-run double in the third. He was 2 for 3 with the five RBI and one run scored.

Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 3 with two runs batted in. He also scored once.

Catcher Taylor Davis went 2 for 3 with a double. He had one run batted in and one run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies shut out the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 1-0.

Thomas Hatch gave up just two hits over the first six innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

Allen Webster got the save in his first game for the Smokies. He surrendered just one hit over 1.2 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Catcher Erick Castillo went 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the fifth inning for the only run of the game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans filibustered the Potomac Nationals, 4-3.

Starter Tyson Miller allowed two runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. He walked two and struck out five. He also hit one batter.

Garrett Kelly allowed a runner inherited from Miller in the sixth inning to score to tie the game and then allowed an unearned run of his own in the seventh. But by that time the Pelicans had added two more runs in the top of the seventh to retake the lead.

The final line on Kelly was one unearned run on two hits in 1.1 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Ryan Kellogg pitched the final two scoreless innings to take the save. Kellogg surrendered two hits. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Jared Young hit a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to give the Pelicans the lead for good. Young went 2 for 5.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 3 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Left fielder Luis Ayala was 2 for 4 and scored once.

South Bend Cubs

Rained out in Ft. Wayne. Doubleheader on Thursday.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were tripped up by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 5-3.

Zach Mort gave up two runs in the top of the first inning, but no more over his four innings of work. That was still enough to take the loss. Mort allowed four hits and walked two while striking out five.

First baseman Grant Fennell went 2 for 3 with a walk. He singled home the first Ems run of the game in the sixth inning and later scored that inning.

Here’s Fennell’s RBI single.

The Ems had just four hits tonight, all singles.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Padres 1, 3-2 in ten innings.

Cubs 2 were off.