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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 16

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Tennessee wins big. Iowa wins their final game with Colorado Springs. Ems ride strong pitching to a win.

Zack Short
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs grounded the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 9-3.

Trevor Clifton started and allowed three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Kyle Ryan got the win because Clifton didn’t go five, but in this case, he earned it as he did not allow a run over 3.1 innings. He gave up just two hits and no walks, although he did hit a batter. Ryan struck out five.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno had the big bat today, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Bruno scored twice and had two RBI.

Catcher Chris Gimenez went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI single

Center fielder Terence Gore played his first game in the Cubs organization and singled, stole second and scored on a Bruno double his first time up. He was 1 for 4.

This is final game between the I-Cubs and Sky Sox as the Sky Sox are moving to San Antonio next season. The Sky Sox have been in Colorado Springs since 1988 and they’ve been playing the I-Cubs since 1998 when Iowa moved to the Pacific Coast League.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blasted the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 11-1.

Michael Rucker was the beneficiary of all this offense, but he didn’t need most of it. Rucker gave up just one run on three hits over six innings. Rucker struck out six and walked two.

Shortstop Zack Short hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, his 15th home run this season. Short went 2 for 5 with a walk and five total runs batted in.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Martinez also had a two-run double in the top of the ninth. On the night, Martinez was 2 for 5 with the four RBI. He now has eleven home runs this season.

Third baseman Vimael Machin went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice and had one run batted in.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone went 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

Center fielder Wynton Bernard was 2 for 4 and scored one time.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were outvoted by the Potomac Nationals, 3-2.

Erich Uelmen was activated off the disabled list and unfortunately couldn’t finish his first inning of work. Uelmen allowed two runs on two hits, including a home run to the first batter he faced, in just two-thirds of an inning. He walked one and did not strike anyone out. He only threw 17 pitches.

Eric Leal then threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief and Yapson Gomez chipped in three scoreless of his own. Tyler Peyton retired the side in order in the eighth inning, but then loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth and then allowed a walkoff infield single.

The final line on Peyton was one run on two hits over 1.2 innings. He walked two (one intentional) and struck out one.

The Pelicans could only manage three hits in this game, but one of them was a two-run home run by catcher Michael Cruz in the seventh inning. It was Cruz’s 12th home run of the season but the other eleven were for South Bend. Cruz was 1 for 3.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were boiled by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 5-1 in game one of a doubleheader. Game 2 was rained out.

Starter Brendon Little allowed five runs on five hits in four innings. Little walked three and struck out two.

Left fielder Jimmy Herron gave the Cubs and early 1-0 lead with a home run in the top of the first inning. It was his third home run and second with South Bend. Herron was 2 for 3.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds jumped over the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 2-1.

Paul Richan started and was perfect for four innings. He struck out five.

Stephen Ridlings got the win because Richan did not go five. He allowed one run on three hits over three innings. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Mitch Stophel was perfect over the final two innings for the save. He struck out three.

A lot of “perfect” going on there.

Second baseman Levi Jordan scored both Ems runs. He was 2 for 3 with one steal.

Shortstop Luis Vazquez doubled home Jordan in the third inning for the first run of the game. He was 1 for 3.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were beating the Diamondbacks, 8-4 in the sixth inning.

Cubs 2 were losing to Indians 2, 5-4 in the seventh inning.