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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 17

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Only the Pelicans and the Arizona teams won, but they won with some terrific pitching

Manuel Rondon
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs couldn’t escape from the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6-4 in 11 innings.

Duane Underwood Jr. started and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. Underwood walked two, one intentionally, and struck out six. He also hit three batters.

The I-Cubs bullpen did not allow a run until the bottom of the 11th, when Casey Coleman gave up three runs, including a walk-off two-run home run by Andrew Toles. The final line on Coleman was three runs, two earned, on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. Coleman struck out one.

Second baseman Mike Freeman came off the disabled list and played his first game for Iowa since June 19. He was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored three runs.

This game featured four hit batsmen and four ejections, including both managers. I-Cubs skipper Marty Pevey was the only member of the Cubs ejected.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were subjugated by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-1.

Smokies starter Keegan Thompson didn’t make it out of the third inning. He gave up one run in the first, two in the second and three in the third. The final line on Thompson was six runs on nine hits over 2.2 innings. One of the six runs was unearned. Thompson walked three and struck out three.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone went 2 for 3 with a walk and the lone Tennessee RBI.

Third baseman Craig Hodges went 2 for 4 with a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Buies Creek Astros, 1-0.

Cory Abbott threw the first six innings and gave up just three hits. He walked two and struck out nine.

Manuel Rondon had a three-inning save. He allowed three hits. He struck out five and walked no one. It was Rondon’s first save since 2013.

That’s 14 strikeouts for the two Pelicans pitchers.

Tyler Alamo doubled home Andrew Monasterio in the fourth inning for the only run of the game. Alamo was 2 for 3 and Monasterio went 0 for 2 with a walk.

Highlights. The Pelicans did not turn seven double plays in this game. In fact, they didn’t turn any.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs fell to the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 6-5.

Starter Javier Assad allowed four runs on four hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Reliever Jake Steffens gave up a two-run home run in the seventh inning to take the loss. Steffens’ line was two runs on three hits over 1.1 innings. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Second baseman Clayton Daniel had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 3 game. He also walked once. Daniel scored three times.

Right fielder Chris Singleton went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. He also had one run batted in.

DH Delvin Zinn was 2 for 5 with two RBI and one run scored.

The SB Cubs loaded the bases in the top of the ninth with one out, but Austin Filiere hit into a game-ending double play.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were shut out by the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 11-0.

Eury Ramos gave up two runs in the first inning and three in the second and this game was never close again. Ramos allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in two innings of work. He walked two and struck out one.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 4 with a double.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat the Rangers, 4-0.

Bailey Clark pitched two scoreless innings in a rehab appearance in this game.

Cubs 2 beat Indians 2, 3-2.