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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 19

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Everyone but Iowa won, and they lost twice.

Jhonny Pereda
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans had their “Deaf Awareness” game today and it looked like a big success from the internet broadcast. As you can see above, all the lettering on the Pelicans uniforms were spelled out in American Sign Language. Curtis Pride was also there at the game and was interviewed during the broadcast.

We’ve already done a story about what happened in South Bend with Yu Darvish, so I won’t say much about that. I will say, for the record, that I believe Yu Darvish will pitch again for the Cubs, although not this season.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were swept by the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-0 and 5-2.

Jen-Ho Tseng started game one and gave up four runs on five hits over six innings. He did strike out seven batters and he didn’t walk any, although he did hit two batters.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 3 with a double.

This game was a makeup of a game rained out in Des Moines in April, so the Cubs batted last even though the game was played in Oklahoma City.

In game two, Kyle Ryan turned in a strong three innings of scoreless baseball to start the game. He gave up only one baserunner, a single to lead off the bottom of the first. He then picked that runner off. Ryan struck out two.

Alberto Baldonado gave up three runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth to take the loss. The final line on Baldonado was five runs on four hits over 1.1 innings. One of the five runs was unearned. Baldonado walked one and struck out two.

Left fielder Chris Coghlan went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI single. Second baseman Mike Freeman was also 2 for 3 and scored when Coghlan singled him home in the sixth inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies accepted the surrender of the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 3-1.

Four Smokies pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Starter Matt Swarmer threw the first six innings and gave up the only run on two two-out hits in the fourth inning. Swarmer struck out nine and walked none.

Scott Effross, Brad Markey and Allen Webster each threw a scoreless inning of relief to close out the game. Effross was perfect, striking out two. Markey gave up a single and a walk and struck out two. Webster was also perfect and struck out two as he got his third save.

Shortstop Zack Short hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his 16th of the season. Short was 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans delayed the countdown of the Buies Creek Astros, 5-4.

Starting pitcher Justin Steele did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, but he gave up three of them to lead off the sixth. Since all of them eventually came around to score, his line doesn’t look as strong as he actually pitched. Steele threw 5+ innings and allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out seven and walked just one.

Tyler Peyton gave up a run in the top of the ninth, but got a double play with runners on first and second and one out to end the game and collect his tenth save. Peyton’s line was one run on two hits over 1.2 innings. Peyton walked one and did not strike out anyone.

DH Jhonny Pereda hit a solo home run in the first inning to open the scoring. It was his eighth this season. Pereda went 2 for 4 with two total runs batted in.

Second baseman Andruw Monasterio went 1 for 2 with two walks. He singled home a run and scored in the second inning.

HIghlights, including some of the Deaf Awareness Night festivities.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs shut out the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 3-0.

Yu Darvish only lasted one inning. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced and then walked the next one. He got a fly out, a pop up and a strikeout looking to finish the inning. He looked fine to me, but clearly he wasn’t as he called for the trainer as he was warming up for the second inning.

Enrique De Los Rios pitched the next seven innings and got the win. He allowed six hits but did not walk anyone. De Los Rios struck out four.

Manuel Rodriguez struck out the side in order in the ninth for his third save.

Left fielder Jose Gutierrez went 2 for 4 with one run batted in and one run scored.

Center fielder Jimmy Herron went 1 for 3 with a walk. He doubled to lead off the sixth inning and later scored.

Third baseman Christian Donahue went 3 for 4.

Second baseman Clayton Daniel was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds downed the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 5-4 in ten innings.

Riley Thompson started and did not allow a run over 3.2 innings. He did allow two hits and two walks while striking out five.

The win went to Riley McCauley, who retired all three batters he faced in the top of the tenth inning, two of them by strikeouts. It was the first professional win for the 14th-round pick.

Shortstop Andy Weber singled home D.J. Artis in the bottom of the tenth for the walk-off win in extras. Weber was 1 for 4.

Artis homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning, his second of the season. Artis was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored three runs. He also drove in one run.

Second baseman Levi Jordan went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Here’s the walk-off single.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were off.

Cubs 2 were beating the Brewers, 2-1 in the seventh inning.