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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 22

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Tyson Miller
Tyson Miller
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A couple of roster notes today. With Justin Steele arriving in Tennessee, the Cubs promoted pitcher Allen Webster from Tennessee to Iowa. Taking Steele’s roster spot in Myrtle Beach was infielder Christian Donahue.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs dropped a doubleheader to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 3-2 in eight innings and 4-3.

Rob Zastryzny started and threw three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits. Zastryzny struck out five and walked one.

After the I-Cubs failed to score in the top of the eighth inning, Anthony Bass came on to pitch the bottom of the inning and he got the loss. The first batter grounded out. A wild pitch sent the runner on second to third and a Domingo Santana walk-off single ended the game.

Second baseman Mike Freeman went 2 for 4 with a double.

In game two, Luke Farrell pitched the first five innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Farrell walked one and struck out five.

James Norwood entered in the bottom of the seventh to get the save, but instead he walked the bases loaded with one out and allowed a walk-off double to Domingo Santana again.

Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 4 with one run batted in and one run scored.

Freeman went 2 for 4 in the nightcap.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were overrun by the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 6-2.

Keegan Thompson turned in a good start, allowing just two runs on seven hits over six innings. Thompson struck out eight and walked just one.

Thompson also hit a two-run double in the fifth inning that plated all of Tennessee’s runs.

Scott Effross had a rough night and took the loss. Effross was tagged four four runs over just 1.2 innings of relief. Effross gave up three hits and he walked three. He also had two strikeouts.

The Smokies had just four hits and Thompson had one of them.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader with the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), losing game one 3-2 and winning the second one 6-1.

Starter Erich Uelmen didn’t make it out of the second inning, giving up one run in the first inning and two in the second. The final line on Uelmen is three runs, two earned, on four hits over 1.2 innings. He did not have a strikeout or a walk.

Left fielder Luis Ayala went 2 for 3 with a double and he scored once in game one.

In game two, Tyson Miller had a seven-inning complete game, allowing just one run on two hits. Miller walked one and struck out eight. The only run came on a solo home run in the second inning by Yermin Mercedes.

In his first start in High-A, second baseman Christian Donahue hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his third home run of the season. Donahue was 1 for 2 with a walk. (He pinch ran but didn’t bat in game one.)

DH Jared Young went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 4-2.

Brendon Little did not make it out of the first inning. He gave up four runs on four hits, one walk and two hit batsmen over two-thirds of an inning. Little did not record a strikeout.

Jake Steffens pitched of a bases-loaded jam in the first with no runs scoring and then went on to throw 4.1 innings without allowing a run, but South Bend was never able to come all the way back.

Maikel Aguiar tossed two scoreless innings and Manuel Rodriguez had one.

Second baseman Clayton Daniel was 2 for 4. He had an RBI single in the fifth inning and then scored the other Cubs run later in the inning.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were stomped on by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 10-1.

Paul Richan started and took the loss. Richan allowed three runs on two hits over 3.2 innings. He also hit one batter. One of the two runs was unearned. Richan struck out five and walked no one.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli went 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. That was a bit negated by Kelli being caught stealing twice.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Giants Orange, 4-1.

Chesny Young went 2 for 3 in a rehab appearance.

Cubs 2 were beating the White Sox, 9-5 in the eighth inning.

Luis Verdugo and Cole Roederer had home runs in this game.