Cubs minor league pitcher Braxton Light, who was a 24th-round pick in 2017, was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine. Light has only pitched two innings as a professional, both coming in scoreless one-inning relief stints for Cubs 1 in the Arizona League this summer.
The Iowa Cubs chased down the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 8-3.
Duncan Robinson got the win in his first ever Triple-A start with six scoreless innings. Robinson gave up five hits. He walked three and struck out one.
Brian Duensing pitched one scoreless inning of relief in a rehab appearance. Duensing gave up a walk and a single.
Third baseman Jason Vosler hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to give the I-Cubs a lead they would never relinquish. It was Vosler’s 21st home run this year and ninth for Iowa. Vosler went 2 for 5.
Right fielder Jacob Hannemann led off the second inning with his fifth home run of the year. Hannemann was 1 for 4.
Later in the second inning, shortstop Mike Freeman connected for a two-run home run, his sixth blast on the year. Freeman went 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.
First baseman Ryan Court was 2 for 3 with two walks and one run scored.
DH Chris Coghlan went 2 for 4 with a walk and a two-run double in the second inning. He scored on Freeman’s home run.
Second baseman Stephen Bruno went 2 for 5.
The Tennessee Smokies were battered by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 10-2.
Starting pitcher Matt Swarmer took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. Swarmer walked two and struck out just one.
Second baseman Trent Giambrone went 1 for 1 with three walks. Giambrone scored once and had one RBI.
Center fielder Wynton Bernard went 2 for 4 and singled home Giambrone in the fourth inning.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were downed by the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 2-1 in ten innings.
Cory Abbott started and pitched five scoreless innings. He surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out eight.
The loss went to Manuel Rondon, who threw away a sacrifice bunt to lead off the bottom of the tenth inning and the winning run scored. Rondon’s final line was 1+ innings and allowing one unearned run on no hits and one walk. He did not strike anyone out.
The Pelicans lone run came on a home run by second baseman Christian Donahue in the top of the ninth inning. It was Donahue’s second home run in just four games in High-A and his fourth overall. He was 1 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs dented the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-2.
Starting pitcher Ryan Williams turned in 6.2 strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Williams walked one and struck out five.
Maikel Aguiar threw the other 2.1 innings and got the win. The only hit he allowed was a solo home run to Jalen Washington. Aguiar walked one and struck out three.
Third baseman Delvin Zinn, right fielder Brandon Hughes and second baseman Clayton Daniel were all 1 for 3 with a double. Zinn had one RBI and one run scored while Daniel scored once.
The Eugene Emeralds were dusted off by the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 5-4 in 11 innings.
Faustino Carrera did not allow a run over the first six innings. He allowed just two hits. Carrera walked only one while striking out four.
The loss went to Stephen Ridlings, who pitched a scoreless tenth inning but then gave up a run in the top of the 11th. The final line on Ridlings was one unearned run on two hits over two innings. He struck out five and did not walk anyone.
After Tri-City took the lead with a two runs in the top of the ninth, Gustavo Polanco tied it up again with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning. It was his third home run of the year. Polanco went 1 for 4.
Right fielder Jonathan Sierra went 3 for 5. He scored on Polanco’s blast.
Center fielder Nelson Velazquez was 3 for 4 with an RBI. He was also hit by a pitch.
Here’s Polanco’s home run:
B9 | Ems answer! Polanco ties it back up at 4 after a 2-run BLAST! pic.twitter.com/wJgUKvXZTF— Eugene Emeralds (@EugeneEmeralds) August 25, 2018
Cubs 1 were off.