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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 26

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A split day for the system, some wins, some losses, and one big-time comeback.

Brandon Hughes
Rikk Carlson

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were drenched by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-2.

Kyle Ryan turned in another good performance, allowing just one run on four hits over five innings. Ryan struck out four and walked no one. The run came on a second-inning home run was only the second run that Ryan has allowed in 18.1 innings this month.

James Norwood relieved Ryan and took the loss. Norwood allowed a run on a hit and two walks in one inning. Norwood did not have a strikeout.

Brian Duensing’s rehab appearance did not go well as he was unable to finish the seventh inning. Duensing allowed three runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning. He did not strike out or walk anyone.

Iowa had three hits today. Shortstop Mike Freeman went 1 for 3 with an RBI double and a walk.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were cooked by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 3-1.

Thomas Hatch started and took the loss. Hatch allowed three runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out four, walked one and hit one batter.

First baseman Vimael Machin hit an RBI double in the fourth inning. He was 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans stuffed the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 4-1.

Erich Uelmen pitched the first three innings and surrendered just one hit and no runs. He walked two and struck out two.

Bailey Clark threw the next two innings without allowing a run and got the win. Clark struck out two and walked no one.

Yapson Gomez tossed the final two innings and got the save. Gomez allowed one unearned run in the bottom of the eighth. He gave up one hit. He walked one and struck out three.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs gave up five runs in the top of the ninth inning to fall behind 9-5. But then they struck back with five runs of their own in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 10-9.

Brailyn Marquez made his low-A debut and he gave up three runs in the top of the first. But then he settled down and did not allow a run over the next four innings. The final line on Marquez was three runs, two earned, on five hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three. He also hit one batter.

Erling Moreno gave up a run in the eighth inning and then started the seemingly disastrous ninth inning. Moreno’s final line was six runs on eight hits over 3.1 innings. Moreno walked two and had one strikeout.

Brian Glowicki entered the game with one out in the ninth, five runs already in and runners on first and second. He got a pop up and a strikeout from the two batters he faced got the win when South Bend stormed back in the ninth.

Two TinCaps pitchers failed to retire a single South Bend batter in the ninth inning and right fielder Brandon Hughes hit a bloop walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Hughes went 3 for 5 with a double. He scored once.

DH Austin Filiere went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and a walk. He had one RBI and he scored twice, including trotting home from third on Hughes’ walk-off single.

Second baseman Clayton Daniel went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored twice and had two runs batted in.

Center fielder Chris Singleton went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Singleton doubled and scored in the ninth inning.

Catcher Eric Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with one run scored.

Highlights:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds vacuumed up the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 11-2.

Starter Yovanny Cruz got the win in his first appearance for the Emeralds. He pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just four hits. Cruz struck out five and did not walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.

DH Nelson Velazquez hit a solo home run in the third inning. It was his ninth of the season and second in as many nights. Velazquez was 2 for 4 with a walk. He drove in two runs total and scored three times.

First baseman Grant Fennell hit a three-run triple in the eighth inning. Fennell went 2 for 5.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and drove in one run.

Second baseman Andy Weber went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli went 2 for 4. He had one run batted in and he scored once.

The win gives the Ems a one-game lead over Salem-Keizer for the final playoff spot with seven games to play. The Ems will take on the Volcanoes in a three-game series in Salem-Keizer starting on Wednesday.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat the Angels, 7-1.

Cubs 2 beat Indians 2, 10-9 in 11th innings.