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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 2

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Only the Ems won tonight.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs
Je-Ho Tseng
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The Diamondbacks should trade for Eugene’s Grant Fennell, because I hear he really shines when paired with Jake Lamb.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were stung by the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 2-0.

Jen-Ho Tseng had his longest start since June 5, but he gave up two solo home runs and got tagged with the loss. Tseng allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. Tseng struck out eight (just one short of his season high) and walked just one.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno went 2 for 4 with a double. The rest of the I-Cubs lineup had one hit.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were outmaneuvered by the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 4-3.

The Smokies wasted a good start by Matt Swarmer, who gave up just two runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked just one.

James Buckelew relieved Swarmer and gave up one run in the seventh and one in the eighth to take the loss. The final line on Buckelew was two runs on five hits over 1.1 innings. Buckelew struck out one and walked no one.

The first two Smokies batters of this game, Charcer Burks and Vimael Machin, both singled. The third batter, shortstop Zack Short, hit a three-run home run to give the Smokies a 3-0 lead before recording an out. The Smokies only had one more hit the rest of the way and that was a bunt single.

Short’s home run was his 12th this year. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut down by the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 5-4.

Starter Erick Leal allowed three runs on four hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked just one.

Tyler Pearson pitched the eighth and ninth inning. He gave up an inherited runner in the eighth and one of his own in the top of the ninth to take the loss. The final line on Pearson was one run on two hits and two walks on two innings. One of the walks was intentional. Pearson did not strike anyone out.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan went 2 for 5 with a double and one run scored.

Right fielder Jose Gutierrez went 2 for 3 with an RBI triple and a walk. He scored once.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 4 with a walk.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were hammered by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 8-6. It was South Bend’s eighth-straight loss.

Brandon Little started and took the loss, thanks in part to some poor defense behind him. Little gave up seven runs over four innings, but only two of the seven runs were earned because of a pair of errors by shortstop Rafael Narea. Little allowed five hits. He walked three and struck out three.

The SB Cubs hit two two-run home runs tonight by guys named “Austin.” First baseman Austin Upshaw hit his in the second inning. It was his fifth of the year and third for South Bend. Upshaw was 1 for 4.

Third baseman Austin Filiere hit his seventh home run in the fourth inning. Filiere went 3 for 4 and scored three times.

DH Clayton Daniel went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Left fielder Christian Donahue went 2 for 5.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds beat the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 8-3.

Jeffrey Passantino started and got the win. He went six innings and gave up three runs on six hits. The best part was that he struck out eight and did not walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.

DH Grant Fennell blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Ems a lead they’d never give up. It was Fennell’s third professional home run of the year and his second with Eugene. Fennell was 1 for 5 and scored twice.

First baseman Luke Reynolds stayed hot, going 3 for 4 with two doubles. He scored one run and drove in one.

Left fielder Nelson Velazquez went 3 for 4 with one double. He also scored once and had one RBI.

Third baseman Andy Weber went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored one run.

Second baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 3 with triple and was hit by a pitch.

Here’s Fennell’s home run:

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were losing to the Dodgers 4-3 in the sixth inning.

Cubs 2 were tied with Indians 2 6-6 in the sixth inning.