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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 29

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Iowa has a successful day. The Ems win a big one and AZL Cubs 1 move to the Championship series.

Kris Bryant Iowa rehab 2018
Kris Bryant
Dylan Heuer

Drew Smyly is expected to pitch for South Bend in a rehab assignment on Thursday.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 1-0 and 3-2.

Trevor Clifton started game 1 and gave up just four hits over five innings. Clifton struck out five, walked one and hit one batter.

Brian Duensing pitched the next 1.2 innings in a rehab appearance. He retired all five batters he faced, striking out one.

Dillon Maples was summoned from the pen to get the final out. After just three pitches, Maples got the strikeout swinging and the save.

The lone run of the game came in the fifth inning when Jacob Hannemann doubled home Mark Zagunis, who had walked. Hannemann was 1 for 2 and Zagunis went 0 for 1 with the walk.

Kris Bryant played all seven innings at third base and was 1 for 3 with a strikeout.

In game two, starter Duncan Robinson allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits over five innings. Robinson struck out five, walked two and hit one batter.

Dakota Mekkes pitched the top of the seventh and he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but he got out of the jam with two strikeouts. Mekkes then got the win when Iowa scored in the bottom of the seventh.

Shortstop Mike Freeman scored the winning run all the way from second base on an infield single by third baseman Jason Vosler in the bottom of the seventh. Freeman and Vosler were both 2 for 4.

Catcher Taylor Davis went 2 for 3.

Center fielder Trey Martin went 2 for 3 and scored once.

Bryant did not play in game 2.

Tennessee Smokies

Off day. They start a five-game series at home against Pensacola to finish out the season on Thursday.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blasted by the Buies Creek Astros, 12-3.

Erick Leal allowed just one run on three hits over 4.1 innings. The one run came on a solo home run in the fifth. Leal walked three and struck out four.

This game was close until the Astros scored eight runs in the top of the ninth off of reliever Jose Paulino. In Paulino’s defense, he had no defense. Seven of the eight runs were unearned.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored one run and drove in one.

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

Shortstop Aramis Ademan was 2 for 4.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs ran the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) off the road, 8-1.

Brendon Little turned in five scoreless innings tonight as he grabbed his fifth win of the year. Little allowed just two hits and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter. Little struck out five.

South Bend scored three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. All three runs came on a bases-loaded double by SS Rafael Narea. Narea also had another RBI double in the seventh inning. He was 2 for 4 with two doubles and four total RBI. Narea also scored once.

DH Jose Gutierrez went 2 for 4 with a walk. He had a two-run single in the second inning to up the South Bend lead to 5-0. Gutierrez scored once.

Second baseman Delvin Zinn extended his hit streak to 12 games, going 2 for 4 with a walk and one runs scored.

First baseman Austin Upshaw was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once and had one run batted in.

Third baseman Austin Filiere went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Left fielder Chris Singleton also went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Highlights:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds beat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 6-5.

Paul Richan pitched the first four innings of this game and allowed two runs on five hits, including a solo home run to the second pick in last June’s draft, Joey Bart. Richan struck out one and did not issue a walk.

Cam Sanders threw a perfect fifth inning and was awarded the win because Richan did not go five innings. Sanders struck out one.

Eugenio Palma entered the game in the eighth inning after Sean Barry allowed a leadoff single. Palma threw 2 innings and the only baserunner he allowed reached on an error. He did not strike anyone out. It was Palma’s second save of the season

Shortstop Luis Vazquez went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

The win gives the Ems a one-game lead over the Volcanoes in the race for the final playoff spot with five games to play. The two teams have two more games left in this series in Salem-Keizer.

AZL Cubs

The AZL Cubs 1 beat the AZL Rangers, 8-7 in 10 innings. The win advances them to the Arizona League title series against the AZL Dodgers on Thursday.

The Cubs fell behind early as starter Yunior Perez allowed four runs on three hits and three walks over just four innings. Perez struck out one.

The Cubs trailed 6-1 after the top of the fifth, but they fought back and their bullpen kept the Rangers from scoring until a runner starting the inning on second base in the tenth. Niels Stone pitched the top of the tenth and allowed the one unearned run on no hits and no walks. He did hit one batter. Stone did not have a strikeout.

Second baseman Yonathan Perlaza was 3 for 5 with a double and one RBI. He also scored once.

DH Orian Nunez had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 night. He also walked once. Nunez scored twice and drove in one.

One of Nunez’s doubles scored the tying run in the bottom of the tenth and set up a second and third and one out situation with the winning run on third. After the Rangers intentionally walked the bases loaded, pinch hitter Kevin Moreno walked with the bases loaded to end the game.