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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 30

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Drew Smyly looked good and Kris Bryant finished his rehab. That’s all the good news.

Drew Smyly
Rikk Carlson

The Southern League announced their Post-season All-Star Team and Smokies shortstop Zack Short was named to the team! So a big congratulations to him.

Everyone lost tonight. Not good.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 4-2.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up three runs, all in the fourth inning, and got the loss. Tseng pitched six innings and gave up eight hits, including a solo home run in the fourth. Tseng struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Right fielder Jacob Hannemann drove in both Iowa runs on a fielder’s choice and an RBI triple. He was 1 for 4.

Kris Bryant played three innings of left field and then left after going 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. He’s expected to rejoin the Cubs this weekend in Philadelphia.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were pulled off the boat by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 5-1. This game ended early with one out in the bottom of the ninth because of rain.

Matt Swarmer allowed just one hit over the first five innings. But then he gave up two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh, where he faced three batters and was tagged for two home runs. The final line on Swarmer was five runs on six hits over 6+ innings. Swarmer walked one and struck out five.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez went 1 for 4 with an RBI double in the sixth inning for the only Smokies run of the game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell to the Buies Creek Astros, 2-1 in their final home game of the season.

Cory Abbott gave the Pelicans a strong five innings, allowing no runs and just four hits. Abbott walked three and struck out three.

Yapson Gomez gave up a run in the top of the eighth inning and got the loss. Gomez allowed one run on two hits over two innings. Gomez hit one batter and walked one batter intentionally. He struck out two.

The Pelicans lone run came after first baseman Jared Young tripled in the seventh inning and scored on a wild pitch. Young was 1 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were run over by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 4-2.

Drew Smyly pitched the first inning of this game and he was magnificent, striking out the side in order on 13 pitches.

Javier Assad took over for the second inning and pitched well, but he still got the loss. Assad was charged with two runs, one earned, on three hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked no one.

Shortstop Rafael Narea was 2 for 3.

Here’s Smyly’s outing.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were buried by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 15-5.

Starting pitcher Eury Ramos didn’t make it out of the second inning, getting hammered for six runs in the inning. The final line on Ramos was six runs on seven hits, including two home runs, over 1.2 innings. Ramos walked one batter and did not strike anyone out.

Catcher Brennon Kaleiwahea got the Ems back in the game in the sixth inning when he hit a grand slam, which also happened to be the first professional home run for him. Kaleiwahea was 1 for 4.

First baseman Grant Fennell went 2 for 3 with a walk.

The two teams are now tied for the final playoff spot in the Northwest League with four games to play. The Ems and Volcanoes will play the final game of the series on Friday night. The winner will have a one-game lead and the tiebreaker advantage with three games to play.

AZL Cubs

The AZL Cubs 1 were beaten by the AZL Dodgers, 7-3 in game one of the best-of-three championship series.

Peyton Remy started and allowed just one run on three hits over five innings. Remy struck out eight and walked one.

Carlos Ocampo relieved Remy in the sixth inning and he was pounded for five runs in two-thirds of an inning. Four of the runs were earned. He allowed three hits, he walked one and hit one batter. Ocampo struck out two.

Second baseman Yonathan Perlaza went 2 for 3 with a walk and two steals, including a straight steal of home in the second inning. Perlaza was involved in all three Cubs runs—scoring two of them and driving in the other one.

Shortstop Josue Huma went 2 for 4.