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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 4

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Just the Smokies won, but the big news came off the field.

Emeralds Champions 2016 Eugene Emeralds

The big news today is that the Cubs and Eugene Emeralds have renewed their player development contract for four more years, carrying the affiliation through the 2022 season. The Cubs current stay in Eugene started in 2015 and in 2016, the Ems won their first outright Northwest League title since 1975.

With that, only the Double-A Tennessee Smokies do not have an agreement with the Cubs for the 2019 season. I would be very surprised if an announcement of an agreement between the Cubs and Smokies does not happen sometime before the end of the season

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were abducted by the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 9-6.

Starter Trevor Clifton had issues keeping the ball inside Principal Park as he gave five runs over 4.2 innings with all five runs scoring on three different home runs. The final line on Clifton was five runs on six hits and three walks. Clifton struck out five.

The loss went to Craig Brooks, who allowed four runs on one hit and three walks in just one inning of work. One of the four runs Brooks allowed was unearned and three of them scored after he was relieved by Cory Mazzoni. Brooks struck out three, so every out he got was a strikeout.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno went 3 for 5 with a double. He scored once and had one run driven home.

Center fielder Trey Martin went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. Martine scored three times.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies accepted the surrender of the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 7-1.

Starter Michael Rucker cruised through six innings, giving up just one run on three hits. Rucker struck out four and did not walk anyone, although he did hit one batter. Rucker also had a two-run single in the fourth inning and went 2 for 2 tonight.

Catcher Ian Rice hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to make it 7-1, his seventh home run of the year. Rice went 3 for 4 and also doubled and walked. He scored twice.

Third baseman P.J. Higgins went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the fourth inning. He scored on Rucker’s single.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Potomac Nationals, 1-0 and 2-1.

Cory Abbott started game one and was terrific, keeping the P-Nats from scoring for six innings. Abbott allowed three hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Manuel Rondon relieved Abbott in the bottom of the seventh and walked the bases-loaded and then gave up the walk-off single. One of the walks was intentional after a one-out wild pitch put runners on second and third.

The Pelicans only had two singles and two walks in game one.

In game two, starter Bryan Hudson took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits over five innings. Hudson had some major control issues as he walked five batters and hit one more. He also struck out four.

DH Jared Young homered in the fourth inning for the only Pelicans run of the day. It was Young’s fourth homer for the Pelicans and 14th overall.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were run over by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 6-0.

Enrique De Los Rios gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and that was pretty much ballgame. De Los Rios allowed four runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one.

South Bend had five hits tonight. Austin Filiere was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds affiliation renewal party was spoiled by the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 7-2.

Ems starter Eury Ramos retired the first nine batters he faced in order, but things went south quickly the second time through the order in the fourth inning. Ramos pitched 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on just one hit, a bases-loaded double in the fourth. Ramos loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out six batters tonight.

First baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI single in the fourth. He also walked once.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were off.

Cubs 2 beat the Brewers 10-7.