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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 5

Iowa slams past the 51s. The Smokies, South Bend and Ems also win.

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Congratulations to Jared Young and Erick Leal of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who were named the Cubs Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for July. I was traveling much of last week so things got delayed, but I’ll give you a chance to vote for your own choices for Minor Leaguers of the Month this upcoming week.

Iowa Cubs

Jason Vosler went 4 for 4 with a home run and Chris Gimenez hit a grand slam as the Iowa Cubs vaporized the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 9-4.

Duane Underwood Jr. was sailing through the first four innings of this game, but he gave up a wind-blown solo home run and wind-blown two-run double in the fifth. The final line on Underwood was three runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out five and only walked one.

The win went to Brad Markey, who gave up a run on a solo home run in the one inning he pitched. Markey allowed just the one hit. He did not walk nor strike anyone out.

Vosler hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning for the first run of the game. It was his sixth Iowa home run this year and 18th overall. Vosler was 4 for 4 and also had an RBI double in the seventh inning for two total RBI. He scored twice.

After the 51s took the lead in the top of the fifth, right fielder Mark Zagunis gave Iowa the lead right back with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning. It was Zagunis’ sixth home run of the season. He was 2 for 3 with two walks and two runs scored.

Gimenez blew the game wide open with his grand slam in the seventh inning, his first home run of the year and the first grand slam for Iowa all season. Gimenez went 1 for 3 and he was intentionally walked once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies overran the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 7-2.

Keegan Thompson started and got the win. Thompson allowed just one run on five hits over five innings. Thompson walked three and struck out three.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez went 3 for 5. He had one RBI and one run scored.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 3 with a walk. Myers also had one RBI and scored once.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert went 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.

Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 5 with two RBI. He scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were filibustered by the Potomac Nationals, 7-0.

Justin Steele started and took the loss. Steele pitched three innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five. He also hit one batter.

Left fielder Zach Davis went 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.

Center fielder D.J. Wilson was 2 for 5.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs outraced the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 4-3 in ten innings.

Starter Brendan King had some control issues over four innings, but he didn’t give up any runs. King surrendered two hits, which is great, but he walked three and hit two batters, which isn’t great. King struck out two.

The win went to Brian Glowicki, who pitched a scoreless ninth and kept the runner on second from scoring the tying run in the tenth. Glowicki gave up one hit and he walked one. He also struck out one batter in his two innings of work.

Left fielder Jose Gutierrez hit his first home run since 2016 to lead off the fourth inning. Gutierrez went 1 for 4 and also had a sacrifice fly for two RBI.

First baseman Austin Filiere was 2 for 4 with a double.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds polished off the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 4-3 in ten innings.

Ems starter Faustino Carrera allowed two runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. Carrera struck out seven and walked three.

Eugenio Palma got the win in relief. Palma pitched two scoreless innings, including the tenth. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two.

DH Grant Fennell was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth on a wild pitch.

Shortstop Andy Weber went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were losing to the Rangers 8-7 in the fifth inning.

Cubs 2 were off.