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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 9

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A rough night for the system, but Ben Zobrist took another step towards a major-league return.

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Everyone but the two Rookie League teams lost.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were shot down by the Las Vegas Aviators (Athletics), 4-0.

Trevor Clifton was strong over the first four innings, allowing no runs and just one hit. Clifton walked one and struck out three.

All four runs in this game were scored in the top of the sixth inning. Dakota Mekkes relieved Clifton in the fifth inning and pitched a perfect inning, But he gave up a single, a walk and an RBI double to the first three batters of the sixth before exiting for Alex Wilson. Wilson let the two inherited runners to score and one of his own. Mekkes got the loss with a line of three runs on two hits and a walk over 1+ inning. He struck out two.

Third baseman Phillip Evans went 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were put out by the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 5-2.

Cory Abbott pitched quite well tonight, but he was a victim of no support. Abbott allowed three runs on just three hits (including a two-run home run in the third inning) over seven innings. Abbott struck out ten and walked two.

Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 with a double.

First baseman Jared Young went 2 for 4 with one RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stoned by the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 6-2.

Jeffrey Passantino was another victim of poor support, taking the loss despite allowing just two runs on five hits over six innings. Passantino kept the ball in play as he struck out one and walked no one.

A rehabbing Ben Zobrist led off the bottom of the first inning with his second home run in two nights. Zobrist was 1 for 3. He played six innings.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were hammered by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 12-2.

Starter Derek Hill took the loss after allowing six runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings. Hill walked three (one intentionally) and struck out just one.

Second baseman Jake Slaughter went 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 9-7.

Starter Eduarniel Nunez pitched 3+ innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. Nunez walked three and struck out two.

The Ems scored four runs in the top of the ninth to make this game close and in fact, had runners on second and third when Grayson Byrd flied out to end the game.

Before the ninth inning, all three Ems runs came on a three-run home run by third baseman Josue Huma, who was playing just his second game game for Eugene and his first start. Huma went 2 for 4 and he scored twice. Huma has three total home runs this year, including two in Mesa.

Catcher Jonathan Soto went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI single in the ninth.

Right fielder Edmond Americaan was 2 for 4. He doubled and scored in the ninth inning.

DH Jake Washer went 2 for 4 and scored one run.

Left fielder Jacob Olson went 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Olson scored on Huma’s home run.

This game was delayed in the fifth inning for 1 hour and 13 minutes because of rain.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat Dodgers Lasorda, 3-2.

Cubs 2 beat the Angels, 10-4.