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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 15

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The Smokies got great pitching and timely hitting to down Jacksonville. The Pelicans pound Potomac. The Ems keep winning in the 2nd half.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were shut out by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 5-0.

Chih-Wei Hu made his first I-Cubs start and got roughed up, allowing four runs on seven hits in just three innings. Two of those hits were two-run home runs, accounting for all four runs. Hu walked one and struck out three.

Catcher P.J. Higgins went 2 for 3. That’s two of Iowa’s three runs.

Ben Zobrist played the entire game at second base and was 0 for 3 with a walk.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies grilled the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 5-4 in 12 innings.

Cory Abbott turned in an impressive start tonight, allowing two unearned runs on just one infield single over 6.2 innings. Abbott walked two and struck out 12.

Neither team scored in the tenth inning and both teams scored two runs in the eleventh. Bailey Clark was the pitcher who gave up those two runs for the Smokies, both on a leadoff home run in the 11th. But Clark then pitched a scoreless top of the 12th after Tennessee tied it and got the win when Tennessee scored in the bottom of the inning. Clark’s final line was two runs, one earned, on just one hit (the home run) over two innings. Clark struck out two and did not walk anyone.

Pinch-hitter Jared Young singled home Charcer Burks, who has started the inning on second base in the 12th inning with the walk-off single.

Shortstop Nico Hoerner went 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez stayed hot, going 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans filibustered the Potomac Nationals, 11-2.

Brendon Little got the win after allowing just two runs on five hits over six innings. Little struck out six and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Luke Reynolds hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning that gave the Birds a 3-2 lead that they’d never relinquish. Reynolds went 1 for 5. It was his fifth home run of the year.

The Pelicans scored eight runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run home run by third baseman Cam Balego, his 11th of the year. Balego went 1 for 4 and was hit by a pitch.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda went 3 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one run batted in, both in the seventh inning.

Right fielder Jose Gutierrez was 3 for 5. He also had one RBI and one run scored in the seventh.

Shortstop Delvin Zinn went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were capsized by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 2-1 in ten innings.

The Cubs lost a two-hitter tonight. South Bend starter Zach Mort gave up an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the first inning and the Captains didn’t have another hit until a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the tenth. Mort’s line was one run on one hit over five innings. Mort did walk six batters and struck out just two. He also hit one batter.

After Sean Berry tossed two perfect innings in relief of Mort, Brian Glowicki came into pitch the next 2.2 innings. The only baserunner he gave up before the tenth inning was on a wild pitch third strike in the ninth. The only baserunner he allowed in the tenth before the walk-off single was an intentional walk. His final line was one unearned run on one hit over 2.2 innings. He struck out four and had the intentional walk.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds calmed the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants), 5-3.

Starter Yovanny Cruz surrendered three runs on four hits over 4.1 innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Cruz struck out seven, walked just one and hit one batter.

The win went to Bryan King because Cruz didn’t go five innings. King pitched two-thirds of an inning. He allowed one single and he walked one. King didn’t allow any runs of his own, but he did let one runner inherited from Cruz to score. King did not strike anyone out.

Riley McCauley pitched the eighth and ninth innings and got the save. McCauley did not allow a run or a hit, but he did walk two batters, one in each inning. McCauley struck out five.

DH Jake Washer went 2 for 3 with a double. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Shortstop Pedro Martinez was a perfect 1 for 1 with two walks and a stolen base. He had an RBI single in the second inning and scored on Washer’s double.

The Emeralds are in a tie for first place in their division in the second half with a 12-9 record.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to the Diamondbacks, 5-4.

Cubs 2 beat Athletics Gold, 5-3.