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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 17

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South Bend continues their playoff quest with a win.

Peyton Remy
Peyton Remy
Clinton Cole

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs dropped their third-straight game to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 8-6.

Matt Swarmer started and surrendered three runs on eleven hits over 5.2 innings. Swarmer walked one and struck out seven.

The Redbirds tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with three unearned runs off of Randy Rosario, although Donnie Dewees throwing out a runner at the plate after a double off of Dillon Maples in the seventh kept the Redbirds from taking the lead. After Maples struck out the side in order in the eighth, Alex Wilson came on in the bottom of the ninth with the score still tied 6-6. Wilson gave up a double to the first batter he faced and a walk-off two-run home run to the next batter, Adolis Garcia.

Iowa scored five runs in the top of the first inning, including a two-run home run by a rehabbing Daniel Descalso. Descalso played three innings at third base and was 1 for 2.

Ben Zobrist played the entire game at second base and went 1 for 4. He had an RBI double in the first inning and scored on Descalso’s home run.

First baseman Jim Adduci hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his 11th this season. Adduci went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.

Shortstop Dixon Machado was 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were smoked by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 2-0.

Starter Erick Leal was the hard-luck loser, allowing just two runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. Leal struck out three and did not walk anyone.

The Smokies only had four hits in this game, all singled. Nico Hoerner was 1 for 4 and now has a six-game hitting streak and a 17-game on-base streak.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Postponed over inclement weather. Doubleheader on Sunday.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs decoyed the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 4-3.

Starter Peyton Remy pitched 5.1 innings without allowing a run. He surrendered three hits and issued two walks. Remy struck out six as he got his fourth win.

Ivan Medina pitched the final 1.1 innings and got the save, but not without great drama in the bottom of the ninth. Medina allowed three unearned runs in the ninth, thanks to two errors and a passed ball. (One of the errors was Medina’s own, so he’s not blameless here.) Medina gave up just one hit. He did not have a walk or a strikeout.

DH Nelson Maldonado went 2 for 4. He had an RBI double in the second inning and later scored that inning as part of a three-run frame.

Catcher Gustavo Polanco was 2 for 4. He had one run batted in and scored once.

Chase Strumpf was promoted from Eugene and went 0 for 4 in his first game.

South Bend now has a two-game lead on Lake County for the final playoff spot in the east. They are also only two games behind Bowling Green for first place in the East.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 8-1.

Chris Clarke did not allow a run over the first three innings of this game. He gave up two hits and walked one while striking out one.

Didier Vargas relieved Clarke to start the fourth inning and got the loss as Spokane scored eight runs in the fourth. Vargas was responsible for five runs on on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. Two of the five runs were unearned. Vargas did not strike anyone out.

Shortstop Luis Vazquez went 2 for 3 with a walk. He drove in the Ems only run in the seventh inning.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 beat Athletics Gold, 2-0.

Cubs 2 lost to Giants Orange, 6-3.