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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 1

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The Smokies and Ems ride strong pitching performances to wins. South Bend just stays hot.

Luis Lugo
Luis Lugo
Tennessee Smokies

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs went bust against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 3-1.

Colin Rea turned in another good start, allowing just one run on eight hits over six innings. Rea walked one and struck out five.

Duane Underwood pitched the other two innings and took the loss when he allowed two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth. Underwood gave up three hits. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

The I-Cubs had one hit in this game—a solo home run in the fifth inning by Trent Giambrone. It was GIambrone’s 21st home run this year. He was 1 for 3.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies beat the Mississippi Braves, 4-1.

Luis Lugo improved his record in Double-A to 5-0 after he allowed just one run on six hits over five innings. Lugo walked one and struck out seven.

Wyatt Short pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save. He struck out two.

Four Smokies pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts in this game.

Catcher Tyler Payne hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to tack on an insurance run. It was his eighth home run this season. Payne went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were solved by the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 2-1.

Javier Assad was the tough-luck loser as Assad gave up two runs on just three hits over six innings. He struck out three, walked two and hit one batter.

The Birds only run scored on a fifth-inning double by first baseman Wladimir Galindo. Galindo was 1 for 2 with a double and two walks.

The Pelicans only had three hits in this game.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs won their sixth-straight game, 4-3 over the West Michigan Whitecaps (TIgers).

Faustino Carrera pitched the first six innings and got the win after allowing just two runs on five hits. One of the two runs was unearned. The other was a solo home run. Carrera struck out six and did not walk anyone.

Brian Glowicki threw the ninth and got the save. The only baserunner he gave up was a one-out single and that runner never advanced past first. Glowicki did not strike anyone out.

It was a big night for center fielder Cole Roederer, who hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning that snapped a 2-2 tie. It was Roederer’s seventh home run this year and his first at South Bend’s Four Winds FIeld. Roederer was 3 for 4 with a stolen base.

Every other hitter in the South Bend lineup had exactly one hit except Clayton Daniel, and he’s excused because he went 0 for 1 with three walks in the leadoff position.

Highlights:

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds buried the Spokane Indians (Rangers) 9-2.

Fourth-round pick Chris Clarke pitched the first three innings and was perfect, retiring all nine batters he faced. Clarke struck out five of them.

Zach Mort pitched the next five innings and got the win. Mort allowed three hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Shortstop Pedro Martinez went 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored twice and had one run batted in.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and a sacrifice fly. He scored twice and had four total RBI.

First baseman Grayson Byrd was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI.

Left fielder Darius Hill went 2 for 5. He triple an scored in the first inning.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Athletics Gold, 4-3.

Richard Gallardo was perfect over three innings in this game.

Cubs 2 beat the Angels, 6-4.