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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 19

Iowa had the only win tonight, but it was a big one that moved them closer to a postseason berth. Alexander Guerra hits two home runs in an Ems heartbreaker.

Jim Adduci
Jim Adduci
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs foiled the San Antonio Missions (Brewers), 9-5.

Colin Rea improved his record to a league-best 13-3, but his league-leading ERA took a hit as he allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings. Rea walked three and struck out seven. (Rea still leads the league in ERA at 3.71.)

The Iowa franchise record for wins in a season is 14. Rea should get two or three more starts before the season ends.

Duane Underwood Jr, Dakota Mekkes and Dillon Maples combined to give up just one hit and one walk over the final four innings.

Left fielder Donnie Dewees put the Cubs in front with a three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. It was Dewees’ 15th home run this season. He was 2 for 5.

First baseman Jim Adduci was 3 for 4 with two doubles. Adduci scored three times and had one RBI.

Center fielder Albert Almora Jr. was 1 for 5 with an RBI.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak and combined with a Memphis loss to Round Rock, dropped the I-Cubs magic number to seven with 14 games to play. The Iowa Cubs have not won a division title since 2008.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were overrun by the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 6-5.

Starter Luis Lugo pitched well with four innings, three hits and no runs. Lugo struck out seven and walked only two.

Allen Webster and Ben Hecht blew a 4-0 lead by giving up a combined five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The loss, however, went to Tommy Nance, who allowed a run in the bottom of the seventh after the Smokies had tied the game up in the top of the seventh. Nance allowed one run on two hits over two innings. he struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 3 for 4 with one run scored.

Shortstop Zack Short was 2 for 5.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Last scheduled off-day of the season.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were decoyed by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 5-3.

Starter Carlos Vega gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the first inning. Then he and reliever Brandon Hughes combined to allow four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning that ended up dooming the Cubs. All four runs came after two were out.

The final line on Vega was three runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out seven and did not walk anyone.

Hughes allowed two inherited runners to score and two of his own to take the loss. Hughes allowed two runs on three hits over 1.1 innings. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

DH Nelson Maldonado hit a three-run triple in the top of the first inning and South Bend never scored again after that. Maldonado was 1 for 4.

South Bend managed just three hits.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 5-4 in ten innings.

Kohl Franklin started this game and he allowed two runs on three hits over three innings. Franklin walked one and struck out four.

Aneuris Rosario was called upon to get a six-out save in the eighth inning. But after retiring the first five batters he faced, Rosario gave up a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth, followed by a game-tying home run. After Eugene failed to score in the top of the tenth, Rosario got the loss when he allowed a run to score in the bottom of the inning.

The final line on Rosario was three runs, two earned, on three hits over 2.1 innings. He struck out one and walked one batter intentionally.

Catcher Alexander Guerra had two solo home runs tonight. The first was in the third inning and the second came in the eighth. Guerra also hit a two-run double in the top of the first, giving him all four Ems RBI in this game. He was 3 for 4 and was intentionally walked in the tenth inning.

Center fielder Fernando Kelli was 2 for 4 with a double and two steals. Kelli scored once.

Right fielder Jacob Olson was 2 for 4 with a double.

Those three hitters had all seven of Eugene’s hits tonight.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Giants Orange, 9-4.

Cubs 2 lost to the Rangers, 12-2.