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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 20

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Iowa’s magic number is 6 after a win over the Missions. South Bend and Myrtle Beach made progress in their playoff chases.

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Aramis Ademan
Aramis Ademan
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Here’s a fun fact: Albert Almora Jr. is the youngest position player on the Iowa Cubs right now. Here’s also a good article where Almora talks about going down to Iowa and why he didn’t wait three days to show up, as he could have.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs mauled the San Antonio Missions (Brewers), 5-1.

Starter Alec Mills gave up just one run on four hits over five innings. Mills struck out six and walked three.

Alex Wilson pitched the sixth inning and got off to a rough start, loading the bases with no outs after two singles and a walk. But Wilson got the next two batters to hit ground balls to short and after a force at the plate and a 6-4-3 double play, got out of the inning with no runs scoring. Wilson then got the win after the I-Cubs scored in the bottom of the sixth.

Third baseman Phillip Evans gave Iowa the lead with a home run to lead off the sixth inning. It was his 17th home run this year. Evans went 1 for 2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

Catcher P.J. Higgins went 2 for 4 with a double and one run batted in.

Memphis won, so Iowa’s magic number to clinch the division fell to six.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies game with the Jackson Generals was suspended because of rain after three innings. The two teams will finish the game on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored six runs in the first inning and defeated the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 6-2.

Starter Brailyn Marquez gave up his first run in over a month, but he still easily pitched well enough to get the win. Marquez allowed just one run on five hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out eight and just walked one.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan hit a two-run double in the first inning and then scored later in the inning. Ademan was 2 for 4.

Catcher Miguel Amaya went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored on Ademan’s double.

First baseman Luke Reynolds made it 2-0 with a two-run single in the first inning. Reynolds was 2 for 4 and was the other player who scored on Ademan’s double.

The Pelicans are two games out of a Wild Card spot with 13 games to play.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

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

Fautino Carrera started and got the win. Carrera surrendered two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Sean Berry threw a perfect ninth inning for the save. Berry struck out one.

Center fielder Cole Roederer was 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base. Roederer had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored after a walk in the sixth.

Catcher Gustavo Polanco was 2 for 4 with a double.

South Bend has a two-game lead over Lansing for the final Wild Card spot with 13 games to play. The two teams will meet in South Bend for a three-game series starting on Wednesday.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were leaped over by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 5-0.

Didier Vargas started and took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits over four innings. Vargas walked two and struck out one.

The Ems had three hits in this game.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 2 beat Cubs 1, 11-5.

Keegan Thompson played in this game for his first appearance since April 6 with the Smokies. He pitched two innings and allowed two runs, both on a home run by Luis Verdugo. Thompson threw 15 pitches.