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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 23

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Everyone who finished their game lost. That’s bad news.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the Nashville Sounds (Rangers), 3-1.

Adbert Alzolay had his best start since coming off the disabled list at the beginning of the month, allowing just one run on three hits over 4.2 innings. Alzolay walked two and struck out seven.

Duane Underwood Jr. gave up a two-run double to former Iowa (and Chicago) Cub Tim Federowicz in the top of the ninth to take the loss. Underwood allowed two runs on three hits over one inning. He didn’t walk anyone and he struck out one.

Mark Zagunis doubled in the second inning and Johnny Field singled him home for Iowa’s only run of the game. Zagunis was 1 for 3 with a walk and Field was 1 for 3.

Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 3 with a double.

Rehabbing Ben Zobrist was 0 for 4 and rehabbing Daniel Descalso was 0 for 3.

Memphis won again, so Iowa’s magic number stays at five. Iowa’s lead over Memphis has shrunk to six games.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were defenestrated by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 9-3.

Starter Chih-Wei Hu put the Smokies in a hole they’d never recover from when he gave up seven runs on eight hits over just three innings. Only four of the seven runs were earned. Hu walked two and struck out two.

Left fielder Charcer Burks went 2 for 5 and scored one run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans and Salem Red Sox were tied 4-4 at the start of the 11th inning when the game was suspended because of rain. The two teams will finish this game before Saturday’s regularly-scheduled contest.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs lost to the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 5-4 in ten innings.

Starter Brendan King allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits over 3.2 innings. King walked two and struck out two.

Brandon Hughes kept this game tied with two perfect innings of relief. He struck out three.

Sean Berry pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to force extras, but he allowed two runs in the top of the tenth to take the loss. The final line on Berry was two runs, one earned, on four hits over two innings. Berry walked one and did not strike anyone out.

First baseman Jake Slaughter had an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the tenth to get the Cubs to within a run and put the tying run on third. The next batter up, Fidel Mejia, grounded out to second to end the game. Slaughter was 1 for 5 and Mejia was 0 for 4 and was hit by a pitch.

Center fielder Cole Roederer had a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning. Roederer was 2 for 5.

DH Nelson Maldonado went 2 for 5 with a double.

Catcher Caleb Knight had a successful South Bend debut. Knight went 2 for 3 with a double and he was hit by a pitch. Knight scored one run.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds lost their fifth-straight game, 4-3 to the Everett AquaSox (Mariners).

Starter Chris Clarke allowed a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Clarke’s line was three runs on four hits over three innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Three AquaSox pitchers took a no-hitter into the ninth. Then left fielder Yovanny Cuevas and center fielder Fernando Kelli both walked to start the ninth inning. With one out, right fielder Edmond Americaan doubled them both home to break up the no-hitter and get the Ems to within a run. With two out in the top of the ninth, Grayson Byrd singled home Americaan to tie the game.

But Joe Nahas gave up a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to Cesar Izturis Jr. and the AquaSox had a walkoff win. The final line on Nahas was one run on three hits over 1.2 innings. Nahas walked two (one intentionally) and struck out one.

AZL Cubs

Both teams had the day off. Cubs 1’s season will definitely end Monday. Cubs 2 still have a chance at a playoff spot.