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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 25

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The Smokies were the only winner among the top five teams. The two rookie ball teams played each other, so one had to win.

Craig Brooks
Craig Brooks
Tennessee Smokies

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the Nashville Sounds (Rangers), 7-5.

The Sounds scored five runs in the sixth inning off starter Alec Mills to take the lead for good. The final line on Mills was seven runs on nine hits over six innings. Mills walked one and struck out three.

Second baseman Robel Garcia gave the Cubs the lead in the fourth inning with a three-run home run. It was Garcia’s 19th home run of the year for Iowa and 29th overall, including the four in the majors. Garcia went 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.

Right fielder Donnie Dewees tacked on a run with a solo home run in the fifth. It was his 16th home run on the year. Dewees went 3 for 5 with a double and the home run. He scored twice.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis went 3 for 4 and scored once.

Memphis won their sixth-straight game and 14th out of their last 16 to cut Iowa’s lead in the division to five games with eight to play. Iowa’s magic number remains four.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies toppled the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 4-2.

Cory Abbott was terrific over seven scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits. Abbott struck out six and walked just one as he picked up his seventh win of the season.

After Michael Rucker gave up two runs in the one inning he pitched, Craig Brooks came on to pitch the ninth and pick up the save. He walked a batter with two outs, the only baserunner he gave up. Brooks struck out two.

Second baseman Nico Hoerner and right fielder Eddy Martinez both went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

First baseman Jared Young was 2 for 4. He doubled to lead off the sixth inning and scored later in the inning on a single by Hoerner.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were swept by the Salem Red Sox, 3-2.

Alexander Vargas surrendered just one run on four hits over the first six innings. He walked one and struck out five.

The Pelicans called on closer Ethan Roberts to protect a one-run lead in the ninth, but Roberts gave up two runs on three doubles to take the loss. Roberts only retired one batter. He also intentionally walked one batter just before the walk-off double.

First baseman Luke Reynolds singled in the top of the ninth and scored on a double by left fielder Grant Fennell to give Myrtle Beach a short-lived 2-1 lead. Reynolds was 2 for 4 and Fennell was 1 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

South Bend was rained out in Bowling Green. They’ll try to play a doubleheader tomorrow. If South Bend can sweep that, they’ll move into a tie for first place with the Hot Rods.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were soaked by the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 6-3.

Starter Kohl Franklin gave up three runs on five hits over 3.1 innings. Two of the runs came on a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Franklin walked one and struck out four.

The loss went to reliever Eduarniel Nunez, who allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. Nunez allowed one run on two hits and one walk over two innings. He struck out one.

Left fielder Yovanny Cuevas hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his fifth of the season and first for Eugene. Cuevas went 2 for 5 with a double and two total RBI.

Catcher Alexander Guerra went 3 for 4 with a double.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 2 beat Cubs 1, 8-3.

Carlos Ocampo pitched five innings of no-hit baseball for Cubs 2.