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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 26

Tyson Miller throws a complete game and hits his 1st pro HR as Iowa wins a rain-shortened game. That was the only win tonight.

Tyson Miller
Tyson Miller
Dylan Heuer

Minor league right-handed pitcher Jeremiah Estrada announced that he had Tommy John surgery last Friday. Estrada, a 6th-round draft pick in 2017, had not pitched since June 28. He’s almost certainly out until 2021 now.

Also, Colin Rea was named to the All-PCL team, as voted on by the coaches, front office and broadcasters of the Pacific Coast League.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7-2 in a game that ended after 5 12 innings because of rain, a power outage, lightning strikes and a possible tornado. Really, everything but locusts.

Tyson Miller pretty much single-handedly won this game, throwing a five-inning complete game and allowing two runs on seven hits. Miller walked one and struck out five. On top of that, Miller hit a three-run home run in the top of the third inning, which was not only his first career home run, it was only his second career hit. The home run was estimated at over 400 feet to left-center. Miller was 1 for 2 with a walk at the plate.

For the third straight game, Robel Garcia homered and it was also a three-run blast in the fifth inning. Garcia has 20 home runs for Iowa and 30 total when you count the four he had in the majors. Garcia was 1 for 3.

Memphis was rained out in New Orleans, so the magic number for Iowa to clinch their first division title since 2008 is now three. They could clinch tomorrow if they beat the Dodgers again and the Redbirds get swept in the doubleheader by the Baby Cakes.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were vassalized by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 8-5.

Starter Erich Uelmen gave up three runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. Uelmen struggled with control as he walked six batters while striking out seven.

Tommy Nance issued four walks in the top of the eighth inning and then gave way to Oscar De La Cruz, who surrendered a sac fly and a three-run home run. Nance got the loss with a final line of four runs on no hits and four walks over one inning. Nance struck out three.

Third baseman Gioskar Amaya hit a solo home run in the third inning. It was Amaya’s second home run of the year. He was 2 for 4 with a walk. Amaya had two total RBI and scored twice.

Shortstop Zack Short put the Smokies on the board first with an RBI triple in the bottom of the first. Short was 2 for 4 with the triple and a walk tonight. He drove home two runs total.

DH Ian Rice went 2 for 4 with one run scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were sent back to committee by the Potomac Nationals, 4-1.

Brailyn Marquez started and took the loss and it was his first start that he gave up more than one run since July 18. Marquez surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits over five innings. Marquez walked two and struck out four.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI single in the eighth inning that was the Pelicans’ sole run.

Catcher Erick Gonzalez went 2 for3. He doubled and scored in the eighth.

Shortstop Delvin Zinn was 2 for 4.

With their fourth-straight loss, the Pelicans are now 3 12 games back of Fayetteville with just seven games to play.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs lost both games of a doubleheader by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 4-3 and 7-2.

Carlos Vega started game one and he struggled, throwing 48 pitches in his first and only inning. Vega gave up three runs on one hit, five walks and one hit batsman. He struck out one.

It’s unfair, but Fauris Guerrero took the loss. Guerrero allowed just one run on two hits over 3.2 innings. Even that run scored after Brandon Hughes relieved Guerrero in the fifth inning with a man on second and two outs. Guerrero struck out six and walked just one.

Right fielder Nelson Velazquez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to tie the score 3-3. It was his fourth home run of the year. Velazquez went 2 for 3.

DH Nelson Maldonado hit an RBI double and scored on a sacrifice fly earlier in the fourth inning. Maldonado was 2 for 3.

In game two, Faustino Carrera pitched the first 5+ innings and was knocked around for seven runs on ten hits. One of the seven runs was unearned. Carrera walked two and struck out two.

Third baseman Fidel Mejia went 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the seventh inning. He singled and scored South Bend’s first run in the top of the first inning.

With the doubleheader sweep, Bowling Green clinched a playoff spot. However, Lansing also lost, so South Bend’s magic number to clinch the final wild card playoff spot in the East fell to four with seven games left to play.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds were soaked by the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 8-0.

Didier Vargas gave up three unearned runs in the first inning and then allowed the first four batters in the third inning to reach on two walks, a three-run home run and another walk who eventually came around to score after Vargas left the game. His final line was seven runs, four earned, on four hits over 2+ innings. Vargas walked four and struck out two.

Left fielder Yovanny Cuevas went 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Indians Red, 10-3.

Cubs 2 lost to Giants Black, 2-1.

The loss by Cubs 2, combined with a win by Athletics Gold, put the two teams in a tie for the final playoff spot and unfortunately, A’s Gold held the tiebreaker. So Cubs 2’s season ends with an overall record of 31-25.

To add a little more flavor to this disappointing defeat, both runs by Giants Black were scored on a two-run home run by George Bell. Yes, he’s the son of the former Cub.

Cubs 1 were knocked out of the playoff hunt long ago and finished the year with an overall record of 24-31.