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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 3

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The Pelicans push past the Woodpeckers. Iowa pounds Tacoma as Adbert Alzolay returns. The Ems toss a shutout.

Carlos Sepulveda
Carlos Sepulveda
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Here’s a nice piece on Ben Zobrist’s rehab stint in South Bend and what the minor leaguers there are learning from him. I especially liked how shortstop Andy Weber, Zobrist’s double-play partner tonight, admitted that Zobrist broke his Indians-fan heart back before he became a Cub.

Before last night’s win, the I-Cubs last win in Tacoma was on August 27, 2014. Junior Lake batted leadoff in that game. Kris Bryant tripled. David Bote hit his first Triple-A home run. Bote got a late-season fill-in promotion from Kane County late that year.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs summited the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 11-7.

Adbert Alzolay came off the injured list today and threw 47 pitches, 25 for strikes, over 2.1 innings. His velocity was reportedly the same 94-97 mph that he was throwing earlier this season. Alzolay gave up one run on one hit and two walks. He struck out three.

The win went to Dillon Maples as the most effective Cubs pitcher. Maples tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He walked one and struck out three.

Left fielder Donnie Dewees hit the second pitch of the game over the right field fence. It was Dewees’ 14th home run this year. He was 1 for 5. Dewees was also called upon to pitch with the bases loaded, two outs and Iowa leading 11-5 after James Norwood couldn’t get the final out. Dewees allowed a single to the first batter for one run and then he walked in another batter. But with the tying run at the plate, Phillip Evans speared a line drive to third to end the game.

DH Mark Zagunis blew this game open in the third inning with a three-run home run, his fourth this season. Zagunis went 1 for 2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Zagunis scored three times in addition to the three RBI.

Shortstop Addison Russell came to bat right after Zagunis and hit a back-to-back home run. It was Russell’s fourth I-Cubs home run. Russell went 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. He had four RBI and he scored twice.

Third baseman Phillip Evans went 3 for 5 with a double. He scored twice.

Catcher P.J. Higgins doubled twice in a 3 for 5 game. Higgins had one run batted in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were shut out by the Mississippi Braves, 6-0.

Starter Erich Uelmen took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. Uelmen walked two and struck out four.

Right fielder Roberto Caro, first baseman Jared Young and second baseman Christian Donahue were all 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans grounded the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Astros), 4-3.

Starter Enrique De Los Rios allowed just one hit over five innings, but it was a solo home run in the second inning. De Los Rios struck out three and did not walk anyone.

The win went the Chad Hockin, who gave up one run on two hits over two innings of relief. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

Ethan Roberts pitched the bottom of the ninth and he struck out the side in order for his second save.

The four Pelicans pitchers (Garrett Kelly gave up a run on a solo home run in his inning of relief) allowed just four hits and walked no one.

First baseman Luke Reynolds clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his first home run since returning from South Bend and his fourth of the year for Myrtle Beach. Reynolds also had two home runs in South Bend. Reynolds was 2 for 3 with a walk.

DH Carlos Sepulveda singled home pinch-runner Jose Gutierrez in the top of the ninth, giving the Pelicans the one-run lead that turned out to be the difference. Sepulveda was 2 for 5.

Pelicans hitters struck out 18 times in this game. They walked twice and still won.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were all wet against the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 11-6. The loss snapped South Bend’s seven-game win streak.

Derek Casey started and surrendered five runs on four hits over five innings. Casey walked three, hit one batter and struck out two.

Casey Ryan was torched for five runs in the seventh inning and took the loss. Ryan’s final line was six runs on seven hits over 2.2 innings. Ryan walked one and stuck out three.

Ben Zobrist played four innings at second base in a rehab appearance. He was 2 for 3. Zobrist scored once and had one run batted in.

Shortstop Andy Weber was 1 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. He had a two-run single in the fourth inning and three RBI total. Weber also scored one run.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds shut out the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 7-0.

Eduarniel Nunez pitched 3.1 innings and gave up four hits. He walked two and struck out six. He was pulled after 66 pitches.

Blake Whitney stranded two runners left on by Nunez in the fourth inning and got the win since Nunez did not go five innings. Whitney surrendered just one hit over 3.2 innings. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

First baseman Grayson Byrd hit two doubles in a a 3 for 4 game. He had one run batted in.

Second baseman Pedro Martinez got his batting average in Eugene back over .500 (He’s 14 for 27 in eight games) by going 3 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He also stole one base. Martinez had one run batted in and scored once.

Left fielder Darius Hill went 2 for 5. He drove in two runs and scored once.

DH Chase Strumpf played his first game in six days and was 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

AZL Cubs

Both teams were off.