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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 4

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Strong pitching in Eugene leads to a sweep. South Bend overcomes a 6-0 deficit to win. Iowa narrowly avoids a no-hitter.

Jonathan Soto
Jonathan Soto
Eugene Emeralds

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were one-hit by the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 5-0.

Starter Tyson Miller gave up three home runs and took the loss. Miller’s final line was five runs on five hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Rainiers starter Anthony Misiewicz pitched eight no-hit innings against the I-Cubs. He was pulled after 116 pitches and Donnie Dewees led off the ninth inning with a double off of reliever Taylor Guibeau to break up the no-hitter.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were trailing the Mississippi Braves 2-0 in the second inning when the rains came. They’ll finish this contest on Monday before the regularly-scheduled game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans got pounded by the Fayetteville Woodpecker (Astros), 13-4.

Alexander Vargas only made it through two innings. He took the loss after getting rocked for six runs on seven hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning. Vargas struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Catcher Miguel Amaya hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his ninth of the season. Amaya was 2 for 4 with a walk.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs came back to beat the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 8-6.

South Bend starter Riley Thompson gave up three runs and didn’t make it out of the first inning. Thompson’s final line was three runs on two hits and a walk over a third of an inning.

Two of those runners scored off of reliever Fauris Guerrero, who then gave up three runs of his own in the second inning to put South Bend in a 6-0 hole after 1 12 innings.

But the South Bend bullpen shut down Great Lakes the rest of the way. The win went to Carlos Vega, who threw four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He struck out five and did not walk anyone.

Then Brian Glowicki was perfect over the final two innings for his fifth save. Glowicki struck out two.

Shortstop Andy Weber went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored. That double was South Bend’s only extra-base hit.

Catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni was 2 for 4. He scored twice and had one run batted in.

Left fielder Zac Taylor was 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Right fielder Nelson Velazquez was 2 for 3 with a walk and one run scored.

Ben Zobrist played four innings at second base and was 0 for 3.

South Bend went 6 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds grounded the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 3-1. The Ems allowed only one run in a three-game sweep of the Hawks.

Didier Vargas got his first win of the season with a five-inning start in which he gave up just one run on only three hits. Vargas kept the ball in play as he only struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Fifteenth-round pick Zach Bryant pitched the final two innings for his first Ems save. He surrendered two hits but no runs. Bryant did not have a walk or a strikeout.

Catcher Jonathan Soto hit a two-run single in the second inning. Soto went 1 for 3.

Third baseman Pedro Martinez went 0 for 2 with two walks. He stole third in the seventh inning and scored on a wild throw on the play.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 were leading Cubs 2, 1-0 in the fourth inning.