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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 6

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Brailyn Marquez hits triple-digits as the Pelicans blew away the Dash. South Bend falls to Great Lakes

Brailyn Marquez
Brailyn Marquez
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Congratulations to Eugene/South Bend’s Nelson Maldonado, who was your choice as the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for July!

You still have time to vote for the top pitcher for July.

The Cubs announced their “official” Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month Awards (here’s where I mention that the BCB Award is a year older than their award) and their choices were AZL Cubs 1 second baseman Pedro Martinez and co-winners of South Bend’s Brailyn Marquez and Myrtle Beach’s Jack Patterson. I didn’t nominate Martinez because I don’t pick nominees from Mesa, although he did play three games in Eugene in July. And as far as Marquez and Patterson go, they both deserve the award so that’s a nice move by the Cubs.

Iowa Cubs

Off day as they return from the West Coast. They’ll take on Las Vegas Wednesday in Des Moines.

Tennessee Smokies

Off day as they return from Mississippi. The Smokies play Biloxi at home on Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dusted off the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 10-1.

Brailyn Marquez made his Pelicans debut in this game and for the second-straight start dating back to South Bend, Marquez did not allow a hit. For the third-straight start, he didn’t allow a run and he gave up just one hit in his second-to-last start in South Bend.

Marquez pitched five innings. He walked three and struck out four. He threw 79 pitches and 50 were strikes. The stadium gun had his fastball in the 100-102 mph range in the first inning. That might be hot, but he was more in his normal 96-98 range the rest of the way.

Center fielder Delvin Zinn went 3 for 4 with two doubles. One of those doubles came with the bases-loaded and scored three. A bad throw to the plate on that play also allowed Zinn to score for a “Little League” grand slam. Zinn scored three runs.

Left fielder Grant Fennell was 3 for 5 with one run batted on and one run scored.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan went 2 for 4 with a walk. Ademan scored twice and had two RBI, as both singles drove in one run. Ademan stole one base.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored once.

Highlights. They’ve got a shot of “101” on the scoreboard if you don’t believe me.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were drowned by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 6-2.

Cam Sanders allowed just two runs on three hits over five innings. One of those hits wa a solo home run in the third inning. Sanders walked three and struck out six.

The Loons won this game with a four-run eighth inning. After throwing two scoreless innings of relief of Sanders, Brendan King loaded the bases with no one out in the top of the eighth. King then exited for Sean Berry, who allowed all three inherited runners to score and one of his own.

King got the loss with three runs on three hits and two walks over 2+ innings. King struck out three.

Right fielder Nelson Velazquez was 2 for 4.

Eugene Emeralds

The Northwest League All-Stars lost to the Pioneer League All-Stars, 11-7.

Chase Strumpf started at second base for the Northwest League and hit a two-run double in the second inning. Strumpf was 1 for 2.

Fernando Kelli started in center field and went 0 for 2.

Riley McCauley gave up a two-run home run in the one inning he pitched. McCauleys’ final line was two runs on two hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk.

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Brewers Blue, 3-2.

Cubs 1 beat Athletics Green, 5-1.