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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 7

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The Pelicans’ quest for a Wild Card spot continues with a win over the Dash. Iowa and Tennessee lose late.

Javier Assad
Javier Assad
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Congratulations to Brailyn Marquez, who was your choice as the BCB Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were shot down by the Las Vegas Aviators (Athletics), 8-6.

Starter Colin Rea was impressive as he went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. The impressive part was that Rea struck out 11 (just one off a career-high) and only walked one.

Alex Wilson gave up three runs in the top of the ninth, including a two-run home run, to take the loss. Wilson’s final line was three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings. He did not walk or strike out or walk anyone.

Catcher P.J. Higgins hit a solo home run in the second inning. It was Higgins’ eighth home run of the year and third with Iowa. He was 2 for 4 with two RBI.

DH Phillip Evans hit a solo home run of his own in the third inning. It was Evans’ 15th home run this season. Evans went 3 for 4 with a walk. Evans scored three times.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Zagunis scored once and had one run batted in.

First baseman Jim Adduci was 3 for 5 with one run scored.

Shortstop Zack Short was 2 for 5 with a double.

Just as an aside, former Cubs top pitching prospect Trey McNutt pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief for Las Vegas.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 6-5 in 11 innings.

Jack Patterson made his Double-A debut in this game and he allowed a two-run home run in the second inning, which broke a 34-inning streak of not having allowed an earned run. He then gave up two more runs in the fifth inning. Patterson’s final line was four runs on five hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Patterson had not allowed more than one run in any start since May 15, when he was pitching for South Bend.

Wyatt Short pitched the tenth and eleventh innings and allowed the runner on second to score in both innings and took the loss. Short’s final line was two unearned runs on three hits over two innings. He struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to send it to extras. Martinez was 1 for 5. It was his second home run of the season.

Third baseman Vimael Machin was 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. He scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans cut off the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 5-2.

Javier Assad started and got the win after allowing just one run on four hits over 6.2 innings. Assad walked two and struck out two.

Ryan Lawlor pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He gave up a double to lead off the inning, but then retired the next three batters to end the game. Lawlor did not strike anyone out.

First baseman Luke Reynolds was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI single.

Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 3 with a walk. He had a two-run single in the sixth. Amaya scored later in the sixth.

Third baseman Cam Balego went 2 for 4 and scored once.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were wrenched by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 9-5.

Starter Faustino Carrera took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. Carrera walked two and struck out seven.

DH Andy Weber had two doubles in a 3 for 5 game. He scored once and had one run batted in.

Right fielder Nelson Velazquez went 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. He scored one run.

Left fielder Darius Hill was 2 for 5 and scored once.

Eugene Emeralds

All-Star Break

AZL Cubs

Cubs 1 lost to Dodgers Lasorda, 3-1.

Cubs 2 were tied with Giants Black, 2-2 in the ninth inning.