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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 30

South Bend’s comeback goes for naught as they lose in extras. Smokies, Pelicans both lose 10-3.

Jake Slaughter
Jake Slaughter
South Bend Cubs

It’s been a long day and I honestly fell asleep while watching the minor league games this evening.

But at least after today, there’s good news on the farm. Oh, I’m sorry. Actually everyone who finished their game lost today. Except the ACL Cubs. That sort of counts as good news, except they played a seven-inning game that wasn’t even a doubleheader.

There will be better news on the farm in the future, I hope.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were losing 3-2 to Louisville in the 5th inning when the rains came. They’ll finish tonight’s game before Saturday’s regularly-scheduled game.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were uncovered by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 10-3.

Dakota Chalmers started this game really well as he did not allow a hit or a run in the first three innings. Then he gave up a run on two hits in the fourth. Everything completely fell apart in the fifth inning and he failed to retire anyone.

The final line on Chalmers was seven runs on five hits over 4+ innings. Chalmers walked three and hit two batters. He struck out two.

Center fielder Brennen Davis was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. He scored the other run, so he played a role in all three runs the Smokies scored.

DH Nelson Maldonado stayed hot, going 2 for 5 with a triple. He scored one run.

Right fielder Darius Hill was 2 for 5 with one run scored.

Second baseman Levi Jordan went 2 for 4 and singled home Davis after his double in the third inning.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were mugged by the Quad Cities River Bandits (Royals), 6-5 in ten innings.

Starter Joe Nahas allowed two runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. Nahas struck out four and walked just one.

Graham Lawson was just one strike away from recording a 2.1 inning win in relief, but he gave up a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth that sent it to extras. The final line on Lawson was one run on three hits over 2 innings. Lawson struck out six and walked just one.

Samuel Reyes came in to finish the ninth inning after Lawson gave up the lead. He got a strikeout to end the ninth inning, but the first batter of the tenth inning hit a walk-off double that ended the game.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter hit a three-run double in the eighth inning to cut the River Bandits lead to 5-4. He and Harrison Wenson then scored on a two-run triple by Edmond Americaan to give South Bend the lead.

Slaughter was 1 for 5. Wenson went 1 for 4 with a walk. Americaan went 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.

Second baseman Josue Huma went 2 for 4 with a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stung by the Augusta GreenJackets (Braves), 10-3.

Starter Tyler Schlaffer gave up four runs on three home runs—two solo home runs and one two-run blast. Schlaffer allowed seven hits total. He walked three and struck out four.

Left fielder Jordan Nwogu hit a solo home run in the second inning, his eighth on the year. Nwogu was 2 for 4.

First baseman Matt Warkentin also connected for a solo home run in the third inning. It was Warkentin’s third home run for the Pelicans and fourth overall. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.

ACL Cubs

Beat the Diamondbacks, 10-2.

Rafael Morel, the brother of Christopher, hit his first stateside home run in this game. Ismael Mena also homered.