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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 1

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Mostly losses Sunday, unfortunately.

Darius Hill
Tennessee Smokies

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were shut down by the Louisville Bats (Reds), 2-0.

Starter Adrian Sampson was the victim of non-support, as they used to say. Sampson took the loss despite giving up just one run on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Iowa had four hits in this game, all singles. Center fielder Trayce Thompson was 1 for 2 with two walks.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies evaded detection by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 3-2.

It was bullpen day for the Smokies so Wyatt Short got his first career start. He exceeded all expectations by throwing three innings without allowing a run or a hit. Short struck out one, walked one and hit one batter.

The win went to Bryan Hudson, who pitched innings four through six. Hudson allowed just one run on one hit and a walk. Hudson struck out two.

Cayne Ueckert pitched the ninth inning and got the save. Despite issuing two walks in the ninth, Ueckert allowed no runs and no hits. He struck out one.

Left fielder Darius Hill led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, his fifth this season. The next four times he came to the plate, Hill walked. So he was 1 for 1 with four walks and two runs scored.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was also perfect by going 1 for 1 with an RBI single and three walks.

Catcher Tim Susnara was 2 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Shortstop Delvin Zinn went 3 for 4 with two doubles.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were held up by the Quad Cities River Bandits (Royals), 14-12.

Not a lot of good pitching in this game. Dalton Stambaugh got his first start for South Bend he he didn’t make it out of the second inning, Stambaugh gave up four runs on six hits over 1.2 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Eduarniel Nunez had two scoreless innings of relief and Burl Carraway had one. I wanted to mention the highlights and not the disasters.

Blake Whitney came on to get the save in the bottom of the ninth and he gave up three runs, including a walk-off two-run home run to Nick Loftin, without retiring a batter. The home run by Loftin completed the cycle for him in today’s game. Whitney gave up the three runs on three hits.

DH Bryce Ball hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was his first in the Cubs organization and his seventh overall home run this year. Ball was 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored twice.

Center fielder Nelson Velazquez hit a two-run home run in the top of the eight inning to give South Bend an ephemeral 12-11 lead. It was his 12th home run this season. Velazquez went 2 for 5.

First baseman Tyler Durna went 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored three runs and drove home one.

Catcher Dean Nevarez was 2 for 5 with a double. He had two RBI and one run scored.

Right fielder Alexander Canario went 2 for 5 with an RBI in his Cubs organization debut. He also scored one run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Augusta GreenJackets (Braves), 8-6.

Manuel Espinoza started and gave up three runs on four hits over five innings. All three runs scored on two home runs. Espinoza struck out seven and walked no one.

Jarod Wright gave up two runs, one on a solo home run and one on a double, in the bottom of the eighth inning and took the loss. Wright’s final line was two runs on three hits over one inning. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Shortstop Kevin Made went 3 for 4 with a double. He had three RBI. Made’s batting average is now .255. On July 1, it was .172.

First baseman Matt Mervis hit a three-run double in the third inning. He was 1 for 4.

Left fielder Jordan Nwogu was 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored three runs.

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