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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 13

Iowa blows a big lead but wins in the ninth inning for the only win among the top four teams.

Kansas City Royals v Chicago Cubs
Michael Hermosillo
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I understand being patient with prospects, but somebody get Reginald Preciado out of Mesa. We want to see him on! Owen Caissie too.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs escaped the clutches of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 5-4.

Iowa got a quality start out of Adrian Sampson, who allowed just one run on five hits over 6.1 innings. Sampson struck out four and walked three, although one of those walks was intentional.

Dillon Maples struggled in his rehab appearance, giving up three runs and the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when he allowed back-to-back home runs to Ryan McBroom and MJ Melendez. Maples couldn’t finish the inning and his final line was three runs on two hits and a walk over just one-third of an inning. At least he struck out the one batter he retired.

Tony Cingrani came in to finish out the eighth inning and got the win. Cingrani pitched 1.2 innings. The first batter he faced in the eighth inning he hit, but he then ended the inning with a 4-6-3 double play. Cingrani retired the order in the ninth to end the game. He struck out two.

Left fielder Ian Miller doubled home pinch-runner Zach Davis with what proved to be the winning run in the top of the ninth. Miller was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Catcher Erick Castillo went 2 for 3 and scored once. He walked with one out in the ninth inning and was replaced with Davis as a pinch-runner.

DH Michael Hermosillo hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, his tenth on the year. Hermosillo went 1 for 3 with two walks.

First baseman Alfonso Rivas was 2 for 4. He doubled and scored in the sixth inning on a Trent Giambrone triple. Giambrone was 1 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 8-4.

Starting pitcher Javier Assad took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits over 5.1 innings. One of those four runs was unearned. Assad struck out three and walked on.

Alex Katz allowed a run on two hits in 1.1 innings in his first game back from the Israeli Olympic Baseball Team. Katz struck out four and did not walk anyone.

The day after hitting two home runs, right fielder Nelson Velazquez connected for a solo home run in his first at-bat in the second inning. It was Velazquez’s fifth home run with the Smokies and 17th overall. Velazquez went 1 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

One game after throwing a no-hitter, the South Bend Cubs were torched for 13 hits and lost to the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 7-2.

Chris Clarke started and took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits in four innings. All four runs came in the second inning and three of them came on a home run by Adam Kerner. Clarke struck out four and walked two. He also balked in the other run.

South Bend had four hits and all of them were singles. Left fielder Bradley Beesley and right fielder Alexander Canario were both 1 for 4 with a run scored. Both scored in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly and a throwing error off the bat of Tyler Durna. Durna was 0 for 2 with a walk and the sac fly. He only got credit for the one RBI.

The loss snapped South Bend’s six-game winning streak.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ended up in the doghouse after they lost to the Charleston River Dogs (Rays), 11-4.

Manuel Espinoza tossed the first four innings and got the loss after he allowed three runs on six hits. Espinoza walked one and struck out three.

DH Jordan Nwogu went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI single. He also walked once and scored once.

Catcher Pablo Aliendo was 2 for 5 with two RBI and one run scored.

Third baseman Fabian Pertusz was 2 for 4. He scored one run.

ACL Cubs

Beat Giants Black 8-0.

Reginald Preciado went 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. Owen Caissie was 3 for 4 with a double and was hit by a pitch. Yeison Santana was 2 for 4 with a walk and a double. The fourth member of the Yu Darvish trade, Ismael Mena, did not play.