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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 14

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The Pelicans had the only win of the night in the system.

Pablo Aliendo
Pablo Aliendo
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Todd over at Cubs Central noticed something that I hadn’t: former top ten Cubs prospect Aramis Ademan voluntarily retired on Monday. He’s only 22 years old and was playing in the Arizona Complex League. He was doing well, but it was in only nine games. We wish him the best in whatever is next.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were caught by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-2.

Joe Biagini started and took the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits over six innings. Biangini walked one and struck out four.

Scott Effross tossed the final two innings without allowing a hit or a run. He walked one and struck out three.

Third baseman Jordan Levi hit his first Triple-A home run with the bases empty in the top of the ninth inning. It was his sixth overall this year. Jordan was 2 for 4.

Catcher Erick Castillo doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Castillow went 1 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were tossed away by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 4-2 in a game that ended after five innings because of rain.

Caleb Killian got a five-inning complete game and the loss. He allowed all four runs on two home runs—both by former Cubs minor leaguer Michael Cruz. Cruz hit a solo home run in the third inning and a three-run home run in the fourth.

The final line on Killian was four runs on five hits over five innings. Killian struck out seven and walked two before the rains came.

DH Nelson Maldonado went 1 for 2 with an RBI double in the third inning. It was the only run batted in for the Smokies in the short game. The other run scored on an error in the first inning in Maldonado’s other at-bat.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs lost to the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 6-3.

Ryan Jensen started after being activated off the Development List and pitched four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. He struck out four and walked one.

Bryan King got the loss in relief. King was torched for five runs, three earned, on three hits over 1.2 innings. King walked two and struck out one.

DH Bryce Ball hit a solo home run in the second inning, his third with the Cubs and ninth overall. Ball was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Edmond Americaan went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the seventh inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans kenneled the Charleston RiverDogs (Rays), 6-4.

Starter DJ Herz had some control issues tonight but managed to limit the damage. Herz allowed two runs on two hits over four innings. He walked five and hit one batter. He struck out six. Herz also had two wild pitches.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez got the win in relief of Herz. Gonzalez pitched 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, one of which was a solo home run. Gonzalez walked three and struck out four.

Bailey Reid collected his sixth save of the season by keeping Charleston from scoring over the final 1.2 innings. Reid gave up no hits, but did walk one while striking out two.

Jacob Wetzel hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, which gave the Pelicans the lead for good. It was his sixth home run this year. Wetzel was 1 for 4.

Catcher Pablo Aliendo went 0 for 1 with a walk and two sacrifice flies.

The happy highlights. Check out the Pelicans’ special Deaf Awareness Night uniforms.

ACL Cubs

Lost to the Athletics, 5-4.