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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 18

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It’s the “Everyone wins” edition of the Minor League Wrap. Big home runs by Brennen Davis, Greg Deichmann, Ian Miller and Harrison Wenson.

Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs desecrated the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 11-7 in ten innings.

Each side hit four home runs in this game and I-Cubs starter Mike Hauschild gave up all four that the Saints hit. The mitigating news is that the four home runs only totaled up to five runs. Hauschild’s final line was five runs on seven hits over six innings. Hauschild walked five and struck out six.

Dillon Maples pitched the eighth and ninth innings and blew a 7-6 lead when he threw a wild pitch with a runner on third and two outs. But Maples got the win when Iowa scored four runs in the top of the tenth. Maples allowed one run on two hits over two innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone hit the first Iowa home run with a man on in the third inning. It was Giambrone’s second home run this season. He was 1 for 5. He scored twice and had the two RBI.

Shortstop Edwin Figueroa hit his first home run of the season with the bases empty in the fourth inning. Figueroa went 1 for 2 with a walk.

With Iowa trailing 7-6 in the top of the ninth, Greg Deichmann came on to pinch-hit for Figueroa. In his first AB back in Triple-A, he smashed a game-tying solo home run over the right field wall. It was Deichmann’s first home run in the Cubs organization and fifth overall for 2021. Deichmann stayed in the game and hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the tenth.

The next batter after Deichmann in the tenth inning, DH Ian Miller, gave Iowa a comfortable lead with a three-run home run, his second on the season. Miller was 2 for 5 with a walk and two stolen bases. He scored two runs.

Here’s Deichmann’s game-tying home run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies deposed the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 6-4.

Dakota Chalmers started this game and gave up solo home runs in the first inning and the fourth inning. He retired nine straight in-between those two blasts. Chalmers finished the night having allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Bryan Hudson got the win in relief. Hudson gave up one run in the seventh inning after a leadoff double came around to score after two ground outs. Hudson’s final line was one run on two hits over two innings. Hudson struck out two and walked no one.

Brendon Little pitched the final two innings without allowing a run for the save. Little gave up singles to lead off both innings, but erased the first one in a double play and then retired the next three batters to end the game. Little struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Left fielder Brennen Davis rocketed a line-drive solo home run to left-center in the bottom of the first inning. It was Davis’ 11th home run for the Smokies and 13th overall. Davis went 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored twice.

Center fielder Christopher Morel broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a bases-loaded, three-run double. Morel went 1 for 4.

DH Nelson Maldonado was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored on Morel’s double.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs collected the reward on the Quad Cities River Bandits (Royals), 5-1.

The only run that starter Joe Nahas allowed was on a solo home run in the second inning. Nahas picked up the win with giving up just the one run on three hits over six innings. Nahas struck out six and walked two.

Catcher Harrison Wenson clubbed a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning that ended up giving South Bend the lead for good. It was Wenson’s second home run for South Bend. Wenson went 1 for 4.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 4 with one run scored.

Right fielder Yonathan Perlaza was also 2 for 4 and scored once, but he also stole a base.

Highlights:

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans busted the eggs of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Astros), 7-2.

Tyler Schlaffer started and got his first low-A win after allowing just two runs, one earned, on six hits over six innings. Schlaffer struck out four and walked one.

Sixth-round pick Riley Martin made his professional debut in this game, pitching a perfect ninth inning. He struck out two.

Center fielder Ezequiel Pagan went 3 for 4 with a triple. He scored twice.

Shortstop Kevin Made was 3 for 5 with an RBI single in the fifth inning.

DH Yohendrick Pinango had an RBI single in the second inning and an RBI double in the eighth. Pinango was 2 for 4 with the double and two RBI. He scored one run.

Right fielder Jacob Wetzel went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored two times.

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