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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 25

It took two days, but South Bend skates past Peoria. The Pelicans continue to dominate Columbia.

Alexander Canario
Alexander Canario
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were drenched by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 10-3.

Adbert Alzolay had a rehab start here and it didn’t go that well. Alzolay allowed four runs in three hits over two innings. Two of the runs came on a home run by Bobby Witt Jr. in the first inning. Alzolay walked one, hit one batter and struck out three. He threw 38 pitches and 23 of them were strikes.

Right fielder Greg Deichmann had a two-run triple in the eighth inning and then scored on a ground out by first baseman Alfonso Rivas to account for all of the I-Cubs runs. Both players were 1 for 4. Rivas’s hit extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were put out by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 13-7.

Javier Assad started and took the loss. Assad got knocked around for seven runs on ten hits in just three innings. One of the runs was unearned. Assad walked one and struck out two.

Left fielder Christopher Morel hit his 15th home run of the year with a man on in the second inning. Morel was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice to go along with the two runs batted in.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda cranked a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning. It was his third home run of the year. Sepulveda was 2 for 3 with a walk. He was also hit by a pitch. Sepulveda scored three runs.

Center fielder Nelson Vazquez had an RBI double in the ninth inning. He was 2 for 3 with two walks. He also scored in the ninth inning on a double by first baseman Grayson Byrd, who came off the injured list to play his first game in over a month. Byrd went 2 for 5.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs demoted the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals) 14-2 in the completion of a game that started yesterday. This game ended in the bottom of the ninth because of rain. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed and is scheduled as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

Joe Nahas started the game yesterday and got the win after allowing two runs on just three hits over five innings. Both runs came on a two-run home run in the fourth inning by Jordan Walker, the Cardinals first-round pick in 2020. Nahas struck out four and walked one.

Center fielder Alexander Canario had two home runs in this game—one yesterday and one today. The final at-bat before the rains came on Tuesday was a two-run home run by Canario in the top of the sixth inning. He tacked on a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning tonight. Canario was 2 for 6. The six RBI were a career-high for him. Canario now has 15 home runs this season and six with the Cubs.

DH Bryce Ball went back-to-back with Canario with a solo home run as the first batter today after play resumed. It was Ball’s tenth homer of 2021 and fourth with the Cubs. Ball went 2 for 4 with two walks. he scored twice.

First baseman Tyler Durna was 2 for 4 with two walks. Durna scored twice and drove in two.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter was 2 for 6 with a stolen base. He scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans bottled up the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 8-3. it was the Pelicans tenth-straight win over the Fireflies.

Tyler Schlaffer pitched the first four innings and he allowed just two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out two.

The win went to Carlos Ocampo because Schlaffer didn’t go five innings. Ocampo pitched 1.1 innings without allowing a run. He did give up one hit and he issued one walk while striking out two. However, it was a pyrrhic victory for Ocampo because he left this game with an apparent arm injury.

Shortstop Kevin Made was the hero of tonight’s game, going 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the eighth inning. He also scored one run. Made shined on both sides of the ball tonight as he made two terrific plays on defense.

Right fielder Jacob Wetzel had an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run triple in the seventh. Wetzel was 2 for 4 with one run and the three RBI.

Second baseman Ed Howard went 2 for 4 with a double. Howard had an RBI infield single in the first inning and scored on Made’s double.

Catcher Casey Optiz was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Highlights. Check out why I’m so excited about Kevin Made.

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