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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 27

Iowa and Myrtle Beach lose while South Bend shuts down Peoria. The Smokies are just shut down.

Jose Albertos
Jose Albertos
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were blown away by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 11-5.

Mike Hauschild saw his record drop to 0-7 after he allowed six runs on six hits over the first 3.1 innings. Three of the six hits he allowed were home runs including another one to Bobby Witt Jr., which was his third home run against Iowa in this series. Hauschild walked four and struck out one.

Dillon Maples pitched a clean inning in the eighth, retiring the side in order. He struck out one.

The I-Cubs hit four solo home runs in this game.

DH Ian Miller hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was his third home run this year. Miller went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Right fielder Greg Deichmann hit a solo home run in the third inning, his second for Iowa and sixth overall this year. Deichmann went 2 for 4 and stole a base.

Third baseman Jared Young cranked one with the bases empty in the seventh inning. It was Young’s third home run with Iowa and seventh overall. Young was also 2 for 4.

Finally, Johneshwy Fargas tacked on a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. It was his first home run in the Cubs organization and fifth overall this year. It was Fargas’s only plate appearance of the game.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies put Chase Strumpf, Andy Weber, Cam Balego and Cam Sanders on the injured list with undisclosed injuries. In light of the COVID outbreak that has sidelined the team until at least next week, you can draw your own conclusions as to what that means.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs stopped the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 4-2.

Anderson Espinoza, who came over in the Jake Marisnick deal with the Padres, was dominating the Chiefs for the first 3.2 innings. But then he struggled to get the final out of the fourth, giving up two runs on a single, a walk and a double before finally getting the third out of the inning.

Espinoza’s final line was two runs on two hits over four innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

Jose Albertos got the win in relief because Espinoza didn’t go five innnings. Albertos faced eight batters and got eight outs. He did allow a baserunner as the first batter he faced in the sixth inning hit into a double play and then a batter reached first on a dropped third strike in the eighth.

Albertos’s final line was no runs and no hits over 2.2 innings. He struck out three and walked no one.

Eduarniel Nunez pitched the ninth and got the save. He gave up a one-out single, but nothing else. Nunez did not strike anyone out.

Catcher Bryce Windham put the Cubs up for good with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. It was Windham’s third home run this year. Windham went 1 for 4.

Third baseman Jake Slaughter was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

Shortstop Luis Vazquez was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and two runs scored.

Left fielder Yohendrick Pinango was 2 for 4 with a double.

Alexander Canario was 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were burned by the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 5-0. The loss snapped the 11-game win streak that the Pelicans had against Columbia.

Starter Jose Miguel Gonzalez took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. One of the five runs was unearned. Gonzalez walked three and struck out one.

Porter Hodge tossed four scoreless innings of relief. Hodge allowed two hits and issued oen walk. He struck out five.

Shortstop Kevin Made was 1 for 4 with a triple.

Right fielder Jacob Wetzel was 1 for 4 with a double.

The Pelicans only had four hits in this game.

If you want highlights, here they are:

ACL Cubs

Lost to the Reds, 5-4.