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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 6

The Smokies split a doubleheader with the Biscuits. Pelicans win in extras.

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Brennen Davis

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to Indianapolis (Pirates), 12-8.

Iowa pitchers gave up six home runs in this game and starter Mike Hauschild gave up three of them. Hauschild got the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over four innings.

Ryan Lawlor gave up seven runs on four hits, including two home runs, in just a third of an inning.

Rowan Wick pitched the top of the eighth inning on his rehab assignment and struck out all three batters he faced.

Iowa hit three home runs of their own and Trayce Thompson hit two of them. Thompson hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and a two-run homer in the eighth. Thompson now has 13 home runs this year. Thompson was 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored three times and drove in four runs.

Nick Martini had the other home run, a solo homer in the ninth. It was his eighth home run this year. Martini was a single shy of the cycle tonight as he was 3 for 3 with a double, a triple and the home run. He also walked once. Martini scored three runs and had two RBI.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone went 3 for 4 with a double. He also walked once.

Third baseman Levi Jordan was 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies split a doubleheader with the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), winning game one 10-0 and losing game two 5-3.

Dakota Chalmers didn’t need to dominate to win game one, but he did anyway. Chalmers allowed just two baserunners over six innings—a two-out triple in the second inning and a two-out walk in the fifth. Chalmers struck out three.

The Smokies hit three home runs in game one. Third baseman Chase Strumpf hit the first one, a two-run home run in the second inning off of Brendan McKay. Strumpf also had a double and a walk in a 2 for 3 game. Strumpf had just the two RBI and one run scored. It was Strumpf’s fifth home run this season.

Later in the second inning, first baseman Jared Young connected for a two-run home run, his fourth of the year. Young went 2 for 4.

In the fifth inning, right fielder Nelson Velazquez crushed his first Double-A home run over the center field fence. It was his 13th overall home run this season. Velazquez went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Center fielder Brennen Davis had three RBI in game one after a two-run double and a sacrifice fly. He was 1 for 2 and was hit by a pitch.

Ryan Kellogg started game two and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits over four innings. Kellogg struck out four and did not walk anyone.

The loss went to reliever Wyatt Short, who gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. His final line was two runs on three hits over 1.2 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Brennen Davis had a big game two, hitting a double and a home run in his first two at-bats. He got hit by a pitch in his third trip to the plate. The home run was a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 12th this season and tenth with the Smokies. He was 2 for 2 with two RBI.

Third baseman Chase Strumpf also stayed hot in game two. He went 2 for 2 with an RBI double in the fourth inning and a walk to lead off the top of the seventh.

Here’s Davis’ double and home run in game two


South Bend Cubs

South Bend and Peoria were tied 3-3 in the seventh inning when the game was suspended by rain. They’ll finish the game on Saturday.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans captured the Columbia Fireflies (Royals), 3-2 in ten innings.

Starter Tyler Schlaffer had his longest outing as a professional, going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on just three hits. One of the two runs was unearned. Schlaffer struck out six and walked no one.

Gabriel Jaramillo faced six batters total over the final two innings and he retired all six of them to get the win. He gave up no runs (it was possible that he might since the runner started on second in the tenth) and got the win. Jaramillo struck out four.

Left fielder Jordan Nwogu singled home the ghost runner, Luis Verdugo, with two outs in the top of the tenth inning. That proved to be the winning run. Nwogu went 3 for 5 with a double.

Shortstop Kevin Made went 2 for 5 with a double.

ACL Cubs

Beat the Guardians 5-4 in game one. Game two was just underway as I write this.