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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 1

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Strong starting pitching leads to wins for Iowa and Myrtle Beach.

Luis Lugo
Luis Lugo
Dylan Heuer

Of course I choose to watch the one Cubs loss on the night.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs reached the checkered flag before Indianapolis (Pirates), 4-3. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the I-Cubs.

Luis Lugo got his first Triple-A win after allowing just one run on two hits over six innings. The only run came on a second inning home run by Hunter Owen. Lugo walked three and struck out two.

The save went to Juan Gámez, who entered the game with one out in the eighth inning after Ethan Roberts had already surrendered two runs. Gámez loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth with a single and a hit batsman, but got out of the jam with no runs scoring. The final line on Gámez was no runs and one hit over 1.2 innings. He struck out no one and walked no one, although he did hit that one batter.

Shortstop Abiatal Avelino had a two-run double in the top of the eighth. He was 1 for 4.

Left fielder Nick Martini went 2 for 5 and he scored twice.

Third baseman Tyler Ladendorf was 2 for 4.

Willson Contreras caught seven innings in a rehab appearance and was 0 for 3 with a walk. Not that results count for much in rehab assignments, but:

Tennessee Smokies

Are still scheduled to play tomorrow at Rocket City. We’ll see if that happens.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were boarded by the Lake County Captains (Guardians), 6-5.

Alexander Vizcaino pitched the first four innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Bryan King kept the Cubs close enough to actually take the lead in the sixth inning, but he gave up an unearned run in the seventh to tie it up. King’s final line was one unearned run on two hits over three innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Burl Carraway gave up a solo home run to the leadoff hitter in the top of the ninth and took the loss. Carraway gave up one run on one hit over two innings. He walked one and struck out four.

South Bend temporarily took the lead in the sixth inning on a three-run home run by right fielder Yonathan Perlaza. Perlaza was 2 for 4 with a double and the three RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans declawed the Lynchburg Hillcats (Guardians), 4-1.

Tyler Schlaffer was impressive this evening after allowing just one run on six hits over six innings. Schlaffer struck out eight and walked nobody.

Bailey Reid got a 1.1 inning save. He allowed just one hit and no runs. Reid struck out two and walked no one.

Right fielder Jacob Wetzel had a two-run single in the first inning to give the Pelicans all the runs they would need. Wetzel was 1 for 4.

Shortstop Ed Howard was 2 for 5 with a double.

Catcher Casey Opitz and second baseman Fabian Pertusz were both 2 for 4 with one run scored.

Highlights:

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