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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: September 3

Iowa slugs their way past Indy as Willson Contreras homers. South Bend tops Lake County.

Bryce Ball
Bryce Ball
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs outpaced Indianapolis (Pirates), 9-7.

Cory Abbott started and picked up the win with a quality start. Abbott allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He did have some control issues as he walked five and hit one batter. Of the 108 pitches he threw, 61 were strikes. Abbott did strike out nine. At the plate, Abbott was 1 for 3 with a two-run single.

After Erich Uelmen let Indianapolis get back in the game after giving up four runs in his two innings of work, Brendon Little came on pitch the ninth. He gave up a home run to the first batter of the inning, but kept Indianapolis from scoring any other runs as he picked up his first save with Iowa and his second overall. Little’s final line was one run on two hits over one inning. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Willson Contreras caught the entire game on a rehab assignment and he hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. He was 1 for 5.

Left fielder Zach Davis went 3 for 5 with two steals. He scored once.

Center fielder Johneshwy Fargas was 2 for 5. He tripled to lead off the seventh inning and scored on a Trayce Thompson single. Fargas scored another run in the third inning on a Thompson groundout. He stole one base.

Every one in the starting lineup, including Abbott, had at least one hit except Abiatal Avelino, and he walked twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 4-2.

Ryan Jensen pitched the first four innings and allowed just one run on two hits. The one black mark on his record was that he walked four. Jensen struck out five.

Joe Nahas gave up a two-run home run in the seventh inning and took the loss. His final line was two runs on two hits over one inning. He did not have a strikeout or issue a walk.

Catcher Harrison Wenson hit a two-run home run in the second inning against his former organization. It was his first Double-A home run (although he hit one in Triple-A with Salt Lake earlier this season) and his seventh overall. They were also the first runs that the Smokies have scored since August 25. Wenson was 2 for 3 and also doubled.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs mutinied the Lake County Captains (Guardians), 5-4.

Max Bain turned in a great start to pick up the win. Bain allowed just one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out eight and did not walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.

Eduarniel Nunez got the save, but not without a great deal of drama. Nunez allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks over one inning. He struck out two.

DH Bryce Ball was the hero of this game as he was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his 12th home run this year and sixth with the Cubs. He also hit an RBI single in the fourth inning for two total RBI. Ball also scored twice.

Left fielder Yohendrick Pinango had a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning. He was 1 for 4.


Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were clawed by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Guardians), 4-1.

Starting pitcher Jose Miguel Gonzalez took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits over five innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Gonzalez walked one and struck out one.

The first two Pelicans batters in the bottom of the first inning, shortstop Kevin Made and second baseman Ed Howard, both singled. The Pelicans had only one more hit the rest of the game.

Highlights, such as they are.

ACL Cubs

Beat Giants Black, 7-2.

Kevin Alcantara was a triple shy of the cycle and James Triantos had three hits as well.