News, Notes and Game Recaps from Aug. 30

Ian Happ’s three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth gave Tennessee a win while Myrtle Beach walked-off for the second straight night. The Cubs fell to the Mariners 4-0 in the first round of the Arizona Rookie League playoffs.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Nashville (A’s) 8, Iowa 2

Nashville smacked three homers and beat the I-Cubs for the second straight night.

Hitting Recap: Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when C Tim Federowicz (.290) doubled and scored on a single from 2B Juan Perez (.275). 2B Logan Watkins (.262) added a RBI double in the fourth. Cubs had nine hits but were just 2-for-10 with RISP. RF Chris Coghlan (.471) went 1-for-3.

Pitching Chart: Drew Rucinski (6-15, 6.17 ERA) surrendered five runs in the second and finished with a line of 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Armando Rivero (2.22 ERA) fanned five over two innings but allowed a solo homer. Jack Leathersich (0.00 ERA) fired a scoreless seventh and Corey Black (5.28 ERA) gave up a two-run homer in the eighth.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has not named a starter for Wednesday’s matinee in Nashville. Iowa closes out the series on Thursday and return home for the final four games of the season against Colorado Springs.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 5, Birmingham (White Sox) 3

Ian Happ’s three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Smokies the win.

Hitting Recap: Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, LF Chesny Young (.295) led off with a single, took second on wild pitch and was thrown out at home on a single by DH David Freitas (.276). With two runners on a new pitcher on the mound, 2B Ian Happ (.259) delivered a three-run blast (6) over the center field wall for a 5-3 lead. Tennessee grabbed an early lead with a RBI single from RF Kelly Dugan (.260) in the first and a throwing error by the center fielder allowed Happ to score in the second. Happ finished 2-for-3 with a walk while Young and 3B Jason Vosler (.243) both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Michael Wagner (3.58 ERA) got the start and didn’t make it out of the fifth, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks. Wagner fanned five and had a game score of 36 in the 103-pitch outing. Stephen Perakslis (3.54 ERA) got the final out of the fifth and tossed a scoreless sixth, striking out three. Expected to start on Wednesday, Brad Markey (8-7, 3.17 ERA) retired all six hitters he faced and earned the win, fanning three. David Berg (6.15 ERA) worked around two hits in the ninth and started the game-ending double play for his fourth save..

Smokies News: Tennessee close out the home season on Wednesday night and no starter has been announced. The Smokies head to Montgomery for the final five games of the season.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 1, Lynchburg (Indians) 0

Bryant Flete’s single in the 11th gave the Pelicans their second straight walk-off win.

Hitting Recap: After 10 scoreless, 3B David Bote (.340) led off the 11th with a triple and trotted home when 2B Bryant Flete (.314) ripped a single past a drawn in infield for the walk-off win. Pelicans had seven hits in the win, two each from Bote and Flete.

Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (2.72 ERA) fired six shutout innings, striking out seven while allowing three hits and no walks. He only needed 67 pitches, 46 for strikes, and had a game score of 77. Tommy Thorpe (3.74 ERA) tossed three shutout frames and Daury Torrez (2-2, 3.72 ERA) fanned five over the final two innings and got credit for the win.

Pelicans News: Preston Morrison (3-0, 2.87 ERA) takes the ball on Wednesday night against the Hillcats. Myrtle Beach closes out the home stand on Thursday and then head to Potomac for the final four games of the regular season.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend

South Bend had Tuesday off and send Oscar De La Cruz(1-1, 2.78 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday night in a playoff preview with West Michigan. Cubs return home to close out the season on Sept. 3-5.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 7, Tri-City (Padres) 5

Dylan Cease fanned eight over five innings and Kevonte Mitchell knocked in three runs as the Ems beat the Dust Devils.

Hitting Recap: LF Kevonte Mitchelll (.255) went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the offense that collected eight hits and drew seven walks. 2B Yeiler Peguero (.256) was on base three times with two walks and a single with two RBI. DH Trent Giambrone (.299) and C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.218) both drive in runs.

Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease (2-0, 2.50 ERA) got credit for his second win of the season as the right-hander fanned eight over five innings. Cease allowed an unearned run on two hits and four walks in the 84-pitch outing. Duncan Robinson surrendered four runs on seven hits in 1.2 frames and Tyler Peitzmeier earned his second save with 2.1 scoreless innings.

Emeralds Notes: Manuel Rondon (6-1, 1.20 ERA) makes his 12th start for the Ems on Wednesday night. Tri-City is in town for two more games and then Eugene heads to HIllsboro for the final three regular season games. The Ems and the Hops will meet in the first round of the playoffs.....RHP Mark Malave has been promoted to South Bend.

Arizona Rookie League Playoffs—Mariners 4, Cubs 0

The Mariners scored all their runs in the fourth and blanked the Cubs to advance in the single-elimination format.

Hitting Recap: Only four hits for the Cubs—singles from CF Luis Ayala, 2b Jhonny Bethencourt, DH Gustavo Polanco and PH Ruben Reyes.

Pitching Chart: Javier Assad blanked the M’s over the first three innings but gave up four hits in the fourth, including a two-run single and a triple that plated two more. Enrique De Los Rio retired all nine hitters he faced, three on strikes, and Josh Conway worked a 1-2-3 eighth.

Cubs News: SS Isaac Paredes, DH Gustavo Polanco and LHRP Eugenio Palma were all named to the Arizona Rookie League All-Star team on Tuesday. Polanco led the Cubs hitting .322/.351/.390 in 46 games with one homer and 22 RBI. Parades batted .305/.359/.443 with a homer and a team-high 26 RBI. Palma appeared in 14 games, 12 in relief, and was 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 37 K over 42.1 innings.

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