Down on the Farm: Iowa Cubs big comeback win


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The Iowa Cubs had a seven run comeback win and the Tennessee Smokies scored 17 runs as the Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates went 2-0 on Sunday.

The Daytona Cubs and Kane County Cougars were off and will resume play on Monday.

Iowa Cubs

Iowa 12, Nashville 11

Iowa fell 11-4 after 5 1/3 innings, but scored eight runs for a 12-11 victory over the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers).

Dallas Beeler gave up 10 runs on 10 hits over just three innings. Five runs came in the first, three in the second, and two more in the third. Carlos Pimentel entered in relief for the next four innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits, struck out six and walked none.

Catcher Eli Whiteside two-run home run – his second of the season – in the bottom of the sixth sparked the rally. It was his only hit on the day. First baseman Lars Anderson added a two-run single in the same inning and a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. He was 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs.

Matt Szcuzur and Javier Baez scored on wild pitches in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. Both prospects struggled offensively, Szcuzur was 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base while Baez was 0-for-4 with a walk. Left fielder Chris Valaika shined at the plate going 3-for-4 with a walk. He also had a RBI and a run.

Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 17, Jackson 13

The Smokies managed 17 runs on just 16 hits with none of them being home runs. They had five doubles and one triple with nine walks and taking two bases on a hit by a pitch.

Smokies’ starter Matt Loosen had a rough outing giving up six runs in the first and three runs in the third.

Center fielder Rubi Silva hit a two-run triple on a line drive to center before he scored on Jeudy Valdez grounder to cut the deficit to 6-3 in the 2nd.

Silva continued his strong performance with a double to start the Smokies’ rally in the fourth. Stephen Bruno added a RBI single and designated hitter Kris Bryant with a two-run single, right fielder Jorge Soler and Silva each with a two-run double for a 12-9 lead.

Jackson got two more runs in the fifth to chase Loosen, who allowed 11 runs on nine hits, struck out four and walked six over 4 2/3 innings. Jose Veras picked up the win in a 1 2/3 innings scoreless relief rehab appearances. He allowed just one hit, struck out one and walked two.

Silva was 4-for-6 with two doubles and a triple for 5 RBIs and two runs, Bryant was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and three runs, Soler was 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk for 4 RBIs and two runs, catcher Rafael Lopez was 3-for-3 with a double and three walks and two RBIs and two runs, first baseman Charles Cutler was 2-for-4 with two walks, a RBI and two runs.

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