#Cubs Minor League report: Contreras wins batting title
Brett Nicholas hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth off Brian Schlitter to lift Round Rock to a 7-4
victory over Iowa in the regular season finale. The Iowa Cubs finished the season with 80 wins, fifth most in the team’s
history. John Andreoli and Christian Villanueva each homered for Iowa, which led 4-0. Villanueva finished with 18 homers.
Tennessee’s Willson Contreras went 4-for-4 to clinch the Southern League batting title and three pitchers combined to shut
out Biloxi, 2-0, in the first game. Biloxi won the season finale, 3-2. Tennessee finished the 2015 campaign with a 37-33
record in the second half, as well as a 76-63 overall mark. The Smokies posted a winning record in each half, the first
time the club has accomplished that feat since 2011. Contreras ended the year at .333, and is the first Smokies player since Joe Gate in 1978 to capture the league batting title. It was his second four-hit game. He had at least one hit in 92 of his 126 contests, or 73 percent. Neil Ramirez struck out one in one inning of relief and picked up the win in the first game.
Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI in Myrtle Beach’s 5-4 loss to Wilmington in the regular season finale. Myrtle Beach faces Winston-Salem in the best of three Southern League Division Championship Series, starting Wednesday. On Monday, Jacob Rogers had two hits and one RBI.
Trevor Clifton gave up two hits over 6 1/3 innings in South Bend’s 3-0 win over Lake County in the season finale. South Bend finished the second half 36-34, and 65-72 overall. Kevin Encarnacion had two hits and one RBI. Clifton posted a 5-1 record and 1.96 ERA in his last six starts. Jesse Hodges had two hits and one RBI.