Cubs Minor League Wrap--May 31

Jay Jackson tweeted that he's on the DL. Doesn't appear to be official yet.

Josh Vitters simply doesn't want May to end.

Robinson Chirinos doesn't want today to end. He had a day he'll tell his grandchildren about today.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs split two games today with the Memphis Redbirds, taking a previously suspended game 4-2 and blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning to fall 4-3 in the regularly scheduled game.

The first game was the resumption of a suspended game from May 3. Esmailin Caridad started this game back then and threw three shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one.

Vince Perkins got the win by essentially getting the start today when the game resumed. Perkins allowed one run over 3.2 innings. He surrendered three hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Blake Parker allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning, but got the save anyway. Parker walked one and fanned one.

Bobby Scales went 2 for 2 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI in this game. Nate Spears took over for him at third base and also went 2 for 2 with a double. Spears walked once and had an RBI.

In the second game, Kevin Hart allowed a solo home run to lead off the game and then settled down to throw a masterful start. Hart allowed only the one run on two hits over six innings. He hit a batter to lead off the second inning and then retired 15 in a row. Hart struck out seven and didn't walk anyone.

Hart didn't get the win though because Justin Berg was brought in for the save and gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning. One of the runs was unearned.

Left fielder John-Ford Griffin went 3 for 3 with a double and a triple. He scored once and had one RBI. Center fielder Sam Fuld had a run scored and an RBI in a 2 for 4 afternoon. Fuld also stole a base.

Catcher Chris Robinson went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

Somebody please stop the carnage in Tennessee. Today the Smokies lost their eighth game in a row as they were swamped by the Carolina Mudcats, 10-2.

Starter Marcos Mateo allowed four runs in a four inning start. Mateo got tagged for five hits and he issued three walks. He only struck out two.

Both Jake Muyco and Todd Blackford gave up three runs in two innings of relief.

The Smokies only managed four hits this afternoon.

Daytona Cubs

Behind two grand slams by catcher Robinson Chirinos, the Daytona Cubs blacklisted the Sarasota Reds, 11-3.

Andrew Cashner got the start today and was impressive in four shutout innings. Casher allowed only two hits. He struck out one and walked one

Henry Williamson got the win in relief because Cashner didn't go five innings. Williamson did pitch well, tossing three shutout innings. He gave up three hits, didn't walk anyone and fanned two.

The story of today was obviously Chirinos. Chirinos came to the plate with the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh innings and hit grand slams both times. Chirinos was 3 for 5 on the day with the eight RBI. He now has five home runs on the season.

First baseman Ryan Keedy went 2 for 3 with two walks and two runs scored. Center fielder Tony Campana had a stolen base and a run scored in a 2 for 5 effort.

Third baseman Jovan Rosa went 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once and had an RBI. Left fielder Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with one double. He also scored once and knocked one in.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were beaten by the Great Lakes Loons, 4-2.

Starter Jeff Beliveau was the hard luck loser today. He only allowed one run and three hits over 4.1 innings. Now he did walk four batters, but he fanned seven.

Ryan Buchter allowed three runs in two innings of relief.

May is coming to an end, and so must Josh Vitters' incredible month. He homered again today, a two-run blast in the ninth inning that accounted for all of Peoria's runs. Overall, Vitters went 2 for 4 today.

The final numbers for the month of May for Vitters: .386 with a .417 OBP. Twelve home runs and 27 RBI. Six doubles and two stolen bases. He scored 24 times. He's now tied for the MWL lead in home runs.

First baseman Rebel Ridling went 2 for 4 with a double.

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