Cubs Minor League Wrap--May 20

Everyone wins tonight!

My two year-old daughter is singing "Go Cubs Go!" while watching the ballgame. Unfortunately, she doesn't realize it's the Giants/Diamondbacks game. My Angel fan wife is not happy.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs ran the Colorado Sky Sox through the wringer, 11-7.

Starting pitcher Casey Coleman improved his season record to 4-3 by allowing only one run on two hits over five innings. He did walk three and he struck out five.

Both Jeff Samardzija and Jeff Gray had trouble in relief. Gray more than Samardzija. Gray gave up four runs in two innings, whereas Samardzija "only" allowed two in one inning.

Catcher Welington Castillo pounded home six RBI tonight, including a fifth inning grand slam. Castillo went 3 for 4 with a double and his sixth home run of the year.

Left fielder Jason Dubois went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Dubois had two RBI and scored three times. Shortstop Darwin Barney went 3 for 5 and scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies eclipsed the Jacksonville Suns, 8-4.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx had some problems tonight, but still got his second win of the season. Bibens-Dirkx allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. He only struck out two.

Center fielder Tony Campana was a terror tonight, going 4 for 4 with three doubles. He walked once and scored once.

Left fielder Ty Wright hit home run number seven tonight. He was 1 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez also homered in a 2 for 4 game. Gonzalez scored once and had two RBI.

In your Josh Vitters update, Vitters was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. He saw 16 pitches tonight, so that's a bit different for him.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs disproved the Ft. Myers Miracle, 7-5.

Starter Brooks Raley continued his bad/good pattern of starts by throwing a good one tonight. He got his first win of the year by allowing one run on three hits, including a solo home run, over five innings. He did have some control issues as he walked five. Raley fanned three.

Luke Sommer got save number five tonight as threw 1.1 perfect innings. He struck out one.

Kyler Burke followed up his three-run home run yesterday with a grand slam tonight. Burke was 1 for 4 with a walk. He has two home runs this season. Center fieler Brett Jackson clubbed his first home run of the year as well tonight. The home run was a third-inning solo shot. He was 1 for 5.

Third baseman DJ LeMaheiu doubled in a 2 for 5 game. He scored twice and batted one in.

Peoria Cubs

The Peoria Chiefs outlasted the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 9-6 in 15 innings in a game that lasted five hours and six minutes.

Starter Trey McNutt started this one a long time ago, allowing only one unearned run on one hit over 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Jordan Latham blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. Latham went two innings and allowed the three runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out one.

Catcher Mario Mercedes took the mound and got the win in relief. He was terrible. He was saved by a runner thrown out at the plate in the fourteenth inning. After the Chiefs scored four runs in the top of the fifteenth, he allowed one run and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs before Larry Suarez relieved him and struck out the final batter to nail the save.

Right fielder Nelson Perez went 3 for 7 with a double and four RBI. He also scored once. Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was 3 for 6 with a stolen base. He scored twice and had one RBI. Catcher Jonathan Mota was 2 for 7 with an RBI.

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