Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 22

We're seeing this a lot in the Cubs minor leagues lately.

The wins just keep coming down on the farm. The Smokies won their sixth straight game, the Daytona Cubs won their fifth straight game and the Chiefs won their fourth straight. Daytona has a ridiculous best-in-baseball record of 32-12. Iowa wasn't able to keep up the streak, though.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got slammed by the Tucson Padres, 16-7.

Randy Wells got hit hard in his rehab start as he was tagged for seven runs on six hits and three walks over four innings. Wells walked three. He threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes.

Thomas Diamond got lit up for five runs over four innings and Jeff Stevens allowed four Padres to score in the one inning he pitched.

Shortstop Jonathan Mota hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his second homer this season. Mota was 1 for 3 on the day.

Right fielder Tyler Colvin was 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. He scored once and had an RBI. Left fielder Brad Snyder went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI.

Center fielder Lou Montanez went 2 for 5 and scored three times. Catcher Chris Robinson was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-2 win over the Mobile Bay Bears (Diamondbacks).

Robert Whitenack pitched the first five innings and gave up two runs on a homer in the fifth inning, but nothing else. He went five innings and allowed the two runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Kevin Rhoderick got the win in relief. He pitched two innings and did not allow a hit or a run. He did walk three (one intentionally) and struck out three.

Rafael Dolis threw a perfect ninth inning. All three outs were infield ground outs.

Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give the Smokies a lead they would never relinquish. It was his tenth home run on the year. Overall, Flaherty went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Third baseman D.J. LeMahieu had three singles in a 3 for 4 day. He scored once and had one RBI. First baseman Josh Vitters was 2 for 3.

Daytona Cubs

The Cubs met and defeated the St. Lucie Mets, 8-4.

Jeffrey Lorick started for the D-Cubs and he pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. One of the four runs was unearned. Lorick walked two and struck out four. Lorick improved his record to 3-1.

Ryan Buchter pitched the final two innings for his first save. He allowed two hits but no runs. Buchter struck out four and didn't walk anyone.

Shortstop Junior Lake hit his fourth home run in the fifth inning tonight. It was a solo home run. Overall, Lake was 3 for 5 with a double, the home run and a stolen base. He scored three times and had two RBI.

Center fielder Evan Crawford also had a big evening, going 4 for 5 with a double and a steal. Crawford scored twice and had one RBI.

Second baseman Logan Watkins was 2 for 4 with a steal and a run scored. Third baseman Matt Cerda was 2 for 5 and scored twice.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs buzz-sawed the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 8-3.

Austin Kirk improved his record to 3-1 by allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings. Kirk only walked one and he struck out six.

DH Ryan Cuneo hit his first home run of the season in the fourth inning with a man on. Cuneo went 1 for 4. First baseman Richard Jones also homered in the seventh inning. The solo home run was his seventh this year. Jones was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Matt Szczur returned to the lineup today and was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He had two RBI.

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