Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 14

Alberto Cabrera - Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Smokies have gotten their act back together, winning their fourth straight after a seven-game losing streak. Daytona and Kane County were done in by poor relief pitching and Iowa was just done in.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were all deuces against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 11-1.

Barret Loux has now struggled in his last three starts and today's was the worst. Loux allowed seven runs on nine hits over only 3.2 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Iowa's only run scored in the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by right fielder Brian Bogusevic and first baseman Brad Nelson. Both players were 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies won their fourth game in a row by outfoxing the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 3-2 in ten innings. The win returns Tennessee to a record above .500.

Very strong start tonight by Alberto Cabrera, who allowed a solo home run in the first inning and then nothing else over seven innings of work. He allowed four total hits. Cabrera only walked one and struck out seven.

Zach Rosscup entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and blew a one-run save when he gave up an RBI triple with only one out. But he got two strikeouts to strand the runner on third and send it to extras, where he got the win when Tennessee scored in the tenth. His final line was one run on two hits and a walk over an inning.

Frank Batista pitched a perfect tenth inning for his fourth save. He struck out one.

Cabrera out-dueled Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker, who kept the Smokies in check most of the way.

The Smokies scored the eventual winning run when shortstop Arismendy Alcantara laid down a perfect drag bunt single with two outs and runners on the corners in the tenth. Alcantara was 1 for 5 with two RBI.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning with the bases empty. Villanueva was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.

Center fielder Matt Szczur was 3 for 5.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were pinched by the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays), 4-2.

Starter Ben Wells allowed two runs on six hits over 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Both runners scored after he was relieved by Jeff Lorick.

Eduardo Figueroa took the loss. He entered the game tied at 2-2 in the seventh and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in the one inning he pitched. He did not have a strikeout.

Daytona had four hits. Third baseman Ben Carhart was 1 for 3 with a double.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars were caged by the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 8-4.

Starter Ian Dickson pitched four innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Justin Amlung took his first loss of the season with a bad relief outing. He gave up four runs on five hits over three innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Amlung walked one and struck out two.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 2 and hit his fifth home run of the year with the bases empty in the fourth inning. However, he was ejected in the sixth inning for trying to trip Chiefs DH Jacob Wilson, who was trying to score on a sacrifice fly.

Left fielder Rock Shoulders went 2 for 4 with a double. He had two runs batted in.

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