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Cubs Minor League Wrap -- May 3

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were leading 2-0 in the fourth inning when the game was suspended due to rain. The game with Memphis will be finished on May 31.

Tennessee Smokies

God does not want the Smokies to play Huntsville. Yet another rain out.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to harpoon the Clearwater Threshers, 7-4.

Starter Ryan Searle was impressive once again. Searle allowed one unearned run during his five inning start. Searle allowed only two singles, walked one and struck out five. Searle has now not given up an earned run in his last three starts. His last earned run was allowed on April 16.

Searle didn't get the win, however, because Jose Piña has been struggling since his promotion to Daytona. Piña allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over two innings pitched. He struck out one.

Alberto Alburquerque got the win with a scoreless inning in relief. He gave up one hit, walked no one and struck out two. David Cales recorded his third save with a perfect ninth. He did not record a strike out.

Shortstop Starlin Castro hit a two-run home run in that five-run ninth inning. Castro was 2 for 3 and stole a base. It was Castro's first home run of the year. Catcher Robinson Chirinos had a big day with a 3 for 4 afternoon with his first home run of the year. Chirinos scored twice and had three RBI.

Right fielder Jonathan Wyatt was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs and Kernels couldn't scored through nine innings, but the Chiefs couldn't hold a 1-0 lead in the tenth inning and fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 2-1.

Chris Carpenter is off to an impressive start to the season. Carpenter allowed only one hit over six innings of shutout baseball. Carpenter walked three and struck out eight. Carpenter is walking a few too many hitters, but through five starts, opposing hitters are batting .125 against him and he's striking out over a batter an inning.

Chris Huseby took the loss in the 11th inning. Huseby allowed one run on two hits over a third of an inning.

Josh Vitters was 2 for 5 with a run scored. Left fielder Josh Harrison had a 2 for 4 afternoon with a double.