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Cubs Minor League Wrap -- May 8

Too bad a great performance by Randy Wells and Bobby Scales went to waste tonight.

Iowa Cubs

The I-Cubs downed the Memphis Redbirds, 7-2.

Starter J. R. Mathes was brilliant for eight shutout innings tonight. He allowed only six hits, struck out six and walked no one. The win improved his record to 4-3.

Outfielder Brad Snyder was the big bat with a 3 for 5 night. Snyder had a double, scored once and had two RBI. He also stole a base.

Second baseman Nate Spears went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies were cut down by the Mississippi Braves, 2-1.

Starter Casey Lambert allowed both runs on six hits and four walks during a six inning start. Lambert struck out two.

Alex Maestri pitched two innings without allowing a run. He gave up one hit, struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

Left fielder Ty Wright was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs were caught hibernating by the Clearwater Threshers, 7-2.

Starter Ryan Searle got his second loss of the season tonight. He allowed three runs over five innings, although only one of the runs was earned. Searle gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two.

Dustin Sasser got rocked for four runs in two innings of relief. One of the runs was unearned. Alberto Alburquerque finished out the game with two perfect innings of relief. He struck out four.

Second baseman Nate Samson went 2 for 4. Tyler Colvin played center field tonight for what I believe was the first time since his surgery. Unfortunately, he was 0 for 4 with two errors.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs tonight were humiliated by losing to the team with the dumbest name in baseball, the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 8-3.

Chris Carpenter responded to all the hype he's been getting this week by getting shelled. Carpenter allowed five runs over 4.1 innings. He got knocked for five hits and he issued two walks. Carpenter struck out four.

Catcher Luis Flores hit his second home run of the season tonight in the ninth inning. He went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run. Flores scored twice, walked once and had the one RBI.

Shortstop Ryan Flaherty was 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI. Left fielder Josh Harrison was 2 for 5. Right fielder Kyler Burke was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.

In case you were wondering or don't want to follow this link, the Ft. Wayne team decided to go with a Johnny Appleseed theme for their team this year with a scowling apple wearing a cooking pot on their head. I generally enjoy all the dumb names in minor league baseball. Heck, I grew up rooting for the Madison Muskies and I can still sing their theme song. But this is really a dumb name too far.