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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 17

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Or the Syttende Mai special.

Because of the rehab start in Peoria, I'm going to start with the Chiefs tonight.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs were robbed by the Quad City River Bandits (Cardinals) 3-1.

In a battle of rehab starts, Randy Wells took the mound and was fine. He pitched 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits, but only one of the three runs was earned. He did not issue a walk and struck out one. Wells threw 48 pitches; 34 of which were strikes.

Brian Tallet of the Cardinals got the start for Quad Cities, also in a rehab assignment. He struck out five of the six hitters he faced.

The Chiefs only managed three hits all evening. First baseman Ryan Cuneo made his season debut and was 0 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs went bust against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 11-5.

Starter Jay Jackson has not been right this season, and today he got hammered for seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in only three innings. He faced the first batter of the fourth inning and left the game with an apparent groin problem. He walked three and struck out only one. About the only thing good that happened to Jackson was that he hit a solo home run in the third inning.

First baseman Bryan LaHair continued his hot month by going 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. It was his tenth home run of the year and sixth in the past eight games. LaHair had four total RBI.

Third baseman Marquez Smith was 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. He also walked once and scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 6-2.

If you want a good pitching story this season, look no further than Robert Whitenack. Tonight, Whitenack improved his record on the season to 7-0 with seven shutout innings. He gave up only three hits. Whitenack walked two and struck out five.

Third baseman D.J. LeMahieu and first baseman Josh Vitters were both 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with a walk and a double. He also scored once.

Catcher Luis Flores went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once and knocked one runner in.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were awed by the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins), 6-5.

Jeffrey Lorick started and took his first loss of the season. He lasted only four innings and gave up six runs on eight hits. Lorick walked once and struck out one.

Center fielder Rubi Silva hit his first home run in the Florida State League in the ninth inning to get the D-Cubs to within a run. It was a solo home run. Silva was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Shortstop Junior Lake went 3 for 5 with a stolen base. Lake scored twice.

Second baseman Matt Cerda went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one RBI and scored once. Left fielder Evan Crawford was 2 for 4 with a double and one RBI.