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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 29

Marcos Mateo blew a save for Iowa today.
Marcos Mateo blew a save for Iowa today.

Several ballplayers with connections to LSU are tweeting tonight that infielder D.J. LeMahieu has been promoted to Chicago. Congratulations to D.J., and I hope it's just the beginning of a long career.

And yes, Daytona won their 12th game in a row.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs missed the train against the Round Rock Express, 9-8.

Alberto Cabrera made his Pacific Coast League debut and pitched four plus innings, allowing three runs on ten hits. Cabrera walked four and struck out two.

The I-Cub had a 6-0 lead after three and a half innings, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Marcos Mateo allowed two runs in the ninth inning to take the loss. Over the 1.1 innings that Mateo pitched, he gave up two runs on one hit and three walks. One of the three walks was intentional, but he also hit a batter. Mateo did not have a strikeout.

Catcher Steve Clevenger was 3 for 5 with a two-run home run in the third inning. It was Clevenger's third homer for the I-Cubs and sixth overall.

Shortstop Jonathan Mota also homered for the third time this year. It was a solo home run in the fifth inning. Mota was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Tyler Colvin was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. He also walked once. Colvin scored three times and had one RBI. DH Ty Wright was 2 for 5 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

Driving to Huntsville to play the Stars tomorrow. The probably spent the time seeing if they saw more Waffle Houses or Cracker Barrels. All they had to do is ask me: There are eight Cracker Barrels and thirteen Waffle Houses along the road of the three hour and fifteen minute trip.

Daytona Cubs

The D-Cubs scored two in the bottom of the eighth to win their 12th game in a row,6-4 over the Bradenton Marauders.

Starting pitcher Brett Wallach had a good start tonight. He gave up two runs, although only one earned run, on five hits over five innings. He only walked one and he struck out five.

Frank Batista entered the game with two on and two out in the eighth inning and gave up an RBI single for his first blown save of the year. But he got the win when Daytona scored two in the bottom of the eighth and then retired Bradenton in order in the ninth. Batista's final line was 1.1 innings pitched with no runs on one hit. He did not walk anyone and struck out one.

DH Jake Opitz went 3 for 4 with two doubles. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Shortstop Junior Lake was 2 for 4 with his 19th stolen base. He scored twice. Left fielder Evan Crawford went 2 for 4 with a triple. He scored once and had two RBI. Catcher Chad Noble was 2 for 4 with a run batted in.

First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 4 with a double and a run batted in.

Daytona's record is now 39-12.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs creamed the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 8-1.

Starting pitcher Graham Hicks picked up his first win of the year by allowing only one run over five innings. The run scored on a solo home run, which was the only hit that Hicks allowed. He walked one, hit one batter and struck out five.

Su-Ming Jung pitched the final four innings to get his first save of the year. He only allowed one hit as the Chiefs held Cedar Rapids to two hits total. Jung walked one. He did not strike out a batter.

Right fielder Anthony Giansanti hit two home runs today, including a grand slam in the second inning. His second home run was a two-run homer in the seventh. Giansanti was 2 for 5 with the six RBI. Giansanti has seven home runs this year.

Center fielder Matt Szczur hit his first professional home run today. It was a solo home run in the second inning. Szczur was 1 for 5.

Second baseman Pierre LePage was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two walks. He scored once.

First baseman Ryan Cuneo went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Eliot Soto went 2 for 5 and scored once.