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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 18

Iowa lost, but the rest of the system was victorious tonight. Big games by big prospects as well.

Javier Baez
Javier Baez

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs fell to the Tucson Padres, 4-2.

Starter Chris Rusin gave up three runs in the top of the first inning which put Iowa in a hole that they never recovered from. After that, he was pretty good, though. Rusin wouldn't give up another run until the seventh inning, and even that one was the result of two errors by first baseman Brad Nelson. Rusin allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits over 6.2 innings. Rusin walked two and struck out three.

Third baseman Ian Stewart went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Shorstop Donnie Murphy was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies clouded the vision of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 7-5. The win was Tennessee's third in a row and seventh of their last eight.

Starter Dallas Beeler pitched six innings and gave up three runs on four hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Beeler walked two and struck out six as he improved his record to 4-2.

Brian Schlitter pitched the ninth inning and escaped with his second save after Chattanooga put runners on second and third with two outs. Schlitter pitched the one inning and allowed one unearned run on two hits He didn't walk anyone and struck out the final batter of the game.

I think you could say shortstop Arismendy Alcantara had a big day. He was 3 for 4 with two doubles and a solo home run in the top of the ninth, his fifth of the season. Alcantara had two RBI. He did have make a throwing error, so there is that.

Center fielder Matt Szczur got his average over .300 by going 3 for 5 with a double. He scored two runs and had one RBI. Szczur has had at least two hits in eight of his last ten games.

Right fielder Anthony Giansanti went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Giansanti had one run batted in and scored once. Second baseman Ronald Torreyes was 2 for 5 with a double. He also scored one run and hand one batted in.

Catcher Jair Fernandez was 2 for 4.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs shot down the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 6-5.

Zach Cates started and got his fourth win in eight decisions. He pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Hunter Cervenka pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save. He struck out two.

DH Ben Carhart hit his first home run of the year in the third inning with two men on. He was 1 for 5.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Third baseman Wes Darvill was 3 for 5 and scored once. Darvill also stole a base.

Right fielder Jorge Soler went 2 for 4 with a walk. He also scored one run and had one batted in. First baseman Dustin Geiger went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run. Center fielder Zeke DeVoss was 2 for 5.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars detasseled the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 4-0.

Pierce Johnson shut down the Kernels for six innings as he got his second win. Johnson allowed six hits and he walked one while striking out nine.

Center fielder Oliver Zapata broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh with an RBI single, scoring Gioskar Amaya. Zapata would later score in that inning and then he hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth, which was his third home run this season. Zapata was 3 for 4 with the two RBI and the two runs scored.

First baseman Rock Shoulders accounted for the other run when he hit his ninth home run of the year in the eighth inning. Shoulders was 2 for 4.

DH Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 4 with a double.