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Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 2

The Smokies won their fifth in a row.

Armando Rivero
Armando Rivero
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Kane County Cougars Will Remillard and Iowa Cubs Tsuyoshi Wada. who were your choices for BCB Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month!

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the Nashville Sounds (Brewers), 4-3.

This game was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings as Sounds pitcher Jimmy Nelson retired the first 12 batters he faced and starter Chris Rusin kept the Sounds off the board for five innings. Unfortunately, Rusin came out for the sixth inning, allowed three runs and took the loss. Rusin allowed five hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Iowa had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth when center fielder Logan Watkins doubled home Chris Valaika and put runners on second and third with only one out. But both Eli Whiteside and Josh Vitters struck out to end the game.

Watkins was 2 for 4 with a double. Valaika went 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. Valaika scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies clouded over the eyes of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 8-7. The win was Tennessee's fifth in a row.

Starter Dae-Eun Rhee put the Smokies in a hole early 5-2 hole after three innings. Rhee allowed five runs on six hits over 4.1 innings. Rhee struck out five, walked two and hit a batter.

Austin Kirk would retire the final two batters of the fifth inning, one by strikeout. He then was awarded the win when Tennessee struck for six runs in the top of the sixth.

Armando Rivero got a 1.1 inning save, his sixth of the season. He retired all four batters he faced, one by a strikeout.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno's two-run double in the top of the sixth was the big blow in that six-run inning. Bruno was 2 for 4. He would later score in the sixth inning when Dustin Geiger's bases-loaded walk forced him home.

John Andreoli had a two-run single in that six-run sixth. Andreoli was 3 for 5 and scored one run.

This was kind of a sloppy game as Tennessee committed four errors and Chattanooga made three.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were rained out. Doubleheader tomorrow.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars got back on the winning track by stinging the Burlington Bees (Angels) 3-2 in 11 innings.

Starter Duane Underwood allowed only two hits over 5+ innings, but since one of the hits was a two-run home run in the second inning, he was charged with two runs allowed. Underwood walked three and struck out three.

Justin Amlung kept the Cougars tied with four innings of scoreless relief. He allowed four hits and walked one. Amlung struck out four.

Tyler Bremer got the win. He pitched two innings and allowed one hit. Bremer walked two and struck out two.

DH Jordan Hankins doubled with two out in the bottom of the eleventh and scored the winning run when David Bote's infield single was thrown away by the third baseman for a game-ending error. Hankins was 1 for 4 and Bote was 2 for 5.

Kane County was helped out by three Burlington errors.