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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 31

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Myrtle Beach finished a historic month. Iowa finished the month with a strong performance in a nationally-televised game.

Jacob Rogers homers in today's game
Jacob Rogers homers in today's game
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

Behind a seven-run seventh inning, the Iowa Cubs were best in show against the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 8-4 in a game televised nationally on the American Sports Network.

Starter Felipe Paulino allowed one run on four hits over four innings. Paulino kept the ball in play as he only walked one and didn't strike anyone out.

With the score tied 1-1, Yoanner Negrin entered the game in the fifth and promptly gave up two runs in the inning. But Negrin did stay in the game and pitch a perfect bottom of the sixth, which meant he got the win when Iowa exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh. Negrin pitched two innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked no one, although he did hit a batter.

Jonathan Mota had a three-run triple and then scored in that seven-run inning. Mota was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Adron Chambers led off that seventh inning with a pinch-hit bunt single. He then got to bat again in the inning and singled home Mota. He was 2 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. He also stole a base.

Javier Baez was 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI tonight. Matt Szczur was 2 for 5 with a run scored. Christian Villanueva was 2 for 4 with a walk RBI single. He also scored on Mota's triple.

Taylor Teagarden went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies hibernated against the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks), 5-1.

Ivan Pineyro started and took the loss after getting pulled in the fifth inning with no outs. Pineyro pitched 4+ innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out three.

The Smokies took a 1-0 lead on a safety squeeze by Jacob Hannemann in the second inning, scoring Willson Contreras. That was about it for Smokies highlights.

Catcher Kyle Schwarber was 2 for 4. Right fielder Billy McKinney was 2 for 3.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped the Potomac Nationals, 7-2.

Tyler Skulina pitched the first six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. More to the point, he allowed two runs on a two-run home run in the second inning. Skulina walked two and struck out three.

Fernando Cruz pitched the final three innings in his first Pelicans appearance for his first save. Cruz allowed three hits but no runs. He struck out three and walked no one.

For the first time this season, the Pelicans hit three home runs today. The first was a solo home run by second baseman Daniel Lockhart in the fourth inning. It was his second home run this year. Lockhart was 1 for 3 with a walk.

The second home run came later in the fourth inning when third baseman Jeimer Candelario connected with a man on for his fourth blast of the season and second in two games. Candelario was 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly, which gave him three RBI on the game.

The third home run was a solo home run in the fifth inning by first baseman Jacob Rogers. That was his sixth home run of the season. Rogers was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Left fielder Chesny Young was 3 for 5 with a triple and two runs scored.

With the win, the Pelicans finish the month of May with a 21-7 record and an overall record of 31-16. They have a seven-game lead in the Carolina League Southern Division.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs game was suspended after three innings because of rain with the Cubs trailing Lake County 3-0. They'll try to finish this game tomorrow and then play a seven-inning second game afterwards.