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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 17

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Two wins, one loss and one rain.

Ian Happ
Ian Happ
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Iowa Cubs

Rained out in Round Rock.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were burned by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-3.

Rob Zastryzny pitched the first six innings and he allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits. Zastryzny struck out four and walked two.

The Smokies trailed 3-0 going to the bottom of the eighth, but scored three times to tie up the game. Then Josh Conway came on to pitch the top of the ninth and gave the lead right back with two runs on two hits on only a third of an inning. Conway walked one and struck out one.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Victor Caratini went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans pan-fried the Carolina Mudcats (Braves), 4-3.

Jake Stinnett had one bad inning: The third inning when he gave up three runs after a hit batsman, two walks, catcher's interference and a single. The rest of his start, he was strong and he got his first ever High-A win. Stinnett's final line was six innings pitched, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. Stinnett walked two and struck out four.

James Farris entered the game in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead, and he struck out all three batters he faced to pick up his first save of the season.

Third baseman Jason Vosler went 3 for 5. One of those hits was a two-run single as a part of a three-run seventh inning by the Pelicans.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 5 with an RBI. DH Rashad Crawford was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.

Second baseman Ian Happ was 2 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. Happ scored twice.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs won the final game of a four-game set with the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 5-4.

Adbert Alzolay kept the TinCaps off the board for six innings, allowing just one hit in that span. But he ran into trouble when he came out to pitch the seventh inning. The final line on Alzolay was 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Alzolay walked one and struck out three.

Scott Effross tried to put out the fire in the seventh, but he allowed two inherited runners to score and one of his own to give Ft. Wayne the lead. He then got the win when the Cubs scored twice in the top of the eighth. The final stats for Effross was 1.2 innings and was charged with a run on two hits, although he did let those two inherited runners score. Effross stuck out two and walked one batter intentionally.

Craig Brooks pitched the ninth inning and got his first save. Brooks did walk two batters to give Ft. Wayne some hope with two outs, but then Brooks got a strikeout to end the game. Brooks did not give up any hits.

Right fielder Eloy Jimenez tied up the game with an RBI single in the eighth inning and, later in the inning, scored the eventual winning run on a sac fly by Matt Rose. Jimenez was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored twice.

Center fielder Donnie Dewees has played his way out of the leadoff spot in the lineup: he's now hitting so well that he's batting third. Today he was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. Dewees scored once.