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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 14

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Three out of four teams win.

Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Sad news on the minor league front tonight.

We all knew that Giansanti wasn't very likely to have a major league future and no matter how great a teammate you are, sometimes you've got to step aside for someone better.

We'll miss you, Giansanity. And Ronda Rousey hadn't even gotten to one of your games yet.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs stood on 17 and beat the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 17-2.

Jake Buchanan easily got the win after allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara hit a three-run home run in the second inning, his fifth of the season. Alcantara was a perfect 3 for 3 with three walks. He also had three RBI and scored three times. It's a magic number. But he only stole one base.

The other I-Cubs home run came off the bat of third baseman Kristopher Negron, who hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning. Negron now has four home runs this year. Negron was 1 for 5 with a walk.

Left fielder John Andreoli went 3 for 6 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Center fielder Albert Almora Jr. went 3 for 6 with a triple and a stolen base. Almora scored once and had two RBI.

Also, check out this Des Moines Register story on Almora.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 5 with a triple and a walk. He had three RBI and scored twice. Right fielder Juan Perez was 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Finally, shortstop Munenori Kawasaki went 3 for 5 with a double and a walk. Kawasaki scored three times and had one run batted in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were maced by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 11-1.

Rob Zastryzny put the Smokies in a hole early when he gave up three runs in the first and two in the second. However, thanks to errors by second baseman Chesny Young and catcher David Freitas, none of the five runs were earned. Zastryzny's line on the night was six innings, allowing five unearned runs on three hits. He struck out seven and walked four.

The Smokies lone run came on an RBI double by DH Kelly Dugan in the fourth inning. He was 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored eight runs in the fifth inning to unlock the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 11-3.

Jeremy Null made his first start of the season (he did have one earlier relief appearance) and got his first win of the season with five scoreless innings. Null gave up three hits. He walked one and struck out three.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert had a big night as he was 4 for 5 with a home run to lead off the sixth inning, his fifth of the season. Balaguert had three total RBI and scored twice.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 5 with a walk. He scored once and had two RBI.

Left fielder Shawon Dunston Jr. was 3 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. DH Daniel Lockhart was 2 for 5 with a double. Lockhart scored twice and had two RBI. Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 5 and scored once.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs scored five times in the fourth inning and beat the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 6-2.

Starter Preston Morrison went 5.1 innings and got the win after allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked one.

James Norwood got his second save. He entered the game with the bases loaded in the eighth and two outs and got a flyout to end the threat. He allowed two hits to lead off the ninth but no runs after a double play and a line out.

Right fielder Eloy Jimenez went 3 for 5 and scored once. Catcher Ian Rice also went 3 for 5 and scored once, but he also had one RBI.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored once.