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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 20

South Bend the only winner tonight.

Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

I put this up on Twitter, but Ben Zobrist was the first Cub to hit a home run into McCovey Cove on the fly since Corey Patterson on August 7, 2004. That game was Greg Maddux's 300th win as well. No other Cub has ever hit one into McCovey Cove on the fly.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were toppled by the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 9-4.

Iowa starter Jake Buchanan allowed five runs in the bottom of the first inning before he even retired a batter, topped off by a three-run home run by Mike Zunino. After that he settled down until the sixth, when he allowed another run and left the bases loaded for reliever Jean Machi, who allowed all three inherited runners to score.

The final ugly line on Buchanan was 5+ innings, allowing nine runs on ten hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Left fielder John Andreoli hit the first pitch of the game over the left field wall for his fifth home run of the season. Andreoli was 2 for 5.

Third baseman Kristopher Negron went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple. He scored once. First baseman Taylor Davis was 3 for 4.

Catcher Willson Contreras was 2 for 5 with an RBI double. Center fielder Albert Almora Jr. was 0 for 5, but I saw him rob at least three batters of a hit on defense in the six innings I watched.

Tennessee Smokies

Rained out. Doubleheader on Sunday.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were scratched by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 5-3.

Pelicans starter Jeremy Null pitched 5.1 innings and allowed one run on just two hits. The downside of that was that he walked five while striking out six.

The Pelicans had a 3-2 lead going into the ninth inning, but closer James Farris couldn't seal the deal. Farris took the loss after getting tagged for three runs on four hits in an inning. He struck out one and walked no one.

Left fielder Ian Happ tripled to lead off the fourth inning and then scored on a wild pitch. Happ was 2 for 4.

Catcher Gioskar Amaya drove in the other Pelicans runs later in the fourth with a two-run single. Amaya was 2 for 4 with a double tonight.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs capsized the Lake County Captains (Indians), 7-5 in ten innings.

Adbert Alzolay pitched the first six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Alzolay struck out two and walked one.

Craig Brooks took the hill to start the bottom of the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead, but he failed to get the save. Brooks got his second win after South Bend retook the lead in the tenth. Brooks pitched one inning and allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out two and walked no one.

James Norwood pitched the bottom of the tenth and got his fourth save. Norwood allowed a one-out double, but no other baserunners. Norwood did not strike anyone out.

The Cubs took a two-run lead in the tenth on a two-run shot by third baseman Matt Rose. It was Rose's third home run this season. He was 1 for 4 and had three RBI, the other one coming in the eighth inning on a squeeze bunt.

In the fifth inning. second baseman Andrew Ely hit his first home run of the season with a man on to give South Bend a 3-2 lead. Ely was 2 for 5.

Left fielder Eloy Jimenez led off the eighth inning with a home run, his third blast in two games and fifth overall. Jimenez was 2 for 5.

DH Daniel Spingola was 2 for 3 and scored one run.