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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 29

Wins for everyone but Myrtle Beach, who lost twice.

Brad Markey will be known forever as "Christmas Sweater Guy."
Brad Markey will be known forever as "Christmas Sweater Guy."
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs blasted the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 6-4.

Rob Zastryzny started today and went five innings. He allowed three runs on six hits, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Zastryzny struck out four and walked one.

Gerardo Concepcion gave up a run in the top of the eighth inning, but got the win when Iowa struck back for four runs in the bottom of the inning. Concepcion then pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Concepcion's final line was one run on two hits over two innings. He struck out two and walked nobody.

Left fielder Matt Murton had an RBI single and he later scored in that four-run eighth. Murton went 3 for 4 and he scored twice.

Right fielder John Andreoli led off the eighth with a single and scored on the Murton single. Andreoli was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins), 5-1.

Brad Markey started and collected his fifth win in six decisions today. Markey gave up just one run on two hits. He did walk three batters, however, while only striking out one.

Corey Black pitched the bottom of the ninth in a non-save situation and loaded the bases after two were out on two singles and a walk. But with the tying run at the plate, Black got a pop out to end the game. He struck out one.

First baseman Bijan Rademacher opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning, his fifth of the season. Rademacher was 1 for 4.

DH Cael Brockmeyer extended the Smokies lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning with his fifth home run of the season and first for the Smokies. Brockmeyer was also 1 for 4.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis went 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored once and had two RBI.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 2 for 5 with a run scored. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 5. Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 2 for 3 with a walk and a steal.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were swept in a doubleheader against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 8-4 and 3-1 in ten innings.

Jonathan Martinez started game one and took the loss after he was knocked around for five runs on eight hits over five innings. Martinez walked two and struck out three.

Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with a double and a two-run single in the fourth. Martin also stole a base and scored once.

Second baseman Ian Happ went 2 for 3 with a walk in game one.

In game two, starter Zach Hedges was close to perfect. Hedges gave up an unearned run after a leadoff error and a two-out double. After that, he didn't allow another hit through seven innings. He only even gave up one baserunner, a one-out walk in the sixth. Hedges struck out three.

But since the Birds failed to score more than one run in regulation, James Farris took the loss after he allowed a two-run triple win the top of the tenth. Farris pitched three innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one.

The Pelicans only had five hits in game two. Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4.

Highlights, such as they are:

South Bend Cubs

Behind a walk-off home run by Eloy Jimenez, the South Bend Cubs stunned the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 1-0.

Carson Sands pitched the first six innings and gave up just two hits. He did walk four batters, however, but he struck out five.

Craig Brooks pitched two innings of relief, giving up the third and final Lansing hit of the day. Brooks walked one and struck out three.

Scott Effross pitched a perfect top of the ninth to get the win. He struck out one.

Jimenez led off the bottom of the ninth with his eighth home run of the year and the only run of the game. He was 1 for 4.

South Bend also only had three hits in this game.