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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 30

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Willson Contreras goes nuts as Iowa wins big. Pelicans salvage a win against Wilmington.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

I went on a Twitter rant about Willson Contreras today. The tl;dr version is that yes, Contreras is major-league ready, but he's not taking Montero or Ross's job, so he's staying in Iowa. Contreras has a bright future ahead of him, but he's fine in Iowa right now.

Also, our friend Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register has a nice story up on Contreras.

Here's Jon Heyman's response to today's game at Wrigley.

Iowa Cubs

Behind a pair of Willson Contreras home runs and a ten-run sixth inning, the Iowa Cubs detonated the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 11-0.

Jake Buchanan started and got his 4th win. He went six innings and allowed just four hits. He struck out two and walked no one.

After John Andreoli flew out to start the sixth, the next ten I-Cubs reached base in the inning, punctuated by a Contreras grand slam. Contreras would then go on to hit a second solo home run in the eighth inning. The final line on Contreras was 4 for 5 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI. Contreras now has eight home runs this year.

Here's Contreras' two HRs:

Center fielder Albert Almora was 3 for 5 with a double and a steal. Almora scored once.

Left fielder Matt Murton had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 5 game. He scored once. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the sixth. He also scored that inning.

Third baseman Kristopher Negron was 2 for 4 with an RBI single and a run scored in the sixth. Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki did the same thing--2 for 4 with an RBI single and a run scored in the sixth.

Tennessee Smokies

Travel day. At home against Jackson tomorrow night.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans rolled the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), 4-2.

Starter Trevor Clifton gave up a single to the first batter of the game and a two-run home run to the next one. After that? Not much. Clifton got the win after going six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked no one.

Ryan McNeil pitched a perfect ninth inning to get his second save. He struck out two.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first, his fifth on the season. Torres was 1 for 3 with two walks.

Right fielder Trey Martin was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk. He scored once and had one RBI. DH Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2 for 3.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs broke down against the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 5-4.

South Bend went with the pitching committee today with three pitchers throwing three innings a piece. Justin Steele threw the first three innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Greyfer Eregua took the loss. In his three innings, Eregua allowed three runs on three hits, the big one being a two-run HR to Carl Wise. Eregua struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

Kyle Miller kept the Cubs in the game with three scoreless innings to finish out the game, allowing just one hit. Miller walked two and struck out four.

Third baseman Andrew Ely went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Catcher Tyler Alamo was 2 for 4 and scored a run.

Eloy Jimenez was 1 for 4 with an RBI, giving him a 17-game hitting streak.

Eight of the nine Cubs in the starting lineup had at least one hit.

Update: I added some highlight videos.