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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 5

For the second day in a row, everyone down on the farm won.

Ian Happ
Ian Happ
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs won their ninth-straight game, 6-1 over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals). It's the first time Iowa has won nine in a row since 1991, when they were still in the American Association.

Alex Sanabia won his second-straight game, going five innings and allowing one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched to two batters today and retired them both. It's the first time all season he's pitched on back-to-back days.

Catcher David Freitas gave Iowa a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run home run. It was Freitas' first Iowa homer and third of the season. Freitas was 1 for 4.

Left fielder Matt Murton hit his first home run in the Cubs system since 2008 when he connected for a solo home run in the fifth. Murton went 2 for 3 with a walk. He had two total RBI and scored twice.

Juan Perez was 2 for 4 with a triple and a two-run single in the seventh. Perez scored on the Freitas home run.

With the win and Oklahoma City's loss, Iowa moved into first place all by themselves in their division for the first time all year.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies toppled the Mississippi Braves, 11-6.

The Smokies fell behind 5-1 in this game after starting pitcher Stephen Perakslis allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings. Two of the runs allowed were unearned. Perakslis walked one and struck out three.

The bullpen, however, shut down the Braves the rest of the way, allowing just four hits and one run. Juan Paniagua threw one scoreless inning and winning pitcher Miguel Mejia pitched two scoreless, allowing just one hit. Mejia struck out three and walked none.

David Garner pitched a perfect eighth inning and David Berg allowed a run in the ninth on a two-out double in a non-save situation.

The Smokies cut the Braves lead to 5-3 when center fielder Jacob Hannemann connected for a two-run home run, his sixth of the season. Hannemann was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He had four total RBI as he hit a two-run single as a part of a six-run sixth inning that gave the Smokies the lead.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit a solo home run in that sixth inning to cut the lead to 5-4. It was Candy's fourth home run this season. Candelario was 1 for 3 with two walks. Candelario scored three times.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans overthrew the Potomac Nationals, 15-0.

He didn't need to pitch well, but Trevor Clifton did, going six scoreless innings while giving up just four hits. He struck out six and walked only one as he improved his record to 4-3 and his ERA to 2.08.

This game was 15-0 after five innings. The Pelicans scored two in the first, six in the second, one in the third, five in the fourth and one in the fifth.

In the second inning, first baseman Yasiel Balaguert connected for a three-run home run, his ninth of the year. Balaguert was 2 for 4 with a walk and four total RBI.

Next, catcher Gioskar Amaya went back-to-back with Balaguert in the second, his first home run of the season. Amaya went 2 for 5.

The third and final home run of the game came off the bat of second baseman Ian Happ, who went opposite field for a three-run home run in the sixth. It was Happ's sixth home run this year. Happ went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored three times.

Third baseman Daniel Lockhart was 3 for 4 with a double and a triple. Lockhart scored three runs and drove one in. DH Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 with a double. He drove in one run and scored once.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres went 1 for 2 with three walks. He stole two bases and scored twice.

Highlights. Be sure to check out the Pelicans' uniforms. They're awesome. I don't care what you think. They're awesome.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs crested the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 2-1.

Starter Kyle Twomey got the win after allowing five innings and allowing one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Scott Effross collected his first save of the season. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up no runs on two hits. He struck out one and walked nobody.

South Bend took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when catcher P.J. Higgins doubled, went to third on an error on a pickoff throw and scored on a sac fly. He was 1 for 4.

The other South Bend run came in the second inning when third baseman Jesse Hodges led off the inning with a double, went to third on a balk and scored on a groundout. He was 1 for 3.