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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 7

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Iowa, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all win one-run games.

Erick Leal
Erick Leal
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Donnie Dewees, third baseman Jesse Hodges, second baseman Andrew Ely along with pitchers Adbert Alzolay and Carson Sands were all named to the Midwest League Eastern Division All-Star Team! Congratulations to them.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got back on the winning track with a 6-5 win over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals).

Michael Wagner started and allowed three runs on four hits over four innings. Wagner walked four and struck out seven, which was a career-high for him.

Jean Machi relieved Wagner and gave up a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth, but got the win when Iowa retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The final line on Machi was two runs on four hits over two innings. Machi walked one and struck out one.

Spencer Patton pitched the ninth inning and got his sixth save. Patton allowed a one-out single, but nothing else. Patton struck out two.

The I-Cubs re-took the lead in the sixth inning when right fielder Logan Watkins tripled home David Freitas and then scored on a Machi fielder's choice. Watkins was 1 for 3 with an intentional walk

Left fielder Matt Murton was 2 for 2 with a two-run double and a stolen base. Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored once and had one RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were burned by the Mississippi Braves, 5-1.

Starter Paul Blackburn lost his second game of the season after he was touched for five runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings. One of the five runs was unearned. Blackburn walked one and struck out three.

The Smokies did not have a hit in this game until Victor Caratini led off the ninth inning with a single. Pinch-hitter Kelly Dugan also singled in the ninth, and that was both of Tennessee's two hits.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans swept a doubleheader from the Potomac Nationals, winning both games 4-3 and 4-3.

In game one, Erick Leal started and got his eighth win already. Leal allowed two runs on five hits over 6+ innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Leal went for the complete game shutout in the seventh, but he exited after allowing two hits to lead-off the seventh. Tommy Thorpe relieved him and allowed walked the bases-loaded and then after an RBI fielder's choice, gave up a two-run double to make the score 4-3. At that point, Ryan McNeil entered the game with one out and the tying run on second. McNeil got a ground out and a fly out to end the game and get his third save.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 4 with a steal and two runs scored in game one. Center fielder Rashad Crawford was 2 for 4. He scored once and had one RBI.

In game two, Jeremy Null came within one out of a seven-inning complete game. Null gave up a solo home run to lead off the inning and then a two-out double. With the tying-run on second base and two outs, Jordan Minch entered the game and got a fly out for his second save.

Null pitched 6.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked two. He gave up a two-run home run in the first and that solo home run in the seventh.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert had a two-run single to tie the game in the fourth inning. He was 1 for 3.

Center fielder Rashad Crawford singled home Daniel Lockhart to give the Pelicans the lead in the fifth. Both hitter were 1 for 3.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs slew the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 4-3 in 12 innings.

Kyle Miller started this game and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out one.

After that. the Cubs pitching staff tossed eight scoreless innings. Pedro Araujo threw three scoreless innings. John Williamson pitched 1.2 scoreless and James Williamson got the win after pitching 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit. Williamson walked two and struck out three.

The Cubs won in the bottom of the 12th when Tyler Alamo walked to lead off the inning. He went to second on a bunt single by Daniel Sepulveda and to third on a walk by Eddy Martinez. After Andrew Ely struck out, Bryant Flete hit a sac fly to score Alamo and win the game.

Sepulveda was 3 for 5 and he scored a run. Ely was 2 for 5. Eloy Jimenez went 2 for 5 with a walk. He scored one run.