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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 12

Jeimer Candelario leads an offensive explosion in Des Moines.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs spanked the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 18-5.

Alec Mills was strong in his second start with five scoreless innings. Mills gave up three hits, walked no one and struck out three as he won his second game in as many tries.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was unstoppable tonight, going 4 for 4 with three doubles, a triple and a walk. Candy had five RBI and scored twice.

Second baseman Ian Happ hit his fourth home run of the season already, a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Happ was 2 for 5 with a walk. He scored three times and drove home three.

FIrst baseman Taylor Davis hit his first round-tripper of the season with a man on in the third inning. Davis went 2 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Center fielder John Andreoli went 2 for 5 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored once.

Shortstop Chesny Young went 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He drove home two runs and scored three times.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4 with a double and two walks. Zagunis also scored three runs and had two RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies had their home opener spoiled by the Mississippi Braves, 6-2.

Starter Zach Hedges took the loss after he gave up four runs on six hits over five innings. Hedges struck out three and walked one.

Second baseman David Bote was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run batted in.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were grounded by the Buies Creek Astros, 5-1.

Thomas Hatch’s second start wasn’t as successful as his first as he picked up his first professional loss tonight. He allowed just one unearned run over the first four innings, but got in trouble in the fifth and didn’t make it out of the inning. Hatch pitched 4.2 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Catcher Tyler Alamo was 2 for 4 with a double.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs won their fourth game in a row by boiling the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 4-2.

It was a good start for Tyson Miller, who allowed just one unearned run over five innings. Miller allowed just two hits, both singles, but he did walk three while striking out six.

Duncan Robinson relieved Miller in the sixth and got the win. Robinson pitched 3.1 innings and allowed just one run, although he did give up six hits. Robinson walked two and struck out two.

Robinson gave up his one run in the ninth inning when he got into trouble after allowing back-to-back doubles to start the inning. After a bunt put runners on second and third with one out (although not the way you’d expect—read the game log if you’re interested), South Bend manager Jimmy Gonzalez summoned Wyatt Short from the bullpen. Short got Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jorge Ona to both strike out swinging to end the game. It was Short’s first save of the year.

South Bend took the lead after they scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run double by left fielder Kevonte Mitchell. Mitchell was 1 for 4.

Second baseman Yeiler Peguero was 3 for 4 with a double. Third baseman Wladimir Galindo was 2 for 4 with an RBI. He scored on the Mitchell triple.