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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 19

Some amazing pitching performances in Tennessee and South Bend and some great hitting in Iowa.

John Andreoli
Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs burnt the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 8-3.

Seth Frankoff made his first start in the Cubs organization today a successful one. Frankoff allowed just one run and one hit over 4.1 innings. Frankoff walked two and struck out three. He exited after 73 pitches.

Miguel Mejia was awarded the win because Frankoff didn’t go five innings. Mejia threw two scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He did not strike out or walk anyone.

Center fielder John Andreoli led off the game with his first home run of the season (not counting the WBC, of course). In the second inning, he hit his second home run of the year with the bases empty. Andreoli was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Later in the second inning, catcher Taylor Davis hit a grand slam, his second home run this season. Davis also had an RBI double in the first inning for five total RBI. He was 2 for 5.

Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 5 with a double and one run scored. First baseman Victor Caratini was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies defenestrated the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 3-0.

Jen-Ho Tseng got his first win of the season with six scoreless innings. Tseng only gave up one hit, a single to lead off the fifth inning. Tseng struck out two and walked one.

Daury Torrez pitched two innings and allowed a one-out single in the seventh inning, which was the only other Barons’ hit in the combined two-hitter. Torrez struck out one and walked no one.

James Pugliese faced three batters in the ninth and struck out all three for his first save since 2015.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert had a pair of RBI doubles in a 2 for 4 game. DH David Bote went 3 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice fly. He also scored in the sixth inning on the second of Balaguert’s two doubles.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans crashed against the Buies Creek Astros, 4-3.

Starting pitcher Oscar De La Cruz allowed three runs on five hits over 4.1 innings. De La Cruz struck out three and walked one. His record fell to 1-2.

Second baseman Bryant Flete gave the Pelicans an early 2-0 lead with a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning. Flete was 1 for 4 with a walk.

Robert Garcia was 2 for 3 with a walk.

The Pelicans went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left ten runner on in the loss.


South Bend Cubs

Dylan Cease and Matt Schwarmer combined for a one-hit shutout as South Bend beat the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 3-0.

Cease was literally unhittable tonight, as in he allowed no hits in his six innings of work. Cease struck out seven and walked three. He was hitting 97 mph on the radar guns.

Schwarmer relieved Cease in the seventh, after Cease threw 92 pitches in a game for the first time in his career. Schwarmer allowed an infield single to Oneil Cruz, the second batter he faced to break up the no-hitter. Cruz went to third on a stolen base and an error with one out, but Schwarmer pitched out of that jam and got the win. Schwarmer allowed one hit and issued one walk in three scoreless innings of relief. Schwarmer stuck out four.

Shortstop Vimael Machin hit a three-run double with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh for all the runs in this game. Machin was 1 for 3.

First baseman Jhonny Pereda was 3 for 3 with a double and scored on the Machin double.