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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 1

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The Smokies sweep a doubleheader. Iowa wins again.

Jason Vosler
John Arguello

Don’t forget that you still have time to vote in the Minor League Player of the Month balloting.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs washed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 3-2.

William Perez had his first quality start in the Cubs organization, allowing just two runs on eight hits over six innings. Perez walked two and struck out five.

David Rollins pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning and got the win. He struck out one.

Felix Peña pitched the ninth and got the save. Peña allowed a one-out double, but nothing else. Peña did not have a strike out.

Pinch-hitter Stephen Bruno hit an RBI bloop double in the bottom of the seventh to score Mark Zagunis, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his fourth of the season. Candelario was 2 for 4.

Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 4. He plated the tying run in the seventh when he scored all the way from first on a wild pitch and a throwing error.

Here’s the home run and other highlights from today’s game.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies swept a doubleheader from the Mississippi Braves, 6-3 and 7-6 in eight innings.

Zach Hedges started and won game one. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over six innings. Hedges controlled the strike zone as he struck out six and walked just one.

Brad Markey pitched a perfect seventh inning for his first save. He struck out one.

First baseman Cael Brockmeyer hit his first home run of the season with a man on in the third inning. Brockmeyer was 1 for 3.

Center fielder Charcer Burks made it 6-2 with a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his third home run of the year. Burks was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once.

In game two, starter Jen-Ho Tseng put the Smokies in an early hole by allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits over just five innings. On the positive side, Tseng did strike out seven and he walked just one.

James Pugliese pitched the final two innings without allowing a run or a hit to pick up the win. Pugliese did walk one and he struck out four.

Trailing 6-2 after five innings, the Smokies came back to win with two runs in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth. The Smokies sent it to extra innings when second baseman David Bote tied the game with a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the seventh. It was Bote’s second home run this year. He was 1 for 3.

In the top of the eighth, third baseman Jason Vosler led off the inning with a solo home run that would prove to be the winning run. It was Vosler’s second home run of the game, as he had earlier hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning. Vosler now has seven home runs this season and was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the fifth inning. First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Shortstop Andrew Ely was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Rained out. Remember when the Cubs had an affiliate in Daytona and everyone hated all the rain? Good times.

South Bend Cubs

Off day.