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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 12

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Wins for the Smokies and South Bend.

Zach Hedges
Zach Hedges
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were swarmed by the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 13-11.

Starter Alec Mills made his first appearance in almost a month, coming off the disabled list to take Eddie Butler’s spot in the rotation. Mills gave up five runs in just three innings, but only two of the five runs were earned. Mills surrendered four hits. He walked two and didn’t strike out anyone.

Manny Parra’s second appearance for Iowa didn’t go any better than the first one and Parra took the loss. He gave up three runs on three hits over 1.2 innings and took the loss. Parra did strike out three and walked just one.

Third baseman Stephen Bruno hit two home runs tonight, his first two of the season. The first one was with a man on in the second inning and the second one was a solo shot in the fourth. Bruno was 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and four total RBI.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis hit a solo home run in the third inning, his sixth on the season. Zagunis was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had two RBI>

Second baseman Ian Happ went 3 for 5 with a double. Happ scored once and drove one run home.

First baseman Chris Dominguez was 2 for 3 with two doubles, a walk and a sac fly. Dominguez had three RBI and scored twice.

DH Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Davis scored once and had one RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burned down the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 7-2. The win expands the Smokies lead over the Generals for first place in the Southern League Northern Division to 1.5 games. They took the five-game series 4 games to 1.

Zach Hedges started and won tonight’s game after a two hour and eight minute rain delay. Hedges allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked just two. Hedges also had a two-run single and an RBI fielder’s choice. He was 1 for 3 with three RBI at the plate.

Left fielder Jeffrey Baez was 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. He scored twice.

Catcher Ian Rice was 2 for 5 with two runs batted in.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans got scratched by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 3-1.

Justin Steele allowed three unearned runs in the fourth inning, which cost the Pelicans thegame. Steele allowed five hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.

First baseman Matt Rose had an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth for Myrtle Beach’s sole run. He was 1 for 3.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs stopped the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals), 4-3.

Starter Dylan Cease allowed a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and he only lasted 3.2 innings. However, Cease did only allow those two runs on six hits. He struck out seven and walked just one.

Matt Schwarmer got the win with 3.2 innings of relief. Schwarmer allowed one run on three hits. He struck out three, walked three and hit one batter.

Dakota Mekkes pitched the ninth inning and got his first save. Mekkes did not allow a hit or a run, but he did walk one. Mekkes struck out one.

Catcher Alberto Mineo hit a two-run double in the fifth inning that gave South Bend the lead for good. Mineo was 2 for 4.

Third baseman Zach Short was 1 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. He scored once.