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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 16

Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend all post wins.

Wladimir Galindo
John Arguello

More late nights in Vegas.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs infected the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 8-7 in ten innings.

Aaron Brooks pitched the first six innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in the thin air of Las Vegas. Brooks walked two and struck out one.

After Brooks’ start, Jack Leathersich tossed two scoreless innings, Dylan Florio followed with two scoreless of his own and Justin Grimm pitched the bottom of the tenth for the save. Florio got the win after giving up three hits. He walked one and did not strike anyone out.

Grimm did not allow a hit, but he walked one and struck out two.

Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 3 with a solo home run in the second inning, his third of the year. Davis also hit a double in the 11th that set up the winning run. Davis had two RBI with the other one coming on an eighth inning sac fly that tied the game 7-7.

Later in the second inning, centerfielder John Andreoli hit a two-run home run, also his third of 2017. Andreoli was 1 for 5.

Shortstop Ozzie Martinez went 2 for 4 with a double and a sacrifice fly in the tenth that turned out to be the winner. Martinez had two total RBI.

First baseman Victor Caratini and second baseman Chesny Young have both been on fire lately. Tonight, Caratini was 3 for 5 with two doubles. He had one run batted in and scored once.

Young was 3 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. Young scored the first run of the game in the first inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies burned the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-1.

Starter Duane Underwood Jr. improved his record to 4-1, just allowing one run on a solo inside-the-park home run in the third inning. Underwood threw five innings and gave up five hits. He struck out five and walked four.

The Smokies jumped on Biscuits starter Jose Mujica for all seven runs in the first two innings. Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was his second of the year. Balaguert was 1 for 4.

In the second inning, centerfielder Charcer Burks hit a three-run home run of his own, his fourth this season. Burks went 1 for 2 and exited the game after he slammed into the wall on that inside-the-park HR that Underwood gave up.

Second baseman David Bote hit a solo home run in the second inning to finish out the Smokies scoring. It was Bote’s fifth home run. He was 1 for 2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He scored twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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

Pelicans starter Adbert Alzolay allowed two runs in the first inning and two in the second. After that he was very good, retiring the final 17 batters he faced. But the damage was done and Alzolay took his first loss of the season. He pitched seven innings and allowed four runs on just three hits, a home run and two doubles. Alzolay walked one and struck out seven.

Second baseman Bryant Flete was 2 for 4 with a double. Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 4.

Catcher Tyler Alamo was 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the ninth inning, saving the Pelicans from being shut out for the first time this season.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs slew the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 1-0.

Bryan Hudson had his best start of the season, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing just three hits. Hudson walked two and struck out two. He also hit one batter.

Duncan Robinson pitched the final four innings of the shutout and got the win. He allowed just one baserunner, a two-out walk in the sixth inning. Robinson struck out five.

The only run of the game came on a home run by third baseman Wladimir Galindo in the seventh inning. It was his second of the season. Galindo was 1 for 3.