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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 17

Two wins, two losses.

Isaac Paredes
Emma Reese/South Bend Cubs

As you probably heard, just before tonight’s game, the Cubs promoted RHP Pierce Johnson to the majors and demoted third baseman Jeimer Candelario down to Iowa. It’s Johnson’s first trip to the majors. Even though he didn’t pitch tonight, congratulations!

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs repulsed the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 5-4.

Casey Kelly made his first start of the season tonight and he turned in a solid two runs on five hits over five innings. Kelly struck out six and walked one.

David Rollins got summoned from the pen with one out and the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth. Rollins got a strikeout and a groundout to short to end the game and earn the save.

Elliot Soto was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double. Taylor Davis was 3 for 5 with a double.

Victor Caratini stayed hot, going 3 for 5 and he scored once.

Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4 and scored once. Chris Dominguez went 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were kneaded by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 3-2.

Zach Hedges had a quality start, but got the loss anyway after giving up three runs over 6.2 innings. Hedges surrendered seven hits. He walked two, hit one batter and struck out six.

DH Cael Brockmeyer had a solo home run in the fifth inning, his third of the season. Brockmeyer was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were grounded by the Buies Creek Astros, 6-2.

Starter Thomas Hatch took the loss after he gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits over five innings. Hatch walked four and he struck out seven.

DH Tyler Alamo hit a solo home run in the second inning, his fifth this season. Alamo went 1 for 4.

Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4 with a double.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs captured the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7-5.

Starter Manuel Rondon improved his record to 5-1 despite allowing two solo home runs over five innings. Rondon allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.

Shortstop Isaac Paredes put South Bend up 2-0 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was Paredes’ third home run this season. He was 3 for 4 with three total RBI.

DH Kevonte Mitchell hit a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He scored once and had one RBI.

Third baseman Wladimir Galindo went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored. Catcher Alberto Mineo was 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.