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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 19

Iowa returns to Des Moines and keeps winning. No one else does.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs topped the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 2-1. It was Iowa’s fourth-straight win.

Starter Jake Buchanan won his second game of the season with seven strong innings without allowing a run. Buchanan gave up four hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Zac Rosscup pitched the final two innings for his first save. He gave up one run on a hit, a walk and a hit batsman. Rosscup struck out two.

Third baseman Chris Dominguez had an RBI single in the first inning and left fielder Mark Zagunis drove in the other run in the sixth with a single. They were both 1 for 3.

Rainiers DH Dan Vogelbach was 0 for 3 with a walk in his return to Principal Park. He was also ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a strike three call.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were vassalized by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 3-1.

Smokies starter Trevor Clifton turned in a solid start, but got the loss anyway. Clifton allowed just two runs on three hits over 6.2 innings. Clifton walked two and struck out two.

The Smokies only had three hits tonight. First baseman Yasiel Balaguert drove in Jeffrey Baez in the top of the first with the only Tennessee run. Balaguert went 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans washed out against the Salem Red Sox, 7-6 in ten innings.

Starter Oscar De La Cruz went 5.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. De La Cruz walked one and struck out five.

Dillon Maples blew a save when he gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth Maples pitched 1.2 innings and gave up five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

It’s too bad, because earlier today Pelicans broadcaster Scott Kornberg published this nice profile of Maples that you may want to check out.

Scott Effross took the loss when he gave up a two-out walk, a stolen base and a walkoff single in the bottom of the tenth. Effross pitched one full inning, allowing one run on one hit. He walked one and struck out one.

Left fielder Daniel Spingola was 2 for 5 with a double and scored once. First baseman Matt Rose went 2 for 5. He had one run batted in and he scored one run.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were locked down by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 5-4.

Jose Paulino pitched the first four innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Paulino struck out six and walked two.

Michael Knighton came off the disabled list today (and Dylan Cease went on it) and got the loss when he was charged with three runs, all unearned, on three hits over two innings. Knighton struck out two and walked no one, although he did hit one batter.

South Bend had some defensive issues in this game as they made five errors, which was also the number of hits they had. Second baseman Yeiler Peguero had two hits in five at-bats and he made two errors.