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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 27

Five games, five wins.

Emma Reese/South Bend Cubs

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs made the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) blue, 2-1.

Casey Kelly started and got the win. Kelly allowed just one run on seven hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four. Kelly also hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to give Iowa a 2-0 lead.

The real story of this game was the bullpen, as Conor Mullee, Dylan Florio and Justin Grimm threw the final four innings without allowing a baserunner to lock up the win. Florio pitched two innings and Mullee and Grimm each pitched one. Florio struck out one batter and Grimm struck out two in his inning of work.

Second baseman Tommy La Stella was 2 for 3 with a walk. He also scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies beat the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 6-5 on a walk-off double by Jason Vosler.

Starter Trevor Clifton pitched five innings and allowed two runs on just three hits. One of the two runs was unearned. It was Clifton’s own error though, so, you know. Clifton walked four and struck out four.

James Pugliese pitched the top of the ninth inning to get the win. He gave up a leadoff single, but that runner was thrown out trying to steal, so he faced the minimum. Pugliese struck out two.

In addition to the game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth, Vosler hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was Vosler’s eighth home run this season. Vosler was 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Jeffrey Baez added his eighth home run with the bases empty in the fourth inning. Baez went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans wiped clean the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 8-2.

Adbert Alzolay retired the first 12 batters he faced en route to his fifth win of the season. Alzolay finished with six innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits. Alzolay struck out four and walked no one. According to the stadium radar gun in Carolina (and I have no idea of its accuracy), Alzolay hit 100 mph on the radar gun a couple of times today.

Second baseman and leadoff hitter Bryant Flete led off the fourth inning with his fourth home run of the season. Flete finished the day 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored three runs and drove in two.

Catcher P.J. Higgins was 1 for 2 with two walks and a sacrifice fly. He scored once and had two runs batted in.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 5-4 and 9-2.

In game one, starter Bryan Hudson went 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out one and walked one.

Pedro Silverio pitched the final 2.2 innings of this game and got the win. He kept the TinCaps from scoring and gave up just one hit. He struck out one and walked no one.

Center fielder Brandon Cummins led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and then he quickly stole second base. A sacrifice bunt put the winning run on third base with one out. The TinCaps then intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases, but pitcher David Bednar then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Cummins to score the walkoff run.

DH Yeiler Peguero was 2 for 3 with a walk. He tripled home Zack Short in the fifth inning and then scored the tying run later in that inning.

In the second game, Tyler Peyton made his first professional start and went four innings. He gave up two runs on three hits. Peyton struck out three and didn’t walk anyone.

Dakota Mekkes got the win in relief after South Bend scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mekkes pitched two perfect innings, striking out four.

Third baseman Zach Short was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. Short scored twice and had one RBI.

DH Alberto Mineo was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice and drove home one.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 3 with two runs batted in. He was also hit by a pitch.

Right fielder Luis Ayala was 2 for 3 with a stolen base. He scored one run and had one RBI.