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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 28

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Strong pitching today, but only South Bend manages to win.

Luis Ayala
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 5-2.

It was a great start for Seth Frankoff, who went seven innings and gave up just one run on three hits. Frankoff struck out six and walked just one.

It wasn’t so great for Jack Leathersich, who took the loss after getting hammered for four runs in just a third of an inning. Leathersich allowed two hits, including a three-run home run. Leathersich walked one and struck out one.

Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 3 with an RBI single. He also walked once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the BIloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 2-1.

Duane Underwood Jr. took the hard luck loss. Underwood allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth and that was an infield single. Underwood struck out five and walked three.

Left fielder Charcer Burks went 2 for 4 and scored the lone Smokies run on a Yasiel Balaguert sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans got stuck in the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 4-1.

Starter Thomas Hatch was terrific until a one-out error opened the gates to a three-run sixth inning and the loss. The final line on Hatch was three runs, two earned, on six hits over 5.1 innings. Hatch struck out an amazing 13 batters and walked just one. Hatch threw 96 pitches tonight and 71 of them were strikes.

Jesse Hodges singled home Eloy Jimenez with the Pelicans only run of the game in the fourth inning. Both players were 1 for 3 with a walk tonight, although Jimenez was also hit by a pitch.

Bryant Flete and Trent Giambrone were both 2 for 5.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs dented the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-1.

Starter Manuel Rondon improved to 6-2 after giving up just one run on five hits over six innings. Rondon struck out four and walked one.

Wyatt Short pitched a perfect top of the ninth for his fourth save. Short did not strike anyone out, but no one got the ball out of the infield on him either.

Shortstop Zack Short hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, his fifth of the year. Short went 1 for 4.

Third baseman Vimael Machin drove in the other two runs with a triple in the third inning. Machin was also 1 for 4.

Right fielder Luis Ayala had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 3 effort. He scored on the Machin triple.