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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 31

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Nobody wins tonight.

Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

I can’t believe we’re done with May already.

Iowa Cubs

Off day as they return home from Memphis. They’ll take on Nashville in Des Moines tomorrow.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were battered by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 5-3.

It was another good start for Jen-Ho Tseng, who gave up just one run on a third inning solo home run over six innings. Tseng surrendered four total hits. He struck out six and walked three.

The Smokies had a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Justin Hancock took the mound. Hancock had a rough night as he took the loss after giving up four runs on three hits and a walk over just a third of an inning. Two of the four runs were unearned, however.

Second baseman David Bote gave the Smokies a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his sixth home run of the year. Bote was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver hit his first home run since 2015 with the bases empty in the seventh inning. Penalver was 1 for 2 with a walk and he scored twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were downed by the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 4-3 in 14 innings.

Starter Kyle Miller went four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Oscar De La Cruz was supposed to start this game and he even warmed up in the bullpen, but he was a late scratch. No reason was given.

Marc Huberman entered the game to start the 12th inning. He pitched the final three innings and took the loss when he gave up an unearned run in the top of the 14th. Huberman allowed two hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges went 3 for 6 with an RBI. Left fielder Daniel Spingola was 2 for 6 with one run driven in and one run scored.

Rough night for catcher P.J. Higgins. Not only did he go 0 for 5 with a walk (although he only struck out once), the Wood Ducks stole seven bases without getting caught once today. He also made a throwing error on one of those steals.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were eaten by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 9-8.

Starter Jose Paulino took the loss after he put the Cubs in an early 6-0 hole. Paulino allowed six runs on eight hits over 2.2 innings. He walked one and struck out one.

First baseman Vimael Machin hit a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to get the Cubs to within 6-5. It was Machin’s second home run this year. Machin was 1 for 5 and he scored twice.

Catcher Alberto Mineo was 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Center fielder Luis Ayala was 2 for 5 with an RBI triple in the fourth inning. Ayala actually had two total RBI and he scored once.