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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 5

Two big wins and one long game with no winner.

Dillon Maples
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

If I’m up in the majors this weekend, shouldn’t SB Nation have called someone up to do the Minor League Wrap? Tim? Duane? Sara? Couldn’t one of you at least done the South Bend game? (I’m kidding.)

The Cubs named Iowa Cubs third baseman Jeimer Candelario and South Bend Cubs pitcher Dylan Cease as the “official” Cubs minor league player and pitcher of the month! Congratulations to both of them.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs spanked the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 7-1.

Aaron Brooks started and got the win. Brooks allowed just one run on five hits, including a solo home run, over six innings. Brooks struck out four and walked no one.

Center fielder Todd Glaesmann put an exclamation point on the win with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth, his first home run of the season. Glaesman was 2 for 4.

Shortstop Chesny Young was 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning and a walk. Young scored twice.

The win was the 300th for Iowa Cubs manager Marty Pevey with the I-Cubs. He has 944 career wins overall.

Tennessee Smokies

Rained out.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans halted the countdown of the Buies Creek Astros, 4-2.

Starter Justin Steele allowed just one run on a solo home run in the second inning. The final line on Steele was one run on four hits over 4.2 innings. Steele walked three and he struck out two.

Because Steele didn’t go five innings, the win went to Dillon Maples, who relieved Marc Huberman with the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning. After a strikeout, pop out and another strikeout, the Pelicans got out of the seventh without allowing a run. Maples faced six batters and retired all of them, striking out three. As an aside, Maples is having a terrific start to the season and it’s a great sign from a guy who looked like a bust.

Craig Brooks pitched the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff single, but then struck out the next three batters to end the game and get his second save. Brooks struck out three.

The Pelicans took the lead for good with a three-run third inning. Third baseman Jesse Hodges hit a solo home run to lead off the inning, his fourth of the season. Hodges was 1 for 3.

Left fielder Daniel Spingola was a perfect 1 for 1 with three walks.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs and Clinton Lumberkings (Mariners) had their game suspended after 18 innings with the score still tied 6-6. They’ll try to finish this one before tomorrow night’s game.

Bryan Hudson had his best start of the season, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits over five innings. Hudson struck out six and walked three.

Duncan Robinson blew a 6-2 lead in the 8th inning, giving up four runs. Robinson pitched three innings and allowed four runs on four hits, but only one of the four runs was earned. Two of them came on a two-out home run by Luis Liberato . Robinson struck out three and walked no one.

After that, nothing happened. Michael Rucker threw two scoreless innings, as did Wyatt Short. Jared Cheek threw three scoreless innings with the only baserunner coming on an error. Cheek struck out seven. He gave way to Chad Hockin, who pitched the final two innings tonight without allowing a run.

South Bend pitchers struck out 24 batters tonight and only walked three—none after Hudson left the game.