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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 11

The Pelicans get closer to a title, but they’re the only win.

Bryant Flete
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Tomorrow night is the draft, so be sure to follow along here on BCB as well as the MLB Network or MLB.com. We’ll have a discussion thread going on at the same time as the game thread.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost their fifth-straight game, 8-3 to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers).

Starter Aaron Brooks allowed four home runs in the thin air of Colorado Springs, which led to his fifth loss of the season. Brooks allowed six runs on nine hits over six innings. Brooks did strike out six and he didn’t walk anyone.

Left fielder Mark Zagunis went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies surrendered to the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 9-4.

It was a rough start for Zach Hedges, who allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. Only four of the seven runs were earned, at least. Hedges struck out four and walked two.

Catcher Ian Rice connected for his eighth home run of the year with the bases empty in the sixth inning. Rice went 2 for 4.

With the loss, the Smokies fall into a first-place tie with Chattanooga in their division.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans hooked the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 6-1.

Stater MIchael Rucker allowed just one run on two hits over 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

What Rucker couldn’t do, however, was get through five innings so the win went to Tommy Thorpe in relief. Thorpe entered the game with two on and two outs in the fifth inning. He got out of that inning with a pop up and retired all five batters he faced in 1.2 innings. He struck out one.

Right fielder Eloy Jimenez hit his sixth home run of the year with a man on in the first inning to finish off a four-run first inning. Jimenez went 1 for 4.

Second baseman Bryant Flete was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored twice.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI single that scored Flete in the first inning for the first run of the game. Hodges also scored twice.

Left fielder Daniel Spingola was 2 for 3 with a walk. Spingola had one run batted in and one run scored.

Highlights:

With the win, the Pelicans magic number falls to five with seven games to play in the first half. They have won nine of their last ten games.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were all wet against the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 4-3.

Dylan Cease came off the disabled list today and made a two-inning start. He allowing just one run on one hit. Cease gave up a single in the bottom of the first. After a stolen base, Cease uncorked two wild pitches to let the run scored. Cease struck out four and walked no one.

Tyler Peyton took the loss in relief. Peyton pitched four innings and allowed three runs: one each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Peyton gave up six hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Right fielder Chris Pieters had an RBI triple in the sixth inning and scored later that inning. Pieters was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Third baseman Zack Short has been slumping lately, but today he went 2 for 5 with a double.