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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 5

Pelicans win two to move into first place.

Connor Myers
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were caught by the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 4-3.

Juan Paniagua started and took the loss. Paniagua allowed four runs on six hits over five innings. Paniagua walked three, hit one batter and struck out two.

Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the sixth inning.

I almost forgot. The I-Cubs turned a triple play in this game, their first since 2008.

Tennessee Smokies

Had a doubleheader rained out. They’ve got a lot of games to make up at this point.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans moved into sole possession of first place in their division by winning yesterday’s suspended game 8-5 in ten innings and winning the regularly scheduled game with the Buies Creek Astros, 1-0.

Justin Steele started yesterday’s game and allowed two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings. Steele struck out three and walked two.

Pedro Araujo entered the game with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Pelicans clinging to a 5-4 lead. He gave up a game-tying home run to Dexture McCall. But he stayed in the game and pitched the eighth and ninth innings and got the win. Araujo pitched 1.2 innings and allowed one run on four hits. Araujo struck out one and walked no one.

After the Pelicans scored three runs in the top of the tenth inning, the game was suspended because of rain. When they picked it up again today, Dillon Maples pitched a scoreless bottom of the tenth for his second save. He did allow a one-out single, but no other baserunners. Maples struck out two.

The Pelicans loaded the bases in the top of the tenth yesterday when Bryant Flete led off the inning with and single and then Trent Giambrone and Daniel Spingola had back-to-back infield singles. Flete scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout/passed ball combination. After the Astros intentionally walked Tyler Alamo to load the bases for Eloy Jimenez (??), Jimenez walked in a run. A Jesse Hodges sac fly gave the Pelicans a third run in extra innings.

Earlier in the game, Alamo hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his seventh of the season. He had five in his entire career before 2017, all coming last season, Alamo was 1 for 3 with two walks, one intentional.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. It was his seventh of the season. Martinez went 1 for 5.

Flete was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Spingola was 2 for 5 and scored twice.

In today’s regularly-scheduled game, Michael Rucker and Kyle Miller combined on a two-hit shutout. Rucker, making his first professional start, went five innings and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six.

Miller pitched the final four innings for the save. Miller allowed just one hit and one walk as well. Miller struck out two.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 1 for 3. He doubled and scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by P.J. Higgins. Myers also made several great catches on defense.

South Bend Cubs

Off day.