Congratulations to Duncan Robinson, who was your pick for the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May! Robinson was also the Cubs “official” pick, so you clearly agreed with their choice.
Also congratulations to Robinson, fellow pitcher Dylan Cease, second baseman Yeiler Peguero and third baseman Wladimir Galindo for being named to the Midwest League All-Star Game!
In game one, Dylan Floro got the start (I thought he was in the majors?) and gave the I-Cubs four scoreless innings. Floro allowed three hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Andury Acevedo relieved Floro in the fifth inning and pitched a perfect inning. Unfortunately, Acevedo started the sixth and after getting one out, he loaded the bases on a single, a double and a walk. He was then taken out of the ballgame for Conor Mullee, who got out of the inning with only one run scoring. For 1.1 innings allowing one run on two hits and a walk, Acevedo got the win. He struck out one.
Mullee stayed in the game in the top of the seventh with a 5-1 lead to start the inning. He gave up three runs in the seventh and had to exit with the tying run on second base and two outs. Manny Parra then came into the game and got a 4-3 groundout to end the game and get his first save of the year.
Catcher Victor Caratini blew this game open in the third inning with a bases-loaded, three-run triple. Caratini was 1 for 3.
Center fielder Jacob Hannemann was 3 for 4 with three stolen bases. Hannemann scored once.
Left fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 3 with an RBI double in the fifth inning.
In game two, Casey Kelly threw a seven-inning complete-game, two-hit shutout. It was the first complete game of his professional career. Kelly walked three and struck out four.
Center fielder John Andreoli had an RBI single and two walks in a 1 for 1 game. He also stole two bases and scored twice in game two.
Jen-Ho Tseng improved his record to 6-1 after allowing two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings. Tseng struck out eight, walked four and hit just one.
Ryan McNeil pitched the final 1.1 innings and got the save. McNeil did not allow a hit or a run, but he did walk two batters and he struck out just one. But it was the final batter of the game.
The Smokies only managed three hits in this game, but they all came in the third inning. Shortstop Andrew Ely was 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI.
In game two, starter Brad Markey threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit Markey walked one and struck out six.
Daury Torrez took the loss in relief. Torrez surrendered three runs on three hits, including a two-run home run, over the two innings he pitched. Torrez walked one and struck out one.
The Smokies also had only three hits in game two. Left fielder Charcer Burks was 1 for 3 with a double.
The Smokies are 9-0 in the first game of a doubleheader this season. They’re 3-6 in the second half.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were left choking on the fumes of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 5-4.
Starter Bryan Hudson gave up three runs, two earned, on nine hits over 5+ innings. Hudson walked two and struck out five.
Wyatt Short took the loss after he gave up two unearned runs in the top of the ninth after an error by Wladimir Galindo. The final line on Short was two innings pitched, allowing two unearned runs on three hits. Short struck out three and walked one.
Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to get the Cubs to within a run It was his seventh home run of the season. Mitchell went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. Mitchell scored twice.
Galindo was 2 for 4 with a run scored.