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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 12

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I-Cubs manager Marty Pevey wins his 1000th career game. South Bend gets an amazing pitching performance.

Marty Pevey
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds, 6-3 in 11 innings.

Tonight’s win was the 1000th in the career of I-Cubs manager Marty Pevey’s career. The win was also Pevey’s 356th win as Iowa manager, making him the winningest manager in franchise history.

Michael Roth tossed six scoreless innings to start the game, giving up just two hits. He struck out three and walked two.

Dillon Maples blew a save in the ninth inning, allowing a two-run home run with one out. The final line on Maples was one inning pitched, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks. He also had two wild pitches.

Justin Hancock got the win. He struck out all four batters he faced—one in the ninth inning with two out and runners on second and third and three in the tenth inning after a runner started the inning on second base.

Shae Simmons pitched the 11th and got the save. He did not allow any hits or runs but he did walk one batter. He did not have a strikeout.

Iowa had not scored a run in which they didn’t start a runner on second in extra innings since the fourth inning of game two of the Opening Night doubleheader. They had been completely shut out in the past two games. That streak ended in the sixth inning tonight when the first four batters of the inning walked and then third baseman David Bote connected for a two-run double. Bote went 2 for 4 with a walk and one run scored.

Iowa scored three more runs in the top of the 11th when the first three batters walked again (which forced in a run because of the runner starting the inning on second base) and then DH Stephen Bruno hit a two-run single. Bruno was 1 for 5 with one stolen base.

Iowa scored their six runs tonight on four hits. They did have ten walks, however.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were outmaneuvered by Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 4-3.

Duncan Robinson threw the first six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. One of the two runs he allowed was unearned. Robinson walked two and struck out four. Also, Robinson went singled and walked in two trips to the plate, keeping his career batting and on-base average at 1.000. Robinson also scored the Smokies first run of the game.

Jake Stinnett took the loss when he gave up a run in the top of the ninth. Stinnett pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one run on one hit and two walks, one intentional. Stinnett struck out one.

Third baseman Jason Vosler was 1 for 4 with an RBI single (that scored Robinson) and a bases-loaded walk for two total RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans quacked up against the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 16-14. The loss drops the Pelicans to 1-7 on the season.

Jose Paulino started this pitching inferno by giving up six runs on five hits over 3.1 innings. He did keep the Wood Ducks from scoring in the second inning, which was the only inning they didn’t score in. Two of the six runs were unearned. Paulino walked five and struck out six.

After Casey Bloomquist allowed four runs in 2.2 innings, losing pitcher Chad Hockin threw the final two innings and allowed six runs on six hits. Three of the six runs were unearned. Hockin struck out three and walked one.

DH PJ Higgins hit a solo home run in the second inning, his first of the season. Higgins was 2 for 5 with a walk. He scored two runs and drove in two.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan went 3 for 6 with a double and four RBI. He scored once.

Second baseman Andruw Monasterio was 3 for 6 with a double and a walk. Monasterio had two RBI and two runs scored.

Third baseman Vimael Machin was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Machin had two runs batted in and he scored once.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda went 2 for 6 with two RBI and one run scored.

Center fielder Connor Myers went 2 for 6 with a double and a stolen base. He scored three runs.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs raced past the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 5-0 to sweep the four-game series in Bowling Green.

The star of this game was starting pitcher Tyler Thomas, who allowed only one baserunner over the first five innings and that batter reached on an error. Thomas got his first win of the season and struck out seven.

Enrique De Los Rios made his season debut by finishing the shutout and getting the save over the next four innings, although he did give up three hits. De Los Rios walked one and struck out two.

DH Tyler Payne was 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He had two RBI.

Third baseman Austin Filiere was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Shortstop Rafael Narea was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Right fielder Chris Singleton was 2 for 5 with a double.