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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 21

South Bend snaps a losing streak and the Pelicans and Smokies also win.

D.J. Wilson
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Before we start with the highlights, Pelicans pitcher Casey Bloomquist was hit with a line drive in the seventh inning tonight and left the game. It appears that the drive hit him in the shoulder/neck area. He did walk off under his own power. After the game, Bloomquist Tweeted:

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were beaten by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 8-4.

Starter Duane Underwood got hammered for four runs in the first inning. After that he settled down and only allowed one more unearned run over the next four innings, but Iowa never caught up and Underwood got the loss. The final line on Underwood was five innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Efren Navarro hit his first home run of the season with the bases empty in the fifth inning. Navarro was 1 for 4 with a walk.

Catcher Taylor Davis was 3 for 5. He had an RBI double in the fifth inning and scored later in the inning.

Ryan Court was 2 for 5 and he singled home Davis.

Stephen Bruno and Mike Freeman were both 2 for 5.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies netted the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 4-3 in ten innings.

Starter Trevor Clifton pitched five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Craig Brooks pitched the top of the tenth inning and retired the side in order after a bunt (moving the runner to third), a pop up and a strikeout. He got the win when Tennessee scored in the bottom of the inning.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez lined the first pitch of the bottom of the tenth to left field for a walk-off RBI single. Martinez was 1 for 4 with a walk.

Third baseman Jason Vosler homered to lead off the sixth inning, his third of the year. Vosler was 2 for 4 with a walk.

Catcher Ian Rice doubled and scored later in the sixth inning to tie the game up 3-3. Rice was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans plucked the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 5-4.

Starter Alex Lange gave up just two runs over the first five innings, but then he started the sixth and gave up a single and a double to the first two batters of the inning before getting pulled. Both runners would eventually score, so the final line on Lange was 5+ innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Lange walked one and struck out four.

Ryan Kellogg had to enter the game after Bloomquist exited in the seventh. Kellogg got the win after he gave up just one hit and no runs in 1.2 innings of work. Kellogg struck out two and walked one.

Wyatt Short faced three batters in the ninth inning and struck out all three of them for his first save of the season.

The Pelicans took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Vimael Machin and Wladimir Galindo both walked to lead off the inning. Then Daniel Spingola laid down a bunt that the Wood Ducks threw away and both runners scored on the error.

Machin was 0 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored. Galindo was 0 for 3 with a walk (he was replaced by a pinch-runner so he did not score a run). Spingola went 0 for 3.

Center fielder DJ Wilson went 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk. Austin Upshaw was 2 for 4 and scored once.

Highlights, including the ball that hit Bloomquist.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak by sabotaging the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 2-1.

Javier Assad started and got the win after tossing five scoreless innings. Assad allowed six hits. He walked one, hit one and struck out seven.

Brian Glowicki pitched the final two innings and got his third save. The first batter to face Glowicki reached on an error, but he retired the next six in order. Glowicki did not have a strikeout.

Left fielder Roberto Caro was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. He also threw out a runner trying to score the tying run from second on a single in the seventh inning.

Center fielder Zach Davis was 2 for 3 with a steal. He scored once.