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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 24

The Cubs farm system came up short in all three games they played today.

Eddy Martinez
Eddy Martinez
Sue Skowronski

The minor league games all ended today before I got home to watch them!

Iowa Cubs

Travel day. They play in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were outmuscled by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 5-4. (They’re really big shrimp.)

Starter Oscar De La Cruz didn’t make it out of the third inning today, having given up three runs on a pair of home runs in the third. The final line on De La Cruz was five runs on five hits and five walks. He struck out four.

Zach Hedges was effective in relief of De La Cruz. He stranded two of De La Cruz’s runners and then pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. He surrendered just two hits. He walked no one and struck out two.

The winning pitcher for the Jumbo Shrimp was ex-Cub Dan Straily, who was on a rehab assignment. But the Cubs did tag Straily for a pair of home runs. Third baseman Jason Vosler scored the Smokies first run of the game with a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was Vosler’s fourth home run of the year. Vosler was 2 for 4 with a double and he scored twice.

The other Smokies runs came in the sixth inning on a three-run home run by right fielder Eddy Martinez, his second of the season. Martinez was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Jeffrey Baez stayed hot, but he did not hit a home run. He did triple in the seventh inning. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Postponed in Carolina. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were swept by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 2-1 in eight innings and 9-2.

In game one, Cory Abbott was pretty darn good, going all seven regulation innings and allowing just one run on two hits. One of those two hits was a solo home run, so there’s that. He struck out six and walked no one.

Brian Glowicki took the loss. He faced two batters. The first one laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner who started the inning at second over to third. The next hitter hit a walkoff single to right.

The Cubs managed just four hits in game one, all singles. Chris Singleton was 1 for 4 and scored South Bend’s lone run in the sixth inning on a Tyler Payne single. Payne went 1 for 3.

In game two, starter Jose Albertos faced six batters in the second inning and failed to retire any of them. The final line on Albertos was 1+ inning, giving up eight runs on four hits, four walks and one hit batter. One of the eight runs was unearned. Albertos struck out two.

Third baseman Austin Filiere hit a two-run double in the third inning for both of South Bend’s runs in game two. Filiere was 2 for 3.

Left fielder Roberto Caro was 2 for 3 with a stolen base. He scored one run.