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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 8

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The Pelicans win their first game of the year, but that’s all the good news.

Tyler Alamo
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

This game was moved to last Thursday before the season even started.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Mississippi Braves, 5-3.

Starter Oscar De La Cruz took the loss after he gave up all five runs on eight hits in the 4+ innings. He didn’t get an out in the fifth, despite facing four hitters. De La Cruz walked one and struck out three.

Preston Morrison and Dakota Mekkes both threw two scoreless innings of relief to keep the Smokies in the game.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. Martinez had an RBI double in the fifth inning and later scored that inning on a Jeffrey Baez infield single.

Shortstop Zack Short was 2 for 3 with two walks.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader with the Frederick Keys (Orioles), losing the first game 6-4 and winning the second game 3-0. The second game was Myrtle Beach’s first win of the season.

Bryan Hudson started game one and the lefthander took the loss after he have up six runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. Hudson also had three wild pitches, so his control problems continued. Two of the runs Hudson allowed were unearned. Hudson struck out two.

First baseman Tyler Alamo hit a solo home run in the second inning, his first of the year. He also had a sacrifice fly for two total RBI. He was 1 for 2 in game one.

DH Jhonny Pereda was 2 for 3.

In game two, starter Tyson Miller and Jhon Romero combined for the three-hit shutout. Miller pitched five innings and allowed the three hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Romero walked two and struck out one in two innings and he collected his first save.

Pereda caught game two and hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his first of the year. Pereda was 1 for 2 with a walk in game two.

Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell had two steals in a 1 for 3 game.

Check out this grab by DJ Wilson in game two.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs fell behind the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) 8-0 after four and a half innings, but then mounted a furious comeback that fell short as South Bend lost 8-7.

Starter Erich Uelmen didn’t make it out of the third inning, leaving after giving up six runs on three hits over 2.1 innings. (Two of the runs actually scored after he left the game.) Uelmen struck out four and walked three. He also hit one batter.

First baseman Jared Young had a big day, going 4 for 4 with a two-run single in the fifth inning. He also scored one run.

Catcher Miguel Amaya hit his first home run of the season with a man on in the eighth inning. Amaya was 1 for 5.

Left fielder Zach Davis went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning. He also scored the seventh South Bend run of the game after that inning on an errant pickoff throw. Davis scored twice today.

Shortstop Rafael Narea was 2 for 4 and scored twice.