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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 13

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Two farm clubs played and both won dramatic victories

Vimael Machin
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

Postponed because of wet grounds. They’ll play a doubleheader on Monday.

The Cubs lined up Adbert Alzolay to pitch in today’s game and the general assumption was that it was to line him up to start in the doubleheader against the Reds in Cincinnati this coming Saturday. (Otherwise, why would they push back his turn in the rotation for two days, especially since they said he’s not hurt?) I do not know if this postponement messes up those plans. I’d guess not as he’d still be on four days rest if he goes tomorrow.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies outlasted the Chattanooga Lookouts, 11-10 in 12 innings.

The Smokies fell behind 6-0 after starter Duncan Robinson was touched for three runs in the second inning and three in the third. The final line on Robinson was seven runs, five earned, on 12 hits over five innings. Robinson struck out five and walked one.

The season is over five weeks old and reliever Dakota Mekkes allowed his first earned run of the season. After the Smokies took a two-run lead in the top of the tenth, the Lookouts had back-to-back two out RBI singles against Mekkes to tie the game and force an 11th inning.

The final line on Mekkes was two runs, one earned, on two hits over two innings. Mekkes struck out two and walked one.

Daury Torrez pitched the final two innings of extra innings and got the win when center fielder Trey Martin threw out Alex Perez trying to score from third base on a fly ball in the bottom of the 11th. That double play ended the game. The only baserunners Torrez allowed in his two innings (besides the two that started each inning on second base). were two intentional walks. Torrez did not have a strikeout.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert had a big day with four RBI and two runs scored, one of which came on a wild pitch in the top of the 12th that proved to be the winning run. Balaguert went 2 for 6 with a double.

Catcher Will Remillard went 2 for 3 with an RBI before he was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and blasted the Buies Creek Astros, 8-6.

Keegan Thompson started and turned in a quality start, giving up just two runs on four hits over six innings. One of those four hits was a solo home run. Thompson walked just one and he struck out seven. He did hit one batter.

Tyler Peyton pitched the top of the ninth and allowed an unearned run, which increased the Astros lead to 7-4. But Peyton got the win when the Pelicans stormed back in the bottom of the inning. Peyton allowed the unearned run on one hit. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

The Pelicans trailed 6-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning but their bats came alive against the Astros bullpen. Catcher Jhonny Pereda hit a solo home run in the second inning to give Myrtle Beach an early 1-0 lead. Pereda had an RBI single in the eighth inning and a bases-loaded walk in the ninth that tied the game 7-7. Pereda’s final line was 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBI. He scored twice.

Third baseman Vimael Machin scored the winning run on a wild pitch. He was 0 for 2 with three walks. Machin scored twice.

The Pelicans scored eight runs Sunday night despite only four hits. That’s because the Birds drew 12 walks.

First baseman Tyler Alamo was 1 for 3 with two walks. He had one RBI and he scored once.

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South Bend Cubs

Travel day.