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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 19

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The Smokies sweep and go over .500. Pelicans also win.

Kevonte Mitchell
Kevonte Mitchell
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 4-2.

Starter Adbert Alzolay took the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits over 4.1 innings. Alzolay walked two and struck out two.

Center fielder Wynton Bernard had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 3 game. Bernard scored once and had one RBI.

Shortstop Mike Freeman was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies swept a doubleheader from the Mississippi Braves, 4-3 in nine innings and 4-0.

Duncan Robinson started game one and gave up just one run on five hits over six innings. Robinson impressively struck out nine and walked no one.

Dakota Mekkes pitched both extra innings and he allowed the inherited runner to score both times, but nothing else. He got the win when the Smokies scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth. The final line on Mekkes was two unearned runs on two hits over two innings. Mekkes walked three (one intentional) and struck out two.

Left fielder Charcer Burks walked with the bases-loaded to end the game. Burks was 1 for 3 with two walks. He scored once.

In game two, Thomas Hatch threw a seven-inning complete game shutout. Hatch allowed just three hits. He struck out seven and walked just one, although he did hit two batters.

Left fielder Jeffrey Baez hit his fifth home run of the year with the bases empty in the second inning to give the Smokies a 1-0 lead. Baez went 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert had a two-run single in the third inning. He was 1 for 3.

With the sweep, the Smokies go to 21-20 on the season, and the Cubs farm system has at least one team over .500 again.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans solved the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 4-3.

Matt Swarmer turned in a quality start to improve his record to 4-2. Swarmer allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Tyler Peyton pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He walked a batter with two outs, but that was the only baserunner. Peyton struck out one batter.

Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell tied the game up 3-3 with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh. It was Mitchell’s first home run this season. He was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Connor Myers scored on a wild pitch later in the seventh inning with what proved to be the winning run. Myers went 2 for 3 and had one run batted in.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were dented by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 5-4 in ten innings.

South Bend wasted a terrific start by Cory Abbott. Abbott threw six shutout innings and gave up just two hits. He struck out 11 and walked just two. That’s pretty good.

Enrique De Los Rios relieved Abbott in the seventh inning and turned a 3-0 South Bend lead into a 4-3 deficit with a four-run seventh. De Los Rios allowed four runs on five hits over two innings. He walked one and struck out three.

The loss went to Brian Glowicki, who, after the obligatory sacrifice bunt and intentional walk in extra innings, gave up a game-ending single to Gabriel Arias. The final line on Glowicki was one unearned run (of course) on one hit and one intentional walk over 1.1 innings. Glowicki struck out one.

Center fielder Chris Singleton was 2 for 5 with a run scored.