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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 21

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Three wins for the system tonight.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Outfielder Lane Adams made a successful season debut in the Cubs system tonight for Iowa. On a personal note, I discovered that Adams is the first Cubs minor leaguer to ever block me on Twitter, which I can’t fathom because as far as I can tell, I’ve never said anything about him before. I must be getting important if I’m making enemies like this.

He’s probably aware of my activities as an activist fighting the crimes against humanity committed by the band Journey. It’s the only thing I can figure.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs derailed the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 6-5.

Starter Alec Mills got the win after he gave up two runs on four hits over five innings. Mills did have some control issues as he walked four and hit two batters. Mills struck out two.

Dillon Maples got his third save of the season, but not without a ton of drama. Maples entered the game with a 6-4 lead. He gave up a leadoff single and then a walk put two on with no outs. But Maples looked like he’d finish off the game easily after a 4-6-3 double play. Instead, a wild pitch scored one runner from third and then a walk and another single put runners on the corners with two outs. But Maples was able to then get the third out and end the game with a strikeout.

The final line on Maples was one run on two hits over one inning. Maples walked two and struck out one. I will add that Maples was regularly hitting 99 to 100 mph on the Round Rock stadium gun, even if it wasn’t often over the plate.

The aforementioned Adams was 2 for 5 with a two-run double in the top of the fifth. He scored twice and stole one base.

Second baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies hung on to beat the Mississippi Braves, 3-2.

Smokies starter Michael Rucker allowed two home runs today, but they were both solo shots and they were the only two runs he allowed over six innings. Rucker gave up four hits, he walked two and struck out eight as he improved his record to 4-2. Rucker also had a sacrifice fly that gave the Smokies their third run.

Craig Brooks pitched the ninth inning and got the save. He allowed a one-out single, but that was the only baserunner he allowed. Brooks did not strike anyone out.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert had a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. Balaguert was 1 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans declawed the Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians), 8-5.

Starter Tyson Miller allowed five runs in the top of the first inning, but then he and the rest of the Pelicans pitching staff didn’t allow another run the rest of the way. Miller pitched five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Bailey Clark was strong in 3.1 innings of scoreless relief and he got the win. Clark allowed just one hit. He walked three and struck out six.

Wyatt Short entered the game in the top of the ninth after Clark walked a batter with one out and he got his second save. Short gave up one hit, but no runs and no walks and he struck out two in two-thirds of an inning.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda and first baseman Tyler Alamo hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the first inning. Pereda was 1 for 3 with two walks. He has four home runs this season. Alamo was 1 for 4 and it was his seventh home run.

The Pelicans scored five times in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead for the first time. Center fielder Connor Myers hit a two-run single in the eight to give the Pelicans a 6-5 lead. He then scored on a double by catcher PJ Higgins. Myers was 2 for 5 and Higgins went 1 for 3 with two walks.

Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored. Right fielder Daniel Spingola was 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were screwed by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 2-1.

Tyler Thomas put in another quality start, but he got the loss anyway. Thomas allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. Only one of the two runs was earned. Thomas struck out two, walked two and hit one batter.

Left fielder Zach Davis singled home second baseman Christian Donahue, who had doubled, in the seventh inning for the only South Bend run of the game. Both players were 1 for 3.