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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 23

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Fantastic pitching leads to a system sweep.

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On Wednesday, the Cubs farm system tossed 31 innings and gave up just one run. Tonight, they did even better with 36 innings and just one run.

The new episode of “Michael and the Mayor” is up with Michael Roth and Taylor Davis. They bring in special guest Jen-Ho Tseng for this installment.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs stuffed the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 2-1.

Boo Alec Mills! You ruined a perfect night! To be honest, Mills was pretty terrific tonight, allowing just one run on eight hits over six innings. The one run came when he gave up back-to-back-to-back one-out singles in the fourth inning. After another walk to load the bases, Mills induced a 1-2-3 double play.

Mills walked two and struck out four.

Shea Simmons pitched the seventh inning and got the win. He gave up one hit and intentionally walked one batter. Simmons struck out two.

Anthony Bass was perfect over the final two innings for his third save. Bass struck out three.

Shortstop David Bote hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to account for all of Iowa’s runs tonight. It was his seventh home run of the season. Bote went 1 for 3.

Third baseman Ryan Court was 2 for 3.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies speared the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 5-0.

It was the best start of the season for Oscar De La Cruz, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits. De La Cruz struck out seven and walked no one.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges gave the Smokies a 1-0 lead with a home run in the second inning, his first of the year. Hodges also doubled in a 3 for 4 night. He had two total RBI.

In the fifth inning, catcher Ian Rice clubbed a two-run home run, his second of the season. Rice was 1 for 3 with a walk and he scored twice.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone was 2 for 4 with two stolen bases. He scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 1-0.

Keegan Thompson and Tyler Peyton combined on a one-hitter. Thompson gave up a two-out single to Keston Hiura in the first inning and that was the only baserunner the Mudcats had all night. Thompson pitched six innings and struck out eight. Peyton retired all nine batters he faced for the save, but he did not strike anyone out.

The lone run of the game came in the third inning when Jhonny Pereda singled home Andruw Monasterio with two outs. Pereda was 1 for 4 and Monasterio was 2 for 4.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs clobbered the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 11-0.

Starter Erich Uelmen got the win after surrendering just three hits over five innings. Uelmen struck out eight and he did not walk anyone.

Third baseman Jhonny Bethencourt had two doubles and five RBI tonight. He was 3 for 5 and also scored twice.

Second baseman Christian Donahue was 4 for 5 with a double and three runs scored.

Shortstop Rafael Narea was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. Narea scored twice and had two total RBI.

Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 5.