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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 29

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Tyler Alamo hits a walk-off grand slam for the Pelicans

Tyler Alamo
Tyler Alamo
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Bad news of an undetermined severity in Des Moines tonight.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were spanked by the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 5-1.

Adbert Alzolay started today and he was pretty terrific, retiring all 12 batters he faced, three by a strikeout. The bad news is that Alzolay left after four innings because of a grade 1 back muscle strain. That’s the least-severe category of strain, but it still might land him on the disabled list.

Brad Markey took over for Alzolay and got the loss after he gave up four runs in the fifth inning. Markey’s final line was four runs on five hits, including a three-run home run by Cito Culver, over two innings. Markey struck out one and didn’t walk anyone.

Bijan Rademacher continued his recent hot surge by going 2 for 3 with a double and one run scored.

Third baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

Rained out. As I said, get used to it. They’ll play a doubleheader against Mobile on Thursday.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Tyler Alamo hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth as the Pelicans raced past the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 6-2.

Bryan Hudson faced off against his former teammate Dylan Cease in this game and Hudson actually had the better outing, although they both gave up two runs. Hudson’s final line was two runs, one earned, on six hits over five innings. Hudson struck out two and walked just one, although he did hit one batter.

Jordan Minch pitched the ninth and tenth innings after allowing no runs and just one baserunner, a two-out walk in the ninth. Minch struck out two.

First baseman Alamo came to the plate after the Dash walked the bases-loaded—two walks and one runner who started the inning on second. His grand slam that ended the game was his eighth of the season. Alamo was 1 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Here’s Alamo’s home run.

Catcher PJ Higgins was 2 for 4 with a run batted in. Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 4 with two steals.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were tarred and feathered by the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 12-4.

So far this season, last year’s first-round pick Brendon Little has been alternating good starts with horrific ones. Since Little had his best game of the year last time out, you can guess what happened in this game. Little got hammered for seven runs on ten hits over 5.2 innings. He walked five and struck out five.

I will say that Little had only allowed one run through the first four innings.

South Bend only had four hits tonight, but they did walk eight times. Jared Young and Miguel Amaya were both 0 for 2 with two walks. Young had a stolen base.