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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 3

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Short, Baez and Vosler power Tennessee past the Barons

Zack Short
John Arguello

Congratulations to Iowa Cubs pitcher Adbert Alzolay, who is your choice for the BCB Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month. It was a close vote, with Alzolay beating South Bend’s Javier Assad by just two votes.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were soaked by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 6-4.

Starter Michael Roth went 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. Roth walked one and struck out one.

Anthony Bass pitched the next 2.2 innings and got the loss. He gave up a two runs on a two-run home run in the sixth by Adalberto Mondesi. Bass gave up two total hits. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

Three of Iowa’s four runs came on a fifth-inning home run by Ryan Court, his third this season. Court was 2 for 5.

Shortstop David Bote was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies usurped the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 8-5.

Starter Duncan Robinson got the win, although he did allow five runs on eight hits over five innings. Two of the five runs were unearned, however. Robinson walked two and struck out three.

Dakota Mekkes pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit or a run for his fifth save in five attempts. Mekkes did walk one and he struck out two.

Shortstop Zack Short hit two home runs tonight that proved to be the difference. The first was a solo home run in the bottom of the first and the second one was a three-run blast in the fourth. The final line on Short was 2 for 5 with the four RBI. He has four home runs this season.

In the first inning, third baseman Jason Vosler went back-to-back with Short for his fifth home run this year. Vosler was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez connected for a two-run home run in the second inning, his fourth blast of the year. Baez went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored three times.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 2 for 4 with an RBI triple that scored Baez in the sixth inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 7-0.

Starter Bryan Hudson took the loss after a bad third inning. Hudson allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. All four runs came in the third inning. Hudson struck out two.

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

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs scored some runs tonight, but they still lost to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 6-5.

Tyler Thomas pitched the first five innings and took the loss after surrendering five runs on seven hits over five innings. Thomas walked three and struck out three.

Catcher Miguel Cruz hit a two-run home run in the third inning that gave South Bend their only lead of the series. It was Cruz’s second home run this year. He was 1 for 4.

Right fielder Roberto Caro was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one run batted in and he scored once. Caro also stole a base.

Left fielder Zach Davis went 2 for 4 with a triple and two steals. Davis scored two runs.

Third baseman Austin Filiere was a perfect 1 for 1 with a double, a walk and he was hit by a pitch twice. Filiere scored once.