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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 31

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Wins for Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

We’re already two months into the season.

It’s nights like tonight that I don’t miss Eloy Jimenez.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs summited the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 9-2.

Starter Alec Mills surrendered two runs, one earned, on two hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out nine and he walked three. He also hit one batter as he won his third game of the season.

With almost as many friends and family in the stands as his games at Coors Field, third baseman David Bote was 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the third inning. He was also hit by a pitch and he scored twice.

Catcher Victor Caratini went 2 for 5 with two runs batted in and he scored once.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 5 with an RBI and one run scored.

Shortstop Mike Freeman was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies won game one of a doubleheader with the Mobile BayBears (Angels), 4-2. Game two of the doubleheader was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday.

Duncan Robinson pitched six of the seven innings of game one and got the win after allowing two runs on five hits. Robinson struck out four and didn’t walk anyone.

Dakota Mekkes recorded his seventh save with a perfect seventh inning, striking out two.

The Smokies scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning. First baseman Yasiel Balaguert led off the inning with a home run, his fifth of the year. Balaguert was 1 for 3.

Later in the inning, center fielder Trey Martin broke a 1-1 tie with a two run double. Martin would then score the fourth run of the inning on a Charcer Burks single. Martin was 1 for 2 and Burks was 1 for 3.

DH Vimael Machin was 2 for 2 and scored on the Martin double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stopped by the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 3-2.

Bailey Clark started and took the loss. He surrendered three runs on four hits over five innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Clark struck out seven and walked one.

Both center fielder Connor Myers and DH Wladimir Galindo were 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

First baseman Austin Upshaw went 2 for 4.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs stopped the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 11-5.

Cory Abbott was impressive in collecting his fourth win. Abbott tossed 5+ innings and gave up just one run on four hit. He also struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone.

Catcher Miguel Amaya finished his strong month of May with his seventh home run of the year and fourth of the month. Amaya’s two-run home run came in the third inning and made it 5-1. He also hit a bases-loaded, three-run double in the fourth inning to give him five total RBI on the night. Amaya was 2 for 5.

Shortstop Jhonny Bethencourt was 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk. Bethencourt scored three times and drove in two.

Left fielder Jared Young was 2 for 5 with a a double. He scored twice and had one run batted in.

First baseman Austin Filiere went 2 for 4 with a bases-loaded walk. Filiere had two total RBI and he scored once.

DH Brandon Hughes was 2 for 4 with a walk and one run scored.