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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 8

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Iowa is in a groove and strong pitching propels the Smokies to another win.

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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs calmed the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 8-4 in Iowa’s fourth-straight win. That’s impressive considering they’ve only won nine games so far this year.

It was a terrific start tonight by Michael Roth, who allowed on one run on two hits over six innings. The one run came in the fifth inning without the benefit of a hit: leadoff walk, hit batsman, fly out sent the runner to third and then a wild pitch. Roth struck out five, walked one but he hit two batters.

Zach Hedges was promoted to Iowa before tonight’s game and he got a three-inning save, the first save of his career. Hedges did allow three runs, two earned, on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

DH Efren Navarro hit a two-run home run off Omaha starter Kyle Lohse in the third innning. Navarro was 1 for 5. It was his third home run this year.

First baseman Bijan Rademacher went 3 for 5 with a double. He scored one run

Third baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored twice.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored once and drove in one run,

Left fielder Wynton Bernard was also 2 for 5 with a double. He stole one base and had two RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies skewered the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins), 2-1 in ten innings.

Starter Duncan Robinson gave up a solo home run in the first inning, but that was the only run he gave up over seven innings. Robinson gave up five hits. He walked three and struck out six.

Relievers Craig Brooks and Dakota Mekkes did not allow a run or a hit the rest of the way. Brooks got the win after two perfect innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Mekkes pitched the tenth and he did walk one batter, but that was it. He struck out one.

Catcher Will Remillard played in his first game of the year and he connected for a solo home run in the seventh inning to tie the game 1-1. Remillard was 1 for 4.

Third baseman Jason Vosler singled home Charcer Burks in the top of the tenth to provide the eventual winning run. Vosler went 1 for 5.

First baseman Jesse Hodges went 2 for 5 with a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans quacked up against the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 5-3.

Starter Tyson Miller got the loss after he gave up five runs on five hits over five innings. Two of those hits were home runs. Miller struck out four and walked one.

First baseman Tyler Alamo got the Pelicans on the board with a one-out solo home run in the eighth inning. It was Alamo’s fifth home run this year. Alamo was 3 for 5.

Center fielder Connor Myers went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI single that scored right fielder Chris Pieters later in the eighth inning. Pieters was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were swarmed by the Burlington Bees (Angels), 4-1.

Erich Uelmen took the loss, although he gave up just two runs on six hits over the first five innings. Uelmen struck out five and walked one.

Third baseman Austin Filiere was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.