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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 1

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The Pelicans win and the Smokies split behind a complete game by Thomas Hatch.

Thomas Hatch
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We seriously need to start considering whether or not stats generated in Colorado Springs should actually count on a player’s season totals. Although since there won’t be a Colorado Springs minor league team next season, it’s probably too much arguing over something that won’t be an issue in 2019.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got blasted by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 10-3.

Kyle Ryan threw the first three innings for the I-Cubs and he allowed six runs on five hits, and two of them were home runs. Ryan struck out seven and walked two.

Catcher Victor Caratini was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.

Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored once and had one run batted in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies split a doubleheader with the Mobile BayBears (Angels), winning game 1 9-1 and losing the second match 4-2. So they win the series based on aggregate goals. (Not really.)

Thomas Hatch threw a seven-inning complete game in game one, only losing the shutout on a seventh-inning home run by Brennon Lund. Hatch allowed six hits. He struck out three and walked no one.

DH Jason Vosler hit his tenth home run of the season with a man on in the bottom of the first inning to give the Smokies an early 2-0 lead. Vosler also hit a two-run double in the fourth inning. Vosler was 2 for 4 with the four RBI.

Vosler’s ten home runs put him in a five-way tie for the home run lead in the Southern League.

Second baseman Vimael Machin went 2 for 3 with three RBI and one run scored. Center fielder Trey Martin was 2 for 3 with two steals. Martin scored twice.

In game two, starter Preston Morrison allowed just one run on two hits over four innings. Morrison struck out two and did not walk anyone.

The loss went to reliever Scott Effross, who gave up two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. His final line was three runs allowed, two earned, on three hits over two innings. He walked one and struck out two.

The Smokies only had three hits in game two and left fielder Eddy Martinez had two of them and they were both doubles. Martinez was 2 for 3 with two doubles. He scored once and drove in a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but that was the end of the Smokies offense in game two.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans came out on top of the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 4-1.

Matt Swarmer continued his impressive season by allowing just one run on two hits over six innings. The one run came on a fifth-inning home run by Matt Whatley. Swarmer struck out six and walked only one. It was his fifth win of the season.

Tyler Peyton got the save, but it was a scary one. Peyton allowed two baserunners without allowing a hit: one hit batsman and one error put runners on the corners with only one out. But Peyton got a strikeout and a line out to end the game and get his fifth save.

First baseman Austin Upshaw was 2 for 3 with a double and one run batted in.

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South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were sunk by the Lake County Captains (Indians), 5-3.

Erich Uelmen’s 20-inning scoreless streak came to an end tonight and he got the loss, but he did pitch well anyway. Uelmen allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and did not walk anyone.

DH Michael Cruz hit his sixth home run of the season in the fifth inning with the bases empty. Cruz was 2 for 4 with two total RBI.

Left fielder Jared Young was 2 for 4. He had one run batted in and one run scored.

Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 4.