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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 5

Three wins tonight with only a loss by Iowa.

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Let’s see if I can get all the movement in the system today.

RHP Trevor Clifton and RHP Dakota Mekkes moved from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa.

RHP Zach Hedges went from Iowa to Tennessee.

RHP Matt Swarmer and LHP Jordan Minch went from High-A Myrtle Beach to Tennessee.

RHP Cory Abbott went from Low-A South Bend to Myrtle Beach.

Other players went on and off the disabled list to even out the rosters.

Congratulations to Iowa Cubs David Bote, who is your choice for the BCB Minor League Player of the Month! By the way, if you aren’t tired of voting for Bote yet, please vote for David Bote and other Iowa Cubs for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Do it even if you are tired of voting for Bote. You can also vote for Dan Vogelbach there, so go do it now.

I’ll announce the winner of the Pitcher of the Month award tomorrow night.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were atomized by the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 5-1.

Jen-Ho Tseng started and took the loss, but he pitched better than his final line indicates. Tseng went 7.1 innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits. He struck out seven and walked just one.

The lone Iowa run came on a home run in the bottom of the first by Bote, his eighth of the season. Bote was 2 for 4.

First baseman Efren Navarro was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies overran the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 10-2.

Strong start for Duncan Robinson, who collected his third win of the season. Robinson allowed just one run on seven hits over five innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit two batters.

Robinson was also 1 for 2 at the plate with an RBI single and a sac fly.

Huge night for second baseman Vimael Machin, who is now hitting .432 in 16 games since his promotion from Myrtle Beach. Machin came a home run short of the cycle as he was 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. He also walked once. Machin had three RBI and he scored two runs.

First baseman Yasiel Balaguert was 3 for 6 with a double. He scored once and had one run batted in.

Left fielder Charcer Burks was 3 for 5 and scored once.

Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans grounded the Buies Creek Astros, 7-4.

Starter Bryan Hudson got the win after giving up three runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. Hudson walked three and struck out two.

DH Kevonte Mitchell played his first game after coming off the disabled list and he hit a pair of doubles in a 2 for 3 game. Mitchell also hit a sac fly and had two total RBI. He scored once.

Third baseman P.J. Higgins was 3 for 5 with one run scored and one run driven in.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda was also 3 for 5 and he scored once.

Right fielder Luis Ayala was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. He had one RBI and scored once.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs crowned the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 8-7 in 11 innings. Or it was tied 4-4 and South Bend won on penalty kicks.

Brendon Little continued his pattern of alternating good and bad starts with a good one tonight. Little pitched six innings and allowed just one run on three hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Brian Glowicki pitched both the ninth and tenth inning and he got the win after allowing three unearned runs—two in the ninth and one in the tenth. Glowicki gave up four hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Center fielder Chris Singleton had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. He was 1 for 5.

Shortstop Rafael Narea not only scored that winning run, he did it after driving in the tying run earlier in the 11th on a double. Narea was 3 for 5 with three runs scored and that one RBI.

Third baseman Austin Filiere hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to give South Bend an early lead. It was his fourth home run this season. Filiere was 1 for 5 and scored twice, with his second run coming in the 11th inning on the Narea double after starting the inning on second base.

Second baseman Jhonny Bethencourt was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

Right fielder Brandon Hughes was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.