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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 8

Pelicans walk off on a bunt and an error in the tenth. South Bend wins sixth straight.

Aramis Ademan
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were yipped to death by the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 4-3.

Starter Duane Underwood gave up four runs in the first inning and that was all El Paso would need. Underwood and three relievers shut El Paso down the rest of the way, but Iowa’s comeback fell short. The final line on Underwood was four runs on three hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out ten.

Third baseman Chesny Young was 2 for 4 with a two-run single in the second inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were subjugated by the Birmingham Barons, 6-3 in ten innings.

Starter Oscar De La Cruz allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. De La Cruz walked one and struck out six. He did hit one batter.

The loss went to Tommy Nance, who had the honor of pitching the tenth inning with a runner starting on second base. He walked the bases loaded and then gave up a two-run double before he was removed. The final line on Nance was 1.1 innings pitched (he also pitched the ninth inning) and allowing three runs on two hits. The runner who started the inning on second run was unearned, as they always are. Nance walked two and struck out one.

The Smokies scored all of their runs in the fifth inning. First baseman Yasiel Balaguert hit a two-out, two-run double in the fifth. He was 1 for 4.

Trent Giambrone was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans stopped the Salem Red Sox 5-4 in ten innings.

Starter Keegan Thompson allowed four runs on five hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out three.

After Jose Paulino threw two scoreless innings, Jhon Romero got the win with a perfect (?) top of the ninth. He picked off the runner on second and then struck out the next two batters.

Luis Ayala scored from second base on a bunt single by Andruw Monasterio and a throwing error in the bottom of the tenth to win the game. Ayala was 2 for 4 and scored twice and Monasterio went 2 for 5 and scored once. He was not credited with an RBI.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan hit his second home run in as many nights and his third of the season in the eighth inning. The three-run home run tied the game at 4-4. Ademan was 2 fr 3 and was hit by a pitch.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 4 and scored once.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs surfed past the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), 4-1.

Erich Uelmen started and got the win. He threw 5.2 innings without allowing a run and surrendering just four hits, all singles. Uelmen struck out nine and walked two.

Enrique De Los Rios got a 3.1 inning save. He allowed just one run on a home run in the eighth inning and three hits. He struck out two and didn’t walk anyone.

Second baseman Christian Donahue was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

The win was South Bend’s sixth straight.

Check out this catch by center fielder Zach Davis.