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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 9

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Pelicans win 8th straight. South Bend wins 7th straight, but their streak ends in the nightcap.

Kevonte Mitchell
Kevonte Mitchell
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were bitten by the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 4-2.

Trevor Clifton started and only went four innings and 86 pitches However, he gave up just two runs on seven hits. Clifton struck out three and walked just one, but he did hit two batters.

The loss went to Brad Markey, who gave up a solo home run to Javy Guerra in the sixth inning. The final line on Markey was one run on one hit over two innings. Markey walked one and struck out one.

Shortstop David Bote hit a solo home run in the third inning, his ninth of the season. Bote was 2 for 4.

Iowa only had four hits in this game.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies bent to the will of the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 3-1.

Michael Rucker started and got the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits, including a two-run home run, over six innings. Rucker struck out seven and walked one.

Shortstop Zack Short was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI single.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their eighth straight game, 10-3 over the Salem Red Sox.

Tyson Miller was the beneficiary of all that offense, getting his sixth win after allowing just one run on six hits over five innings. Miller struck out six and didn’t walk anyone. So really, he didn’t need that much offense, but he got it anyway.

Left fielder Kevonte Mitchell had a huge night, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and a two-run home run in the third inning. Mitchell also walked once and scored twice.

DH P.J. Higgins went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two walks. Higgins scored twice and drove in two.

Third baseman Wladimir Galindo had three RBI in a 2 for 4 game. He also scored once.

First baseman Austin Upshaw was 3 for 3 with two runs scored.

Second baseman Andruw Monasterio went 2 for 5 with one run scored and one driven in.

Right fielder Luis Ayala was 2 for 4 with one run batted in and one run scored.

Since their 3-12 start, the Pelicans are 29-17 and are now just 2 12 games out of first place.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs split a doubleheader with the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers), winning game one 5-3 and losing the second one 6-1. The loss in game two snapped a seven-game winning streak.

Jesus Camargo won game one with 5.2 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, walked two and he hit one batter. Impressively, Camargo struck out nine.

After Garrett Kelly got into trouble in the ninth inning, Brian Glowicki was summoned with the bases loaded and two outs. Glowicki allowed a two-run single to the first batter he faced to make it 5-3, but then struck out the next batter to end the game and get his tenth save.

Catcher Michael Cruz was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Shortstop Jhonny Bethencourt went 3 for 4 with one run batted in and one run scored.

Center fielder Chris Singleton was 2 for 3 with a double and one run scored.

In game two, Brendan King started a bullpen game and got the loss, even though the two runs he gave up were unearned. King pitched two innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits. He walked two and did not strike anyone out.

West Michigan put this game out of reach when they exploded for four runs off of Yapson Gomez in the fifth inning.

South Bend had six hits in this game, all singles. Center fielder Zach Davis led off the game with a single and then a Bethencourt infield single put runners of first and second. Davis and Bethencourt then pulled off a double steal and Miguel Amaya hit a sacrifice fly to score Davis. That was all of South Bend’s offense.

Davis was 1 for 4 and Bethencourt was 1 for 3.