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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 23

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The Smokies romp past the Lookouts, but the team holds their breath after Nico Hoerner was hit by a pitch.

Cory Abbott
Cory Abbott
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Let me get the bad news out of the way. Tonight in Tennessee, Nico Hoerner was hit with a pitch and left the game. The Smokies are saying that the ball hit him in the forearm, which is good news as compared to being hit in the wrist, which is what it looked like on video. But we don’t have a report on its severity and we likely won’t until sometime on Wednesday. I will say that Hoerner barely reacted to getting hit. Whether that’s because it didn’t hurt much or because Hoerner is one tough hombre, I can’t tell you.

Iowa Cubs

Coming home for a nine-game home stand with Nashville and their first look at San Antonio.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blew smoke in the eyes of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 11-4.

Cory Abbott started and got the win after allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits over six innings. One of those hits was a two-run home run in the top of the first, which were the two earned runs he allowed. Abbott walked two and struck out six.

First baseman Jared Young had not hit a double all season before tonight. In this game, Young was 3 for 5 with three doubles. Young drove home three runners and scored three times himself.

Right fielder Roberto Caro was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He also stole two bases. Caro scored two runs and had one run batted in.

Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 5 with an RBI double. He also scored once.

Clayton Daniel pinch-ran for Hoerner and played short after that. He was 2 for 3 and scored once.

Highlights:

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stuck in the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 7-3.

Bryan Hudson started and took the loss. Hudson allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Left fielder Zach Davis was 2 for 3 with a triple and a walk. He also stole one base. Davis scored two of Myrtle Beach’s three runs.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were locked down tight by the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 6-5.

Derek Casey pitched the first four innings and gave up three runs on nine hits. He struck out two and did not walk anyone.

The loss went to Eugenio Palma, who pitched one inning, the bottom of the eighth, and allowed one run on two hits. Palma struck out one and did not walk anyone.

DH Jonathan Sierra was 2 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Sierra scored one run.

Shortstop Andy Weber tied the game 5-5 when he hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning. Weber went 1 for 4 with a walk.