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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 11

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The Smokies beat the Barons. Iowa, Pelicans lose. South Bend got rain.

Wyatt Short
Wyatt Short
Tennessee Smokies

If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a little quiet on Twitter or around here, I’m just letting you know that I’m under the weather at the moment. I watched the Cubs marathon 15-inning win prone on my couch. I did not watch much of the minor league games tonight or last night. I caught just a few innings of the I-Cubs game tonight.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were soaked by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 4-3.

Colin Rea started and got the loss. Rea allowed four runs on five hits over five innings. Only one of the four runs was earned, however. Rea struck out five and walked just one.

Third baseman Robel Garcia was 1 for 2 with two walks. He had one run batted in and he scored once. Garcia also made two more errors, his second and third in just three games in Triple-A.

Center fielder Ian Happ went 1 for 3 with two walks. Happ scored once.

Victor Caratini caught this entire game and was 1 for 5 in his rehab appearance. (He was pulled for a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth.)

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies defenestrated the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 5-1.

Tyson Miller turned in yet another terrific start tonight, picking up his second win of the season. Miller allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked no one.

Wyatt Short threw the other two innings and got his second save. Short gave up no runs on just one hit over the two innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Third baseman P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4. He had an RBI single in the third inning and he doubled and later scored in the fifth inning.

Shortstop Luis Vazquez was 2 for 4 and scored once. He also stole a base.

First baseman Vimael Machin went 2 for 4.

Catcher Jhonny Pereda was 1 for 1 with a double, two walks and a sacrifice fly. He also scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans had their wings clipped by the Carolina Mudcats (Brewers), 9-7.

Starter Luis Lugo allowed three runs on four hits over 5.1 innings. Lugo struck out seven and did not walk anyone, but he did hit one batter.

Ryan Kellogg entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and was tasked with protecting a 7-6 Pelicans lead. Kellogg gave up a walk-off three-run home run with two outs in the inning.

Kellogg’s line was three runs, all unearned because of a Jhonny Bethencourt error, on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. Kellogg did not walk or strike anyone out.

DH Grant Fennell hit his first home run of the year with two on in the seventh inning. Fennell had a big game, going 3 for 4 with a double and the home run. He scored twice and had three RBI.

In the sixth inning, left fielder Kevonte Mitchell connected for a two-run home run, his fourth of the season. Mitchell was 1 for 2 with two walks.

South Bend Cubs

Rained out. The game will not be made up.