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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 13

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The Pelicans and South Bend win behind strong starting pitching and home runs.

Kevonte Mitchell
Kevonte Mitchell
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Congratulations to Pelicans pitcher Javier Assad, who was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week.

I have to admit, I had no idea that Gioskar Amaya was still in the Cubs organization.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 11-5.

Starter Trevor Clifton didn’t make it out of the first inning and he took his first loss of the year. Clifton allowed four runs on a hit and three walks over two-thirds of an inning.

DH Phillip Evans hit a solo home run in the third inning, his fifth of the season. Evans was 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Shortstop Dixon Machado hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. It was his sixth blast this year. Machado was 1 for 4 with two runs scored.

Victor Caratini played the whole game behind the plate in a rehab assignment. He was 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI.

Third baseman Robel Garcia was 2 for 5.

Second baseman Trent Giambrone was 2 for 5 with one run scored. Giambrone also stole one base.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were swept in a doubleheader by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 6-1 and 4-1.

Justin Steele started game one and took the loss. Steele allowed two runs on four hits, including one solo home run, over four innings. Steele struck out three and walked one.

Right fielder Charcer Burks had a two-out RBI single to score Jared Young in the bottom of the seventh to avoid a shutout. He was 2 for 3 with a double.

Young was also 2 for 3.

Brad Markey started and lost game two. Markey gave up four runs on four hits, including a two-run home run, over four innings. Markey walked three and struck out two.

DH Gioskar Amaya played his first game since 2016 after missing the past two years with injuries. Amaya was 1 for 3 with a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans abbreviated the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 11-1.

Erling Moreno was terrific over seven innings, only making one real mistake, a solo home run in the fifth inning. Moreno’s final line was one run on five hits over seven innings. He did have some issues with wildness, as he walked three and had three wild pitches. (None of them ended up hurting him though.) Moreno struck out two.

Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell clobbered a three-run home run in the fifth inning, his fifth home run this season. Mitchell went 2 for 5 with four total RBI. He scored twice.

Shortstop Aramis Ademan connected for his third home run of the year to the opposite field with the bases empty in the fourth inning. Ademan was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. The three home runs he has in 29 games this year equals the number he had last year in 114 games for Myrtle Beach.

Catcher Miguel Amaya went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored one run and had two RBI—one on a single and one on a groundout.

Highlights:

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs left the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) choking on fumes, 3-0.

Brailyn Marquez had his best start of the season, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing just four hits. Marquez struck out six and walked just one.

Ethan Roberts pitched the bottom of the ninth for his fifth save. Roberts allowed a double to the first batter he faced, but then retired the next three in order. He did not have a strikeout.

DH Jonathan Sierra broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the sixth inning, his second this year. Sierra went 1 for 4.

Shortstop Andy Weber went 3 for 4 with a double.