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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 16

Delvin Zinn leads South Bend. Oscar De La Cruz leads Tennessee. Dixon Machado gets a split for Iowa.

Delvin Zinn
Delvin Zinn
Rikk Carlson

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs split a doubleheader with the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), losing game one 7-0 and taking game 2 5-2 in game that was shortened to 4 12 innings because of rain.

Iowa lost their fifth-straight game in game one as starter Matt Swarmer had troubles keeping the ball in the yard. Swarmer allowed seven runs on 12 hits over 5.2 innings. Three of those hits were home runs. Swarmer did strike out eight and did not walk anyone, so that’s one positive thing.

Iowa had three hits in game one. Shortstop Dixon Machado was 2 for 2 with a walk.

Colin Rea had a five-inning complete game in game two. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down afterwards. Rea’s final line was two runs on four hits over five innings. Rea struck out seven and walked two, although one was intentional.

Machado hit a grand slam in game two in the fourth inning. That was Machado’s seventh home run this year and that’s a career-high for him and it’s only May 16. Machado was 1 for 2 in game two.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies accepted the surrender of the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 3-2.

It was Oscar De La Cruz night in Jackson, or at least it should have been. De La Cruz got his first Double-A win this season by allowing two runs on three hits over 6.1 innings. He did have some control issues as De La Cruz walked three, hit two batters and had one wild pitch. De La Cruz struck out two.

I should probably mention that De La Cruz tied the game 1-1 with his first career home run. in the sixth inning. It was only his 16th-career AB.

Wyatt Short came on to pitch the ninth inning and immediately put the tying run on third with no outs after a walk, an infield single and an error. But the runner on first was thrown out trying to steal second for the first out and then Short struck out the next two batters for the save.

All three Smokies runs came in the sixth inning. Vimael Machin was 2 for 4 with an RBI single.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut down by the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 6-0.

Starter Alex Lange allowed five runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. He walked four and struck out five.

The Pelicans had two hits in this game, both singles. They made three errors.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs slew the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7-2.

Starter Eury Ramos got the win after giving up two runs on three hits over 5.2 innings. He walked four and struck out four.

DH Delvin Zinn not only hit his first home run of the year tonight, he hit his second one as well. Zinn only had one career home run before tonight. Zinn hit his first in the fifth inning and his second in the seventh. Both were solo home runs. Zinn went 3 for 4.

First baseman Tyler Durna went 2 for 4. He had one run batted in and he scored one run.