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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 2

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Delvin Zinn
Rikk Carlson

Congratulations to South Bend Cubs infielder Delvin Zinn, who is your choice for the BCB Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for April!.

Don’t forget you still have time to vote for the Pitcher of the Month.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and cancelled the San Antonio Missions (Brewers), 8-6.

Alec Mills started and put the I-Cubs in an early hole when he allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings. Mills did strike out six and he only walked one.

Matt Carasiti kept Iowa in the game with 2.1 perfect innings of relief of Mills.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning, struck out two and got the win.

James Norwood pitched the top of the ninth inning and got his second save of the season. Norwood allowed a two-out single, but no other baserunners. He struck out one.

Johnny Field doubled home Donnie Dewees to give the I-Cubs the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Field then scored an insurance run when the next batter, Ian Happ, singled.

Dewees tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run double. Dewees went 3 for 5.

Field was 1 for 4 with a walk.

Happ went 2 for 4 with a walk. He extended his streak of not striking out to 26 plate appearances.

Trent Giambrone temporarily tied up the game in the sixth inning with a three-run home run, his seventh on the season. Giambrone was 1 for 4.

Catcher Francisco Arcia went 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and had one run batted in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies swept a doubleheader from the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), winning the completion of a suspended game 5-1 and taking the regularly-scheduled game 5-2.

Brad Markey started game one back on April 19 and the game was suspended in the third inning with the Smokies leading 2-1. Markey returned to the mound when the game was restarted today. That allowed him to go a career-high 7.2 innings and get his first win of the season. Markey allowed one run on five hits. He struck out eight and walked no one. The one run he allowed came on a home run hit by his former teammate Jeffrey Baez.

Left fielder Jared Young was 3 for 4. He had one run batted in and he scored one run.

Second baseman Christian Donahue was 2 for 4 with a double.

In the regularly-scheduled contest, Justin Steele pitched the first four innings and gave up no runs on just one hit. Steele struck out four and did not walk anyone.

Bailey Clark relieved Steele and got the win because Steele didn’t go five innings. Clark pitched 1.1 innings without allowing a run. He gave up one hit, walked one batter and struck out one.

Vimael Machin was 2 for 2 with an RBI double in the third inning. He also walked once.

Christian Donahue went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. He scored one run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost their eighth-straight game, 5-3 to the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers).

Paul Richan started and took the loss. Richan pitched 4.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits. One of the four runs was unearned. Richan walked two and struck out four.

Center fielder Jimmy Herron was a perfect 2 for 2 with a double, a triple and two walks. In truth, the triple probably would have been an inside-the-park home run were it not for catcher Tyler Payne being on first when he hit it. But since he scored on a Grant Fennell sac fly after the triple, it didn’t make any difference.

Payne was 2 for 4 with an RBI single and he scored on the triple. Fennell was 0 for 3 with the sac fly.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were stung by the Burlington Bees (Angels), 10-1.

Starter Eury Ramos didn’t finish a five-run second inning. The final line on Ramos was five runs, four earned, on four hits over 1.1 innings. Ramos walked three and struck out two.

Shortstop Rafael Narea allowed three runs while pitching the bottom of the eighth inning.

Center fielder Cole Roederer hit his first Midwest League home run in the top of the first inning to give South Bend a short-lived lead. Roederer was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Delvin Zinn continued his strong April with another good game in May. He was 2 for 4 with a double.

Andy Weber went 2 for 4.