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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 23

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Iowa wins again away against Omaha. It was the only win for the system tonight.

Dakota Mekkes
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs calmed the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 3-2. Iowa is now 7-0 this season against their arch-rival away at Werner Park. They’re 0-4 against Omaha at Principal Park.

Matt Swarmer started this game and he gave up two runs on two solo home runs. His final line was two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Dakota Mekkes relieved Swarmer in the seventh inning and got the win. Mekkes pitched two perfect innings and struck out three.

Tim Collins threw a perfect bottom of the ninth for his first save this season. Collins struck out two batters.

Robel Garcia singled home Trent Giambrone in the top of the eighth with what proved to be the winning run. Garcia was 1 for 4 and Giambrone went 2 for 4 with a double.

Iowa’s other two runs came on a two-run home run by Johnny Field in the second inning. It was Field’s sixth home run this season. Field went 1 for 4.

First baseman Jim Adduci was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored on Field’s home run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were pulled off the boat by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Twins), 10-5.

Coming into tonight’s game, starter Tyson Miller had not allowed more than two runs in any of his eight starts this season. But tonight, Miller got hammered for six runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. Miller walked two and struck out three.

All nine position players for the Smokies had at least one hit tonight, but only first baseman Gioskar Amaya had two. He was 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were deciphered by the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 8-7 in 11 innings.

Erich Uelmen made his season debut in this game. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. Uelmen did not walk nor strike anyone out.

Ben Hecht gave up a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. He pitched two innings and allowed three runs on two hits and a walk. Hecht struck out one.

Ryan Kellogg entered the game in the bottom of the 11th with the runner on second base. After getting the first hitter of the inning to pop out, Kellogg surrendered a walk-off ground-rule double.

The Pelicans hit a pair of two-run home runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. Catcher Tyler Payne hit the first one, his third of the year. Payne was 2 for 5.

Two batters later, left fielder Grant Fennell connected for his second home run of the year with a man on. Fennell was 2 for 5 with three total RBI.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda went 3 for 4 with a double and two walks. Sepulveda scored one run and drove in two.

Right fielder Kevonte Mitchell was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored twice.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were crowned by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 3-2.

Starter Faustino Carrera allowed just one run on three hits (including one solo home run) over six innings. Carrera walked two and struck out four.

Sean Berry gave up one run in the eighth and a walkoff single in the ninth for the loss. Berry’s final line was two runs on three hits over 1.1 innings. The winning run in the ninth was unearned. Berry walked one batter intentionally and struck out three.

DH Andy Weber was 2 for 4. He scored once.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra was 2 for 4 with a double.