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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 29

The Smokies win behind home runs and pitching. South Bend walks it off.

Jonathan Sierra
Jonathan Sierra
Eugene Emeralds

I’m afraid I spent the evening at my daughter’s school’s open house night.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were spit up on by the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), 3-1.

Matt Swarmer started and took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings. Swarmer walked one and struck out four.

Third baseman Robel Garcia provided the I-Cubs with their only run with a solo home run in the seventh inning. It was Garcia’s 11th home run of the year and fifth with Iowa. Those 11 home runs easily lead all Cubs minor leaguers. Garcia was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Center fielder Ian Happ was 2 for 3 with a walk. He did not strike out.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies pried open the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 2-1.

It was another terrific start for Tyson Miller, who gave up just one run on five hits over six innings. Miller struck out six and walked no one.

Tommy Nance pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh inning and got the win. Nance struck out one.

Craig Brooks pitched the final two innings for his seventh save. Brooks allowed just one hit. He struck out two and walked one.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Smokies the lead for good. It was Hodges’ first home run of the year. Hodges went 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch.

Just like the major league Cubs, the Smokies won 2-1 on two solo home runs. In the sixth inning, first baseman P.J. Higgins hit his fourth of the year. Higgins went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Shortstop Clayton Daniel came off the disabled list and went 2 for 4.

Christian Donahue was 2 for 4 with a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were vetoed by the Potomac Nationals, 8-0.

Alex Lange saw his record on the year fall to 1-8 as he gave up three runs on six hits over five innings. Lange walked four and struck out four.

Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda was 2 for 4 with a double.

Catcher Miguel Amaya exited this game after getting hit in the forearm with a pitch. Hopefully it’s nothing. He was 1 for 2.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs sunk the Lake County Captains (Indians), 5-4.

Faustino Carrera started this game. He lasted five innings and allowed just two runs on three hits, including one home run. Both runs scored in the first inning. Carrera struck out five and walked two.

Zach Mort pitched the other four innings and allowed just two runs on two hits, including a two-run home run in the sixth. Mort walked one and struck out two.

Jonathan Sierra singled home Rafael Narea with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to win this game. Sierra was 2 for 5. Narea went 1 for 2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. Narea scored twice.

On his 22nd birthday, second baseman Delvin Zinn tied this game up with a bases-loaded three-run triple in the bottom of the seventh. Zinn was 2 for 5.