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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 3

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Russell slams Iowa past Omaha. Mike Montgomery with a successful rehab start. The Pelicans break their losing streak and Javier Assad has the defensive play of the year so far.

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Congratulations to Tennessee Smokies pitcher Tyson Miller, who was your choice for the Minor League Pitcher of the Month!

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs drenched the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 9-1.

Mike Montgomery was terrific in a six-inning rehab start. Montgomery allowed just one run on one hout. He walked two and struck out three.

Tim Collins, Dakota Mekkes and Rowan Wick each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Mekkes gave up two hits—the only other two hits in the Cubs combined 3-hitter.

Third baseman Phillip Evans hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give Iowa a 2-1 lead that they’d never surrender. It was Evans’ second home of the season. Evans was 2 for 5 and scored twice.

Iowa put this one away with a seven-run sixth inning. First, first baseman Jim Adduci hit a two-run home run, his sixth of the season. Adduci also doubled in a 2 for 5 effort.

Later in the inning, shortstop Addison Russell hit a grand slam, his second of the season. Russell was 1 for 4 with a walk. He scored twice.

Right fielder Johnny Field was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He had an RBI single in the sixth inning and scored on the Russell slam.

Ian Happ struck out in the first inning, so that streak ended at 26 plate appearances. He was 0 for 2 with three walks, however.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were overrun by the Jackson Generals (Diamondbacks), 16-9.

Thomas Hatch had a rough start, giving up six runs in the top of the first. The final line on Hatch was eight runs on eight hits over three innings. However, only four of the eight runs were earned. Hatch walked three and struck out two.

First baseman Vimael Machin was 3 for 5 with two doubles. Machin scored two runs and drove in two.

Left fielder Jared Young was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. Young had two RBI.

Shortstop Luis Vazquez went 2 for 5 and scored once. I hate to mention he had three throwing errors.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans snapped their eight-game losing streak in a big way, running the Salem Red Sox through a wringer, 12-2.

Javier Assad pitched the first six innings without allowing a run and got the easy win. Assad had three hits. He walked three and struck out three. Assad hit one batter.

Assad also made a bizarre defensive gem in this game that you can see below in the highlights.

The Pelicans banged out 15 hits tonight, 12 singles and three doubles. They also went 9 for 15 with runners in scoring position and scored a season-high 12 runs.

First baseman Cam Balego was 3 for 5 with a double. He drove in two and scored once.

Shortstop Jhonny Bethencourt was 2 for 5. He had two runs batted in and scored one.

Catcher Miguel Amaya was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.

DH Tyler Payne was 2 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Second baseman Aramis Ademan was 2 for 4. He had one RBI and one run scored.

We’ve actually got some highlights you want to see tonight! You absolutely must watch thes highlights just to see Assad actually kick the ball to first base for an out. (The kick looked intentional to me.)

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs got cut down by the Clinton LumberKings (Marlins), 3-1.

Starter Faustino Carrera took the loss after gave up three runs on two home runs. Carrera’s final line was three runs, two earned on three hits over six innings. Carrera struck out six and walked one.

Second baseman Delvin Zinn stayed hot, going 2 for 3. Zinn is hitting .361 on the year and .467 over the last ten games.