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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 8

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Myrtle Beach extends their win streak to 5, while Iowa’s win streak ends. South Bend gets a walkoff win. Tennessee also wins.

Paul Richan
Eugene Emeralds

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were grounded by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 2-1. The loss snapped the I-Cubs eight-game winning streak.

Starter Trevor Clifton pitched well, allowing one run on five hits over six innings. The only run he allowed came on a solo home run by Andrew Knizner. Clifton struck out three and did not walk anyone.

The loss went to Dillon Maples in relief, but the good news is that it wasn’t because he walked a bunch of people. Instead, he gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the seventh inning. Maples allowed one run on one hit over one inning. He walked one and struck out two.

Iowa’s lone run came on a Wynton Bernard home run in the second inning. It was Bernard’s first home run of the year. He was 2 for 4.

First baseman Phillip Evans was a perfect 2 for 2 with a double and two walks.

Center fielder Donnie Dewees was 2 for 5 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies tossed smoke in the eyes of the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 6-5.

Starter Thomas Hatch allowed three runs on six hits over five innings. One hit was a solo home run. Hatch walked two and struck out five on the way to his first win of the year.

Craig Brooks got a two-out save, his sixth of the season. Brooks gave up no runs and two hits. Brooks walked two and struck out five.

Left fielder Christian Donahue hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, his first of the season. The blast gave the Smokies a 6-3 lead at the time. Donahue was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk tonight. He also stole a base. He had four total RBI.

Second baseman Vimael Machin had two doubles in a 2 for 5 game. Machin scored twice and had one RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans won their fifth-straight game, 4-2 over the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers), 4-2. This winning streak comes immediately after an eight-game losing streak.

Starter Paul Richan allowed just one run on five hits over six innings and he picked up his third win of the year. Richan struck out eight and did not walk anyone. That’s pretty good, right?

Brian Glowicki pitched an adventurous ninth inning, but eventually got the save. He allowed an unearned run on one hit, one error and one walk. He struck out two.

DH Miguel Amaya was a perfect 1 for 1 with a double, three walks and one hit-by-pitch. Amaya also had an RBI when he walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

First baseman Cam Balego was 2 for 4 with a walk and one run scored.

The Pelicans walked 10 times in this game.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs popped the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 2-1.

Starter Eury Ramos threw five scoreless innings, allowing a mere three hits. He struck out seven and did not walk anyone. Again, that’s pretty good, right?

Ryan Lawlor threw the final two innings without allowing a run or a hit and got the win. Lawlor did walk two batters and he struck out two.

Third baseman Christopher Morel scored the walk-off winning run when he scored from second base on a throwing error. Morel was 2 for 4.

Center fielder D.J. Artis was 2 for 4 and he scored the other South Bend run in the top of the first inning on a Jonathan Sierra single. Sierra was 1 for 4.

Second baseman Levi Jordan was 2 for 3.

Victor Caratini played the whole game at DH in a rehab assignment. He was 0 for 2 with two walks.