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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 6

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South Bend sweeps Bowling Green as they keep fighting for a 1st half playoff position.

Tyler Durna
Tyler Durna
Clinton Cole

Congratulations to Iowa Cubs pitcher Colin Rea, who was your choice to be the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

The Cubs announced their “official” choices for the awards, Tennessee Smokies infielder Vimael Machin and reliever Craig Brooks won their awards for Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month. So congratulations to all of them.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs lost to the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), 8-5.

Trevor Clifton started and took the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits over four innings. Three of the runs were unearned thanks to two errors in a four-run third inning. Clifton walked one and struck out four.

Iowa hit three more home runs tonight. Shortstop Luis Vazquez hit a solo home run in the third inning, his first of the season. Vazquez went 2 for 4.

Vazquez is only 19 years old. He joins Carlos Zambrano as the youngest players to homer in I-Cubs history.

An inning later, third baseman Robel Garcia hit a two-run home run, his 14th of the year and eighth with Iowa. Garcia was 1 for 5.

In the fifth inning, left fielder Donnie Dewees hit his seventh home run of the season with the bases empty. Dewees went 2 for 5.

Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 5.

Former Cubs farmhand Jason Vosler hit two home runs today, one off Junichi Tazawa (the first home run he’s allowed this year) and one off Dakota Mekkes. Vosler was traded this past offseason for Rowan Wick, who pitched a perfect top of the ninth, striking out one. Wick didn’t face Vosler though.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were toasted by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 9-8 in 11 innings.

Starter Cory Abbott gave up a season-high five runs on ten hits over five innings. One of the five runs was unearned. Abbott struck out five and walked one.

Jordan Minch gave up a run in the tenth and a run in the eleventh and got the loss. Both runs came from the runner that started the inning on second base, so both of them were unearned. Minch’s final line was two unearned runs on one hit and one intentional walk over 1.1 innings. Minch struck out one.

The Smokies had 18 hits tonight.

Right fielder Eddy Martinez had the only Smokies home run in this game, a solo home run in the fifth inning that was his first of the season. Martinez went 3 for 5. He had two runs scored and one run batted in.

Shortstop Clayton Daniel was 3 for 4 with a two-run triple in the second inning. Daniel also scored once.

Roberto Caro was 3 for 6 with a stolen base and one run scored.

Catcher P.J. Higgins went 2 for 6 with a double and two RBI.

First baseman Ian Rice had a pair of doubles and a walk in a 2 for 4 game. He score once.

Third baseman Jesse Hodges was 2 for 5. He scored twice and drove in one.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were cut off by the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 5-2.

Erich Uelmen struggled tonight and allowed five runs on nine hits over his 5.1 inning start. Uelmen walked one and struck out five.

Center fielder Zach Davis went 2 for 3 with a walk and one run scored.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs swept the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 4-1.

Starter Riley Thompson gave up just one run on four hits over five innings. Thompson walked one and struck out two.

The win went to Zach Mort, who pitched three perfect innings in relief of Thompson. Mort did not have a strikeout.

Sean Berry pitched the ninth inning and got the save. Berry allowed a two-out walk, but nothing else. He struck out one.

South Bend took the lead with a pair of solo home runs in the seventh inning. First baseman Tyler Durna broke a 1-1 tie with his second home run of the year. Two batters later, third baseman Christopher Morel homered to make it 3-1. Morel takes over the team lead in home runs with three.

Both Durna and Morel were 2 for 3.

Highlights. Both home runs were hit hard, but Morel’s was a blast.