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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 14

South Bend snaps their losing streak and the other three affiliates go in the other direction.

Derek Casey
Derek Casey
Clinton Cole

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were not worthy of the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 4-3.

Kohl Stewart was dominating over four innings of work. Unfortunately, he came out to pitch the fifth inning and wasn’t quite so good, giving up a three-run home run to Nick Gordon and a solo home run to Brent Rooker.

The final line for Stewart was four runs on five hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Dakota Mekkes pitched two strong innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and one walk. He struck out two.

Catcher Tyler Gushue hit his first home run in the Cubs organization with the bases empty in the second inning. Gushue was 2 for 3 with a walk.

First baseman P.J. Higgins was 2 for 4 with an RBI triple in the first inning. Higgins also scored in the eighth.

Center fielder Trayce Thompson went 2 for 5.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were trashed by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels) 7-1.

Starter Javier Assad started out brilliantly, striking out the first seven batters he faced. But after a fly out in the third inning, he gave up a single and back-to-back home runs to put the Smokies in a 3-0 hole. The final line on Assad was three runs on three hits over three innings. He struck out seven and did not walk anyone.

Left fielder Darius Hill was promoted to Tennessee and went 1 for 3 in his first game with the Smokies.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs snapped their six-game losing streak by beating the Beloit Snappers (Marlins), 4-1.

Derek Casey started and got the win. Casey pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Right fielder Yonathan Perlaza drove in the first run of the game with a double in the fourth inning, scoring Delvin Zinn. Then DH Jacob Olson singled home Perlaza to make it 2-0.

Perlaza was 2 for 4. Olson was 2 for 3 with a second run batted in on a sac fly in the sixth inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were stung by the Augusta GreenJackets (Braves), 10-2.

Richard Gallardo started and got the loss. Gallardo allowed one run on two hits and two walks over three innings. He struck out three.

Didier Vargas then relieved Gallardo and was rocked for five runs in two-thirds of an inning in the fourth. The game was not close after that.

Shortstop Ed Howard had his first multi-hit game as a professional. He was 2 for 3 with a walk. He also scored one run.