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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 18

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Miguel Amaya comes up big and snaps the Smokies losing streak. Pelicans and South Bend both lose. In Iowa, it rained.

Surprise Saguaros v. Mesa Solar Sox
Miguel Amaya
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Iowa Cubs

The I-Cubs were rained out. No makeup date has been set yet.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies shelled the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 7-4. The win snapped Tennessee’s five-game losing streak.

Matt Swarmer started and gave up three runs, two earned, over 4.2 innings. Swarmer gave up a solo home run in the second and a two-run home run in the third to account for all three runs allowed. Swarmer allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five.

Scott Effross pitched the final two innings without allowing a run and collected the win. Effross gave up just one hit. He struck out six and walked no one, although he did hit one batter.

Catcher Miguel Amaya hit a two-run double to right-center in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie. He would later score an insurance run in that inning on a Christopher Morel sac fly. Amaya also had an RBI single in the third inning for three total runs batted in on the evening. He was 2 for 4 with the one run scored.

Third baseman Levi Jordan was 3 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He scored twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland), 2-0.

Starter Sam Thoreson gave up the only two runs of the game in the third inning and took the loss. His final line was two runs on two hits over 2.2 innings. Thoreson walked two and struck out four.

Three relievers, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Tyler Sullentrop and Didier Vargas combined to give up just one hit the rest of the way. Gonzalez pitched 2.1 innings, Sullentrop two and Vargas one.

Second baseman Yeison Santana singled in the seventh inning for the only Pelicans hit of the day. He was 1 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were slain by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 6-5.

Chris Kachmar pitched the first five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits. Kachmar walked two and struck out three.

Samuel Reyes got the loss in relief. Reyes was charged with three runs on three hits in just 1.2 innings. He walked one and did not strike anyone out.

Right fielder Nelson Velazquez singled every time up tonight, going 4 for 4. He scored once and knocked home two. He also stole a base.

Shortstop Delvin Zinn was 2 for 5 and scored once. He also stole his tenth base of the year already.

Chase Strumpf returned to the lineup today as the DH after missing ten days. Strumpf had an RBI single in the first inning and then later scored on a Velazquez single. He was 1 for 4.