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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 22

Wins for Tennessee and South Bend are overshadowed by top prospect Brennen Davis seeing his first game action of 2021.

Brennen Davis
Brennen Davis
Rikk Carlson

Brennen Davis played his first game of the year tonight in South Bend on a rehab assignment.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were soaked by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-1.

Joe Biagini started and took the loss. Biagini gave up five runs on seven hits over just three innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Tyson Miller threw an inning of relief in a rehab appearance. He retired all three batters he faced and struck out two of them.

Iowa only had four hits tonight. First baseman Patrick Wisdom went 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies shucked the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 7-2.

Cam Sanders continued to impress in the early going, giving up just one run on two hits over five innings. Sanders walked two and struck out seven.

Dakota Mekkes got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Mekkes gave up two hits, but walked no one and struck out three.

First baseman Grayson Byrd opened up the scoring with a double in the bottom of the first inning. He later added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Byrd was 2 for 2 with two doubles, a walk and the two runs batted in. He scored once.

Shortstop Andy Weber was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Weber scored two times.

South Bend Cubs

Yonathan Perlaza walked with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the ninth to lead South Bend to a 3-2 win over the Dayton Dragons (Reds).

Starter Peyton Remy allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. One of those hits was a solo home run. Remy struck out eight and walked two. He also hit a batter.

Burl Carraway pitched the seventh inning and struck out two and walked two. He did not give up a hit or a run.

Brandon Hughes finished out the final two innings for the Cubs and got the win. Hughes gave up one hit, no runs and no walks. He struck out four.

Third baseman Chase Strumpf led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and then first baseman Tyler Durna doubled, putting runners on second and third. Dragons pitcher Karsen Lindell then intentionally walked Nelson Velazquez before unintentionally walking Perlaza and forcing in Strumpf with the winning run.

Durna was 3 for 4 with three doubles. He scored in the fourth inning when he doubled and Perlaza singled him home.

Strumpf went 2 for 4 with a double.

Velazquez went 1 for 3 with an intentional walk, extending his hitting streak to six games. Perlaza was 1 for 3 with two RBI.

Brennen Davis played center field was 0 for 3 with two fly outs to right field and a strikeout before exiting the game after six innings. This is considered a rehab appearance.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were scratched and clawed by the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland), 11-1.

As my daughter always says about her homework, “Can I skip this one?”

Starter Adam Laskey didn’t make it out of the second inning. He got rocked for five runs on six hits over 1.2 innings. Laskey walked three and struck out two.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra hit his first home run of the season in the seventh inning for the only Birds run of the game. Sierra was 2 for 4.

DH Yohendrick Pinango went 2 for 4.

Catcher Raymond Pena was 1 for 4 and ended up getting the final two outs in the eighth inning. He was the only Pelicans pitcher who didn’t allow a run of his own, although he did surrender an inherited runner on a sacrifice fly.

Shortstop Ed Howard went on the 7-day injured list.