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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 23

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Wins for South Bend and Myrtle Beach today.

Brennen Davis
Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

I spent Sunday with my family and not watching the minors, so I missed Brennen Davis’s first home run of the year.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were caught in the downpour of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 7-5.

Alec Mills started this game on a rehab assignment and it didn’t go well as he didn’t make it through two innings and took the loss. Mills allowed five runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. One of those hits was a two-run home run in the first inning. Mills walked one and struck out one. Of course, the most important thing in a rehab assignment is how Mills felt afterwards, but that he didn’t go deep in the game means he’s likely going to need at least one more rehab appearance before being activated.

Kyle Ryan pitched 2.1 innings of relief and gave up no runs and only one hit. He struck out four and walked no one as he gave the I-Cubs a chance to get back in the game.

Catcher Jose Lobatón hit a two-run home run in the second inning. It was his second home run on the year. Lobatón was 1 for 4.

Jacob Olson took over first base in the seventh inning and hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. It was his first home run of the year in his first career at-bat in Triple-A. That was Olson’s only plate appearance of the game.

Second baseman Sergio Alcántara went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored on Olson’s home run.

DH Taylor Gushue was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were put out by the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers), 7-3.

The Smokies took a no-hitter into the seventh inning today. Starter Matt Swarmer was terrific, going five no-hit innings, striking out nine and walking just two.

Ryan Lawlor pitched the sixth inning walked one batter and struck out one.

But Wyatt Short came on to pitch the seventh and he got lit up and took the loss. Short retired the first batter, and then lost the no-hitter with a solo home run. He then loaded the bases on two walks and a fielder’s choice before giving up four more runs on a grand slam.

The final line one Short was five runs on two hits and two walks over just one-third of an inning.

Third baseman Christopher Morel hit his third home run of the season in the seventh inning with a man on. Morel was 1 for 4.

Left fielder Darius Hill stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with an RBI.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs vanquished the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 5-4.

Chris Kachmar started and lasted 4.2 innings. Kachmar gave up a two-run home run in the third inning, which were the only runs he allowed. Kachmar’s final line was two runs on four hits over 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Matteo Bocchi faced seven batters in relief of Kachmar and retired all seven of them. He struck out two.

Samuel Reyes pitched the top of the eighth and surrendered the lead by giving up one run on three hits and a walk. But he got the win when Reyes came back to score twice in the bottom of the inning. Reyes struck out two.

Eury Ramos pitched the ninth inning and collected the save. Ramos allowed one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one.

Brennen Davis played the whole game at DH and he hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. Davis was a perfect 1 for 1 with three walks today. He also stole a base.

South Bend scored five runs on five hits and nine walks.

We got highlights! Davis clobbered that home run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans neutered the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland), 8-3.

Sam Thoreson threw the first four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out three, walked two and hit one batter.

The win went to Jose Miguel Gonzalez, who pitched the fifth and sixth innings. Gonzalez was charged with one unearned run on one hit over two innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Second baseman Fleming Bautista played his first game for the Pelicans and went 3 for 4 with a two-run double in the seventh inning. He also walked once.