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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 26

The Smokies end a losing streak in a big way. South Bend and Myrtle Beach also score victories.

Darius Hill
Tennessee Smokies

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were excommunicated by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 4-3. The loss was Iowa’s fourth-straight defeat.

Kohl Stewart took the loss despite turning in a good start. Stewart was charged with three runs on five hits over six innings. Stewart struck out six Saints and walked one.

Trevor Megill took over for Stewart in the seventh on a rehab appearance. Megill faced three batters. He walked two sandwiched around a fly out. One of those walked batters scored after Kyle Ryan came in, so Megill was charged with one run over a third of an inning. Megill threw 18 pitches, eight of which were strikes.

Shortstop Sergio Alcantara, who wasn’t promoted to the majors after all, went 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.

DH Abiatal Avelino went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning as Iowa attempted a comeback. He scored later in the inning on a single by Vance Vizcaino. Vizcaino was 2 for 4.

Left fielder Trayce Thompson was 2 for 4 with one run batted in.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 11-3. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Tennessee.

Scott Effross came on in the fifth inning and got the win because Assad didn’t go five innings, but Effross really deserved the win in any case. Effross pitched three scoreless innings and allowed just one measly single. And that guy was immediately thrown out stealing. Effross struck out one and walked no one.

Left fielder Darius Hill hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning with two men on. Hill was 3 for 4 with four total RBI and three runs scored.

Right fielder D.J. Wilson went 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. Wilson scored two times.

Catcher Erick Castillo was 2 for 4 with a walk and three runs batted in. He also scored two runs.

Center fielder Connor Myers was 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. Myers scored twice.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs boiled the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 5-3.

A strong start by Derek Casey tonight. Casey allowed just one run on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Brad Depperman gave up South Bend’s 2-1 lead when he gave up two runs in the top of the seventh, but Burl Carraway entered the game with two out in the eighth and runners on second and third. He got a strikeout to end the threat and collected his first professional win when South Bend scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. Carraway faced four batters and retired them all in order. He struck out three of them.

Center fielder Cole Roederer is starting to heat up. Tonight he was 2 for 4 with one run batted in. Roederer now has a five-game hitting streak.

Right fielder Nelson Velazquez cooled off just a little, going just 1 for 4 with an RBI single in that comeback eighth inning. He’s still hitting .457 on the season.

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans put a hole in the Salem Red Sox, 6-5.

D.J. Herz started and did not allow a run or a hit through 3.2 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

The Red Sox did not have a hit until one out in the bottom of the seventh inning when Joe Nahas gave up a two-run double. Carlos Ocampo relieved Nahas and gave up another run and the lead in the seventh. But Ocampo got the win when the Birds struck back and scored two runs in the top of the eighth. The final line on Ocampo was one run on three hits over 1.2 innings. Ocampo struck out one and walked no one.

Scott Kobos pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save. He struck out two.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra went 2 for 3 with a two-run single in the eighth that gave Myrtle Beach the lead for good. Sierra also walked once. He batted in three runs overall.

Center fielder Edmond Americaan was 2 for 5. He tripled and scored in the fifth inning.

DH Yohendrick Pinango was 2 for 4 with a stolen base. He scored twice.

Catcher Pablo Aliendo was also 2 for 4 and scored two runs.

The Pelicans made committed four errors in this game and it could have been five but for the mercy of the official scorer. Three of the errors were committed on the first three batters of the sixth inning.