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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 28

The Smokies and Pelicans both won one-run games. The I-Cubs and SB Cubs were both shut out.

Jordan Nwogu
Jordan Nwogu
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs managed just one hit tonight as they were cast out by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 4-0. It was Iowa’s sixth-straight loss.

Alec Mills made his second rehab start and he looked much better than he did in the first one. Mills took the loss, of course, but he gave up two runs on five hits over four innings. Mills walked one and struck out five.

From someone who was there:

Right fielder Vance Vizcaino doubled to lead off the fifth inning for Iowa’s only hit. He was 1 for 3.

Iowa struck out 15 times tonight.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were too crafty to be spotted by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 5-4.

Starter Cam Sanders went five innings and surrendered three runs on six hits. One of the three runs was unearned. Sanders walked one and struck out one.

The win went to Ethan Roberts, who pitched the sixth and the seventh inning without giving up a hit or a walk. He did walk one batter to lead off the seventh. Roberts struck out two.

Cayne Ueckert pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save. He struck out two. Ueckert is off to a terrific start to the season. He has not allowed a run, earned or otherwise, over 10.2 innings. He’s given up just three hits and has walked just two. Ueckert has struck out 16 batters already.

The Smokies took the lead in the top of the seventh when center fielder DJ Wilson laid down a bunt with runners on first and second and nobody out. The throw hit him as he was going to first base and both runners scored. Wilson went down to the ground after being hit and while he was safe, he had to leave the game. Wilson was 1 for 2 with a sacrifice bunt.

Eight different Smokies had one hit tonight. Left fielder Zach Davis was 0 for 2 with three walks. One of the walks came with the bases loaded, giving him an RBI.

Christopher Morel was 1 for 3 with two walks and a steal. He scored twice, including once on Wilson’s bunt.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were boiled by the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 6-0.

Peyton Remy started and took the loss. Remy allowed two runs on three hits over 3.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

The Cubs had four hits tonight, all singles. Center fielder Cole Roederer was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans hung on to beat the Salem Red Sox, 10-9.

This game was delayed by almost an hour because of weather. When it started, Adam Laskey took the hill and gave up four runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. Laskey walked three and struck out three. Of those five hits, there were three doubles and a triple.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez got the win after pitching 3.1 innings without allowing a run. He was touched for two hits, both singles, and he walked two while striking out three. He got the win because the Pelicans exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning.

The ninth inning of this game was difficult to watch. The Pelicans entered the bottom of the ninth with a 10-4 lead. But after reliever Jake Reidl got the first batter on a pop out, he allowed the next five batters to reach on three singles and two walks.

So manager Buddy Bailey summoned Tyler Suellentrop to pitch with the bases loaded, one out and the score 10-6. Suellentrop walked in another run to make it 10-7 which also brought the potential winning run to the plate. In the middle of a 3-2 pitch by Suellentrop, the infield lights in Salem all went out. Somehow the umpires decided that the pitch counted and that they saw it well enough to call it ball four, making the score 10-8.

There was a fifteen minute delay as they got the lights back on and Suellentrop walked in yet another run to make it 10-9. The bases were still loaded and there were still only one out. But then Suellentrop righted the ship and he struck out the next batter and then got a grounder to short to end the game and earn the save.

The final line on Suellentrop was no runs on no hits and three walks over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.

Catcher Pablo Aliendo went 3 for 4 with a two-run double in the sixth inning. Aliendo scored two times.

Shortstop Kevin Made had his first two official hits in this game, going 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.

Left fielder Jordan Nwogu returned from the injured list after suffering a hamstring injury on May 13. Unfortunately, he was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts.