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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 7

Iowa walks off on a passed ball. The Smokies slug their way to a win. The Pelican join the win column for the first time this season.

Kohl Stewart
Kohl Stewart
Dylan Heuer

We had the second Marquee broadcast of the I-Cubs tonight and the I-Cubs put on a great game for the fans who tuned in.

Three wins tonight including the Pelicans for the first time this season.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs beat Indianapolis (Pirates), 4-3 in ten innings.

Kohl Stewart got his first start in the Cubs organization and was pretty darn dominating over five innings. He allowed one run on one hit and walk walk. He struck out nine. The one hit was a triple down the right field line, just like on Thursday night against Cory Abbott.

Indianapolis took the lead in the sixth inning when Michael Rucker allowed two runs to score, He pitched two innings and allowed four hits. He struck out four and walked no one.

Jake Jewell pitched the ninth and tenth inning and he had to escape a second-and-third, one-out jam to keep Indianapolis from scoring. Jewell gave up one hit and one walk in his two innings. He struck out one and picked up the win.

The winning run scored in the bottom of the tenth when Andrew Romine scored from third on a passed ball.

Left fielder Cameron Maybin was 0 for 15 to start the season until he hit a monster home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game 3-3. Maybin was 1 for 4 tonight.

In the first inning, right fielder Rafael Ortega connected for his third home run of the year already with third baseman Abiatal Avelino on first. Ortega was 1 for 4.

Avelino went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Here’s the play that ended it.

Here’s Maybin’s homer.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies battered the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 13-8.

Starting pitcher Erich Uelmen allowed home run to the first batter he faced. After that he was fine with a final line of one run on two hits over 3.1 innings. Uelmen did have some control issues with four walks and two strikeouts.

The Smokies had a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning when reliever Scott Effross gave up the lead with a grand slam. But Effross stayed in the game and finished the inning. He got the win because Tennessee scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.

The final line on Effross was four runs on three hits and three walks over 1.2 innings. Effross struck out one batter.

The Smokies took the lead for good with a three-run double by DH Tyler Payne in the bottom of the fifth. Payne was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple tonight. He scored twice and had four total RBI.

Right fielder Christopher Morel hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Morel was 1 for 5 with two runs batted in.

First baseman Jared Young was 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He scored twice and knocked home one run.

Left fielder Zach Davis was 2 for 5 with a double and two steals. He scored twice.

Second baseman Levi Jordan went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI single. He scored one time.

Here’s Morel’s homer. It was a blast.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were hijacked by the Quad Cities River Bandits (Royals), 8-6.

It was a rough start for Derek Casey, who gave up one run in the first, three in the second and two in the third. Casey finished with allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits and four walks over three innings. He walked three.

Cayne Ueckert was good in two innings of scoreless relief. He struck out six, didn’t walk anyone and gave up two hits.

Right fielder Jacob Olson went 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the bottom of the second. Olson scored two times.

Delvin Zinn was 2 for 3 with a walk. Zinn stole two bases. He scored once.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans kenneled the Charleston RiverDogs (Rays), 6-4 for their first win of the season.

Starter Richard Gallardo had trouble throwing most of his pitches over the plate tonight. He only lasted one inning and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. He also hit one batter. All three runs came on a three-run home run by Heriberto Hernandez. Gallardo threw 41 pitches, 23 for strikes. He did pitch out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to keep the damage from being worse.

Jose Albertos came on to pitch the second inning and got the win. Albertos allowed just two hits and no runs over 2.2 innings. Albertos struck out three and walked no one. He did hit one batter.

Jake Reindl pitched 2.1 innings and Eduarniel Nunez pitched one inning without allowing anyone to cross home plate.

Bailey Reid threw the final two innings and made it interesting after he allowed a run in the ninth, but he got the save in the end. His final line was one run on three hits over two innings. Reid struck out four and walked no one.

DH Ryan Reynolds homered and tripled in his first two trips to the plate tonight. The home run was a solo home run in the second inning and the triple plated two in the third. Reynolds was 2 for 4.

Right fielder Edmond Americaan hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Left fielder Yohendrick Pinango was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and had one run batted in.

First baseman Grayson Byrd was 2 for 3 with a walk.