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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 12

Wins for South Bend and Myrtle Beach tonight. The Smokies just keep sinking.

Matt Mervis
Matt Mervis
Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

My “terrified of needles” 13-year-old daughter got her second vaccination shot today. All the staff at the vaccination station applauded her after she got it.

Both South Bend and Myrtle Beach won and got back to .500 with identical 17-17 records tonight.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were seized by the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland), 7-1.

Starter Adrian Sampson took the loss after he surrendered six runs on six hits in five innings. Two of the six hits were home runs. Sampson walked three and struck out five.

Dakota Mekkes threw two more scoreless innings tonight. Mekkes has not allowed a run over his last five appearances, which encompassed 11 innings.

Iowa had four hits tonight. Catcher Taylor Gushue gave Iowa an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single. He was 1 for 4.

DH Jacob Olson went 1 for 3 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were trashed again by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 7-1. It was the Smokies’ ninth-straight defeat.

Erick Uelmen pitched the first five innings and took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits. Uelmen struck out six and walked no one, but he hit four batters.

Left fielder Darius Hill was 2 for 5 with the Smokies’ lone RBI.

DH Nelson Maldonado was 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs skinned the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 5-2.

Starter Derek Casey got the win after allowing just two runs on six hits over 6.1 innings. One of those six hits was a solo home run. Casey walked three and struck out six.

Eury Ramos pitched a perfect top of the ninth to record his third save. He did not have a strikeout.

Center fielder Nelson Velazquez was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He also stole one base. Velazquez scored twice.

DH Yonathan Perlaza went 2 for 3 with a walk. He drove in South Bend’s first run with an RBI infield single in the fourth inning.

Left fielder Bradley Beesley went 2 for 4 with two stolen bases and one run scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans made the Augusta GreenJackets (Braves) blue, 8-1.

Starter Richard Gallardo dominated the GreenJackets over five innings, allowing just one unearned run on one hit. Gallardo struck out four and did not walk anyone. It was his first win of the season.

Shortstop Luis Verdugo opened up the story with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. It was his second home run of the season. Verdugo went 1 for 3 with a walk.

First baseman Matt Mervis hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, his third on the year. Mervis was 1 for 5.

Second baseman Flemin Bautista was 1 for 2 with two walks. He scored two runs and had a sac fly in the third inning.

Left fielder Yohendrick Pinango went 2 for 5.