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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 16

Bad hitting in the upper minors and bad bullpens at the lower levels led to the system getting swept tonight.

Jonathan Sierra
Jonathan Sierra
Clinton Cole

It’s another sweep the bad way tonight, thanks to some poor bullpens in the lower minors.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were cloistered by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 2-0.

Starter Matt Swarmer was the hard-luck loser tonight. Swarmer pitched well, allowing just one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked no one.

Shortstop Dee Strange-Gordon was 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), 3-0.

Ryan Kellogg threw the first four innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Both runs came in the third inning—one on a solo home run and one on an RBI single after the homer. Kellogg struck out one and walked no one.

Third baseman Chase Strumpf went 2 for 4.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were harvested by the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins), 4-3.

Matteo Bocchi turned in a good start with four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Bocchi struck out three and walked two.

Burl Carraway pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one.

Eury Ramos came in to pitch the eighth inning with the Cubs leading 3-1. Ramos did well in the eighth, retiring the side in order and striking out two. But then he pitched the bottom of the ninth and he got rocked for three runs, including a walk-off two-run double with the bases loaded.

The final line on Ramos was three runs on three hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. Ramos struck out two.

Delvin Zinn stole two more bases today, making him 24 for 24 in steal attempts on the season. The first steal was a double steal of second and home with Edmond Americaan in the first inning. Zinn stole second and then Americaan stole home. Zinn then promptly stole third and scored on a bad throw.

Zinn went 0 for 3 with a walk. Americaan was 2 for 4 and also stole two bases.

Left fielder Yonathan Perlaza hit a solo home run later in the top of the first inning for South Bend’s third and final run of the game. It was Perlaza’s third home run of the season. He went 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are in the doghouse after losing to the Charleston RIverDogs (Rays),

Adam Laskey had the best start of his professional career tonight. Laskey pitched a career-high five innings and gave up just one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Tyler Sullentrop pitched well after poor relief outings by Danis Correa and Carlos Ocampa to cough up the Pelicans lead. Sullentrop did allow one unearned run on one hit over three innings from the eighth to the tenth. Sullentrop walked two and struck out three.

Sullentrop exited in the 11th and Bailey Reid came on to pitch and things did not go well. Reid coughed up four runs, thee earned, on three hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Right fielder Jonathan Sierra had a pair of doubles in a 3 for 4 game. Sierra scored one run and drove one run in.

Shortstop Fabian Pertuz went 3 for 5. He had one RBI and scored one run.

Second baseman Flemin Bautista doubled with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to score three runs and give the Birds a 4-1 lead. Bautista was 1 for 6.