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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 8

South Bend returns to .500 with a win over the Timber Rattlers. Iowa and Tennessee fall while Myrtle Beach got rained on.

MLB: MAR 08 Spring Training - Reds at Cubs (ss)
Edmond Americaan
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Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were sunk by the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland), 8-5.

Starter Robert Stock held the Clippers to one run on four hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked just one. He did hit one batter.

Jake Jewell relived Stock in the fifth inning and took the loss. He was torched for two runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth. Jewell’s final line was five runs on six hits over 1+ innings. He struck out one and did not walk anyone.

Center fielder Trayce Thompson hit a two-run home run in the third inning, his fourth of the season. Thompson went 1 for 5 with three total runs batted in.

Shortstop Dee Strange-Gordon went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Second baseman Andrew Romine went 2 for 4 with one run driven in.

Left fielder Ian Miller was 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were looted by the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels), 8-7.

Starter Javier Assad gave up three runs on five hits over three innings while taking the loss. Assad walked four and struck out two.

Catcher Tyler Payne hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, his third home run this season. Payne was 1 for 4.

With two out in the bottom of the ninth, left fielder Darius Hill smacked a two-run blast to get the Smokies to within a run. It was Hill’s second homer this year. He was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

Two batters after HIll homered, second baseman Chase Strumpf hit a ball a long way that would have been a walk-off home run had it stayed fair, but it was about 5-10 feet foul. He then struck out to end the game. Strumpf went 0 for 2 with three walks. He scored two times.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs de-fanged the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 7-5.

Starter Ryan Jensen struggled tonight, allowing three runs on four hits over just three innings. One of those hits was a two-run home run in the third inning. Jensen struck out four and walked three.

The win went to Tanner Jesson-Dalton, who pitched two innings without allowing a hit or a run. He did walk one while striking out four.

Scott Kobos threw another scoreless inning of relief. He has not allowed a run, earned or otherwise, in 13.1 innings this season between Myrtle Beach and South Bend.

Right fielder Nelson Velazquez continued to scald the baseball with a two-run home run in the fifth inning off of his former teammate Zach Mort. It was Velazquez’s sixth home run in just 21 games this year. He was 1 for 4.

Center fielder Edmond Americaan was 4 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. He scored twice.

Second baseman Matt Burch went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the second inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Postponed. They’ll play a doubleheader on Wednesday.