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Eddie Butler on the move, first pro homer for Brandon Cummins, and Bryant Flete leads Pelicans.

With all four teams on the road, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend won while Iowa just fell short. Eddie Butler promoted.

Butler promoted to Chicago

Right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler has been recalled to Chicago and right-handed relief pitcher Justin Grimm has been optioned to Iowa. Butler will get the start in St. Louis on Friday night. Butler was acquired by the Cubs back on Feb. 1 from Colorado in exchange for minor league relief pitcher James Farris. In five starts in Iowa, the 26-year-old is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 30.2 IP, 26 H, 8 BB, 17 K, ,228 BAA. Butler missed a week on the disabled list with a sprained ankle from April 27-May 6. In his only start since returning from the injury, Butler tossed six shutout innings with six strikeouts against Memphis on May 6. Considered a potential front-line starter after getting drafted in the first-round in 2012 out of Radford, Butler shot up the minor league ranks with the Rockies and was one of the top pitching prospects in 2014. He pitched in parts of three MLB seasons for Colorado but hasn’t missed many bats at the big league level, sporting a 1.77 WHIP and surrendering 28 homers in 159.1 innings. 

Grimm has struggled this year, posting a 7.53 ERA in 13 games with a .291 BAA and six homers allowed in 14.1 frames. 

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Salt Lake (Angels) 6, Iowa 5

Salt Lake (19-15) built a 6-0 lead and withstood an Iowa  (14-18) charge to take the series opener. 

Hitting Recap: Iowa was blanked for six innings but finally broke through in the seventh when RF Ian Happ (.283) singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Happ cut the lead to 6-2 in the eighth with a RBI single. In the ninth, pinch-hitter Bijan Rademacher (.250) delivered a two-run triple and then scored on a single from CF John Andreoli (.254). Andreoli was thrown out trying to steal second to end the game. Happ and 3B Chris Dominguez (.321) both had three hits.

Pitching Chart: Aaron Brooks (3-3, 6.50 ERA) lasted five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. Brooks threw 83 pitches and fanned one…..RH David Berg made his AAA debut, yielding a single in two scoreless innings. RH Juan Paniagua kept the Bees off the board in the eighth.

I-Cubs Notes: IF Elliot Soto has been added to the Iowa roster from extended spring training. Soto started the year on the DL and has been rehabbing in Mesa. Signed as a minor league free agent during the off-season, Soto was traded by the Cubs to the Marlins, along with Ivan Pineyro, for Dan Haren, back in July of 2015. Soto was the Cubs 15th round pick in 2010 out of Creighton…..Iowa has placed RHP Williams Perez on the 7-day disabled list to make room for Soto.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 6, Jackson (Diamondbacks) 4

Tennessee (21-13) scored four times in the third and moved back into first place with the win over Jackson (20-13).

Hitting Recap: 1B Ian Rice (.324) gave the Smokies a 1-0 lead in the first with his fourth homer of the year. In the third, Rice singled with two outs and moved to second on a walk to 2B David Bote (.275). RF Yasiel Balaguert’s infield single loaded the bases and 3B Jason Vosler (.310) followed with a two-run double. LF Jeffrey Baez (.234) gave Tennessee a 5-1 lead with another two-run double. SS Carlos Penalver (.296) then singled but Baez was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.  Penalver walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the ninth. Rice, Baez and Penalver all finished with two hits.

Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood (3-1, 4.35 ERA) gave up a pair of homers but got the win as the right-hander allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. Underwood fanned five in the 96-pitch outing. RH James Pugliese (1.40 ERA) earned his first hold with two scoreless frames. RH Andury Acevedo collected his second save, working around a single and walk in the ninth.

Smokies News: RH Zach Hedges (4-2, 2.60 ERA) is expected to get the start in the series finale on Friday night……IF Kevin Cornelius has been activated from the 7-day disabled list and OF Roberto Caro has been assigned to extended spring training……RHP David Berg was promoted to AAA Iowa.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 9, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 7

Bryant Flete led the offensive charge as Myrtle Beach  (19-15) outslugged Winston-Salem (12-22).

Hitting Recap: 2B Bryant Flete (.280) went 3-for-4, knocked in four runs, scored three times and smacked his third homer of the year, a two-run shot in the seventh. RF Daniel Spingola (.340) was 2-for-4 with three runs scored while 3B Jesse Hodges (.233) plated a pair of runs. SS Trent Giambrone (.235) had two hits and knocked in a run and 1B Tyler Alamo (.253) went 2-for-5 with a run scored. CF Connor Myers (.123) added a RBI 

Pitching Chart: Thomas Hatch didn’t make it out of the third inning, leaving after the first two hitters reached. Hatch surrendered a run in the first, two more in the second and both of the runners in the third eventually scored. The right-hander finished with a line of 2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K and saw his ERA rise to 6.11 after seven starts (28 IP)…..RH Kyle Miller allowed two inherited runners to score in the third and gave up another run in the fifth in his three innings of relief. Miller (1-1, 7.27 ERA) fanned three and earned the win, throwing 48 pitches, 27 for strikes…. Dillon Maples(1.80 ERA) struckout two in his three innings of relief, allowing a solo homer in the eighth. RH Craig Brooks fanned a pair in the ninth for his third save.

Pelicans News: Justin Steele (1-2, 3,42 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night at home against Lynchburg.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Peoria (Cardinals) 3

Brandon Cummins hit his first homer as a pro as South Bend (21-12) took the series opener from Peoria (12-19)

Hitting Recap: Playing in his seventh game as a pro, RF Brandon Cummins (.357) went 2-for-4, scored twice and hit his first professional homer, a two-run shot in the third. 2B Yeiler Peguero (.294) added a RBI double and Isaac Paredes (.234) plated a run with a sacrifice fly. 3B Vimael Machin (.288) and LF Luis Ayala (.265) both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon (4-1, 4.91 ERA) battled for five innings, throwing 86 pitches, 48 for strikes. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Game score 40….South Bend’s bullpen shut down the Chiefs. RH Pedro Silverio (6.41 ERA) fired two scoreless frames and RH Michael Rucker (1.42 ERA) earned his first pro save with four punchouts over the final two innings.

SB-Cubs News: Dylan Cease (1-1, 1.88 ERA) makes his seventh start on Friday night in Peoria.


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