The Iowa Cubs ended their season on Thursday with a loss in Nashville. Rather than relocate the scheduled four game weekend series in New Orleans to Iowa or a neutral site, the decision was made to simply cancel those games outright. It was probably the best decision.
Iowa finishes a disappointing campaign with a record of 53-87, but at least many of those games were close. The Cubs led all of minor league baseball by playing in 54 one run games, and in those contests they finished 22-32. That doubtless made for a long and frustrating season for the players, but it also provided those players with close game experience. Such experience could pay some minor dividends for the Cubs in the future.
I did not expect Iowa’s season to be quite this rough. Many of the players who were in Iowa played on playoff teams for Tennessee over the past few seasons; judging in part from that I expected more from the Triple A franchise. The biggest problem holding the Cubs back this year was their lack of offense. At the plate, the Iowa Cubs were among the worst teams in the league. They actually finished near the middle of the pack in many of the pitching categories, though, with the notable exception of walks allowed (the gave up the second most in the league).
Still, it is only a matter of time before the higher level of talent deeper in the farm system starts to have an impact in Triple A (and, of course, the majors). 2013 should be a better year for Iowa, and 2014 better still.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Once again, despite seven hits, Iowa had trouble scoring. They lost their season finale 6-1.
Tennessee – The Smokies win again. They beat Pensacola by a final of 4-2.
Daytona – Daytona could not take advantage of three errors as they lost 6-5.
Peoria – Peoria lost 11-7 in ten innings.
Boise – The Hawks rallied for two in the ninth, but it was not enough. They lost 4-3.
Arizona – Not much went right for the Cubs in their one game playoff. It ended with a 15-3 blowout loss.
Performances of the Day
- [Iowa] The newest Cubs, catcher Anthony Recker, finishes his Iowa campaign having appeared in just three games. He performed well enough in those three games to earn an Iowa OPS of 0.873.
- [Tennessee] All four Smokie runs came from the long ball. Logan Watkins hit his eighth, Justin Bour his 17th, and Matt Cerda his third.
- [Tennessee] Trey McNutt struck out the side in his one inning of relief. Brian Schlitter struck out four in his two innings of work.
- [Daytona] John Andreoli had three more hits, including a double, but he was caught stealing in his only attempt.
- [Daytona] Javier Baez had one hit in this game, a solo home run in the fourth inning.
- [Peoria] Pin-Chieh Chen finished this game 3 for 4 with a triple and his 34th stolen base. Wes Darvill also had three hits.
- [Peoria] Jorge Soler had another two hits in this game.
- [Boise] Rock Shoulders hit a pinch hit home run, his tenth, to drive home both runs in the bottom of the ninth.
- [Boise] Stephen Bruno continued to hit well with another two hit game that included a double. Albert Almora also doubled.
- [Arizona] The AZL Cubs committed six errors in this game. That certainly did not help the pitches, none of whom pitched especially well.
- [Arizona] Shortstop Carlos Penalver did his part with a 3 for 4 game. Get used to hearing about this guy; I think I’ll be talking a lot more about him in the next couple of seasons.
Other Minor League Notes
- According to the Tennessee Smokies, reliever Kevin Rhoderick will be the player on the taxi squad in the Arizona Fall League this year.