In one game the Cubs lost a late lead and fell in extra innings. In the other game the Cubs fought to come back from a huge deficit, but came up a few runs short. And the other two games were rained out. There were no wins on the farm yesterday.
And even though the major league Cubs won again last night, that win is clouded by early exit of Neil Ramirez with shoulder discomfort. That is never good news for a pitcher; hopefully it won’t turn into worse news.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Iowa scored first, but eventually lost this one 3-2 in ten innings.
Tennessee – The Smokies home opener was delayed by rain. They will try again today.
Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach was also rained out.
South Bend – South Bend mounted an impressive rally, but they had too far to come. The Cubs lost 10-7.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Kris Bryant drew a walk and struck out twice. Addison Russell singled and also struck out twice.
- [Iowa] Chris Valaika doubled as part of his two hit game. Jonathan Mota, playing second in this game, also had two hits.
- [Iowa] John Andreoli walked and doubled, his second of the year.
- [Iowa] Donn Roach had a very nice start, working 6 innings of one hit ball while striking out 3.
- [South Bend] Jake Stinnett had a surprisingly rough start. He only gave up 3 hits in his 2.1 innings, but he walked 7 while striking out just a pair. All told, the damage was 8 runs.
- [South Bend] Jasvir Rakkar stretched to 3.1 innings over which he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4. That’s not a bad night for a reliever pressed into extended duty due to a short start.
- [South Bend] And then the Cubs gave the ball to David Bote. Yes, he’s an infielder, but don’t tell that to the Fort Wayne hitters. Bote struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings while allowing 3 hits.
- [South Bend] Cael Brockmeyer (2 for 4, double, walk), Gioskar Amaya (2 for 3, double), and Trey Martin (2 for 5, double) did a nice job of getting the Cubs back into the game late. Chesney Young also had 2 hits.
- Anytime a guy who typically has good control (and all reports on Stinnett were that control would not be an issue) appears to struggle badly with control in a game, one concern that appears is injury. There is no word of any problems so far (and bad nights do happen, even to good pitching prospects), but I do wonder. Hopefully he makes his next start without any problems and this falls away as just something to forget.
- South Bend only struck out five times in their loss, as compared to ten hits and a walk. That is another good sign for a young offense that has played pretty well so far this season.
- The Cubs had just called up Zac Rosscup, so they may not need another arm right away should Ramirez need some time on the disabled list. If they do, though, there are a handful of options. Blake Parker is still in Iowa and has some major league experience. C.J. Edwards is part of the Tennessee bullpen, and even though I tend to doubt the Cubs would want to bring him north while there is still a likelihood of some cold games (don’t forget that Edwards missed time last year with shoulder discomfort of his own), he is on the 40 man and could be a candidate. Armando Rivero, the hard throwing right hander, is another option out of Iowa. He could be up at some point this season, even if not this soon.