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There was a lot of good baseball being played in the Cubs organization yesterday, and that is a very good thing. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

I’d say that sums things up nicely. On to the scores!

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs fell into a big hole early and could not recover. They lost 9-2.
Tennessee – Good pitching and lots of hitting turned into another Smokies win. The final was 9-2.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans did just about everything right in this 6-0 win.
South Bend – South Bend combined great pitching with an offensive eruption to win big, 10-0.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Jeffry Antigua gave up 6 first inning runs and finished with a rough line that included 90 pitches over 3.2 innings with 9 runs (4 of them earned) on 7 hits and 4 walks while striking out only 2.

  • [Iowa] On the good side, Armando Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and a hit while striking out one.
  • [Iowa] Chris Valaika hit a 2 run homer, and that was pretty much the extent of the Cubs’ offense. It was the 2nd homer of the year for Valaika.
  • [Tennessee] Felix Pena pitched a pretty nice game for the Smokies. Using 87 pitches he went 5.2 innings and struck out 8 while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a 2 walks. His ERA now sits at 1.53.

  • [Tennessee] After Pena left the game, Matt Brazis, P.J. Francescon, and Michael Jensen combined to keep Jackson scoreless over the final 3.1 innings.
  • [Tennessee] Dan Vogelbach doubled (his 7th) and finished the game 1 for 3. He also walked 3 times and did not strike out.
  • [Tennessee] Kyle Schwarber, the DH in this game, finished 3 for 6 with a double, his second homer of the season, and a single.
  • [Tennessee] Third baseman Ryan Dent had the only other multi-hit game for the Smokies. He finished 3 for 4.
  • [Tennessee] The Smokies walked a lot in this one. In addition to the trio for Vogelbach, Stephen Bruno (3), Willson Contreras (2), Albert Almora (1), Bijan Rademacher (2), and Anthony Giansanti (1) all benefited from the generosity of Jackson.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Daury Torrez turned in the latest beautiful performance by a Pelicans’ starting pitcher. Over 7 innings he allowed just 4 hits and struck out one. According to the box score he needed just 74 pitches.

  • [Myrtle Beach] Jacob Hannemann once again was making things happen from the lead off slot. He finished 3 for 4 with a double and his 6th steal of the season.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Billy McKinney had the only other multi-hit game, finishing 2 for 4.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Torrez started the shutout, but Michael Heesch and Jasvir Rakkar finished it. Rakkar struck out 2 in his inning of work, and did not give up a thing.
  • [South Bend] Erick Leal, product of the Campana trade, allowed just 3 hits and a walk over 5 innings while striking out 6. Tyler Ihrig pitched the final 4 frames, and he allowed just one hit while striking out 5.
  • [South Bend] Yasiel Balaguert doubled, tripled, and finished 2 for 4.
  • [South Bend] Other 2 hit games came from Trey Martin, Chesny Young, and Gleyber Torres.
  • [South Bend] In addition to his hits, Torres also stole a pair of bases. He now has 4 this season. Young swiped his 6th of the year.

Other News

  • In the end Tennessee finished with more walks (12) than hits (11). That does not happen too often.
  • If that pitch count for Daury Torrez is right, it means he used used just under three pitches per at bat. (I should note that box scores from the low minors have historically not been that accurate on pitch counts, if one is even present. That doesn’t mean this one is wrong, but over the past few seasons (during which Myrtle Beach was not in the Cubs’ system) that has been the trend). That is about as efficient as a guy can get. Oddly, though, his groundball to to flyout ratio is not what I would expect. Typically in a game like this I would expect to see the balance tipped pretty solidly towards grounders, but with Torrez it was nearly even at 7 on the ground and 6 in the air.

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