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eugene emeralds logoThe roster shuffling continues. After a busy weekend on the minor league promotion front, and a busy few days for the Pelicans in general, the Cubs promoted catcher Cael Brockmeyer from South Bend to High A Myrtle Beach.

This promotion comes just about right on schedule for Brockmeyer. He played 77 games with Kane County a year ago and had 63 games with South Bend this year (both teams are in the Midwest League). That means Brockmeyer has put in 140 games, or one season’s worth, at the Low A level and was ready to be moved up. Brockmeyer leaves behind in South Bend a .274/.356/.414 line that included 5 home runs.

Gioskar Amaya was taken off the disabled list yesterday and we should probably expect him to receive the vast majority of the starts behind the plate now that Brockmeyer is gone. The only other full time catcher on the roster is Erick Castillo.  If the Cubs did want to add another catcher to the SB Cubs, one promotion possibility could be Justin Marra. He is currently playing in Eugene, but he played (and struggled) for South Bend earlier this year. Given that this is his fourth straight season in the Northwest League, I suspect the Cubs will not leave him in Eugene any longer than what is absolutely necessary to get him back on track.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs played through twelve innings before this one ended in a 2-1 loss.
Tennessee – Tennessee also lost a close one. The final was 3-2.
Myrtle Beach – In yet another close game, the Pelicans were dealt another loss. This one ended 2-1.
South Bend – A three run seventh was the difference as the Cubs won 4-2.
Eugene – They had to score in the bottom of the ninth to do it, but Eugene came away with a 5-4 win.
Arizona – Their seventh inning run was not enough as the Cubs lost 3-1.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Jeffry Antigua pitched well in his start (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K), but the most notable pitching came out of the bullpen in the shape of Joe Ortiz. Ortiz stayed in for 4 innings, struck out one, and allowed nothing.
  • [Iowa] Taylor Teagarden finished 2 for 5 and had the only multi-hit day for the Cubs.
  • [Tennessee] Ryan Williams needed just 68 pitches (54 of them strikes (that is not a typo)) to pitch 6 innings of one run ball. He gave up 6 hits, walked one, and struck out 4.

  • [Tennessee] Corey Black struck out 4 over the final 2 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (including a home run) and a walk.
  • [Tennessee] Billy McKinney (2 for 4) had the only multi-hit day for the Smokies.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Daury Torrez struck out 6 over 6 innings and allowed just one run on 7 hits for the Pelicans.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young and Jeimer Candelario each doubled in this contest.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Cael Brockmeyer was the DH in his High A debut. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk.
  • [South Bend] Corbin Hoffner struck out 4 in 3 innings of scoreless relief. Dillon Maples allowed a run on 2 hits in the ninth, but he did hold on to nail down the save.
  • [South Bend] Yasiel Balaguert finished 3 for 4. Gioskar Amaya, at first base in this one, doubled twice and also finished with 3 hits.
  • [South Bend] Charcer Burks had one hit – his first homer of the season.
  • [Eugene] Adbert Alzolay struck out 4 in his 2 innings on the mound. He allowed 3 hits and walked one. He was followed by Ryan Kellogg who struck out 2 in his inning of work.

  • [Eugene] Donnie Dewees doubled and finished 2 for 5. Matt Rose also doubled; he finished 3 for 5.
  • [Eugene] Ian Happ was 1 for 3 with 2 walks and his 4th steal of the season.
  • [Eugene] Adonis Paula also had 2 hits.
  • [Arizona] James Norwood, recently on the DL from South Bend, pitched one inning in this one. He allowed a run on 2 hits.
  • [Arizona] Jesus Carmargo struck out 5 over 5 innings. He allowed a run on 3 hits and walked a pair.
  • [Arizona] A Wladimir Galindo double was the only extra base hit for the Cubs. Alex Bautista (2 for 4) had the only multi-hit game.

Other News

  • Yesterday an old and historic Oregon baseball field, Civic Field, former home of the Emeralds, burned. The ballpark was, it seems, a total loss, but fortunately there were no serious injuries (that I am aware of anyway). Unfortunately, the fire took place after significant efforts had been made to save the old wooden stadium. In the aftermath of the fire, denizens of Eugene, Northwest League veterans, and long time followers of minor league baseball took to Twitter to share some of their favorite moments from Civic Stadium. For those of us who did not know this field existed until new of the fire hit Twitter last night, the hashtag #RememberCivic provides a neat insight into the unique stories and memories that are created only by baseball, and by minor league baseball in particular. I strongly recommend any fan of baseball or baseball history to take a look through those shared memories.

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