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cat hugsBefore any Cubs’ minor league affiliate takes the field tonight, the trade deadline will have passed. Our chance to scour the minor league lineups and make grandiose trade assumptions based on who is and who is not playing that day, our Hug Watch 2015, is over.

The trade deadline has not passed, though, despite much of the baseball seemingly being trapped in a slumber yesterday evening. I think things will wake up today, possibly early today. We may even see that Cubs-Padres trade that has been rumored all week finally come together (or not).

So even though our opportunity for Hug Watch has passed, the trade deadline action is far from over.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa rallied in the late innings to force the game into extras. After scoring twice in the twelfth, the Cubs came away the 5-4 winners.
Tennessee – The Smokies carried a tie into the eighth, but lost 4-3.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans rallied in the eighth and ninth to earn the 4-3 win.
South Bend – The Cubs took a ninth inning lead, but immediately coughed it up. They lost 3-2.
Eugene – Eugene lost the lead in the seventh and never got it back. They lost 6-4.
Arizona – A three run sixth lifted the Cubs to this 4-2 win.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Javier Baez doubled and scored twice. He also stole his 9th base.
  • [Iowa] Christian Villanueva and John Andreoli each finished with 2 hits. Andreoli also stole his 20th base.
  • [Iowa] The Cubs’ bullpen had a good night. Joe Ortiz (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and Frank Batista (4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K) combined to hold the Sounds scoreless for six key innings.
  • [Tennessee] Willson Contreras walked, doubled, and finished 1 for 3. He had the only extra base hit for the Smokies.
  • [Tennessee] Rob Zastryzny allowed 2 runs on just 4 hits over 5.1 innings in this one, but he also gave up 4 walks while striking out 4.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young tripled and finished 2 for 4. Cael Brockmeyer also had 2 hits, including a double.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Carlos Penalver hit his first homer of the season, a game winner in the bottom of the ninth, for the second of his 2 hits.

  • [South Bend] Gleyber Torres and Rashad Crawford each finished with 2 hits. Torres added his 17th steal of the year, and Crawford stole 3 bases to bring his total to 18.
  • [South Bend] Jesse Hodges homered for the 5th time as an SB-Cub.
  • [South Bend] Once again, Tommy Thorpe turned in a good start. He walked 2 and struck out 3 as he allowed a run on 5 hits over 6 innings.
  • [Eugene] Donnie Dewees homered (his 4th), doubled, and finished 2 for 5. Andrew Ely also doubled and finished with 2 hits.
  • [Eugene] Adbert Alzolay turned in another great game. He pitched 6 no-hit innings out of the bullpen, walked one, and struck out 3.
  • [Arizona] Manuel Rondon struck out 4 in his 5 innings on the mound. He allowed a run on 4 hits and 3 walks.
  • [Arizona] John Williamson struck out 3 in his inning of relief.
  • [Arizona] Varonex Cuevas finished 3 for 3 with a walk and 2 steals. He had the only multi-hit game for the Cubs.

Other News

  • Actually, as I am sure some of you noticed, Hug Watch hasn’t entirely ended. The non-waiver trade deadline is today, but waiver trades can be made until the end of August. You don’t see as many, as large, or as prospect-y deals during the month of August, but it theoretically could happen. I suppose it could be accurate to say that Hug Watch is simply on snooze for a bit.

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