Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

cubs azl spring training logoIt is time for another Minor League Baseball head to head style voting contest, and this one looks like a fun one – promotional uniforms.

Pretty much every minor league dons various unique uniforms for certain games over the course of the season, and in many cases those jerseys are auctioned off for charity during or after the game. Some of these uniforms are throw backs to older eras in baseball history, and some of them are playing homage to 90s sitcoms, popular movies, pop culture trends, or various other (often unexpected) things.

In the early voting the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are on the board at Number 18 with their Christmas Vacation look. Eugene checks in at Number 33 with a Porlandia themed plaid jersey, just ahead of Number 37 Tennessee with their ugly Christmas sweater version. Myrtle Beach is on the board a second time at Number 41 with a Superman-ish superhero jersey, followed by Eugene at 62 with those amazing Springfield uniforms that I linked in the Daily sometime ago. At Number 74 the Pelicans show up again with their Happy Day jersey. And there are plenty more where that came from.

So warm up your voting finger and spend some time over the next few weeks looking at the amazing apparel that could only come from the minor leagues and casting a few dozen votes for your favorites.

Scores From Friday

Iowa – Shutout pitching and one good inning led to a 4-0 Cubs win.
Tennessee – The Smokies scored in the bottom of the ninth to secure this 6-5 win.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans’ offense did the heavy lifting in this 8-3 win.
South Bend – The Cubs took a early lead and never relented it in this 4-1 win.
Eugene – This game was close until Eugene gave up a seven run eighth inning. They lost 9-2.
Arizona – The Cubs were rained out.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Dallas Beeler (7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) and Blake Cooper (2 IP, 3 K) combined on the Iowa shutout.

  • [Iowa] John Andreoli and Christian Villanueva provided the offense for the Cubs, with 2 hits each. A Taylor Davis double was the only extra base hit.
  • [Tennessee] The Smokies bullpen turned in 3 innings of scoreless baseball, headlined by 2 no-hit innings from Corey Black (2 BB, 4 K). Juan Paniagua (0.2 IP 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) and Starling Peralta (1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K) handled the rest of the work for the bullpen.
  • [Tennessee] Albert Almora has been hitting as well as anyone lately, including this 3 for 4 game that featured a double and a walk.
  • [Tennessee] Willson Contreras doubled and finished 3 for 5. Billy McKinney doubled, walked, and finished 2 for 4.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jeremy Null struck out 6 in his 5 innings on the mound. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Carlos Penalver homered (his 2nd) and finished 2 for 4. Ben Carhart also homered (his 3rd) as part of his 3 hit day.

  • [Myrtle Beach] Jason Vosler did not have a hit in this one, but he did walk 3 times.
  • [South Bend] Jeffrey Baez walked and finished 2 for 3 in this one. He also stole his 24th base of the season.
  • [South Bend] Gleyber Torres doubled and stole his 20th base.
  • [South Bend] Ian Happ hit his first full season Low A homer of the year.
  • [South Bend] James Norwood struck out 4 over 5 scoreless innings. He allowed just 3 hits and a walk.
  • [South Bend] Dillon Maples worked 1.2 hitless innings of relief, but allowed a run on 2 walks. Corbin Hoffner added 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
  • [Eugene] Andrew Ely and Ian Rice each had 2 hits for the Emeralds. Rice also stole his 2nd base of the season.

Scores From Saturday

Iowa – Iowa’s seventh inning rally proved to be the difference in this 4-1 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies scored ten times in the third inning and coasted to an easy 14-1 win.
Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach could not find enough offense as they lost 2-1.
South Bend – The Cubs scored most of their runs early and never trailed in this 5-1 win.
Eugene – It was a battle of pitching, but Eugene walked away with the 1-0 win.
Arizona – The Cubs won a 6-0 shutout.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] John Andreoli had the only multi-hit game for Iowa, finishing 2 for 3.
  • [Iowa] Christian Villanueva walked and hit his 15th homer, a three run blast in the decisive seventh inning. He also spent some time at second base in this game.
  • [Iowa] Felipe Paulino struck out 6 over 7 innings. He gave up nothing but a walk and 2 hits.
  • [Tennessee] Every Smokie had at least one hit in this one, but of the 16 total hits none of them were homers. The Smokies also walked 7 times against just 4 strikeouts.
  • [Tennessee] Jacob Hannemann and Bijan Rademacher both finished with 3 hits.
  • [Tennessee] Albert Almora, Billy McKinney, and Jonathan Mota each doubled and finished with 2 hits.
  • [Tennessee] Pierce Johnson struck out 7 over 7 innings. He allowed just one run on a walk and 3 hits.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Carlos Penalver tripled for the 3rd time this season. He also walked.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Pin-Chieh Chen, including a double, and Victor Caratini each finished with 2 hits.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Paul Blackburn struck out 3 in his 6 innings of work, allowing 2 unearned runs on 4 hits and a walk.
  • [South Bend] Jake Stinnett pitched 7 innings, gave up a run on 3 hits and 2 walks, and struck out 6. Jordan Minch and Daniel Lewis each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
  • [South Bend] Rashad Crawford homered (his 3rd) and finished with 2 hits. Ian Happ and David Bote both contributed a double.
  • [Eugene] Oscar De La Cruz struck out 7 over 6 scoreless innings. He allowed just 4 hits. Craig Brooks followed with 2 innings of hitless relief while striking out 3, and Pedro Araujo pitched the final frame.
  • [Eugene] Alberto Mineo tripled for the 2nd time this year. That was the only extra base hit for the Emeralds.
  • [Arizona] Eric Jokisch pitched the first 5 innings of this game, striking out 6 and giving up 4 hits and 2 walks. Austyn Willis pitched the final 4 innings. He allowed 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out one.
  • [Arizona] Darryl Wilson and Roberto Caro both walked and tripled for the Cubs. Wilson also stole his first 2 bases of the season.
  • [Arizona] Robert Garcia led all Cubs with 3 hits. Carlos Sepulveda and Caro both finished with 2 hits.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs turned an early lead into a 3-0 shutout win.
Tennessee – Tennessee scored three times in the first and went on to win 8-3.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans put together three big innings for a big 10-2 win.
South Bend – The Cubs could not overcome an early deficit on their way to this 9-5 loss.
Eugene – Eugene turned their four run first inning burst into a 6-3 win.
Arizona – An early deficit turned into an 8-4 loss.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Carlos Pimentel struck out 3 and allowed 2 hits in his 7 scoreless innings of work. Joe Ortiz, Blake Cooper, and Brian Schlitter completed the shutout.
  • [Iowa] Mike Olt‘s 6th homer was the only extra base hit for Iowa.
  • [Iowa] John Andreoli reached on 2 walks and stole his 23rd base of the season.
  • [Tennessee] Rob Zastryzny struck out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound. He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks.
  • [Tennessee] Albert Almora doubled, walked, and finished 2 for 3. He also stole his 7th base of the season.
  • [Tennessee] Jeimer Candelario hit his 3rd homer and finished 2 for 4.
  • [Tennessee] Bijan Rademacher doubled, walked, and stole his 4th base of the season.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Brad Markey struck out 5 and allowed a run on 5 hits and 2 walks in his 5 innings of work.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Daniel Lockhart doubled and finished 4 for 4 with 4 runs driven in and 3 runs scored. Cael Brockmeyer doubled and finished 2 for 5.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young walked and went 3 for 4 on the day. Jason Vosler added 2 hits.
  • [South Bend] Zach Hedges gave up 3 runs (one earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks in his 5 innings on the mound. He struck out 6.
  • [South Bend] Jeffrey Baez doubled twice and finished with 3 hits and his 25th stolen base. Gleyber Torres also had 3 hits.
  • [South Bend] Kevin Encarnacion finished 2 for 4.
  • [Eugene] Pitching in relief, Adbert Alzolay went 5 innings, allowed just 3 hits, and struck out 2.
  • [Eugene] Andrew Ely tripled and finished with 2 hits. It was his first triple for the Emeralds.
  • [Eugene] Kevonte Mitchell finished 2 for 4.
  • [Arizona] Carlos Sepulveda finished 3 for 5. He had the only multi-hit game for the Cubs.
  • [Arizona] Roberto Caro and Carlos Jimenez both doubled.

Other News

  • For a bit more on Almora as well as the playoff chases in the minors, take a look at yesterday’s This Week In The Minors.
  • The mid-season re-ranking of the Bleacher Nation Top 40 Prospects list is complete. Look for more on that later today.

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