pierce johnson cubsYesterday was a giant bundle of mixed emotions on the minor league front.

On the fun side, Myrtle Beach and South Bend both won in walk off fashion.

On the good side, several prospects had very good days at the plate, including a couple of homers for South Bend that are worth noting.

On the also good side, Iowa got their first win of the season in a game that saw one Javy Baez going yard.

On the bad side, Iowa’a starter, Pierce Johnson, left the game early after being drilled with a line drive.

And on the terrifying side, Tennessee’s starter, Jen-Ho Tseng, had to be helped off the field after being hit on or near the knee with a line drive.



Hopefully the medical reports on both pitchers come back clean and we can just be happy about yesterday.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 9, New Orleans 1
Iowa’s first win of the year was a big one.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Mobile 5, Tennessee 4
The Smokies had a ton of hits (fourteen to be exact), but just couldn’t get runners over the plate. They also lost their starter early due to being hit by a batted ball.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 5, Winston-Salem 4
How about a three run rally in the bottom of the ninth, capped off with a game winning double?



Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 7, Bowling Green 6
If a walk off double is fun, a walk of homer is at least twice as fun.

Other Notes

  • Pierce Johnson was pitching well through the first three innings yesterday, but the line drive off his arm during the third caused him to leave the game after the inning. Right now it just looks like a bruise, but he goes in for x-rays today to be safe. With any luck he won’t need to miss a start. A fracture, though, would set this guy back again. Bad luck, non-chronic injuries have been the story of Johnson’s career so far.
  • Ryan Williams makes his second start for Iowa tonight. He was not effective in his first start, but he was also pitching in some rotten weather. We’ll see if things go better for him tonight.


  • Rob Zastryzny is the pitcher to watch for the Smokies tonight. HisĀ first start went well.
  • As of midnight eastern, when I wrote the Daily, the highlight reel for the Pelicans walk off win was not yet available on their YouTube channel. If you subscribe to their channel, though (and you totally should do that), then you’ll have an easy time finding it when it probably arrives in the near future.
  • Carson Sands takes the mound for South Bend tonight. This lefty doesn’t have as high a ceiling as some of the Cubs other pitching prospects, but he could move fairly quickly if things go well.

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