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Cubs Minor League Daily: Everyone Has Four Wins, Tseng Back, Contreras Crushing

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cubs azl spring training logoThe Iowa Cubs are right now 4-6 and sitting in last place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern division. Omaha (Kansas City) tops the division and leads the Cubs by three games. The Cubs current road trip takes them into New Orleans when they finish up with Round Rock, but after that they they come home to face divisional foes Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs starting on the 23rd.

Tennessee is in fourth place in the Southern League North division with a record of 4-6, 2.5 games back of the leading Jackson Generals (Seattle). The Smokies’ next home stand, starting today, pits them against the divisional second place team Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay). That series runs through Thursday; Tennessee then heads to Mobile for the weekend.


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The Pelicans, with an eerily similar record of 4-6, are in second place in the Carolina League Southern division, two games back of a first place tie between Carolina (Atlanta) and Salem (Boston). Myrtle Beach wraps up a series in Carolina today, and after a three game interlude in Winston-Salem, welcomes Carolina for a series at home starting Thursday.

Like the rest of the farm system, South Bend has four wins, but their record is a pattern-breaking 4-5. That’s good enough for fifth place in the Midwest League Eastern division, 2.5 games back of Lansing (Toronto). The Cubs wrap up a series at second place Fort Wayne today, and after that they come home for three against Bowling Green and four against Fort Wayne.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 7, Round Rock 0
It turns out that fifteen hits and some fantastic pitching are a pretty good way to win a ballgame.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Birmingham 6, Tennessee 1
After pitching five shutout innings against the Smokies, Birmingham starter Brandon Brennan had an ERA of 11.25.


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  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 4 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (good to see him back on the mound after leaving his last start)

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  • Jacob Hannemann: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SB (he’s up to five for the year)
  • Chesny Young: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Billy McKinney: 1 for 3, BB

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina 1
The Pelicans did all their scoring in the first two innings. The pitching took care of the rest.

  • Erick Leal: 5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 7 K. Add this guy to your list of pitchers to watch this season.

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  • Ryan McNeil: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 5 K. This guy, too.
  • David Berg: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K.
  • Rashad Crawford: 1 for 4, 3 B, BB, CS
  • Gleyber Torres: 1 for 5, 2B, K
  • Jason Vosler: 2 for 4, 2B

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Fort Wayne 14, South Bend 1
A ninth inning run kept this from turning into a shutout loss.


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Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.