happy homer partyOk, so it wasn’t quite everyone, but Iowa’s bats erupted in the second game of their doubleheader, and before the game was half over, there were five Cubs home runs on the board. That helped fuel a nine run second inning, and that led to the Cubs leading by eleven after just two innings.

Oh, and Jacob Hannemann homered again for Tennessee.

Now for the bad news. Iowa was on the road yesterday, so it remains to be seen how many of those home runs we’ll get videos of. Had they been at home we would have been treated to a homer-ific highlight reel courtesy of the Iowa Cubs, but since they were on the road … maybe not.

If we find them, we’ll share¬†them.

INSTA-EDITORIAL-UPDATE from Brett: The Candelario homer just became available, so I added it below.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Colorado Springs, 6, Iowa 5
Iowa 15, Colorado Springs 5
Colorado Springs used eight pitchers in the first game and four in the second. Rough day for the bullpen.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 1
Hannemann strikes again.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Frederick 5, Myrtle Beach 4
A rough third inning put the game out of reach for the Pelicans.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 7, Dayton 2
The Cubs allowed two in the second, and scored all seven in the… sixth. It would have been cooler had it been seven in the seventh.

Other Notes

  • Good news. The Cubs have extended their player development agreement with the Eugene Emeralds for another two years. That means the Emeralds, and their very good training facilities, and their awesome mascot, will remain in the Cubs’ organization until 2018 at least. The Cubs have not hesitated to move on from affiliations that were not working out for them in the past, so the fact that the Cubs renewed with Eugene is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs really are happy with how things are going out in Oregon. That being the case, we can probably expect to see Eugene stick around as part of the organization for a long time.
  • Now all we need to do is get Eugene hooked into MiLB.tv. They are the only non-rookie level team in the organization that is not part of that service.


  • Vogelbach was hit in the middle of the nine run second in Game Two, and it was likely deliberate as the Colorado Springs pitcher was promptly ejected. Vogelbach left the game a couple of innings later, but it doesn’t sound like there is any notable injury concern. If we learn more, we’ll pass it along.
  • Hannemann spent quite a few games playing alongside Albert Almora in Tennessee, and while Almora got most of the headlines, Hannemann was quietly building a resume as a very good defender in his own right (seriously, check out those links if you haven’t seen his insane catches from last season). And he showed it again on Monday:

  • And the Candelario homer, his first with the Iowa Cubs (featuring an incredible and disheartened “holy cow” from the opposing announcer):


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