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Cubs Minor League Daily: Maddon-ing In The Minors

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Joe Maddon CubsJoe Maddon was not in attendance for the Iowa game, but his management motif made an appearance. In the bottom of the fourth with two outs and former Cub farm hand Justin Bour at the plate, Iowa had third baseman Jeimer Candelario and first baseman Tim Federowicz switch positions. Bour promptly grounded out… to shortstop Munenori Kawasaki… to end the inning. In the fifth inning, the two corner infielders switched back.

This is nothing compared to the “everybody grab a new position” infield shuffle the Smokies performed mid-game a few days ago, but it does seem like the sort of thing we would see Maddon do more often than most other managers. Does this mean Maddon-ism is spreading among the coaching staffs in the minor league system? I have no idea. If that were the case, it strikes me as potentially a very good thing.


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Triple A: Iowa Cubs
New Orleans 7, Iowa 5
The Cubs coughed up a five run second inning and were unable to close that gap.

  • Drew Rucinski: 6 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 6 K
  • Felix Pena: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • John Andreoli: 1 for 2, BB
  • Albert Almora: 2 for 6
  • Tim Federowicz: 1 for 5
  • Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 5, HR
  • Juan Perez: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB. Perez started the game at second and moved to right in a double switch.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 7, Chattanooga 6 in eleven innings.
The Smokies took the lead in the ninth, briefly, but then had to play two more innings to secure it.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 1
Once again, the Pelicans’ offense was limited by Salem.

  • Preston Morrison: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K. His High A debut could not have gone much better.
  • Bryant Flete: 2 for 4.
  • David Bote: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 4
  • Donnie Dewees: 1 for 4, 2B

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Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 11, Lake County 7
Jimenez scored four times and drove in four runs.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Boise 8, Eugene 7 in ten innings.
Boise scored five times in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.


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  • Dylan Cease: 0.1 IP, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K. This was not the start the Cubs were hoping for from Cease.
  • Duncan Robinson: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Enrique De Los Rios: 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Yeiler Peguero: 3 for 5, BB
  • Zach Short: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Chris Pieters: 1 for 5, 3B
  • Wladimir Galindo: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
  • Trent Giambrone: 3 for 5, 2B
  • Darryl Wilson: 3 for 5

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Rookie: Arizona Cubs

Arizona’s game was suspended after three and a half due to rain.

Other Notes

  • Over the past three days Bijan Rademacher has eight hits, including two doubles and a homer, and just two strikeouts. In that span he managed to raise his OPS by .031. For this late in the season, that is an impressive OPS jump for a three day span. His line now reads .311/.396/.471. He’s got to get a crack at Triple A eventually.
  • As hot as Jimenez has been, his OPS is actually down for the second straight month. That’s not at all a bad thing, though, given that those monthly OPS totals are: May (1.034), June (.939), July (.912).

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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.