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Cubs Minor League Baseball: Smokies Pitching Leads a Day With Too Much Goodness

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

Some days it seems a shame that I only have one headline for the Daily.

I could open with Iowa catcher Victor Caratini and his ten game hitting streak.

I could open with South Bend second baseman Zack Short and his ten total bases in yesterday’s game.


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But instead I’ll highlight the work done by the Double A pitching staff in Tennessee. Zach Hedges is certainly the biggest factor, pitching a one-hitter to open a doubleheader on the road, but don’t overlook the work done in Game Two. The Smokies basically made the second game a bullpen game, and three relievers combined to toss another shutout. That’s fourteen straight scoreless innings on the road, and that’s pretty impressive.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Round Rock 10, Iowa 6
There were four three run innings in this game, but Round Rock had three of them.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 2, Chattanooga 0
They opened the road doubleheader with a one hit shutout.

Tennessee 1, Chattanooga 0
The finished the road doubleheader with a three pitcher, four hit shutout.


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High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 7, Wilmington 6
These teams combined to score eight times in the final inning and a half.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 11, Lansing 6
The Cubs got a pair of three run homers, and that was just from their second baseman.

Other Notes

  • I’m really starting to think Zach Hedges does not get enough respect. He doesn’t strike out very many, but last year he posted sub-3.00 ERAs in both High A and Double A, and then this season he now has a one hitter to his name. In that one hitter he only needed 94 pitches go all seven innings (doubleheader games are shorter in the minors), and he amassed 14 ground ball outs to just three in the air.
  • Counting his twin three-run bombs last night, South Bend’s Zack Short is up to four homers on the season. The 21-year-old shortstop was the Cubs’ 17th round pick last year, and is hitting .270/.382/.540 so far in his first full professional season. Here’s one of those blasts:


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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.