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Cubs Minor League Daily: Myrtle Beach Manager Buddy Bailey Nearing Milestone

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Buddy Bailey has been managing in the Cubs’ organization since 2006, mostly for High A and Double A. He’s been managing in the minors somewhere, though, since 1983. Prior to the Cubs, he was with the Red Sox organization. I suppose you could say he was moving from Boston to Chicago before Theo made it cool.


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Currently with the Pelicans, Bailey is now one win away from his 2,000th career managerial win. That milestone could come tonight in Myrtle Beach. If not, given that the Pelicans are home through the weekend, it is all but certain to show up during this homestand.

The Pelicans have been counting down to this event on Twitter. This might be a good time to give them a follow, if you haven’t already.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa was rained out.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Montgomery 3
For the fourth time in five games, Underwood pitched pretty well.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 7, Down East 3
The Pelicans have won five in a row.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 3, West Michigan 0
South Bend has also won five in a row.


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Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 3, Boise 1
The Emeralds got eight shutout innings from their pitchers after allowing a lone run in the first.

Rookie: AZL Cubs

Arizona had the day off.

Other Notes

  • Myrtle Beach did not play well at the start of the second half, and as a result fell into the basement by a wide margin. Now they are suddenly playing extremely well, five wins in a row and nine in their last ten games, and they are still six games under .500 for the half. That doesn’t matter, though, because by virtue of winning the first half they are already in the playoffs. What matters is that the Pelicans look like they peaking at the right time to defend their two straight Carolina League Championships.

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  • If South Bend is going to make the playoffs, they have to catch Fort Wayne. Right now they trail Fort Wayne by five and a half games. South Bend is surging, though, and Fort Wayne has lost three straight. Time is running out, but the Cubs aren’t completely out of contention yet.
  • How about that outing for top Cubs prospect Jose Albertos, eh? The 18-year-old righty now has 37 Ks in 30.2 innings of work at short-season Low-A, together with a 2.64 ERA and 12 walks.

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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.