While Iowa is tied for the fewest wins in the Pacific Coast League at 4-10, all their rain and snow postponements means that two other teams have a worse winning percentage than Iowa’s .286. So far as their division is concerned, though, they’re already seven and a half back of Oklahoma City.
Last week the Smokies struggled to win one game against league-leading Jackson. This week they looked awesome winning four of five over basement dweller Montgomery. As a result, the Smokies are back over .500 at 8-7 and are sitting in third place, five games back of Jackson. They also are in a series against the other league basement dweller (Jacksonville), so by this time next week they could be the first Cubs’ affiliate to double digit wins and might just be in possession of second place.
Despite having the worst record in the league at 5-12, the Pelicans are only six games out of first place. They also have a two game winning streak going, and have been getting some good pitching lately. Given that pitching, I wouldn’t rule out Myrtle Beach making a first half title run, but I wouldn’t bank on it either.
This time last week South Bend was sitting in first place and playing about as well as any team in the league. Then they lost four straight games, fell into fourth place and are now trailing West Michigan by three games. Road games have been a problem so far for the Cubs – they only have one win in six tries, but at least for today they are home. They head to Bowling Green on Monday, though.
- Duane Underwood: 5 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Brad Markey: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Mike Freeman: 2 for 5
- Stephen Bruno: 2 for 5
- Efren Navarro: 1 for 4, HR, BB
- Mark Zagunis: 1 for 1, 4 BB
- Taylor Davis: 3 for 5, 2B
- Ryan Court: 2 for 5
- Trevor Clifton: 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- James Norwood: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Zack Short: 0 for 3, 2 BB
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 4, HR, BB
- Ian Rice: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Trent Giambrone: 1 for 1, 2B
- Alex Lange: 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Casey Bloomquist: 1.1 IP, 2 H
- Ryan Kellogg: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Wyatt Short: 1 IP, 3 K
- D.J. Wilson: 2 for 4, 3B, BB
- Austin Upshaw: 2 for 4
- Connor Myers: 1 for 4, 2B
- Aramis Ademan: 1 for 3, BB
- Javier Assad: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Brian Glowicki: 2 IP, and a line of zeroes
- Roberto Caro: 2 for 3
- Jhonny Bethencourt: 1 for 3, BB
- Tyler Payne: 1 for 3, 2B
- Zach Davis: 2 for 3, SB
- Zack Short is ony hitting only .180 this season, but is he usually found at the top of the Smokies’ lineup. Why? Walks. Short has almost as many walks as he does hits, and the result is an OBP of .349.
- Alex Lange (4.50 ERA) has struggled some in his first month with Myrtle Beach, but I wouldn’t worry too much just yet. Starting a career in High A is a challenge for anyone, and some adjustment period is normal. We saw this same thing last year with Thomas Hatch. Hatch had an ERA of 5.24 in April and 5.14 in May.
- After three starts, Javier Assad has pitched 14 innings, allowed 2 runs, walked 3, and struck out 14. His ERA sits at 0.71.
- Now that David Bote has made it to major leagues, it is possible that there will be a domino effect as other players are promoted to fill the resulting gaps. So far that hasn’t happened, and it may not if the Cubs expect Ben Zobrist to be back soon and for Bote to head back to Iowa when that happens, but it wouldn’t hurt to keep an eye on the minor league transaction wires over the next few days.