If you were looking for a symbolic end to the minor league season, you definitely got it.
Highlighting the fact that the rebuilding farm system will feature much more pitching than the previous farm system, Cubs pitching produced shutouts in Tennessee and South Bend, and allowed just two runs in Myrtle Beach. Eugene definitely missed the great pitching boat, but one of their big bats reminded us to not forget about the next cadre of potential impact talent as Nelson Velazquez homered twice.
On the whole, it was a positive final note to a minor league season that was, on the whole, disappointing. But as we’ve said before, the tide has turned. It will take awhile before the results of that turn are really felt and the farm system is no longer ranked among the worst in baseball, but it has turned.
Of course, the end of the regular season isn’t the end of the Daily. The Eugene Emeralds are headed for an unlikely date with the Hillsboro Hops in the playoffs starting on Wednesday. As long as the Emeralds are alive, we’ll keep the Daily running.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
This game was rained out. Iowa finishes the season with a record of 50-88.
- Keegan Thompson: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Zach Hedges: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
- Charcer Burks: 1 for 3, BB, SB
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 4, 2B
- Tyson Miller: 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 K
- Bailey Clark: 3 IP, 3 H
- Jared Young: 0 for 3, BB, SB
- Zach Davis: 2 for 3
- Brailyn Marquez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4K
- Jeffrey Passantino: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Austin Upshaw: 2 for 4
- Jimmy Herron: 2 for 3, BB
- Zach Mort: 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 K
- Derek Casey: 1 IP, 2 K
- Nelson Velazquez: 2 for 5, 2 HR
- Jake Slaughter: 1 for 4, 2B
- Fernando Kelli: 2 for 2, 2B
- Brennon Kaleiwahea: 2 for 3, 2B
- No one wants to back into the playoffs, but that is exactly what Eugene is doing. They dropped two of three on the road to the worst team in the division in the second half, concluding that series with a blowout featuring five errors by five different Emeralds. Games don’t get much uglier than that.
- On the good side, the Emeralds are heading to the playoffs with a red hot Nelson Velazquez. The 19-year-old slugger has a 9 game hitting streak going, is coming off an August in which he hit .282/.396/.506, and just hit two homers on the last day of the season.
- I doubt we have very many readers in the Pacific Northwest, but if those of you who are there want to see some playoff baseball, the Eugene Emeralds are offering $3 dollar tickets in honor of their third straight trip to the postseason.
- I wonder if we could talk the Cubs into that. The Cubs are on track to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year, so maybe Wrigley field tickets for the playoffs should just be $4. Anyone have Theo’s phone number?