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Cubs Minor League Daily: New Lights, Highlights, and the Emeralds Debut

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There are a lot of reasons to install LED lights. They last a long time, use less electricity, and sound like something nifty and high tech.

Of course, if you are the Iowa Cubs, you install them so you can do this:

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 4, Nashville 2
The Cubs are now back to eleven games under .500.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 1
Playoff hopes are still alive.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 7, Down East 0
This Myrtle Beach pitching staff has been fantastic of late.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Lansing 8, South Bend 5
A five-run sixth sunk the Cubs.

Lansing 6, South Bend 1
Getting swept at home in a doubleheader did not help the Cubs’ playoff chances any.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Vancouver 6, Eugene 1
The Emeralds began their title defense with a loss.

Other Notes

  • I mentioned Ademan with glowing praise in the Emeralds preview, and sure enough, the 18-year-old shortstop homered in his season debut.
  • On June 12 the Myrtle Beach Pelicans gave up two runs in the fifth inning against the Frederick Keyes. They have not been scored on since. June 13th was a 2-0 win, June 14th a 3-0 win, and yesterday the Pelicans won 7-0. That’s 31 innings of scoreless baseball, and that is extremely impressive for any team at any level.
  • They entered yesterday needing to win four straight to clinch the first half division title and secure a trip to the playoffs, and the Smokies finished the day needing just three more. They officially trail Chattanooga by two and a half games now, but the math doesn’t fundamentally change. If they win the rest of the games through Sunday, they win the division. If they don’t, they won’t. James Pugliese and his 1.00 ERA take the mound tonight to try to keep hopes alive.
    Pugliese is mostly a reliever, so he will probably only work a few innings in what will likely be a bullpen game.
  • Despite being swept, South Bend is not out of the first half playoff picture yet. They need to win games and they need Dayton lose a couple, but the math can still work out. Unfortunately, if Dayton wins twice before Sunday, Dayton locks on the playoff slot no matter what South Bend does.

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Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.