Cubs Minor League Daily: Pitching Prospect Adbert Alzolay Excellent In AAA Debut

The Cubs kept Adbert Alzolay (No. 3 on the Top 40) in extended spring training for just a few extra weeks, and last night he made his debut. It was a memorable one.

Alzolay took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out six. He was perfect the first time through the order. In the end, he allowed a run on two hits and two walks before handing the game to the bullpen, which proceeded to throw three innings of one hit ball.

And a little video from Alzolay’s outing:

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[Brett: My dude got some LIFE on that fastball.]

A lot of the Cubs best pitching prospects have gotten off to slow starts this year, so it is good to see Alzolay take off right away. It is also good to see some of those other starters start to produce good starts of their own. Oscar De La Cruz looked very good the night before, and overshadowed by Alzolay yesterday was a very good Bryan Hudson start in Myrtle Beach.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 7, Nashville 1
Welcome to 2018 Adbert Alzolay.

  • Adbert Alzolay: 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Randy Rosario: 2 IP, 2 K
  • Dillon Maples: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Efren Navarro: 1 for 5, 2B
  • Mark Zagunis: 2 for 4, SB
  • Wynton Bernard: 2 for 4, 2 2B, SB
  • Double A: Tennessee Smokies
    Montgomery 7, Tennessee 2
    All the Montgomery runs scored in one inning.

  • Michael Rucker: 4.2 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Tommy Nance: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Eddy Martinez: 1 for 3, HR, BB
  • Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 3, 2B, HR
  • High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
    Myrtle Beach 7, Down East 1
    A lot of things finally went right for the Pelicans in this one.

  • Bryan Hudson: 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K
  • Tyler Peyton: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Jhon Romero: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Vimael Machin: 1 for 2, HR, 2 BB
  • Jhonny Pereda: 2 for 4
  • Daniel Spingola: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Chris Pieters: 1 for 4, 3B
  • Austin Upshaw: 1 for 2, HR
  • Low A: South Bend Cubs
    Lansing 7, South Bend 1
    The Cubs have now lost four straight.

  • Tyler Thomas: 5 IP, 3 R (0 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Yeiler Peguero: 1 for 2, HR, 2 BB
  • Other Notes

  • What are the odds that the winning team in every game yesterday would score seven runs?
  • Thanks to four South Bend errors, Tyler Thomas pitched a good game and still allowed three unearned runs. That means his ERA actually went down, all the way to 0.60.
  • In addition to committing four errors, South Bend was held to just two hits last night.
  • written by

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

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