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Cubs Minor League Daily: Pelicans Are Surging

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Myrtle Beach is continuing to play very good baseball, and if they keep it up they might climb out of the basement by the weekend (they are now tied for last place). If they keep playing like they have over the past two weeks, they could be a .500 team by next weekend. Given how rough their slow start was, this is a pretty notable turnaround.

A lot of the credit does to go the pitching. Last night it was Tyson Miller pitching seven shutout innings and dropping his ERA to 2.33 in the process. Even at that, he doesn’t have the lowest ERA among Pelican starters. That belongs to Matt Swarmer (1.74).

The bats have been warming up as well. Myrtle Beach now has two hitters with an OPS over .800 (Andruw Monasterio and Vimael Machin), and three more in the .700 range (Jhonny Pereda, Connor Myers, and D.J. Wilson). There are still some notable bats who haven’t quite got going yet (Austin Upshaw and Aramis Ademan in particular), but in general the trend lines are moving in the right direction.

Right now, if the Chicago squad isn’t playing and you are wanting baseball, you can do a lot worse than to fire up and see if the Pelicans are playing.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Omaha 8, Iowa 7 in ten innings
The Cubs rallied for two in the ninth to tie it.

  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 5 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 5 BB, 5 K
  • Alberto Baldonado: 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
  • David Bote: 2 for 5, BB
  • Efren Navarro: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB
  • Mark Zagunis: 1 for 4, HR, BB
  • Taylor Davis: 2 for 5
  • Wynton Bernard: 2 for 4, 2B, BB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Birmingham 8, Tennessee 3
Had it not been for their ninth inning rally, the Smokies would have been shutout.

  • Trevor Clifton: 0.2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K
  • Daury Torrez: 4.1 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Ian Rice: 2 for 4
  • Charcer Burks: 2 for 4
  • Trey Martin: 1 for 4, 2B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 3, Carolina 0
The Pelicans have won four straight and are 8-3 since April 19.

  • Tyson Miller: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Wyatt Short: 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Andruw Monasterio: 3 for 5
  • Jhonny Pereda: 2 for 4, BB
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 3, BB
  • Connor Myers: 2 for 4
  • Chris Pieters: 2 for 4

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Cedar Rapids 5, South Bend 0 in five plus innings.
At least it wasn’t a no hitter.

  • Erich Uelmen: 3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Rollie Lacy: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 4 K
  • Roberto Caro: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Austin Filiere: 1 for 2, 2B

Other Notes

  • Clifton threw 40 pitches before he was lifted in the first inning for Tennessee. Daury Torrez, a former starter who converted to the bullpen two years ago, was able to throw 61 pitches to keep this game from draining the Smokies bullpen too badly.
  • When the Pelicans are at home we can always look forward to some good highlight packages; the one for last night is below. A couple of things to watch for – Connor Myers doubling a runner off at first with a good throw from center, and John Romero’s finish on the mound. Myers might just be the best defensive center fielder in the Cubs organization not named Almora; watching him with the glove is always worth the price of admission. Romero is one of the better relief prospects in the system, but it certainly isn’t common to see a pitcher drop to one knee on the mound as part of his follow through.

Author: Luke Blaize

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