Cubs Minor League Daily: The Smokies Are In Contention

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Cubs Minor League Daily: The Smokies Are In Contention

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The Iowa Cubs had a fantastic week. A five-game winning streak led to six wins in the past eight days and improved Iowa’s record all the way to… 11-23. Ok, so they’re still 13 games out of first, but at least they have been playing good baseball lately. And they’re sort of out of the basement. Iowa and Omaha are now separated only by a few percentage points in last place. At least they aren’t alone in the basement any more.

The Tennessee Smokies (19-15), meanwhile, are squarely in contention. They are second in their division and trail Chattanooga by just two and a half games. Tennesse’s record ranks third in the leauge as a whole, largely thanks to the fact that they have allowed the third fewest runs in the Southern League. The Smokies have won six of their last eight games, and they are in Chattanooga through Wednesday. If they stay hot, they could steal first place.

Myrtle Beach remains in the bottom of their division standings at 14-22, eight games back of Buies Creek, but they are no longer alone at the bottom of the league. Frederick is right there with them. The Pelicans continue to lose close games, and they are only two games under .500 since one of their best hitters, D.J. Wilson, went on the disabled list at the end of April. It isn’t hard to imagine this team making a run at finishing the first half around the .500 mark if a couple of bats get hot.

The formerly first place South Bend Cubs have fallen to four games under .500 (14-18) and seven behind Lansing for the division lead. Since breaking a six game losing streak on May 5, though, the Cubs are 5-3. We’ll see if they can keep that good play up when they hit the road for nine games starting Monday.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Round Rock 4, Iowa 2
This was somewhat of a bullpen day for the Cubs, but they still only used three pitchers.

  • Luke Farrell: 3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Alberto Baldonado: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Brad Markey: 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 K
  • Efren Navarro: 1 for 3, BB
  • Bijan Rademacher: 2 for 4
  • Ryan Court: 2 for 4
  • Jacob Hannemann: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Chattanooga 9, Tennessee 6
It is rare that the Smokies bullpen stumbles, but this was one of those rare cases.

  • Trevor Clifton: 5 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • James Pugliese: 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 K
  • James Norwood: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Charcer Burks: 2 for 4, BB
  • Zack Short: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 3, BB
  • Jesse Hodges: 2 for 4

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Buies Creek 9, Myrtle Beach 3
The Pelicans allowed six unearned runs on four errors.

  • Jose Paulino: 2 IP, 5 R (0 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Wyatt Short: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Daniel Spingola: 1 IP, 2 BB. Spingola is an outfielder.
  • Connor Myers: 3 for 5
  • Tyler Alamo: 1 for 3, HR, BB
  • Daniel Spingola: 2 for 4

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Clinton 3, South Bend 2
Another Albertos appearance where the strikezone could not be consistently found.

  • Rollie Lacy: 4.2 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 6 K
  • Jose Albertos: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Yapson Gomez: 2.1 IP, 2 K
  • Miguel Amaya: 2 for 4
  • Austin Filiere: 1 for 3, BB
  • Michael Cruz: 1 for 3, BB

Other Notes

  • Yesterday was the third appearance for James Pugliese since he came back from the disabled list on May 2, and the first time since his return that he allowed any runs. Interestingly, it was also the first of those three games in which he picked up any strikeouts.
  • Jacob Hannemann was a minor league Gold Glover in 2017, and yesterday he got his hardware.


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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.