Cubs Minor League Daily: Four Games, Three Shutouts, Great Pitching

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Four Games, Three Shutouts, Great Pitching

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I could really get used to this.

On Wednesday the Cubs’ farm system combined to allow just one run in thirty one total innings. Last night they topped that. Last night they allowed one run in thirty six innings.

The lone run was given up by Iowa who went on to win their game anway.

Tennessee and South Bend both tossed five hit shutouts. And Myrtle Beach’s pitching put on a sparkling one hit performance on the road.

Moreover, there were some notable prospects involved in all this. Alec Mills was on the mound for Iowa. Tennessee’s shutout featured both Oscar De La Cruz and Jake Stinnett. Keegan Thompson starred for the Pelicans, and Erich Ulemen was on the mound for South Bend. That is a lot of pitching promise all delivering on the same night. That’s good to see.

And seeing days like this twice inside of a week? That’s fantastic. Hopefully we’ll see more days like this as the Cubs continue to improve their pitching development and the army of pitching prospects continue to develop.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 2, New Orleans 1
In addition to the pitching party, this game saw David Bote’s seventh homer.

  • Alec Mills: 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Shae Simmons: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Anthony Bass: 2 IP, 3 K
  • Taylor Davis: 1 for 3, BB
  • David Bote: 1 for 3, HR
  • Ryan Court: 2 for 3

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 5, Pensacola 0
Not only did De La Cruz strike out seven, he also picked up six groundouts.

  • Oscar De La Cruz: 7 IP, 5 H, 7 K
  • Scott Effross: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Jake Stinnett: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Trent Giambrone: 2 for 4, 2 SB
  • Ian Rice: 1 for 3, HR, BB
  • Jesse Hodges: 3 for 4, 2B, HR

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 1, Carolina 0
This game stayed a nail biter all the way to the finish.

  • Keegan Thompson: 6 IP, 1 H, 8 K
  • Tyler Peyton: 3 IP and a line of zeroes
  • Andruw Monasterio: 2 for 4
  • Connor Myers: 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 11, West Michigan 0
The Cubs scored their eleven runs with the benefit of a single homer.

  • Erich Uelmen: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Yapson Gomez: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Brendan King: 1 IP and a line of zeroes
  • Zach Davis: 1 for 3, 2 BB
  • Jhonny Bethencourt: 3 for 5, 2 2B
  • Jared Young: 1 for 3, BB
  • Austin Filiere: 1 for 4, BB
  • Miguel Amaya: 2 for 5
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1 for 4, BB
  • Christian Donahue: 4 for 5, 2B
  • Rafael Narea: 2 for 3

Other Notes

  • Oscar De La Cruz could be a candidate for Pitcher of the Month for May. He doesn’t have the best line, but a 3.00 monthly ERA over five starts in Double A is pretty good. He also struck out 31 in his 27 innings of work.
  • The end to the first half of the minor league season is rapidly approaching, and Tennessee is the only team that remains in contention. They are in third place in their division, four and a half games back of Chattanooga.
  • Nothing had been posted at the time of writing this, but if you keep your eye on South Bend’s YouTube channel, you’ll probably see highlights of yesterday’s game going up soon.

Author: Luke Blaize

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