Cubs Minor League Daily: Lange Dominant, Donahue Starts Strong

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Lange Dominant, Donahue Starts Strong

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Given how well Alex Lange pitched yesterday, I thought I would open the Daily with the highlight reel from Myrtle Beach. Oddly, though, that highlight reel shows exactly zero Alex Lange pitches. So … you’re just going to have to take my word for it that Lange looked good in his five scoreless innings yesterday.

And instead, let’s talk about Christian Donahue.

It has been about three weeks since Christian Donahue became the regular second baseman for the South Bend Cubs. We didn’t know much about him at the time, so I find his .323/.368/.500 line in 66 trips to the plate particularly interesting. He doesn’t walk much (just 4 BB), but other than that I can’t really complain. He’s old for the level (23), but this is his first year in the system so I can’t even fairly call that a negative just yet. This left handed hitting infielder is simply playing good baseball right now.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Colorado Springs 13, Iowa 3
After four and a half innings the Cubs led 3-2. Let’s just pretend the game ended there.

  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 4.2 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Justin Hancock: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Mike Freeman: 3 for 5
  • David Bote: 1 for 3, 2 BB
  • Efren Navarro: 2 for 5, 2 2B
  • Jacob Hannemann: 1 for 4, 2B

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Mobile 5, Tennessee 1
This game was scoreless through five and a half, but the Smokies bullpen had a rare bad day.

  • Trevor Clifton: 6 IP, 3 H, 5 K
  • Jason Vosler: 2 for 3, BB
  • Trey Martin: 1 for 2, 2B, BB

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 3, Winston-Salem 0
That’s two straight scoreless performances for Lange.

  • Alex Lange: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Erick Leal: 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Tyler Peyton: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Wladimir Galindo: 2 for 3, 2B
  • P.J. Higgins: 1 for 2, 2B, BB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 5, Great Lakes 3
The Cubs have won six of their last nine games.

  • Rollie Lacy: 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Yapson Gomez: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Brian Glowicki: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Christian Donahue: 1 for 4, HR
  • Rafael Narea: 1 for 3, BB, SB
  • Brandon Hughes: 1 for 3, BB, SB

Other Notes

  • The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are riding a four game winning streak that is keeping them alive in the first half race. Even though they are in last place, they are only six games back. There isn’t much time left, a bit over two weeks is all, but it might be worth keeping an eye on the Pelicans down the stretch. Just in case.
  • Rollie Lacy has capped off a month of May that saw him move into the starting rotation and continue to pitch well. His ERA for the month is 3.38 and he struck out 28 over 26.2 innings. His GO/AO for the month is an excellent 2.40, and for the season an even more excellent 2.95.


Author: Luke Blaize

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