Cubs Minor League Daily: Lots of Offense for Iowa, Pitching Duels for Tennessee and South Bend

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Lots of Offense for Iowa, Pitching Duels for Tennessee and South Bend

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Here is your reminder that tomorrow is the start of the draft. I’m really looking forward to this one. Tick tock.

Onto other things. And since it is Sunday, other things include a check in on the standings. Iowa is way under .500 and very far out of it in the Pacific Coast League, and South Bend has the second worst record in the farm system, and is very far out of it in the Midwest League. Let’s focus on the other two full season clubs.

Tennessee (28-26) is in third place, three and a half back of Chattanooga and a game and a half behind Jackson. They head to Jackson for a six game series starting today, but they do not play Chattanooga again before the first half ends on June 17. However, they are home from June 8 until the end of the first half. They’re still in it.

Too my great surprise, Myrtle Beach (26-29) is still in it as well. They are in last place, but they have surged to within five games of division leading Buies Creek. Vaulting over four teams in two weeks is going to be very difficult, but the Pelicans are playing as well as any team in the league right now, and I suspect they do have the pitching staff to pull this off.

The Pelicans head to Buies Creek for three starting Tuesday. If they are going to pull of this incredible comeback, they just about have to sweep that series. Given that Pelicans’ pitching has allowed more than three runs just once in their last ten games, that sweep might just be possible.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Colorado Springs 14, Iowa 11
The Cubs were outscored nine to eight in the final three innings alone.

  • Duane Underwood: 3.1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Daury Torrez: 2.2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Ryan Court: 2 for 5, BB
  • Taylor Davis: 2 for 3, 2 BB
  • Bijan Rademacher: 3 for 5
  • Chesny Young: 2 for 5
  • Duane Underwood: 1 for 2
  • Stephen Bruno: 1 for 1

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Mobile 1, Tennessee 0
The difference in this game was a fifth inning solo homer.

  • Oscar De La Cruz: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Tommy Nance: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • James Norwood: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 6, Down East 2
Since they came back from Frederick on May 21, the Pelicans are 9-3.

  • Keegan Thompson: 6.1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Casey Bloomquist: 1.1 IP, 1 R, 3 H
  • Jordan Minch: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Andruw Monasterio: 2 for 3, BB
  • P.J. Higgins: 2 for 3, HR
  • Austin Upshaw: 2 for 4

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 3, Lake County 0
All the Cubs’ scoring came on homers.

  • Jesus Camargo: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 K
  • Brendan King: 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
  • Brian Glowicki: 1 IP and a line of zeroes
  • Miguel Amaya: 2 for 3, HR
  • Jared Young: 1 for 1, HR

Other Notes

  • De La Cruz struck out seven in his last start as well. Another couple solid games and he may be nearing a promotion to Iowa.
  • The go-ahead homer hit by teenage catcher Miguel Amaya in the seventh inning was his eighth for the season. Amaya’s season line now reads .293/.371/.518.

  • Iowa had fifteen hits in their game in Colorado Springs, and all of them were singles.
  • The Dominican Summer League is underway, and once again the Cubs have two teams playing. The DSL teams will not be part of the Minor League Daily, but from time to time I’ll check in on the numbers and see if there are any players we should be keeping an eye on.
  • DSL Cubs 1 won their opener 8-1. The first eight innings for the Cubs in that game were pitched by Jorge Remon, Luis Rodriquez, and Moises Diaz. Their ages, in order: 17, 18, 17. When pitchers that young are getting the Opening Day assignment and pitching very well, that’s a good sign.
  • In case you’re wondering who might be available to jump on a plane from Colorado today…

Author: Luke Blaize

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