Cubs Minor League Daily: It Wasn't A Completely Winless Day

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Cubs Minor League Daily: It Wasn’t A Completely Winless Day

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For awhile last night it looked like yesterday would be one of those miserable days on which the Cubs’ organization went 0 for Everything. Chicago lost. Iowa was shut out. Tennesee lost. Myrtle Beach led in the eighth, but lost. South Bend never even led.

Thank goodness for Eugene. The Emeralds and AZL Cubs 1 were the only two teams in the organization to come away winners last night. And since they were at home, Eugene even provided us with some highlights.

For example, how about Grant Fennell’s second Eugene homer to get your morning started?

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Salt Lake 2, Iowa 0
Jen-Ho Tseng turned in a pretty good start, but the offense only managed three hits.

  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Alberto Baldonado: 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Stephen Bruno: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Jacob Hannemann: 1 for 3, SB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Jackson 4, Tennessee 3
The Smokies scored three in the first, but that was all of their offense for the day.

  • Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Zack Short: 1 for 3, HR, BB
  • Wynton Bernard: 1 for 3, 3 SB

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Down East 5, Myrtle Beach 4
The Pelicans lead going into the eighth.

  • Erick Leal: 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Aramid Ademan: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Jhonny Pereda: 2 for 4, BB
  • Jose Gutierrez: 2 for 3, 3B, BB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Lansing 8, South Bend 6
Two Cubs errors turned into five unearned run for Lansing.

  • Bendon Little: 4 IP, 7 R (2 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Brendan King: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Christian Donahue: 2 for 5
  • Austin Filiere: 3 for 4, HR
  • Austin Upshaw: 1 for 4, HR
  • Rafael Narea: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
  • Clayton Daniel: 2 for 4, 2B

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 8, Spokane 3
Another good start for Jeffrey Passantino.

  • Jeffrey Passantino: 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 8 K
  • Stephen Ridings: 2 IP, 2 K
  • Ethan Roberts: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Andy Weber: 2 for 4, BB
  • Grant Fennell: 1 for 5, HR
  • Luke Reynolds: 3 for 4, 2 2B
  • Nelson Velazquez: 3 for 4, 2B
  • Jake Slaughter: 2 for 3, 2B

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs One 6, Dodgers 5
The Cubs have won four straight.

  • Jesus Tejada: 5 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 5 H, 8 K
  • Chi-Feng Lee: 3.2 IP, 1 R, 5 H
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 3 for 3, BB, SB
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 2 for 3, 2B
  • Rafael Mejia: 2 for 4, HR

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Indians 9, Cubs Two 8
This was a high offense, back and forth game that was still undecided when the ninth inning began.

  • Emilio Ferrebus: 4.2 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Ruben Reyes: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Cole Roederer: 2 for 5
  • Henderson Perez: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Fidel Mejia: 2 for 5, 3B
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 1 for 3, SB

Other Notes

  • Jeffrey Passantino (RHP) was drafted by the Cubs in the 40th round in 2017. He isn’t built like your prototypical starting pitcher (5’7″, 225 lbs), but the former Lipscomb hurler has done nothing but get results. Between Eugene and South Bend, pitching as both a starter and a reliever, Passantino has a combined ERA of 2.93 this year. He’s struck out 50 in those 46 innings, and has allowed 11 walks and 2 homers. It isn’t often we see a 40th round pick make a name for himself, but keep an eye on Passantino anyway.
  • Not only have the AZL Cubs 1 won four in a row, they have only lost twice since being shutout by the Padres on July 15. These Cubs are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now.
  • Oddly, I suspect most of us would have a hard time naming any players on AZL Cubs 1. Most of the players who are playing in Mesa we talk about around here are on Cubs 2 (Cole Roederer, Reivaj Garcia, Brennen Davis, etc.). And yet it is Cubs 1, led by players such as Christopher Morel and Jonathan Soto and Rafael Mejia that is headed for the playoffs. That suggests that there be might even more talent in the lowest levels of the farm systems than we realized.

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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.