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Cubs Minor League Daily: No Crown For Arizona

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The AZL Cubs 1 came up just short in the Arizona League Championship Series. They scored twice in the ninth to bring the game within one and had the tying run standing on third, but he got no further. The Dodgers are the 2018 Arizona Rookie League Champions.

For the Cubs, that means continuing the streak of five straight years with at least one championship in the organization will have to be taken care of elsewhere. If Eugene makes the playoffs they would get the next crack at it. Otherwise, it is all up to Chicago.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa was rained out.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Pensacola 10, Tennessee 6 in ten innings
The Smokies tied the game up with three in the eighth, but found no runs after that.

  • Thomas Hatch: 5.2 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 K
  • Zach Hedges: 1.1 IP, 2 K
  • Wynton Bernard: 2 for 5
  • P.J. Higgins: 4 for 4, 2B, 3B, HR, BB
  • Thomas Hatch: 1 for 2, 2B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

This game was suspended due to rain. Weather permitting, it will be concluded today.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend was rained out.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Boise 6, Eugene 4
Eugene has not nailed down their playoff slot just yet.

  • Riley Thompson: 5 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Cam Sanders: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Grant Fennell: 1 for 5, 2B
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1 for 5, 2B
  • Levi Jordan: 1 for 4, HR
  • Jake Slaughter: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Luis Vazquez: 2 for 3, BB, SB
  • D.J. Artis: 2 for 4, SB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Dodgers 6, Cubs One 5
Thus ends a pretty great year.

  • Jesus Tejada: 4.2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Dalton Geekie: 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 5 K
  • Dalton Hurd: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Alexander Guerra: 1 for 4, 2B

Other Notes

  • Yesterday we saw both the best and worst of Thomas Hatch. An optimist will point out that he struck out ten and generated four groundball outs while giving up just five hits. A pessimist will reply that three of those five hits were a double, a triple, and a homer. The strikeouts are very good to see, but once again we also see that when he misses his spots he is getting hit very hard. His progression in Iowa will probably be one of our majors stories in 2019.
  • Arizona Fall League bound catcher P.J. Higgins did indeed hit for the cycle for the Smokies last night. The triple and the homer were both the firsts for him as a 2018 Smokie.
  • Bryan Hudson finished his season by tantalizing us, again, with his potential. He pitched five innings for Myrtle Beach before the rain set in, allowed just one hit, walked no one, and struck out five.
  • Despite the loss, Eugene can still make the playoffs without help. They have two games left, and if they win both it doesn’t matter what Salem-Keizer does. If Eugene wins, Eugene’s in.

Author: Luke Blaize

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