The I-Cubs out-hit the Redbirds 11 to 7, but a big 5-run 3rd inning was more than enough to drop Iowa to 31-35.
Iowa had four players with two hits each. John Andreoli was 2-5 with a double, 2 RBI, a run scored and 2 strikeouts. Kristopher Negron was also 2-5 with a double, 2 strikes and a run scored. Now that Albert Almora and Willson Contreras are in Chicago, Dan Vogelbach is about the only other position prospect who might have much of an impact in Chicago this season. Vogelbach was 2-5 with an RBI and strikeout. Matt Murton has been passed over for a promotion a couple of times, but he keeps hitting. He was 2-5 with an RBI.
Drew Rucinski pitched 5 innings and allowed 6 hit runs on 6 hits. He walked a batter while striking out 3 and gave up a home run. Felix Pena pitched 2 innings and struckout 3. He didn’t allow any hits or walks. C.J. Edwards pitched an inning, gave up a hit and struckout the side.
Edwards had back to back outings on June 9th and June 12th in which he gave up 4 hits and 6 runs over 1.1 innings. He walked 3, gave up a home run and struckout 1. He had been doing semi-decently until then. His walk rate was terrible, but he had an excellent strikeout rate. Unless Edwards improves that walk rate, he probably doesn’t have much of a future in MLB.
A 7-run 2nd innings put the Smokies in an 8-2 hole that eventually became 9-3 before they rallied for 5 runs in the 6th and 7th.
Every player except one in the lineup had a hit.
- Bijan Rademacher: 2-5, double, 2 runs scored, strikeout
- Carlos Penalver: 1-5, double, RBI, run scored, strikeout
- Victor Caratini: 2-5, RBI, run scored, 2 strikeouts
- Kelly Dugan: 1-4, walk, RBI, 2 runs scored
- Billy McKinney: 3-4, double, walk, RBI, 2 runs scored
- Ben Carhart: 2-5, RBI, 2 strikeouts
- Daniel Lockhart: 1-4, RBI
- Trey Martin: 1-4
Tyler Skulina kind of sucked. He didn’t make it through 2 innings. He pitched 1.2 innings, gave up 5 hits, walked 3, surrendered a home run and gave up 7 runs. Stephen Perakslis pitched 4.1 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. he struckout 3. R.J. Alvarez and Nick Sarianides combined for 2 innings and 5 strikeouts.
Gleyber Torres was 2-3 with a home run, RBI and 2 runs scored. He and Ian Happ are perhaps the most intriguing prospects in the minor leagues to watch as of now. Speaking of Happ, he was 2-2 with 2 doubles, a walk and an RBI in this one.
Trevor Clifton pitched 2.1 innings, allowed a hit, walked 3 and struckout 2. He was lifted early so he could pitch in the all-star game. James Pugliese picked up the win in relief by pitching 3 innings and allowing 1 hit and 1 run. he walked a batter and struckout 1. Ryan McNeil pitched the 7th for 6th save. He allowed a hit and struckout a batter.
Gleyber Torres was 1-3 with a walk. After a really slow start, Torres has turned it around and is having a good season. Ian Happ was 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Gioskar Amaya was 2-2 with a double, walk, and an RBI. Jason Vosler doubled in 4 trips to the plate, scored a run, drove one in and struckout. Erick Castillo was 2-3 with a strikeout.
Erick Leal got the win in the second game with 6 strong innings. It was maybe his best start of the season. He threw 6 innings, allowed 5 hits and no runs. He walked 2 and struckout 7. Leal struckout 7 back on April 16th, but he does not strikeout that many. His strikeout rate prior to the game was under 5.
Daury Torrez pitched a clean 9th.
South Bend got an early 3-0 lead, but fell behind 4-3 in the 7th. They’d tie it in the 9th only to lose in 10.
Eloy Jimenez was 2-5. Jesse Hodges was 3-3 with a run scored. South Bend’s problem was that they only had 2 extra base hits, though both were home runs. Ian Rice was 1-4 with a home run, 2 RBI, a walk, a strikeout and a run scored. Donnie Dewees was 1-4 with a home run, RBI and run scored
Kyle Twomey threw 5.2 innings, allowed 4 hits and 3 runs. Only 2 of the runs were earned. He walked 3 and struckout 6. John Williamson blew the save. He allowed 2 hits, a walk and a run in an inning of work. Greener Eregua dropped to 1-3 after 3.1 innings of relief. He allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs. He struckout 3.
The Emeralds improved 2-0 by beating their former affiliate in 11 innings.
Andruw Monasterio (SS) was 1-3 with a double and 2 walks. Chris Peters (1B) was 3-4 with a double and a strikeout. Matt Rose (DH), Yeller Peguero (2B) and Robert Garcia (RF) were each 1-4. Rose walked, drove in a run and struckout twice while Peguero and Garcia each doubled. Garcia also struckout once.
Bryan Hudson pitched 5 innings, allowed 2 hits, he walked a batter and gave up a run. To the surprise of no one who has paid attention struckout only 2. Is there some summer camp in high school that focuses on striking out as few hitters as possible that I’m not aware of? I guess the answer to my own question is yes. It’s the Cubs minor league system.
Michael Knighton pitched 2 innings, allowed no hits or runs. He didn’t walk or strikeout anybody. M.T. Minacci threw 2 innings, allowed a hit and no runs. He struckout one. Tommy Nance picked up the win with 2 innings of work. He allowed 2 hits, walked a batter and struckout 2.
Yonathan Perlaza (2B) was 1-4 with a double and a strikeout. Jonathan Sierra (RF) was 2-2 with 2 walks. Richard Nunez (1B) was 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Orian Nunez (3B) was 1-4 with a double and a strikeout. s a
Jesus Tejada pitched 5 innings, allowed 4 hits, walked 2, gave up 2 runs and struckout 1. Of course he only struckout 1!
Bryan Molina blew the save and took the loss after pitching 1.2 innings and allowing 2 hits and 5 runs. None of the runs were earned. He walked a batter, but the defense screwed him over. Aneuris Rosario pitched the final 1.1 innings and struckout a batter.
Fidel Mejia (3B) was 2-4 with a double, 2 runs scored and a strikeout. Luis Diaz (DH) was 1-4 with a double, RBI and 2 strikeouts. Miguel Amaya (C) was 0-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Tony Rijo (RF) was also 0-2 with 2 walks and he struckout once.
Hector Garcia threw 6 solid innings. He gave up 6 hits, walked nobody and allowed only an unearned run. He struckout 3. Good for the 4.5 K/9 strikeout rate the organization aims for. Way to go, kid!