The Cubs made their first round of roster moves as numerous players received new addresses. Billy McKinney doubled his pleasure of being promoted to Double-A Tennessee, while Andrew Ely walked in his season debut for South Bend. Meanwhile, Chesny Young had his first action for Myrtle Beach delayed.
Iowa did not have any promotions, but rather enjoyed some rare roster stability as they were able to take two from Nashville thanks to Javier Baez and Rubi Silva.
So see where your favorite player landed in today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (17-17)
After taking two games from Lansing, South Bend was not so lucky on Wednesday and lost 6-4. Erick Leal dropped his first game of the season as he allowed four earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two in five innings. James Norwood also had a rough time as he gave up two earned runs in 1.1 innings. Francisco Carrillo was the only effective pitcher for the SB Cubs, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings.
South Bend was already down 4-0 when they scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Rashad Crawford (0-for-3) was hit by a pitch to start the inning. A one out single from Gleyber Torres (3-for-5 with a double and an RBI) drove in Crawford. Torres scored on a two out double by Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI). Two more runs came home in the bottom of the ninth after Crawford reached on an error and scored on a single by Charcer Burks (1-for-5 with an RBI). A two out base hit from Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-5 with an RBI) plated Burks.
It was a get-away day as South Bend takes to the road and they had to settle for a spit with Great Lakes when they lost 8-6 on Thursday afternoon. Zach Hedges was tapped to start and had a rough beginning, allowing seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out four in five innings. David Garner continued his incredible run, striking out three in two scoreless innings. Tommy Thorpe reverted back after good outing, giving up an earned run in two innings of work.
The SB Cubs answered a three run first inning with four of their own after Charcer Burks (1-for-5), Gleyber Torres (2-for-5 with an RBI), and Jason Vosler (2-for-5 with an RBI) opened their half of the frame with singles that allowed Burks to score. A base hit from Cael Brockmeyer (3-for-5 with an RBI) drove in Torres. After a wild pitch, Vosler scored on a ground out. Andrew Ely (0-for-2 with a walk) followed with a walk and a single by Gioskar Amaya (2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base) plated Brockmeyer. In the eighth inning, Brockmeyer singled with one out and advanced to second on a throwing error. A base hit by Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-5 with an RBI) put runners on the corners, and Brockmeyer scored on a two out single from Amaya. South Bend mounted one more scoring threat in the ninth after Rashad Crawford (1-for-3) led off with a base hit. Following a wild pitch, a single from Torres plated Crawford.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-12)
The series between Myrtle Beach and Carolina has been postponed due to a bus accident involving the Mudcats. The Pelicans are set to resume their season on Friday at Carolina.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (17-15)
Tennessee had an off-day on Wednesday.
Tennessee continued their series with Montgomery on Thursday and the Smokies buttered the Biscuits 8-1. Ivan Pineyro had another good outing as he struck out seven and allowed an earned run on four hits in five innings. Michael Jensen remains a rock in the pen with another two scoreless innings, while Fernando Cruz surprised by also blanking Montgomery for two innings.
But the night belonged to Tennessee’s young hitters. Dan Vogelbach (1-for-3) singled to start the second inning. Willson Contreras (3-for-4 with a double and three RBI) followed with a base hit of his own, and both he and Vogelbach scored on a double from Jacob Hannemann (1-for-5). Contreras led off the fourth inning with a single and Billy McKinney (2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI) had his first Double-A hit, appropriately, a double. A base hit from Hannemann brought in Contreras, and Wes Darvill (1-for-3 with an RBI) laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring in McKinney.
The Smokies put the game out of reach in the seventh inning after Elliot Soto (0-for-4 with a walk) walked with one out. A single by Kyle Schwarber (3-for-5) and a walk to Vogelbach loaded the bases, and Contreras cleared them with a double. McKinney hit his second double to drive in Contreras.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (17-17)
Iowa pulled victory from the jaws of defeat on Wednesday, scoring three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat Nashville 3-2. Rubi Silva (1-for-3) led off the inning with a single, with Javier Baez (1-for-4) collecting a two-out base hit. Christian Villanueva (1-for-3 with a double) was hit by a pitch and replaced by pinch-runner Arismendy Alcantara. Mike Baxter (0-for-3 with an RBI) walked to drive in Silva, and a base hit from Junior Lake (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI) scored Baez and Alcantara.
Donn Roach had another effective outing as he struck out three and allowed an earned run on four hits and three walks in seven innings. Blake Cooper was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work. Joe Ortiz set down the side in order in the ninth for his first victory.
A Thursday afternoon game saw the I-Cubs surviving a scare in the ninth inning to beat Nashville 6-4. After being pulled from Tuesday’s start for a possible big league call-up, Tsuyoshi Wada started and appeared ready for his outing. Wada struck out six and allowed an earned run on four hits in seven innings. Armando Rivero is making some lurching progress as he walked two and struck out two in a scoreless inning. Michael Wagner failed to record an out, and was charged with three earned runs in the ninth. Brian Schlitter made it through the ninth with a strikeout.
Iowa gained the lead in the sixth inning after Rubi Silva (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI) and John Andreoli (1-for-4 with a stolen base) reached with one out singles. Andreoli stole second. Silva and Andreoli scored on a two out base hit from Javier Baez (2-for-4 with three RBI). Junior Lake (1-for-4 with a stolen base) singled and stole second to start the eighth. Taylor Teagarden (1-for-3) followed with a walk. Walks to Chris Valaika (0-for-3 with a walk) and Jonathan Mota (0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI) drove in Lake, and a double from Silva brought Teagarden and Valaika home. A two out base hit by Baez scored Mota, but Silva was thrown out at home.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs released INF Dustin Geiger and RHP Ben Wells; assigned OF Billy McKinney and INF Wes Darvill to the Tennessee Smokies from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans; assigned OF Pin-Chieh Chen to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from the Tennessee Smokies; assigned INF Andrew Ely to the South Bend Cubs from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
The Myrtle Beach Pelican activated C/INF Jordan Hankins from the 7-day disabled list.