There were more bright spots for the affiliates at midweek as Eugene set a franchise record thanks to 2016 draftees Tyson Miller and Sam Tidaback. Trevor Clifton showed that his Carolina League Pitcher of the Year Award was justified, and South Bend broke their losing streak on the efforts of Ryan Kellogg. Chris Coghlan had a big night in Iowa and the AZL Cubs closed out the regular season with Kwan-Min Kwon heating up.
The details, as usual, are inside today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (50-19)
Eugene set a franchise record for wins on Monday as the Emeralds beat Tri-City 4-2. Tyson Miller had a good start as he allowed two runs (one earned) and had two strikeouts in five innings. Alex Santana also had two strikeouts in 1.2 innings, and M.T. Minacci had a strikeout in 1.1 innings. Wyatt Short picked up save number seven by striking out the side in the ninth.
A double by Sam Tidaback (1-for-3 with a double and three RBI) in the second inning brought in Marcus Mastrobuoni (2-for-4) and Jose Paniagua (1-for-4) to give the Emeralds the lead for good. Kevonte Mitchell (2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI) scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth and doubled home Mastrobuoni in the eighth inning.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (80-53)
South Bend finally broke their losing streak in walk-off fashion on Monday as they beat Great Lakes 2-1. Connor Myers (1-for-3 with a home run) got the Cubs on the board in the third inning with a solo home run. Singles by Eddy Julio Martinez (2-for-4) and Matt Rose (1-for-4) to start the ninth, along with a sacrifice bunt, put runners in scoring position. A base hit by Roberto Caro (1-for-3 with an RBI) drove in Martinez.
Ryan Kellogg had to be perfect with the offense in a slump, and he was close to it as he allowed an earned run and struck out six in 4.2 innings. Tanner Griggs limited the Loons to a walk and a hit in two innings. John Williamson had a strikeout in 1.2 scoreless innings.
The South Bend Cubs were idle on Tuesday.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (78-55)
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were idle on Monday.
It was a night for the unsung heroes on Tuesday as Myrtle Beach finally nosed out Lynchburg 1-0 in 11 innings. David Bote tripled to lead off the 11th and came home on a one out single by Bryant Flete.
Trevor Clifton, basking in his Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors, struck out seven and limited the Hillcats to three hits in six innings. Tommy Thorpe had two strikeouts in three innings, and Daury Torrez fanned five in two innings for the win.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (56-77)
In typical Smokies’ fashion for this season, Tennessee limited Birmingham to two hits on Monday but lost 3-0. Tyler Skulina had five strikeouts in 6.2 innings, but allowed three runs (one earned). Starling Peralta gave up only two walks in 1.1 innings, and James Farris had two strikeouts in a perfect inning. Ben Carhart led the offense by going 2-for-3, while Kelly Dugan was 1-for-4, with Ian Happ and Gioskar Amaya each going 1-for-3.
This time, Tennessee did not fold in the late innings as the Smokies beat Birmingham 5-3 on Tuesday. Ian Happ (2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) launched a three-run home run with Kelly Dugan (1-for-2 with an RBI) and David Freitas (1-for-4) on in the eighth inning to put the Smokies ahead. Dugan singled in Chesny Young (2-for-4 with a stolen base) with the first run of the game in the first inning, and Happ came home on an error in the second.
Michael Wagner kept the Smokies in the game as he allowed three earned runs and struck out five in 4.2 innings. Stephen Perakslis had three strikeouts in 1.1 innings, and Brad Markey came out of the pen and struck out three in two innings. David Berg worked around two hits in the ninth for his fourth save.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (62-75)
On Monday, it took 11 innings for Iowa to lose 3-2 to Nashville. Josh Collmenter got the start and allowed two earned runs while striking out four in five innings. Pierce Johnson fanned two in 1.2 scoreless innings, and Joe Thatcher went 0.1 innings. Joe Smith pitched an inning, while Gerardo Concepcion struck out three in two innings. Jose Rosario gave up an earned run in 0.1 innings.
Doubles by Chris Coghlan (3-for-4 with three doubles) and Jeimer Candelario (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI) put the I-Cubs on the board first in the fourth inning. John Andreoli (1-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base) doubled in Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-4) in the fifth inning.
It was the kind of game you get towards the end of a bad season, as Iowa was embarrassed by Nashville 8-2. It was another typical Drew Rucinski performance as the 27-year old showed why he is not in the big leagues, giving up five earned runs in four innings. Armando Rivero struck out five but allowed an earned run in two innings, and Jack Leathersich tossed a scoreless frame. Corey Black yielded two runs (one earned) as he pitched the eighth inning.
Juan Perez (2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base) singled in Tim Federowicz (1-for-4 with a double) in the second inning and a double from Logan Watkins (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) drove in Jeimer Candelario (0-for-3) in the fourth.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (28-28)
While the AZL Cubs outhit the AZL Athletics on Sunday, they still lost 5-3. Kwang-Min Kwon led the offense as he was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Luis Aquino had five strikeouts but allowed three earned runs in 4.2 innings.
The final regular season game saw it take 12 innings for the A-Cubs to lose 4-3 to the AZL Athletics. Shortstop Delvin Zinn was 2-for-2 in the loss, as Pablo Ochoa allowed three earned runs and struck out three in six innings.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned OF Lane Adams to the Iowa Cubs from the Tennessee Smokies.