Cubs Minor League Recap 4/23/18

Due to unfortunate rain in Kentucky on Monday that postponed South Bend’s game, we only saw two of the Cubs Farm System clubs in action, Iowa, and Tennessee. Myrtle Beach was already off with a travel day.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

Postponed, rain. South Bend will play a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 11:35 AM Eastern with the second game to follow. Cory Abbott is the scheduled starter for game one. 

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Travel day. Myrtle Beach starts a three-game road series against Carolina as part of a six-game road stretch on Tuesday at 7:00 PM Eastern. Keegan Thompson is the scheduled starter for game one.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 2, Jacksonville 1

Top Performances
Jeffery Baez: 1 for 3, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Trey Martin: 1 for 4, 1 R
Trent Giambrone: 2 for 3
Tom Hatch: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO, Win

Standings Check
9-8, 2nd Place in Southern League North Division

Next Up
Oscar De La Cruz is the scheduled starter for game three of four in this series on Tuesday at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Thomas Hatch | MILB

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa 0, Memphis 3

Top Performances
Stephen Bruno: 2 for 4
Alec Mills: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Standings Check
4-12, 4th Place in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

Next Up
Iowa will have a travel day on Tuesday. Adbert Alzolay is the scheduled starter for the road series opener against Oklahoma City on Wednesday at 8:05 PM Eastern.

Adbert Alzolay | MILB

Notes:

  • Jeffery Baez had the hot bat for the Smokies on the second consecutive day, going 1 for 3 with a home run, one run, and 2 RBI. Baez the day before went 3 for 4 with another home run, one run, and 5 RBI. Monday was not as dominant for Baez, but he did hit his third home run of 2018 with many more to come.
  • Tom Hatch produced a strong start with Tennessee. Hatch went for five innings, allowing just three hits and one run with five strikeouts and the win. His only knock was five walks that did not come back to bite luckily. Hatch has now strung together back-to-back-to-back performances with under two earned runs allowed each going for over five innings. It’s safe to say he is heating up at the perfect time.
  • In Iowa, despite taking the loss, Alec Mills pitched a quality start. Mills went for over the required innings, with seven allowing seven hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts. All three of the runs came in the first inning and beyond that, Mills looked extremely sharp over the next six frames. Mills, unfortunately, took the loss, not backed by the necessary run support to win, with a shutout in that department.
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