#Cubs Minor League report: Baez, Null, Edwards
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer in the eighth but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 7-2, to Memphis. Baez is batting .314 overall and is 9-for-26 with three home runs in six games this month. Carlos Pimentel took the loss, giving up six runs — two earned — on two hits and eight walks over three innings.
Tennessee lost, 4-3, to Birmingham. Jeffry Antigua gave up three runs over 3 2/3 innings. Wilson Contreras had two hits to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He also drove in a run. Billy McKinney had two hits and one RBI.
Myrtle Beach lost, 1-0, to Carolina in the first game of a doubleheader. Tyler Skulina struck out eight and gave up one run over six innings, but took the loss. Victor Caratini had two hits. In the second game, Fernando Cruz gave up two runs — one earned — in Myrtle Beach’s 4-2 loss.
Jeremy Null gave up one run over six innings and Cael Brockmeyer hit a solo home run in South Bend’s 2-1 win over Quad Cities. It was Null’s sixth quality start. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
The pitcher Cubs fans knew as C.J. Edwards says he wants to show respect to his parents and a more professional approach, so he’s decided to use his birth name, Carl Edwards Jr.
“I just figure that I should go by the name my parents gave me,” Edwards told the Des Moines Register.
Edwards posted a 2.66 ERA in 13 games in relief at Double-A Tennessee, and has given up three runs on three hits and three walks over three innings in two games for Triple-A Iowa. At Tennessee, the right-hander struck out 36 over 23 2/3 innings.
Note to regular readers: Sorry for the lack of posts. I was on a mini break. Will be in Detroit for Cubs’ Interleague series vs. Tigers.