#Cubs Minor League report: Montero grand slam

Thursday’s games

Tsuyoshi Wada gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Omaha. Chris Valaika had three hits and one RBI.

Miguel Montero hit a grand slam in the seventh in Tennessee’s 7-6 loss to Birmingham in 10 innings. Albert Almora had three hits and Willson Contreras had one hit and two RBIs. Montero was expected to join the Cubs on Saturday.

Mark Zagunis had three hits including a two-run homer in Myrtle Beach’s 5-4 win over Wilmington. Daury Torrez gave up four runs over six innings and did not get a decision.

Tommy Thorpe gave up one earned run over six innings in South Bend’s 4-3 loss to Kane County. Jeffry Baez had three hits, including a double. Gleyber Torres and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits.

Carson Sands gave up one earned run over 4 2/3 innings in Eugene’s 3-2 loss to Salem-Keizer. Frandy Delarosa and Tyler
Alamo each had two hits.

Mesa had the day off.


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What a game today (Friday, 8/7)!!! Sorry Carrie, I’m too excited to wait for your post. This was a fun game to watch. The Cubs offense really clicked today and Russell was magnificent at short!!! (I believe back in spring training someone (that’d be you Carrie!) told us to “Watch Addison Russell, this kid is special,” and he really showed it today! Our announcers were speechless.

The rest of the league should be concerned, both now & for the future. If the Cubs continue to play as a team like this they’ll replace the aging Cardinals as the team to beat in the NL Central in a hurry. Granted, it’s a big “if,” but not as big as 3 months ago. And they’re still playing with FOUR rookies as position players! It’s difficult not to be giddy thinking about what these kids will mature into as they “master their craft.”

Schwarber may just be that “last piece of the puzzle” people were saying the Cubs needed. Regardless, he’s certainly provided the offensive spark we needed, and the rest of the lineup is starting to jell nicely as they get used to the consistent lineup Maddon’s been sticking with. And if Rizzo doesn’t always have to carry the offense on his shoulders, the upside is….well, exactly what Theo & Co thought it would be when they drafted all of these impact position players. Not to mention how much easier the pitching staff (especially bullpen) will breathe knowing the offense can consistently score late inning runs.

Okay, I’m excited & perhaps getting a little carried away…..or am I?? At 12 games over .500 after the first week of August & only 3 games behind the Pirates for the first wild card spot, perhaps Cubs fans have every reason to be excited. What say ye Carrie?

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