#Cubs Minor League report

Monday’s games

Iowa won, 6-4, over Fresno. Jordan Pries gave up four runs over five innings, walking seven. Kristopher Negron and Tim Federowicz both homered. Spencer Patton picked up his 11th save.

Tennessee beat Pensacola, 9-4. Zach Hedges threw five scoreless innings. Lane Adams hit a two-run homer and finished with three hits and three RBI. Kelly Dugan also had a three-hit game.

Jake Stinnett gave up one run over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-1 win over Winston-Salem. David Bote had two hits and two RBI.

Casey Bloomquist gave up one run over seven innings in South Bend’s 3-2 win over Bowling Green. Eddy Martinez hit a double, scored a run and drew a walk. Connor Myers had two RBI.

Erling Morena gave up two unearned runs over five innings in Eugene’s 6-3 win over Spokane. Stephen Bruno had four hits and three RBI. Moreno has not given up an earned run in three starts (15 innings).

Mesa lost a doubleheader to the Giants. Gustavo Polanco hit a solo homer in the second game. Javier Assad gave up three hits over five innings in the second game. Duane Underwood, on a Minor League rehab assignment, gave up one hit over one inning and struck out two.


Y`all can accuse me of nitpicking, but it`s my opinion Chapman should not have been necessary in either of these two games in this doubleheader today. Had Smith done his job in Game 1, and Travis Wood done the same in Game 2, Aroldis would have remained in the pen. The middle relief pitchers will get a pass now for all this, in view of the incredible lead the Cubs enjoy in the division, but come playoff time, we will be in a new season. What our record was to that point will be immaterial. How our middle relief and eighth innings pitchers perform then will be critical, meaning critical to the point of winning or losing, and moving on. It means pitchers like Smith and Wood, or anyone who supplants them, had better step-up in the postseason, or we will be toast.

One more thing: come playoff time, we will be competing with teams far more formidable than the lowly Brewers.

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