Tough Cubs loss today but you can always get encouraged by what's going on down on the Cubs farm system. Here's today's recap...
- Good to see Barrett Loux put a good start together. He has struggled after dominating AA ball last year but today he found some of his old magic. Loux went 5 innings and allowed 3 hits, one walk, and struck out 6. He wasn't as efficient as he could have been and reached his pitch count early, but we won't quibble here.
- The Iowa bullpen shut down Nashville the rest of the way with 4 scoreless innings, one each by Casey Coleman (fresh off the DL), Zach Putnam, Rafael Dolis, and Blake Parker. Each pitcher did not walk a batter and struck out one with the exception of Putnam, who walked one and sturck out two.
- Two hit day for Logan Watkins as he raised his batting average to .224. He did strikeout twice and now has 16 in 60 PAs (27%). It's not awful, but it is unusually high for Watkins, who often makes good contact.
- Brian Bogusevic doubled, walked twice and scored a run. He's hitting .372/.471/.442 to start the season.
- Matt Loosen made his AA debut after spending some time in extended spring training. Loosen pitches in the low 90s, but unlike many of the Cubs prospects, doesn't peak there. He can reach the mid 90s. He also has 4 pitches, including a plus curve and a solid slider. Today he had things working pretty well, going 4 innings before reaching his 75 pitch limit. He did not allow a run, walked 2 and struck out 8.
- AJ Morris picked up the win when Loosen couldn't complete the necessary 5 innings. He allowed one run, walking 2 and striking out 2. Brian Schlitter completed the day with 2 scoreless innngs.
- Matt Szczur led off the game with a triple and later singled. He also scored 2 runs. He's hittting .283/.348/.373 to start the season.
- Rony Torreyes has cooled off a bit since his hot start but still got on twice, though one of it was the painful way with an HBP. He also singled and scored both times he was on base.
- Arismendy Alcantara has really impressed with his new approach this season. He walked for the 8th time this season and singled twice. He also had an impressive AB where he worked the count full and went 8 pitches before driving in a run with a sac fly. He's hitting .288 with a .368 OBP in the early going. His walk rate is at 12% after hovering just over 5% last year -- and even that took a late season improvement in his plate discipline.
- 3B Christian Villanueva hit a clutch 2 out double in the first inning to open up the game early and give the Smokies the big lead they would never relinquish. Unfortunately, he's been inconsistent overall, hovering just over the Mendoza line.
- It's been an up and down start for Zach Cates and this one qualifies as down. He entered the game with a 1.86 ERA but hasn't been as dominant as that sounds. Today it caught up to him. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning, walking 3 and allowing 6 runs. Daytona pitchers walked 12 batters in all.
- LHP Hunter Cervenka came in and shut the door. He was tough to hit but was erratic with his control as well, walking 3 batters in 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings.
- LHP Frank Del Valle had an "intersting" outing. He allowed 3 hits and walked 5 in just 2.1 innings, yet allowed just one run.
- Not much to talk about on offense except for Jorge Soler, who continued his combo of extra base power and discipline with a double and a walk. He also scored a run.
- Dustin Geiger extended his streak to 12 games with a single. He also scored a run and drove in another.
- On the downside, Stephen Bruno had his hit streak snapped at 12.
The Kane County Cougars game was postponed again but you can at least listen to Pierce Johnson. Cubs Den reader Connor interviewed him and you can listen to it below.
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