Eddy Martinez hit a big HR to rally the Pelicans.
Eloy Jimenez played some OF today though he did not make a throw during the game and played just 3 innings. But hey, it's another step on the road back...
- Williams Perez had his second straight shaky outing where he allowed 6 runs. This was a 4 inning stint. Perez just doesn't seem to be fooling a lot of hitters early on, posting an 11.00 ERA while hitters have hit .405 against him.
- This was an uphill battle for the I-Cubs but they did chip away at the lead in the middle innings. Victor Caratini continued his great start with a double, single, RBI, and run scored. He is hitting .327/.386/.481 to start the season (14 games).
- Iowa also got RBIs from veteran Taylor Davis and pinch-hitter BIjan Rademacher.
Not to be outdone by the Cubs other top SP prospects performing well yesterday. Trevor Clifton responded with 5 strong innings of his own. We've talked many times about Clifton's solid stuff across the board (92-94, FB, good CB, SL, CH) but one thing he also seems to have is good poise on the mound. We've seen him overcome a shaky early inning or two and then rebound to pitch well the rest of the way. There is a bit of grind to go with his athleticism and arm strength, which is what you really want to see because pitchers won't always have their best stuff night in and night out.
- Brad Markey was a pretty good starter but he may be an even better reliever. He pitched 2 scoreless innings with no walks and a strikeout. He has not allowed a run in 9.1 innings while walking 3 and striking out 11. Markey will throw 91-93 as a starter but can hit as high as 96. Perhaps we are seeing that good FB more frequently in short stints to go with his good CB and CH.
- Charcer Burks (1 for 2, walk, run) and Andrew Ely (1 for 2, double, walk, 2
runs scored) set the table today for the Smokies and the middle of their lineup. We've mentioned Burks as a potential breakout candidate while Ely is the type of player you can seemingly put wherever you need him and he produces.
- David Bote (double) and Ian Rice drove in runs today.
- This game was a bullpen today and it turned out to be a slugfest. The pitcher with the most success today was the de facto starter Daniel Corcino (2.2 scoreless innings, 2 walks, 1 K), though it was Gerardo Concepcion (2.1 IP, 2 runs) who was credited with the win.
- Charcer Burks set the table for this game as well, this time doing it with 3 walks, his 4th SB, and 2 runs scored. Burks is hitting .308/.400/.462 to start the year.
- It was Jeffrey Baez in the 2 hole today and he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Baez has a nice speed/pop combo and he looked to really mature on the field this season so perhaps this is the year where he puts it all together. He is off to a .229 start.
- Yasiel Balaguert drove in 3 runs and went 2 for 4 overall.
- Jason Vosler hit a bases clearing triple down the 1B line. He also singled and scored 2 runs.
- The Wood Ducks jumped on Casey Bloomquist early, getting 7 hits and 4 runs off of him in just 2.2 innings.
- This game was pretty much divided into quarters as the Cubs had 3 other relievers pitch 2 inning chunks. Tommy Thorpe was the first of these relievers and he actually got the last out in the 3rd before pitching his 2 innings. He allowed a run, as did Craig Brooks (his first run allowed this year in 9,2 IP to go with 14Ks), and James Norwood.
- Luckily for the Pelicans, the offense was supplying a lot of power today. It started with a Matt Rose solo shot in the 2nd, his 4th HR of the season. Rose was also HBP and singled while scoring 3 times overall.
- Connor Myers has had his struggles at the plate (hitting .106) but has been playing great defense and came up big today with two-run triple that brought the Pelicans within 1.
- That Myers triple then set up Eddy Martinez for the biggest hit of the game, a 3
run HR that would put the Pelicans up to stay. It was Martinez's only hit and he too has gotten off to a rough start, hitting .184. The HR was his 2nd of the year.
- Jesse Hodges added some big insurance runs with a 2 run HR in the 7th. He also walked, singled, and scored twice.
- The Pelicans got production from their entire lineup today. The bottom of the order Tyler Pearson (2 for 4, RBI, run, double), Bryant Flete (1 for 3, run, 2 walks), and Robert Garcia (2 for 3, walk, RBI) all made contributions today. Garcia is a good hitter who had some inconsistency last year but seems to have found his stroke early in the season. He's hitting .321.
- LHP Manuel Rondon bounced back from a first inning 2 run HR to shut own Dayton for the next 4 innings. He would allow just one more hit the rest of the way and walk just one batter while striking out 6. He also kept the ball down better after that first inning in getting 7 3B outs. Just a really solid performance from a pitcher who has become much more consistent than the guy we saw 3 seasons ago in the AZL.
- LHP Marc Huberman has been excellent in middle relief as a guy who can give you multiple innings and face hitter from both sides of the plate because of hsi good change to go with his low 90s FB and big breaking CB, He pitched 2 scoreless innings and has yet to allow a run this year in 7 innings of work.
- Pedro Silverio allowed a meaningless run but he continued to be overpowering with his good FB/CB combo. He struck out 4 batters in 2 innings and now has struck out 18 in 10.1 innings overall with a 1.74 ERA.
- Zack Short had just one hit today but it was a key 2 run double that nearly left the yard as part of a 6 run 2n that salted this game away early. Short has shown great versatility on defense and he has ignited the Cubs offense since being placed in the leadoff spot. Short is hitting .271/.364/.417 in 54 PAs so far this season.
- Chris Pieters started the scoring with an RBI single and would drive in another run n the 4th on a bases loaded walk. He went 2 for 3 overall with a run scored, 2
RBI, and the walk,
- Jhonny Pereda hit the game tying single in the 2nd. He would also score and draw a walk. Pereda has been a big contributor on offense so far splitting time between catcher, 1B, and DH. He is hitting 310.
- DJ Wilson would knock in the go-ahead run, He went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base along with that RBI.
- Isaac Paredes seems to be breaking out of his mini-slump. He doubled, singled, and drove in a run.
Extended Spring Training
- Ryan Kellogg is making his way back and looked sharp once again, this time for 3 innings.
- Javier Assad has a good mix of pitches (92-93 FB, CB, CH) and good control. He was very good today with 2 scoreless innings.
- Eloy Jimenez played the OF today but as mentioned, did not make a throw. In fact, the one chance he did, he ran the ball into the infield and flipped it underhand to the 2B. I am not sure what to make of that, but we'll see what happens over the next few days. He also hit the ball well, though he did not have a hit to show for it.
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