Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Underwood impressive; Pelicans break out on offense to break losing streak

Duane Underwood

Duane Underwood

AAA

Memphis 3, Iowa 1

Game Recap

David Bote's towering solo home run in the top of the 1st gave the I-Cubs an early lead but ultimately their offense sputtered once again spoiling an impressive 1st start by Duane Underwood, Jr.  Well, the defense let him down just as much. Underwood held the the Redbirds down until the 5th when a two-out throwing error by Mike Freeman brought home two runs. Underwood was working as high as 97 on the gun, which is highest I can remember since his days in South Bend, and punched out six over five innings while also recording seven ground outs.

I wish I could be more upset by the outcome of a Cardinals prospect shutting down the Cubs, but Redbirds starter Daniel Poncedeleon is a former Cubs draftee (unsigned) that suffered a horrific head injury on a Victor Caratini comebacker last season. It was just nice to see him healthy and back on the mound. I probably could have done without him striking out twelve batters, but...

Top Performers

  • Duane Underwood, Jr.: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 7-0 GO-AO
  • David Bote: 1-4, HR (2), R, RBI
  • Bijan Rademacher: 1-3, BB
  • Chesny Young: 1-3, BB

AA

Jackson 10, Tennessee 2

Game Recap

Trey Martin hit a two-run homer. I believe that if this is the only piece of information I report it was the only thing that actually occurred and not the only good thing that actually occurred.

Top Performers

  • Trey Martin: 2-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI
  • Eddy Martinez: 1-2, 2 BB
  • Jesse Hodges: 1-3, R, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

It has been a very rough transition to AA for Oscar De La Cruz (2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K). He was knocked around the second time through the order in his first start, but the Generals got to him right from the get-go in this one.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 14, Down East 6

Game Recap

Vimael Machin (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Vimael Machin (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

If any team needed a big, easy win it was Myrtle Beach. Just 1-8 heading into yesterday's game, the three hitters at the top of the order set the table throughout the night, leading the Pelicans to their first win in a week. Connor Myers, Vimael Machin and Jhonny Pereda each reached base at least three times. The bottom of the order chipped in as well, as Austin Upshaw and Aramis Ademan each contributed a solo home run. In fact, all nine hitters contributed at least one hit and scored or drove in at least one as well.

Top Performers

  • Vimael Machin: 4-6, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Connor Myers: 4-5, 3B, 3 R, BB, SB (4)
  • Aramis Ademan: 2-5, HR (1), 2 R, RBI
  • Tyler Alamo: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SF
  • Wladimir Galindo: 2-6, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1-4, 3 R, 2 BB
  • Austin Upshaw: 1-5, HR (1), R, RBI
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 2-5, RBI
  • Bryan Hudson: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 4 K, 5-1 GO-AO (W, 1-1, 6.30)
  • Wyatt Short: 2 IP, BB, K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Wladimir Galindo returned from the DL and was inserted back into the cleanup spot. He had tweaked a muscle in the leg he has broken last year, so the team gave him a week off as a precautionary measure.

Pereda extended his hit streak to nine games.

Wyatt Short is one of the few Pelican's pitchers off to a strong start. He has held the opposition scoreless over 3 appearances (5.2 IP) and has his sinker and changeup working to generate ground balls at an extreme rate. He currently sports a 6.00 GO/AO ratio.

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  • If there ever has been a line-up built for the opposing team to throw a no-hitter, last night's Smokies batting order came the closest to that.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Only so much you can do when you only have one left handed hitter and it's his day off. I probably would not have timed it to coincide with Rice and Giambrone on the bench too, but...
    They still had some quality hitters in there.

    Doesn't even compare to 2011 Peoria squad. Absolutely the tiniest, least threatening lineup I have ever witnessed a Cubs affiliate field. There were days when they would send out a lineup with one guy over 6 foot tall. It was sad.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Ryan Cuneo, Richard Jones, and Greg Rohan were all pretty big guys, but that was about it. I remember interviewing Taiwan Easterling and thinking about just how skinny he was. Their manager, Casey Kopitzke, was kind of a jerk.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Jones was the only guy that played regularly.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Rohan was promoted up to Daytona.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Rohan also made a dramatic catch in LF to preserve Austin Kirk's Fourth of July no-hitter.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Yeah, I do seem to remember them getting smaller as the year went on. Even Szczur, who wasn't a big guy himself and was nothing but a slap hitter at the time got promoted in second half.

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    An encouraging day for some of our prospects. Underwood, Eddy Julio and Short are doing well. Thanks again Michael.

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    The game is postponed today, right now (around 1:30pm) it's snowing, but I'm watching a reply of the 8th inning from yesterday and It is a joy. What a game!

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