Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Smokies and Pelicans mount dramatic comeback victories; Iowa rained out

Yasiel Balaguert

Yasiel Balaguert

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Iowa PPD

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Tennessee 11, Chattanooga 10

Game Recap

The Smokies chances appeared dim after the Lookouts jumped on Duncan Robinson ( 5 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 5 ER, BB, 5 K) for three runs in the 2nd and another three in the 3rd. A solo home run by Trent Giambrone got the Smokies started on the comeback trail, but another run by Chattanooga in the 5th returned the deficit to six runs.

Trent Giambrone (photo: Stephanie Lynn)

Trent Giambrone (photo: Stephanie Lynn)

Tennessee would pick up the pace the following inning. They would score five run in the sixth and another two in the 7th with Yasiel Balaguert driving in a pair in each inning. This would knot the score up at 8-8, where it would remain until extra innings. Jeffrey Baez led off the 10th with a triple to score the runner from second then score on an Erick Castillo single to make it 10-8. With Dakota Mekkes returning to the mound after a scoreless 9th, the team appeared to have the game well in hand, but Mekkes would allow two runs (his first of the season) to score in the bottom of the frame to re-tie the game.

Both teams were held scoreless in the 11th as Mekkes gave way to Daury Torrez. Balaguert would score on a wild pitch in the top of the 12th, and Torrez made it stick in the bottom of the inning.

Top Performers

  • Yasiel Balaguert: 2-6, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
  • Will Remillard: 2-3, RBI
  • Erick Castillo: 1-3, RBI
  • Jason Vosler: 1-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB
  • Daury Torrez: 2 IP, 2 BB (W, 2-0, 1.59)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Daury Torrez

Daury Torrez

The two runs (one earned) allowed by Dakota Mekkes (1-0, 0.59) were the first he had allowed all year. The two hits he allowed were the first he had given up in five appearances. Opposing batters are still hitting just .080 against him this season.

Craig Brooks has been perfect over his past two outings, striking out 7 over 3.1 innings.

Daury Torrez has made 10 appearances in 2018. In 7 of those appearances he has pitched two scoreless innings. In another, he has pitched three scoreless innings.

After a slow start, Yasiel Balaguert (.240/.279/.347) has picked up the pace, hitting .316 over his past ten games. He has driven in six runs over the past three Smokies games.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 8, Buies Creek 7

Game Recap

Jhonny Pereda

Jhonny Pereda

A day of furious comebacks did not end with Tennessee. Myrtle Beach got in on the action as well, perhaps in even more dramatic fashion. The Pelicans trailed 6-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Their only previous hit, and run, had been a solo homer by Jhonny Pereda in the 2nd. Pereda got the rally going in the 8th, with an RBI single, eventually coming in to score on a wild pitch. Kevonte Mitchell would add an RBI double to make it 6-4.

The comeback bid would get more difficult in the top of the 9th as Tyler Peyton allowed an unearned run to score. Down three runs, the newly activated Luis Ayala started things off with a leadoff walk. He would later score on an Andruw Monasterio sacrifice fly. Tyler Alamo would then contribute the only run scoring hit of the inning to draw the Pelicans within one. With the bases loaded, Pereda would walk to drive in the tying run, and then Vimael Machin would score the winning run on a wild pitch.

Top Performers

  • Keegan Thompson: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 7 K
  • Tyler Peyton: 1 IP, H, R, 0 ER, K (W, 2-1, 1.35)
  • Jhonny Pereda: 2-4, HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Tyler Alamo: 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB
  • Vimael Machin: 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

This was the third straight multi-hit game for Jhonny Pereda (.311/.376/.396).

Tyler Alamo (.245/.288/.461) is working on a five-game hitting streak during which he has driven in five runs and raised his average close to 30 points.

The Pelicans scored 8 runs despite collecting just 4 hits. They took advantage of 12 walks and 4 wild pitches uncorked by the Astros staff.

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  • Question for the Rules guy. I notice Mekkes gives up two runs, one unearned. Are they keeping the stats "kosher" by always saying that if the man that starts the extra inning at second scores it is unearned or was that unearned run there actually an error that let the second run score? Not sure on how they are ruling that. Tough for a guy to have a man start on second, give up a bunt and a fly out and be charged with an earned run?

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Yes, it is always an unearned run.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks. The pitcher in me is glad.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    They can still get an L though...

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Yeah, just one more reason the W-L stat gets devalued more each passing day. : )

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    In reply to Michael Ernst:

    That brings up another question for me, Michael. Do you see any pattern in how teams are using the runner starting on 2B. I assume that it is usually an available good baserunner. But is that the case? Is that player then ineligible to come in later as a pinch-hitter, for instance? Also, if implemented at the MLB level do you see more teams carrying a guy maybe not specifically for that role but would it likely give someone a significant leg up trying to make the team? Kind of like how we often discuss who will make the post-season roster and whether we should carry an extra defensive outfielder will we start saying, "Yes, Player A is having a good spring but Player B would be a good choice to be an extra runner in extra innings. And what is that player called? "Courtesy runner"? "Everyone-wants-to-go-home-at-this-point runner"? Does he get credit for a run scored? Does the batter get an RBI?

    Sorry, that is a lot of questions. Anyone can chime in.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    It isn't a bench player. The runner is the player who made the final out in the previous inning.

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    Even though I rarely post in this thread, I want to say Thank you Michael for continue to do this daily and provide some real insight into the players, the game, development, and even some outlook on players a lot of us have minimal knowledge about.

    Your doing a fantastic job, and I am sure John is looking down from Heaven proud.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Thanks, Jim. Appreciate the sentiment.

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    I don’t know if you’ll see this Michael but you said the runner is the last out of the previous inning. So he’s up 2 innings in a row. I thought it would be more logical to have the next batter in order (the first up the next inn) to take 2nd base. That way there is continuity in the lineup.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I'm not Michael, but the guy who made the last out of the previous inning is the runner at 2nd base to start the new inning. It's not like he's batting twice. And since he made the last out, it's not like he ran the bases in the previous inning either. It would be unfair to have the next batter in the order have to take 2nd base and actually lose his at bat. With the last out of the previous inning taking 2nd base, that actually does allow for perfect continuity of the lineup.

    My question about this is that say you have a speedster on the bencher while a slow runner made the last out of the previous inning. While your playing defense, even with 2 outs, what's to stop the manager from making a defensive replacement that allows the speed player into the game and batting in the spot that made the last out and thus starting him out at 2nd base?

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