Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Rice hits second walk off homer this week; Giambrone homers again

Ian Rice (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Ian Rice (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Tacoma 12, Iowa 3

Game Recap

Poor pitching, poor hitting, poor defense. Perfect trifecta for a 12-3 loss.

Top Performers

  • Stephen Bruno: 1-3, HR (1), R, 2 RBI
  • Brad Markey: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 2 K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Alec Mills (2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 K) had gone at least 5 innings in each of his last 10 games. This was also the first time he gave up more than 4 runs in any of his 13 starts.

AA

Tennessee 6, Montgomery 5

Game Recap

For the second time in this series Ian Rice hit a walk off homer. Tennessee had been held off the board until homers by Jesse Hodges and Trent Giambrone in the 7th and 8th. Still down 5-3 in the 9th, Charcer Burks and Jason Vosler singled to set the stage for Rice's game winner.

Top Performers

  • Trent Giambrone: 2-4, HR (9), R, RBI, SB (15)
  • Ian Rice: 1-5, HR (4), R, 3 RBI
  • Jesse Hodges: 1-4, HR (3), R, 2 RBI
  • Trey Martin: 2-4, 2B, BB, SB (12)
  • Jason Vosler: 2-5, R
  • Matt Swarmer: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K (4.09)
  • Zach Hedges: 3 IP, H, K (2.17)
  • James Norwood: IP, BB K (W, 1-2, 2.61)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Trent Giambrone (photo: Stephanie Lynn)

Trent Giambrone (photo: Stephanie Lynn)

Ian Rice (.265/.384/.415) is hitting .290 with 9 RBI over his last 8 games.

Trent Giambrone (.252/.317/.445) has four home runs over his last 7 games.

It is an extremely small sample size but the large platoon splits that Matt Swarmer was able to overcome at Myrtle Beach has widened at AA. Lefties are hitting .450 against him over his 3 starts with the Smokies (they hit .278 against him in Myrtle). Righties have continued to hit well under .200 against him.

Advanced A

Carolina 3, Myrtle Beach 2

Game Recap

The Pelicans closed out the first half with their fourth loss in five games. Dropping the series also dropped them under .500. The offense has gone dry over the past week which hasn't been a consistent issue since April. Hopefully they can break out of the slump soon.

Top Performers

  • Yeiler Peguero: 3-3, 2B, R, RBI
  • Bryan Hudson: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (L, 4-6, 5.60)
  • Ryan Kellogg: 4 IP, H, 4 K (4.66)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Over his last 4 starts (21 IP) Bryan Hudson has gone at least 5 innings in each and has compiled a 4.29 ERA.

A

Lansing 8, South Bend 4

Game Recap

Starter Brendon King and reliever Manuel Rondon gave up eight runs over the first four innings. The pen held Lansing the rest of the way but the offense couldn't overcome the deficit.

Top Performers

  • Miguel Amaya: 2-3, R, BB
  • Michael Cruz: 2-4, R, RBI
  • Roberto Caro: 1-3, HR (1), R, RBI, 2 BB
  • Jared Young: 1-3, R, BB
  • Ben Hecht: 2 IP, H, 3 BB, 2 K (3.71)
  • Brian Glowicki: 2 IP, 2 H, K (1.39)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Roberto Caro (.375/.460/.521) is hitting .406 over his past 10 games.

Michael Cruz (.220/.301/.427)  is hitting .375 over his past 9 games.

A-

Vancouver 6, Eugene 4

Game Recap

Brailyn Marquez

Brailyn Marquez

Brailyn Marquez looked strong for portions of his outing, but ended up getting pulled with the bases loaded in the 4th. Casey Ryan came in and was able to end the threat but the Canadians plated three runs against him over the following two innings to pull away.

Top Performers

  • Brailyn Marquez: 3.2 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Gustavo Polanco: 2-4, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI
  • Cam Balego: 2-2, 2B, R, HBP, CS
  • Luis Diaz: 1-4, R, BB, SB (1)

 

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  • There’s gonna be days like this. They can’t all be golden unicorns & rainbows. It’s a roller coaster ride & long process.

  • There are only 20 players from the first 10 rounds of the 2015 draft that have appeared in MLB games. Ian Happ is #5 in terms of WAR from that class. The Cardinals have 3 of the 20 players (Bader, Hicks, DeJong) from the 2015 draft.

    I believe only 4 players from the 2016 draft have played in the MLB thus far.

    It's such a long process from draft to MLB.

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