Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Abbott extends Smokies incredible starting pitching run; Ramos and Richan also deliver the goods

Cory Abbott (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Cory Abbott (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa PPD

AA

Tennessee 7, Birmingham 1

Game Recap

What can we say about the Smokies starting pitching so far this season? Now seven games in, and they have yet to turn in a poor performance. In fact, they've maybe only even had one middling game. The rest have been straight fire. Last night it was Cory Abbott. He ran into a bit of trouble and finally gave up a run in the 6th, but he had breezed through the first five frames, allowing just one runner to reach scoring.

Providing an unexpected offensive spark was infielder Clayton Daniel. An emergency callup from EXST with Vimael Machin needed in AAA and Robel Garcia still on the IL, Daniel delivered three singles and combined with Christian Donahue and Connor Myers at the bottom of the order to score five runs and knock in two.

Top Performers

  • Cory Abbott: 5.2 IP, 8 H, R, BB, 8 K (W, 1-0, 1.69)
  • Wyatt Short: 2.1 IP, H, K (4.15)
  • Clayton Daniel: 3-4, R, RBI
  • Connor Myers: 2-3, 3B, 2 R, RBI, BB
  • Ian Rice: 2-4, 2B, RBI
  • Christian Donahue: 1-3, 2 R, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Smokies 5-2 start is due in large part to the incredible performances turned in by the entire 5-man starting rotation. Check this out:

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 6, Fayetteville 1

Game Recap

A big first and second inning on offense and gutty performances by Paul Richan and Tyler Peyton on the mound helped the Pelicans snap their losing streak. The team has had trouble stringing together hits so far this season, but Miguel Amaya, Luke Reynolds and Carlos Sepulveda each singled after D.J. Wilson drew a one-out walk in the 1st. In the 2nd, the first three batters walked to load the bases for Jimmy Herron, who doubled home two of them.

On the mound, Paul Richan has yet to show the pinpoint command he did with Eugene last season, and has struggled to put hitters away, but it hasn't stopped him from remaining effective. His one-run, five-inning performance lowered his ERA to 1.04 through two starts. He was followed by three dominant innings by Peyton, who struck out four while allowing just one base runner.

Top Performers

  • Paul Richan: 5 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 2 K (W, 1-0, 1.04)
  • Tyler Peyton: 3 IP, H, 0 BB, 4 K (7.11)
  • Luke Reynolds: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB
  • Miguel Amaya: 1-3, R, RBI, BB
  • Aramis Ademan: 0-1, R, 3 BB, SB (1)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1-3, RBI, CS (1)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Hopefully this wakes up the Pelicans offense. None of the 9 hitters from last night's lineup have an OPS above Amaya's .672, and three are currently under .500.

A

Lansing 5, South Bend 4

Game Recap

The Cubs used a pair of doubles and another pair of triples to jump out to a 4-3 lead, but Zach Mort, who had pitched as well as any reliever on the team up to this game, couldn't hold the lead as he surrendered a run in each of the final two innings.

Top Performers

  • Andy Weber: 2-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI
  • Jonathan Sierra: 2-4, RBI
  • D.J. Artis: 1-2, R, BB, HBP
  • Cole Roederer: 2-5
  • Eury Ramos: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K (5.06)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Christopher Morel was summoned from extended spring training to replace an injured Fidel Mejia at third base and tripled in a run in his first game.

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  • All right, keep that good pitching rolling. And your guy, Jimmy Herron, nice clutch double.

    Keep the big team winning & the prospects progressing.

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