Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Borenstein breaks open the Iowa game with bases loaded double

Rain washed away two games before they began and then suspended another in the middle of the action.


Iowa 10, Oklahoma City 4

Game Recap

The I-Cubs broke open a tie ballgame in the top of the 8th with a six-run inning, all of it coming with two outs. After the Dodgers set down the first two batters in order, Iowa was able to work three straight walks before a pitching change. Another walk, this time to Dixon Machado forced in a run to give the Cubs the lead. Johnny Field delivered the dagger, a three-run double to clear the bases and extend the lead to four. Phillip Evans and even pitcher Brian Duensing worked two more walks to re-load the bases before Zach Borenstein added two more insurance runs on a single to right.

Top Performers

  • Johnny Field: 2-5, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 4 RBI (.262)
  • Zach Borenstein: 3-5, R, 3 RBI (.256)
  • Dixon Machado: 2-4, R, RBI, BB (.359)
  • Wynton Bernard: 2-5, 3B, R, RBI (.286)
  • Trent Giambrone: 1-3, 2B, R, BB (.268)
  • Colin Rea: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K (3.24)
  • Dillon Maples: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (4.05)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Dixon Machado has cooled off a bit from his torrid early season pace, but is still hitting a team leading .359/.500/.564.


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    Thanks Michael. With the postponements there wasn't a lot to talk about. I've been looking at the Iowa roster and it doesn't seem to me that we have any position players that are potential starters, and just a few relievers. The real talent starts at AA and begins with Hoerner.
    Am I wrong or missing something? Thanks again.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yeah, it’s early still, but you could be right. Looks like mostly utility guys/reserves. None of the SPs have really lit it up yet. Underwood was/is my under dog to take it up a notch. I was also hoping for Clifton to be a starter or at least a piggy back guy. He is only 23 compared to Mills & some of the older guys. But it appears they wanted to stock AAA with potential reliever type guys. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on Swarmer or Robinson being backend rotation guys at some point yet, but it’s not looking pretty so far. So again it’s early for the pitching. But I’m with you on the position players.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Iowa has a nice stock of relievers (inlcuding a couple of current starters), but until Alzolay returns in a couple of weeks, they don't really have a legit starting pitcher prospect outside of Duncan Robinson/Matt Swarmer (who the Cubs believe in more as a SP than I do). I see those two as swing guys.

    The lineup is mostly 4A guys (outside of Happ). But Zack Short (once he returns healthy) and Trent Giambrone are going to be MLB bench players with at least a chance to become more.

    AA is where the starting pitching depth begins. Steele, Abbott, Thompson, Miller, and then OdlC depending on health. A couple of them may eventually profile best as relievers, but I believe there is a good chance each can profile as BOR.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I have a question related to this topic, one I'm admittedly ignorant on. I believe MLB changed the rules regarding the trade deadline/postseason rosters. It's my limited understanding that July 31st is now a singular, hard deadline, and players on ML contracts can't be traded after that, period. Not just not added to the ML postseason roster, but not dealt at all. Any players brought up and eligible for postseason rosters after that date must be on minor-league deals from within the organization. Some have speculated that teams will manipulate their roster construction to accommodate the new rules.

    I'll do some research to try and figure it out, but that's the questions I have. Do you, or anyone else, have more knowledge, and could this possibly affect minor-league roster construction leading up to the deadline? Common sense says a player could be called up from AA as easily as AAA. I just wonder if this plays into the decision-making of who's playing where with the new rules.


  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I know AZ Phil did a discussion on it not too long ago. I'd look on the Cub Reporter if it is something you are interested in.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah, it’s a hard deadline of July 31. No more August/September waiver trades. Next year starts the new roster sizes of 26 thru August 30th & expands up to 28 in September. No more wholesale September call ups anymore. I’m a little disappointed with that part.

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