Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Field and Giambrone homer again for Iowa; Thompson dominates for South Bend

Riley Thompson (photo by Rikk Carlsson)

Riley Thompson (photo by Rikk Carlsson)

AAA

Iowa 11, Oklahoma City 1

Game Recap

Trevor Clifton combined with three relievers on a four-hit, one-run performance to beat former teammate Rob Zastryzny. Clifton even helped his own cause in the 4th with a double and run scored. It was part of a five-run 4th inning which broke the game open for the I-Cubs. Trent Giambrone delivered a three-run shot in the inning. The Cubs would go on to post crooked numbers in the 6th and 8th innings as well.

Top Performers

  • Johnny Field: 2-5, HR (2), R, 3 RBI (.277)
  • Trent Giambrone: 1-5, HR (6), R, 3 RBI (.262)
  • Dixon Machado: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.349)
  • Phillip Evans: 1-3, R, 2 BB (.222)
  • Ian Happ: 1-4, R, RBI, BB (.213)
  • Vimael Machin: 2-2, R (.286)
  • Donnie Dewees: 0-3, 3 R, 2 BB (.231)
  • Trevor Clifton: 1-2, 2B, R
  • Trevor Clifton: 3.2 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Johnny Field (Photo by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs)

Johnny Field (Photo by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs)

Johnny Field (.277/.333/.638) opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 1st, his second homer in as many days. They were his first two homers on the season, but Field had previously belted 5 doubles and 3 triples previously, giving him a robust .638 slugging percentage on the year.

Trevor Clifton is on a pitch count early in the year because he was only stretched out late in spring training after injuries hit a number of Iowa starters. He's been very strong in the role so far this season, as he has yet to allow an earned run over 8.1 innings. He has surrendered just 4 hits, but has had some control issues (7 BB, 1 HBP), but has made up for it by missing bats (13 K). It will be interesting to note if his stuff ticks up once he is moved to the pen.

Addison Russell will be eligible to begin his conditioning assignment tomorrow while serving the remainder of his suspension, so we could see him sent to Des Moines soon.

AA

Tennessee 6, Chattanooga 2 (Game 1)

Tennessee PPD (Game 2)

Game Recap

Tyson Miller

Tyson Miller

Weather intruded once again in eastern Tennessee. This time, not only did it postpone the second game, but it interrupted the first game as well, driving both starters out in the 3rd, which was most unfortunate for Tyson Miller as he had yet to allow a hit through his three innings of work. Jordan Minch came on to continue the no-hitter for another inning and earn his third win on the year. In all, the Smokies staff would give up just one hit on the afternoon.

A big four-run 4th by the Tennessee offense provided the difference in the game. RBI singles by Johnny Pereda and Jared Young got things going, and then Robel Garcia capped the inning off with a two-run double.

Top Performers

  • Connor Myers: 1-1, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (2) (.258)
  • Jared Young: 1-2, R, RBI, BB, HBP (.241)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-4, R, RBI (.333)
  • Johnny Pereda: 1-2, R, RBI, BB (.179)
  • Robel Garcia: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB (.375)
  • Nico Hoerner: 1-4, 2 R (.327)
  • Tyson Miller: 3 IP, 0 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, K (0.69)
  • Jordan Minch: IP, K (W, 3-1, 8.59)
  • Craig Brooks: 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K (S, 4, 0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Tyson Miller's streak of 23 consecutive starts going 5 or more innings came to an end thanks to an hour and 23 minute rain delay.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 4, Lynchburg 2 (Game 1)

Myrtle Beach 4, Lynchburg 1 (Game 2)

Game Recap

Cam Balego (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Cam Balego (photo by Rikk Carlson)

We continue to see improved play from the Pelicans in recent games, and now here they are sweeping a doubleheader to improve their record to 6-11 on the year. The team has actually received a boost from some backups and a couple of players who did not begin the year on the opening day roster. Chief among them has been utility man Cam Balego. He drove in three of the Pelicans eight runs on the day, and is now hitting .333 with an OPS above 1.000 since joining the team about a week ago.

It was also nice to see Erling Moreno earn a victory in the second game. The righty was atrocious through his first two starts of the season (posting a 20.25 ERA, 15 ER in 6.2 IP), but managed to toss three shutout innings in a piggyback role off starter Javier Assad which will hopefully get his season pointing in the right direction. Moreno has the stuff (power sinker in the mid-90s or higher in short stints, along with solid curve/change) to thrive in a relief role, but consistency (and health) issues have plagued him as much as any arm in the system since he signed back in 2013.

Top Performers

  • Paul Richan: 5 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K (W, 2-0, 1.32)
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 0.2 IP, H, K (S, 1, 5.19)
  • Javier Assad: 4 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 4 K (2.77)
  • Erling Moreno: 3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (W, 1-2, 13.97)
  • Cam Balego: 2-5, R, 3 RBI, BB (.333)
  • Jimmy Herron: 1-3, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, SF (.204)
  • Miguel Amaya: 1-3, R, RBI (.217)
  • Zach Davis: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (4) (.280)
  • Tyler Payne: 1-3, 2B, RBI (.300)

A

South Bend 1, Lake County 0 (Game 1)

Lake County 3, South Bend 1 (Game 2)

Game Recap

The first half of the doubleheader was all about starting pitcher Riley Thompson and closer Ethan Roberts. Two 2018 draftees were dominant, allowing five combined base runners (no walks), while averaging a strikeout per inning. The lone run of the game was driven in by D.J. Artis, who has been a rock at the top of the Cubs order so far this season.

Game two saw just five hits combined between the two teams, but the pitching and defense by Lake County was just a bit more crisp.

Top Performers

  • Riley Thompson: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (W, 2-0, 0.61)
  • Ethan Roberts: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (S, 4, 1.29)
  • Faustino Carrera: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 K (L, 1-1, 5.06)
  • Riley McCauley: IP, 0 R (0.00)
  • Delvin Zinn: 2-3, 2B, R, SB (4) (.294)
  • D.J. Artis: 3-6, RBI, CS (2) (.283)
  • Erick Gonzalez: 1-2, BB (.208)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-5, R, BB (.208)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Riley McCauley (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Riley McCauley (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

D.J. Artis has reached base safely in 13 of his 14 games this season, and reached safely more than once in 7 of them. His OBP stands at .433 on the year.

After beginning his professional career with 14 straight scoreless appearances last season (before giving up runs in his last 2 outings), Riley McCauley has opened his first full professional season with 5 more scoreless appearances. In 22.2 career innings the righty from Michigan State (2018, 14th) has allowed just 8 hits, 5 R, 12 BB, while striking out 26 for a 1.99 ERA (.113 AVG, 0.88 WHIP).

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    Riley has me excited and DJ is doing exactly what he's supposed to do. How is he defensively? If he can continue to play CF and lead off and steal bases and take extra bases we have someone special.
    Thanks again.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Artist has mostly played LF and that is likely his best spot. I need to see more of him in CF to really judge though. Just not sure he'll get much of an opportunity with Roederer in SB and then Wilson/Herron in MB.

  • As Javy goes, so do the Cubbies ! Anybody catch the Brewer-Dodger game today. The homeplate umpire screwed the Brewers into the ground. Maybe we can get him for the Cub-Dodger series. Another fine job Rob Manfred !

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