Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Big days at the plate for Happ, Machin, Caro and Garcia; Alzolay and Remy shine on the mound

Ian Happ (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Ian Happ (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa 5, Omaha 3 (Game 1)

Iowa 6, Omaha 3 (Game 2)

Game Recap

Game one featured a trio of home runs by Robel Garcia, Taylor Davis and a gargantuan 473-foot blast by Jim Adduci. Adbert Alzolay turned in a stellar three-hit, six-strikeout performance over five innings.

It was more of a one man show on offense in game two, as Ian Happ went 4-for-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle.

Top Performers

  • Ian Happ: 4-6, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, 5 RBI, BB (.240)
  • Robel Garcia: 3-7, HR (3), 2 R, RBI (.289)
  • Donnie Dewees: 2-6, 3B, 2 R, BB, HBP (.280)
  • Jim Adduci: 1-3, HR (5), R, 3 RBI (.240)
  • Taylor Davis: 1-3, HR (2), R, RBI (.227)
  • Fernando Arcia: 1-3, R (.225)
  • Adbert Alzolay: 5 IP, 3 H, R, 0 BB, 6 K (W, 1-1, 6.00)
  • Colin Rea: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K (W, 5-1, 3.17)
  • Matt Carasiti: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (S, 1, 2.75)
  • Junichi Tazawa: IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Junichi Tazawa has yet to allow a run over his first four outings of the year.

The four hits and five RBI matched career highs for Ian Happ (.240/.362/.422). He has homered in 2 of his past 3 games, going 5-for-10, after being 1-for-his-previous-16 with 11 strikeouts.

Averaging nearly an RBI per game is good, right? That is what Robel Garcia (.293/.376/.561 combined between AA/AAA) has done between Tennessee and Iowa this season with 33 in 34 games. His 9 home runs lead the Cubs system. There is definitely a little swing and miss in his game, but the switch hitter has a good idea of the strike zone, hits the ball with authority, and gets it in the air.

AA

Tennessee 9, Pensacola 3

Game Recap

Roberto Caro / Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Roberto Caro / Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Roberto Caro reached base five times and Vimael Machin four to lead the Smokies offense. The team managed to score nine runs without an extra base hit, but when the top two guys in the order do what Caro and Machin did it makes it a lot easier.

His final line is not very impressive, but Oscar de la Cruz had pitched four scoreless innings before struggling through the 5th, allowing three runs. He was picked up by the bullpen, with Michael Rucker and Ian Clarkin each firing two shutout innings.

Top Performers

  • Roberto Caro: 1-1, 3 R, 4 BB, SB (14) (.255)
  • Vimael Machin: 4-5, R, 3 RBI (.360)
  • Jared Young: 2-5, R, 3 RBI (.261)
  • Gioskar Amaya: 1-3, R, BB (.105)
  • Ian Rice: 1-4, R, RBI, BB (.273)
  • Oscar De La Cruz: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K (W, 2-1, 2.42)
  • Michael Rucker: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (6.75)
  • Ian Clarkin: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (1.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Vimael Machin (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Vimael Machin (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

The Smokies have really benefited from the 1-2 punch of Roberto Caro (.255/.377/.328) and Vimael Machin (.353/.442/.487 combined between AA/AAA). They both reach base at a high rate, and while neither provides much power, Caro brings plus speed and Machin has maintained a high batting average and contact rate. Caro has swiped 14 bags in 17 tries, while reaching base in 30 of his last 32 starts. Machin has drawn 19 walks against just 13 strikeouts in 39 games between Tennessee and Iowa this year.

Advanced A

Frederick 8, Myrtle Beach 2

Game Recap

The game was going fairly well for the Pelicans as it entered the middle innings. Alex Lange (L, 1-7, 9.71) was pitching his best game of the year with five shutout innings, and the team had just taken a 1-0 lead in the 5th. That all changed in the 6th. Lange (5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was able to record a couple of outs, but he also surrendered a double and a pair of walks to load the bases. Brian Glowicki was called upon to rescue Lange, but it... did not go well. Not only did Glowicki immediately give up a bases clearing double, but then allowed two more runs in the inning, followed by three more the next.

Top Performers

  • Grant Fennell: 2-4, 2B, RBI (.214)
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 1-3, R, BB (.208)
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (6.16)

A

Fort Wayne 3, South Bend 1

Top Performers

  • Peyton Remy: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K (2.31)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-3, 2B, RBI (.277)
  • Andy Weber: 2-4 (.265)
  • D.J. Artis: 1-3 (.241)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1-4, R, SB (5) (.293)

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  • Ian Happ for Will Smith?

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    You would think the Giants would be interested in OF help and the Cubs in a lefty reliever so there is a match there. I'm not going to speculate on specific values though. I don't watch the Giants so I don't know how Smith is throwing. I don't know how much faith the Cubs still have in Happ, who still has 4 years of team control.

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    In reply to Cubs09:

    I'd do that in a second.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I was actually thinking of Ken Giles from Toronto.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I’d take Giles not will smith I don’t think. He’s pitching well but I don’t know if I see him as a sure fire impact reliever

  • Too bad the Cubs don't have room for Vimael Machin right now.
    The kid can hit!

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    Does Tazawa have a June 1 opt-out date? IIRC, nearly all ML veterans in the minors like him do. In that case, do you think Cubs will add him to bullpen?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Presumably, he has one. I can see him rotating into that final spot that has been occupied by Wick/Cedeno/Webster/Maples, but Barnette (on 60-day IL) is back throwing in EXST, so he could get that final 40-man spot over Tazawa.

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