Three errors in the 4th inning, two by Robel Garcia and another by Dixon Machado, led to three unearned runs against Colin Rea and proved to be the difference in the game. It stuck Rea with his first loss of the season, but the righty continues to pitch well, offering the Cubs with a veteran option down on the farm in the event of an injury in Chicago.
- Robel Garcia: 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB (.417)
- Ian Happ: 1-3, R, 2 BB (.242)
- Trent Giambrone: 1-3, RBI, BB (.212)
- Colin Rea: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, BB, 5 K (L, 3-1, 2.82)
- Dillon Maples: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.48)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
Robel Garcia (combined .311/.411/.578) did contribute another big day at the plate, but it must be stated that defensive miscues have become a pattern for him so far this year as well. He has already committed 10 errors in 24 games between AA and AAA. I haven't spent much time watching his defense, but it will be something I'll be paying attention to moving forward, especially if he continues to contribute so much with the bat in Iowa.
After spending the earlier part of the week with South Bend, Victor Caratini has joined Iowa to complete his rehab.
Colin Rea has allowed 1 or fewer earned runs in each of his past 3 starts (15.2 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 11 K).
Since Dillon Maples returned to Iowa, 5 of the 7 outs he's recorded have been via strikeout.
Tyson Miller matched a career high by going seven innings, while allowing just five base runners. A 4th inning solo shot by Gavin Sheets was the only blemish against him on the scoreboard. The 6'5" righty attacked the zone all night, changing eye levels and working both sides of the plate. There is perhaps no pitcher in the system pitching with as much confidence and poise as Miller is right now.
The individual pitches don't blow you away, but the way he is able to tunnel his four and two seam fastballs with his breaking pitches leads to a ton of late swings and soft contact. He is an extreme fly ball pitcher who often works up in the zone, so when he does make a mistake or a hitter times him up you would think a hitter he'd be susceptible to the long ball, but so far it hasn't bit him this season (this was his first HR allowed). It hasn't been a huge issue in the previous two years either but I do think it is the main concern with him moving up the ladder.
- Tyson Miller: 7 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (W, 2-1, 0.94)
- Wyatt Short: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (S, 2, 2.40)
- Jhonny Pereda: 1-1, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, SF (.236)
- P.J. Higgins: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.277)
- Luis Vazquez: 2-4, R, SB (2) (.277)
- Vimael Machin: 2-4 (.303)
- Jesse Hodges: 1-3, R, BB (.143)
- Charcer Burks: 1-4, 3B, R, BB (.209)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
Two more walks for Jhonny Pereda (.236/.369/.337) give him 19 on the year in just 28 games. He has struck out just 15 times. He is beginning to pull the ball more often this season, which is an adjustment I was hoping he would make, but Pereda is still hitting the ball on the ground way too much. He has a bit of untapped power potential, and as a slow runner the ground balls do not benefit him the way they would for someone speedier. His BABIP is still very low though, so expect that .236 average to rise.
Not to be overlooked on the pitching front, Wyatt Short continues to emerge as a viable future left-handed relief option for the Cubs. Featuring a good changeup and sinker, Short keeps the ball on the ground as well as any reliever in the system. He has allowed just 7 homers in 153.2 innings while compiling a 2.64 ERA, 31 saves, a 1.17 WHIP and 158 strikeouts during his career.
The Pelicans squandered two multiple-run leads late in the game. First, they took a 4-1 lead in the sixth on a homer by Kevonte Mitchell, but the Mudcats scored three in the bottom of the frame to tie it. The Pelicans then scored three more in the 7th on a three-run home run by Grant Fennell to go up 7-5, but the Mudcats scored two in the 8th and then hit a walk-off three run homer in the 9th off Ryan Kellogg to end it.
- Grant Fennell: 3-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI (.246)
- Kevonte Mitchell: 1-2, HR (4), R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.173)
- Tyler Payne: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB (.304)
- Aramis Ademan: 1-3, R, RBI, SAC (.244)
- Luis Lugo: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K (3.68)
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