Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Guerra homers twice; Rea notches 13th victory; Lugo strikes out 7 over 4 shutout innings

Colin Rea (photo by Dylan Heuer)

Colin Rea (photo by Dylan Heuer)

AAA

Iowa 9, San Antonio 5

Game Recap

Colin Rea battled through five innings on the mound to earn his 13th win of the season, and even helped himself at the plate with a sacrifice and an RBI single. Donnie Dewees smacked a three-run homer and Jim Adduci hit two doubles and scored three times. The Iowa bullpen came on and tossed four shutout innings to secure the victory.

Top Performers

  • Donnie Dewees: 2-5, HR (15), R, 3 RBI (.257)
  • Jim Adduci: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI (.314)
  • P.J. Higgins: 1-3, 2B, R, BB (.286)
  • Robel Garcia: 1-3, R, BB (.267)
  • Colin Rea: 1-2, RBI, SAC (.147)
  • Colin Rea: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K (W, 13-3, 3.71)
  • Duane Underwood, Jr.: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (4.96)
  • Dakota Mekkes: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (4.96)
  • Dillon Maples: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (4.19)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Duane Underwood, Jr. picked up where he left off before his stint with the Cubs in Chicago, as he fired 2 shutout innings. He struck out 3. Underwood has posted a 2.64 ERA in 20 games as a reliever in Iowa, and has been even better in the 2nd half (1.84 in 9 games)

AA

Jackson 6, Tennessee 5

Top Performers

  • Luis Lugo: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (3.33)
  • Connor Myers: 3-4, R (.253)
  • Zack Short: 2-5, CS (1) (.162)
  • Vimael Machin: 1-4, R, RBI, BB (.285)
  • Tyler Payne: 1-4, RBI, BB (.200)
  • Roberto Caro: 0-3, R, RBI, BB, SF, SB (31) (.242)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Allen Webster returned to Tennessee on a rehab assignment, but his outing on Monday did not go well, as he allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk while recording just 2 outs.

He did not start the game and only got one pinch hit appearance, but Nico Hoerner (.283/.343/.406 in 65 G between R/AA) did extend his hitting streak to 8 games (13-for-33, .394)

A

Great Lakes 5,  South Bend 3

Top Performers

  • Nelson Maldonado: 1-4, 3B, 3 RBI (.304)
  • Jake Slaughter: 1-2, BB (.362)
  • Rafelin Lorenzo: 1-3 (.251)
  • Riley McCauley: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (3.86)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Derek Casey and Peyton Remy hit the IL, but the Cubs did receive reinforcements from Eugene.

A-

Spokane 5, Eugene 4 (10 Innings)

Game Recap

Alexander Guerra filled up the box score with a pair of homers, a double, two runs scored, four batted in, a walk and even a stolen base. He was pretty much a one man show on offense which helped the Emeralds carry a 4-2 lead into the 9th. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn't hold on, and Eugene eventually lost in 10 innings.

Top Performers

  • Alexander Guerra: 3-4, 2B, 2 HR (1, 2), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, SB (1) (.179)
  • Fernando Kelli: 2-4, 2B, R, HBP, 2 SB (20, 21) (.255)
  • Jacob Olson: 2-4, 2B (.235)
  • Kohl Franklin: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K (1.77)
  • Brad Deppermann: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (0.00)
  • Joe Nahas: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.24)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Alexander Guerra (.260/.350/.634 in 35 games between R/A-) is a 22-year old with former pro experience in Cuba, who has battled weight issues since joining the Cubs org, but there is no doubting his raw strength. He may strike out plenty, but 20 of his 32 hits this season have gone for extra bases. Guerra now has 3 multi-homer games this season, after posting 2 different 3-HR games in the span of 10 days during his time in Mesa.

Eugene welcomed 7th round pick Brad Deppermann, who debuted with 2 scoreless innings. Raidel Orta also returned to the club. The two bullpen arms replace Riley McCauley and Brandon Hughes, who were both promoted to South Bend.

AZL

GiantsO 9, Cubs1 4

Top Performers

  • Benjamin Rodriguez: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, 6 K (3.55)
  • Keving Moreno: 1-3, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, BB (.149)
  • Widimer Joaquin: 2-3, R (.275)
  • Luis Diaz: 1-3, R, BB (.083)

Rangers 12, Cubs2 2

Top Performers

  • Brandon Vicens: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.183)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 1-4, 2 RBI (.337)
  • Bryce Windham: 2-4 (.302)
  • Danny Zardon: 2 IP, H, R, BB, 2 K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Benjamin Rodriguez is a 20-year old righty who has been noted for his stuff (mid-90s, high spin-rates on breaking balls) over his first couple of seasons, but the results never quite stacked up. That may be changing in 2019. Not only is his season ERA now sitting at 3.55, but he's been even better over his last 5 starts, with a 2.34 ERA with just 13 hits and 4 walks allowed over 23 innings. He's steadily reduced his walk rates since turning pro, and to see him go 5 games without allowing more than 1 free pass in any of them is very encouraging.

DSL

Rays2 7, Cubs1 4

Cubs2 6, Brewers 2

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    Thanks Michael. How has Brandon Hughes look since he switched to pitching?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Pretty good. Transition has gone smoothly. Low-90s, some cutting action.Slider comes and goes a bit. He's worth developing. Hughes did some pitching in college so its not foreign to him.

  • Jake Slaughter and Cam Sanders, at South Bend. I notice they both came to the Cubs out of LSU. Must be fun for them to now still be playing together professionally.
    Earlier this month I was in Baton Rouge and got inside, to see their baseball facility. It is wonderful venue to watch a baseball game.

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