Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Marquez keeps rolling, strikes out 8; Mills and Evans lead Iowa to win; Thompson kicks of rehab

Brailyn Marquez (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Brailyn Marquez (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Introduction

AAA

Iowa 5, San Antonio 1

Game Recap

Iowa reduced its Magic Number to 6 with a 5-1 victory behind a strong outing by Alec Mills and the three relievers who finished it off. Phillip Evans launched his 17th home run in the 6th inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish. The offense managed just seven hits in total, but they made them count.

Top Performers

  • Alec Mills: 5 IP, 4 H, R, 3 BB, 6 K (4.78)
  • Alex Wilson: IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K (W, 5-3, 3.05)
  • Brad Wieck: IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (5.48)
  • Randy Rosario: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K (3.55)
  • Phillip Evans: 1-2, HR (17), R, RBI, BB, HBP (.284)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-4, 2B, RBI (.295)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Alec Mills

Alec Mills

Over his last 11 starts with Iowa, Alec Mills has been the team's best starter, with a 5-1 record and 3.33 ERA. His WHIP has been just 1.08, a very impressive number for the PCL. Including his 3.98 ERA over 20.1 Major League innings, Mills has pitched to a 3.48 ERA over his last 88 innings.

AA

Tennessee SUSP

Game Recap

The game was suspended after 3 innings due to rain. The game will be completed tonight as part of a double header.

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

It was Jack Patterson's turn in the rotation, but Cory Abbott ended up taking the mound as Patterson was added to the Tennessee IL. Tennessee received recent signee Chih-Wei Hu and Craig Brooks from Iowa to help down the stretch.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina 2

Game Recap

The Pelicans did not score beyond the 1st inning, but when you plate six runs in the 1st, it is difficult to lose. Especially when you've got a hurler like Brailyn Marquez toeing the rubber. The big lefty entered the night riding a 23.1 inning scoreless streak. He ran it up to 29 innings before a 2-out single in the 4th found a hole through the infield. Marquez would finish with eight strikeouts.

Top Performers

  • Brailyn Marquez: 5.1 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 8 K (W, 3-0, 0.59)
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.56)
  • Aramis Ademan: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI (.225)
  • Luke Reynolds: 2-4, R, 2 RBI (.216)
  • Miguel Amaya: 2-4, 2B, R (.240)
  • Delvin Zinn: 1-3, R, BB (.227)
  • Cam Balego: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB (.258)
  • Grant Fennell: 1-4, R, RBI (.251)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

His 29-inning scoreless streak may have been snapped but Brailyn Marquez (8-4, 3.11 with 118 K in 92.2 IP between A/A+) was still dominant. His numbers of his last 5 starts: 27.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 38 K


A

South Bend 4, Great Lakes 3

Game Recap

Faustino Carrera posted his tenth quality start of the season and Cole Roederer reached base three times as the Cubs took three of four from the Loons to extend their lead in the Wild Card race to two games.

Top Performers

  • Faustino Carrera: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K (W, 8-6, 3.29)
  • Sean Barry: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (S, 6, 2.18)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (15) (.219)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1-4, 3B, R, RBI (.281)
  • Darius Hill: 1-3, 2 BB (.264)
  • Gustavo Polanco: 2-4, 2B (.242)
  • Clayton Daniel: 1-4, BB (.287)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jake Slaughter (.321/.390/.434 in 59 games between A-/A) has reached safely in 20 straight games stretching back to his final handful with Eugene.

Faustino Carrera (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Faustino Carrera (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Not only have half of Faustino Carrera's 20 starts this season been quality starts, but he only allowed more than 2 earned runs 3 times in 21 overall games. That is very impressive consistency for a 20-year old in his first crack at full-season ball. He's held lefties to a .184 average and just 1 HR on the year.

A-

Hillsboro 5, Eugene 0

Game Recap

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Top Performers

  • Blake Whitney: 4 IP, H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.04)
  • Alexander Guerra: 1-3 (.190)

AZL

Cubs2 11, Cubs1 5

Top Performers

  • Luis Verdugo: 3-5, HR (2), 2 R, 4 RBI, SB (8) (.286)
  • Ricardo Verenzuela: 3-5, 3B, 3 R (.266)
  • Reivaj Garcia: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB (2) (.224)
  • Richard Nunez: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB (.257)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 1-4, 2B, R, BB (.335)
  • Brandon Vicens: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI (.186)
  • Jose Gonzalez: 3 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.90)
  • Kevin Moreno: 3-4, 3 2B, 4 RBI (.176)
  • Oswaldo Pina: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB (.281)
  • Carlos Pacheco: 1-4, 2 R (.285)
  • Richard Gallardo: 3 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (4.15)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Keegan Thompson (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Keegan Thompson (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Keegan Thompson made his first appearance since April 6th, when he threw 5 no-hit innings in his first start of the season. He gave up a 1st inning 2-run homer to Luis Verdugo, but retired 4 of the next 5 batters, with the lone man to reach doing so via error. I'm not sure what his injury issue was, but he managed to avoid surgery and his ability to at least get back on the mound before the end of this season is a good sign.

DSL

Rays2 7, Cubs1 3

Cubs2 6, Brewers 5

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    Been a strong supporter of Marquez and couldn't believe it when some of our denizens wanted to keep Alzolay and let Marquez go at the deadline. Alzolay might be closer to the majors,but if Marquez stays healthy and gets a good change up working, my god can you envision the starter he could be, health is only concern as far as I'm concerned...

  • In reply to tater:

    Excellent insight! I read that one of the Cubs coaches at South Bend said when he went on that roll before his promotion to MB that Marquez right now has the stuff to dominate in the majors and that it was just a matter of consistency. If he ends the season well, then next year he goes to Tennessee and maybe Iowa and maybe the Cubs by mid-season. Marrquez has elite talent.

  • What happened to Jack Patterson? He has been rolling.

  • In reply to BigSkyBob:

    Don't know.

  • Who got hit by a pitch?

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Yohendrick Pinango.
    One of the Cubs top hitters down in DSL

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    One more question Michael. What happened to Brennen Davis? Of course he's been one of the big surprises this season. Are we kind of overlooking Faustino Carrera? It seems like all he does is pitch well.
    Thanks again.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Davis got hit on the finger by a pitch. Probably broken. Done for year in all likelihood.

    Carrera has just average stuff and isn't a big guy. He kills lefties though, but only holds his own against righties. He's a prospect. I just think he ends up as a reliever.

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    In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Do we need to have our prospects wear gear to protect them from HBP injuries, as an organizational mandate? Kinda like how the Bulls require all their players tape their ankles, while other teams don't?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Seems like I remember MLB hitters used to be able to wear full arm pads. Then because so many hitters were not trying to get out of the way, MLB went back to only allowing smaller elbow-only pads.

    Not sure what could protect wrists and fingers, though. But, if we can put a man on the moon, MLB should be able to figure out something.

  • When looking at a possible in house replacement for Hamels as the fifth starter it seems like the candidates are Mills, Alzolay, Rea and maybe Chatwood? I just don't get the feeling the front office wants to spend money to resign Hamels or bring in a FA. Between those 4 guys, who has had the best season?

  • When did Hultzen go on the IL?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Over the weekend. Not sure what happened, and I haven't seen a report or tweet from anyone else. We can close the book on him helping this year. Project resumes next spring.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Snap, he was pitching so well............I guess looking at things long term, him building on this year can God-willing catapult him into becoming a shutdown LH reliever for us next year.......

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    bummer

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Another tough break in a whole career of them. Hope he can come back again.

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