Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Iowa wins in a walk-off in to force decisive 5th game; South Bend opens MWL semifinals with another comfortable win

Matt Swarmer (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Matt Swarmer (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

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Iowa 5, Round Rock 4 (11 Innings)

Game Recap

For the third time in the first four games of the series, Iowa and Round Rock would require extra innings to decide a winner. The Iowa bullpen was not up to the task the first two times, and when Alex Wilson coughed up a two-run 8th inning lead in this one, it didn't look good again. But over the next three innings Randy Rosario, James Norwood, and Dillon Maples slammed the door. They didn't allow a hit, while striking out five Express batters in total.

Johnny Field (Photo by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs)

Johnny Field (Photo by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs)

The Cubs walked it off in the bottom of the 11th without the benefit of a hit. Johnny Field led off the frame with a walk. After Vimael Machin failed to convert his sac bunt attempt, Donnie Dewees and P.J. Higgins drew two more walks to load the bases. Phillip Evans came through with a sacrifice fly to right to bring Field home.

Iowa built its early lead on the backs of a double by Field and triple by Dewees in the 5th, which plated two runs, and then a Jim Adduci solo homer and RBI double by Jhonny Pereda in the 6th added two more. Matt Swarmer, who has settled in as Iowa's best starting pitcher over the last month of the season, allowed just two runs (one earned) over six innings.


Top Performers

  • Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 4 K
  • Craig Brooks: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
  • Randy Rosario: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
  • James Norwood: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
  • Dillon Maples: IP, 0 H, 0 R, HBP, 3 K
  • Jim Adduci: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, BB, SB
  • Johnny Field: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB
  • Donnie Dewees: 2-5, 3B, RBI, BB
  • P.J. Higgins: 1-3, 2 BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The two teams will meet in a do-or-die fifth game this afternoon. First pitch will be at 12:38 in Des Moines.

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South Bend 6, Great Lakes 4

Game Recap

Andy Weber (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Andy Weber (photo by Rikk Carlson)

A big four-run 4th inning gave the Cubs an early cushion, and though it got close in the middle innings, they would never surrender the lead. Nelson Velazquez kicked off the scoring with a run-scoring single, and then with two outs, back-to-back singles by Andy Weber and Brennen Davis drove home three more.

The singles would become a theme for South Bend. All ten of their hits would go for just one base, but it would prove to be enough. When Great Lakes chipped away in the top of the 3rd and 6th, narrowing the Cubs lead to just one, the offense responded with a another pair of two-out, run-scoring singles, this time off the bats of Nelson Maldonado and Jake Slaughter.

Just in case you didn't stick around through the whole highlight package to see Weber make a big defensive play, here you go:


Top Performers

  • Brennen Davis: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB
  • Andy Weber: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, BB
  • Jake Slaughter: 2-4, RBI
  • Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1-3, R, HBP
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1-4, R, RBI
  • Cole Roederer: 1-4, R
  • Cam Sanders: 4 IP, 2 H, R, 5 BB, 3 K
  • Brian Glowicki: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (S)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Cubs swept their opening round best-of-three series against Bowling Green and will now travel on the road to try to do the same to Great Lakes. The winner will square off against either Cedar Rapids or Clinton (who is up 1-0) in the Midwest League Championship Series next week.

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  • Congratulations to South Bend and Go Iowa! Hopefully the big club can show this level of fight.

    OT, but I haven't received notifications of new articles for several days now. I re-entered my email address and am informed I'm already subscribed. I don't know if anyone else is having an issue, if it's just me, or if there's a glitch in the system. Just bringing it to your attention. Thanks.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Do you get notifications of articles? I don't, is there something I haven't done that I should do? Is there any way of contacting someone else here without putting my email here? thanks.
    When we were building up the system 4 or 5 years ago we were winning minor league titles and that was good for the players to learn how to win. It appears we're doing that again. I look at the players that are coming up big in the playoffs--Weber, Roederer, Sanders, Davis, Velasquez, etc are ones we might be seeing pretty soon. This is exciting for us to see.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I'm always on my phone, so I'm not even familiar with the desktop layout. There is a place, past my comment box, that says *SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL*. Just enter your email address and you get a notification whenever a new article is published.

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    Thanks. I thought there was a way to communicate with someone here by email--e.g. if I wanted to email you or someone else or someone wanted to contact me privately.
    I usually use my laptop but am on the phone a lot too.

  • Great play by Weber. Wow!. Might’ve got s break though on the call, but that looked like Don Kessinger out there.

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