Daily Cubs Minors Recap: No-Hitter Alert! Four I-Cubs pitchers toss a combined no-no

Tommy Nance


Iowa 2, Indianapolis 0

Game Recap

There have already been three no-hitters at the Major League level this season, and now the Minors has had their first, courtesy of Shelby Miller and the Iowa bullpen. Miller tossed the first three innings, followed by another three by Tommy Nance (who earned the win and also drove in the winning run on a sac fly), two by Brad Wieck and the final by Ryan Meisinger.

Miller, Nance and Wieck each struck out five batters apiece. Miller mixed his repertoire well, Nance was throwing smoke. I missed Wieck’s two innings, but it appears he pitched lights out, as only one opposing hitter managed to make contact against him. Meisinger walked the leadoff man in the 9th, but managed to seal the win and the no-hitter.

Top Performers

  • Shelby Miller: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K
  • Tommy Nance: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K (W, 1-0)
  • Brad Wieck: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
  • Ryan Meisinger: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K (S, 1)
  • Abiatal Avelino: 2-4, RBI, SB (1)
  • Andrew Romine: 1-2, R, BB
  • D.J. Artis: 0-0, R, BB, SB (1)


Montgomery 10, Tennessee 5

Game Recap

The Smokies offense hit a bunch of doubles (5), and got hit a bunch of times (5) by the Biscuits staff, but the Smokies staff got hit even harder (10 H, 5 XBH), and hit a few batters (3) of their own.

Top Performers

  • Vance Vizcaino: 1-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI
  • Christian Donahue: 2-5, 2B, R, SB (3)
  • Tyler Payne: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, SF
  • Levi Jordan: 2-3, 2B, RBI, HBP
  • Connor Myers: 2-3, 2B, RBI, HBP
  • Jake Slaughter: 1-3, 2B, R, HBP

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Not only did Iowa record the first MiLB no-hitter of 2021, the Smokies staff came within a strike of recording their own earlier this week. But unfortunately, not only did they not complete it, the hit they surrendered in the 9th was a 3-run homer, resulting in a loss.

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South Bend PPD


Charleston 3, Myrtle Beach 0

Game Recap

Its been a week-long struggle for the young Myrtle Beach lineup against the Charleston staff. They showed some life in a couple of games, but in general their at bats haven’t been good, and at times they’ve looked completely overmatched. This game was an example of the latter. The Pelicans recorded just three hits while striking out a whopping 17 times.

It is too early to panic, for most of the lineup it is their first week of games in full-season ball and each guy has sprinkled in some good plate appearances, but it hasn’t been fun to watch.

The Pelicans offensive woes overshadowed a really nice outing by starter Manuel Espinoza, who punched out seven over five shutout innings.

Top Performers

  • Manuel Espinoza: 5 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 7 K
  • Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Edmond Americaan: 1-3, 2B


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    Thanks for the recap Michael. I wonder at this point of his career Shelby Miller might be a AAAA guy. I hope he can come back to the bigs, not just for the Cubs but for him too.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Some big IF's. But IF he can return to form and join the rotation at some point the Cubs get a lot more interesting IF they get healthy and the offense continues to evolve.

  • Not much to hoot about yesterday sans the Iowa pitching. I'm going to continue hoping Miller can return to form.....Same can be said for Wieck.

    Michael, I'm becoming intrigued with some of these under the radar FA pitching signings. Never know what you'll get. Megill caught my eye for obvious reasons. He's big and and he can bring it with authority. I'm hoping the forearm strain isn't an elbow.

    Now Meisinger, Stewart and Nance are popping up. Anything you can share on these guys and what their possible ceiling are? Thanks.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Yeah, the Iowa staff is sneaky good. Steele already breaking through. Stock throws 97-100. Megill and Nance now sits 95+ after only sporadically hitting that before. Wieck looks healthy. Abbott, Mekkes, Rucker, Miller (in ST, but he's been on COVID list and just coming back now) look a little stronger this year and hold their more modest velo better than before. Holmes and Biagini intrigue me a bit. Adam Morgan is healthy and adds more experience LHRP depth.

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    Bain is another one too.

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