Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Wolters leads late Iowa rally as they win in extras; Strumpf homers; Beesley steals three bags

Chase Strumpf (photo by Rikk Carlson)

AAA

Iowa 6, St. Paul 5 (10 Innings)

Game Recap

This one got off to a rocky start for the I-Cubs. New member of the rotation Mike Hauschild pitched Iowa into the 3rd inning, exiting with the game tied at 1-1, but the long relievers struggled to back him up. Dakota Mekkes and Ryan Meisinger both surrendered a pair of runs.

Their fortunes changed in the 7th. Down 5-1, Iowa got an unexpected power boost from veteran catcher Tony Wolters. His three run shot narrowed the deficit to one. It would remain that way until the 9th, when Wolters would once again deliver the goods. This time though, it wasn’t a homer, but rather a tapper in front of the plate which brought home Vance Vizcaino to tie the game.

The Iowa bullpen also picked up their play beginning in the 7th. Jake Jewell fired a two shutout innings, and then Kyle Ryan followed with one of his own in the bottom of the 9th to make Iowa’s game tying rally hold up and send the game to extras. After inherited runner Ian Miller scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 10th to give the I-Cubs the lead, Trevor Megill loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 10th, but he rebounded with a pair of strikeouts followed by a soft grounder to preserve the win and earn his first save.

Top Performers

  • Tony Wolters: 2-4, HR (1), R, 4 RBI (.234)
  • Trayce Thompson: 1-3, HR (7), R, RBI, BB (.246)
  • Nick Martini: 2-4, R (.231)
  • Abiatal Avelino: 1-3, R, BB (.252)
  • Dee Strange-Gordon: 2-4, SAC (.273)
  • Mike Hauschild: 2.2 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 3 K (3.38)
  • Jake Jewell: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.92)
  • Kyle Ryan: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (W, 2-0, 1.93)
  • Trevor Megill: IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (S, 1, 7.50)

AA

Tennessee 6, Chattanooga 3

Game Recap

Last night’s win could be described as a full team effort. Starter Erich Uelmen didn’t have his best stuff or command (2 BB, 3 HBP), but he kept the ball on the ground, inducing a pair of key double plays as the infield defense helped him and the Tennessee relievers all game. Manuel Rodriguez would close out the game with another ground ball double play to get out of a jam left by Wyatt Short.

A couple of the infielders helped contributed on offense as well. Chase Strumpf launched a two run homer, his second. And Carlos Sepulveda reached base four times out of the leadoff spot.

Top Performers

  • Chase Strumpf: 1-4, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.203)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 2-3, R, RBI, BB, HBP, CS (1) (.333)
  • Nelson Maldonado: 2-3, R, RBI, BB (.268)
  • Tyler Payne: 1-3, R, RBI, SF, SB (1) (.241)
  • Brennen Davis: 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.255)
  • Grayson Byrd: 2-4 (.232)
  • Erich Uelmen: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 HBP, 2 K (W, 1-4, 4.91)
  • Juan Gamez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2K (7.11)
  • Manuel Rodriguez: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (S, 2, 2.53)

High-A

Cedar Rapids 6, South Bend 2

Game Recap

A tough luck loss for Derek Casey, as he struck out seven batters without walking anyone over 4.2 innings. A one out error by Delvin Zinn in the bottom of the 3rd led to three unearned runs eventually crossing the plate in the inning.

It may not have mattered in the end, as the South Bend offense failed to generate much, scattering base runners throughout the night, as they were unable to ignite any rallies. First year outfielder Bradlee Beesley did his part however. The speedy outfielder with a solid hit tool reached three times and swiped three bags out of the two hole in the lineup.

Top Performers

  • Bradlee Beesley: 2-3, BB, 3 SB (5, 6, 7) (.262)
  • Josue Huma: 2-4 (.238)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 1-3, BB (.271)
  • Derek Casey: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, HBP, 7 K (L, 3-4, 3.57)

Low-A

Charleston 4, Myrtle Beach 0

Game Recap

Nothing to see here, just a second consecutive shutout loss for the Pelicans.

Top Performers

  • Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 4.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (3.54)
  • Jacob Wetzel: 2-2, HBP, CS (3) (.217)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Pelicans rotation suffered a major injury as Sam Thoresen was placed on the 60-day IL. I haven’t heard what the injury is, but given he went directly to the 60-day IL, some sort of surgery is likely. The 6’3″ 210 pound Thoresen was off to a solid start in his pro career, posting a 3.13 ERA in 7 starts (23 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 17 BB, 36 K).An undrafted signing out of the University of Minnesota, he showed good velo, and flashes with his offspeed stuff. He struck me as a future reliever do to his command/control, but he would have no doubt remained as a starter for a while in order to get him innings to develop his secondaries.

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  • It seems to me, that Nico will be in place at 2B, going forward for a number of years. Michael where do you see Strumpf making his way, for legitimate playing time? Defensively do you think he has a shot as a full time 3B, or more likely in a role such as KB is being used this year?

  • Michael,
    Is that top catching prospect in the Cub system almost ready for MLB ?
    The Cubs are running Willson Contreras into the ground, playing that many games without a break.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Ricketts needed that $2M more than he figured the Cubs needed Caratini to help the cause.

  • The "Hitless Wonders" are back and they brought along the "Comedians of Errors" with them. To be honest, I didn't expect much better with the lineup Rossy put out there this game.

  • Marlins are always hard on the Cubs. Better days ahead.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    The Cubbies just went 1-5 and maintained their tie for first place. You gotta love the craziness that is major league baseball.

  • I wonder if the Cubs have any interest in a LH hitting Catcher-Chance Sisco? Orioles designated him for assignment. In 2017 Sisco was a top 50 prospect. Still just 26, career .303 minor league hitter, but .199 in the majors.

  • Anyone would be an improvement over Lobaton.

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    Agreed !
    How about bringing up their top catching. prospect ?

  • Don't want to burst anybodys optimism here, but with this starting pitching staff does anybody believe that it has any sustaining power over a 162 game schedule? No way it wins a playoff series.
    Looking at the lack of pitching depth and high end starters at the minor league level, where does team go in the next few years.
    I say blow it up. Are you willing to pay 250 mil for Baez, Bryant, Rizzo etc.? Unless they turn into Mike Trout type players, you might consider paying them. By the way, how many playoff series have the Angels won since Trout had played there.
    I say Hendricks and Contreras have the most trade value. Do it at the trade deadline.

  • In reply to Playball:

    Well, that's not going to happen. The team has hit a rough patch, but hanging. We do need help with starting pitching. Jed is working on it. Adbert will be back on Monday. Blow it up, trade Kyle and Willson? I hope the team doesn't give up so easy.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    This Cub team turned the corner when Duffy and Hoerner moved into the lineup most days. They became a team that could score other than homeruns. They will be back.

    Another thing is a back up catcher. To my eye, Tony Wolters worked best. He didn't hit much, but contributed to rallies with walks and occasional productive at bats and a couple hits. I don't know how Cub pitchers or Ross felt, but I liked the way he worked behind the plate resting Willson. We were winning and Tony is still in the org. All the backstop backups before and after Wolters didn't fair so well. Dervish and Caratini are gone and not coming back, so complaining about that trade won't help. Go Cubs!!

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I agree slug, Wolters probably is the best option at backup catcher. Lobaton, wow, he doesn’t inspire confidence to say the least.
    I also agree Dervish, Caratini and Darvish are all gone. But I completely disagree with your point that avoiding the discussion of WHY they are gone, won’t help. They are gone because of money that this owner didn’t want to spend, after committing to the contracts. When that trade was made, it kneecapped the team into mediocrity. They’d be just competitive enough to draw fans and assure Ricketts of making his profits. To ignore that fact, is far more dangerous and less helpful. It shows exactly where Ricketts priorities lie. In my viewpoint, when that trade was mandated, it did three things: 1) made it extremely unlikely the 2021 team could be successful in a playoff series, and 2) allowed Ricketts to make money at the team’s expense, because they’d be just‘competitive enough’, and 3) it pretty much mandated a new rebuilding effort. In which Ricketts has the excuse to spend even less.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    That's one to look at it. Maybe you are correct, but as you know, I don't see it that way. I don't want rehash it tho. I guess I just don't see Ricketts thinking like that, but couldn't know that for sure. He is a businessman, and I believe, one who looks out for his team 'big picture'. More like honest mistakes than a money grubber.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I have more of an issue with the Cubs inactivity the tow off-seasons before Covid. I have never been a fan of long term high priced contracts. This season has proved a different mix, might have helped the Cubs.

    Cubs should always be in the market for free agents like Darvish, Kimbrel, & Castellanos. Healthy players who settle for less than the industry expected/media estimated.

    After the Covid year, I have zero issues with Cubs ownership reducing spending before this season, & that includes the Darvish salary dumb.

    Ricketts seemed to have talk $$$ more often then other owners. Now he has learned, and is saying those decision are up to Jed..... Completely side stepping who sets the team budget.

  • In reply to Playball:

    If the Cubs decide to sell, and then increase payroll from this years estimated teams payroll of $147 million next year they can compete in the NL Central in 2022. Cubs are competing in 2021 with a below average rotation, & many pending free agents.

    If the Cubs decide to sell, all the pending free agents could be available. I would not trade Hendricks this season.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I agree Naujack, I wouldn’t trade Hendricks either. That makes things more unbearable. Until proven different, I trust Hoyer’s decisions building the bullpen and finding role players. I could see him signing the right type of reinforcements to field a decent lineup. Look at the starting lineups for SF, A’s, Milw and TB. Starting pitchers are what I believe matter the most. I hope that is the area the Cubs pay most attention (and $) to this offseason.
    I’d let Javy walk, he could be replaced with the right role player. KB wants too much money.
    Finally, because they already let the horse (Darvish) out of the barn - I’m now at peace with them letting the position players go elsewhere. Except I’d keep Rizzo for his leadership and his LH bat.

  • After reading Paul Sullivan's column in the Trib. this morning, its depressing to read Jed Hoyer's quote's about letting Bryant walk
    and resigning Baez and Rizzo. The Cubs need to cut loose of
    Hoyer and bring in new management who is not attached to some
    of Theo's player's. I read Hoyer turned down Miami's offer to acquire
    Contreras last year. Another big mistake. I know I've said this before
    but if the Cubs don't acquire the players to play small ball , there
    going nowhere. If a miracle happens and the Cubs make the playoffs,
    there going to face top pitchers . Javy playing small ball ? Forget about it, however Javy is probably the most popular player on the Cubs and the fans would riot if he is not resigned.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    The media reported Miami gave a low ball offer for Contreras. When Cubs asked for better prospects. Marlins balked.

    It sounded like many of the Cubs players were available the past two off-season. After the Darvish trade. Jed did not appear to be holding onto players for top trade value? Just imagine the garbage offers Jed/Cubs must have received for some of the Cubs named players.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    Good point !

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I think so. Orgs tried to play lowball. Cubs just didn't get an offer that made sense, so they were left to improve around the fringes. I believe that they made some attempts that didn't get that accomplished until this year. Now if we can just keep people uninjured and get a little help in the rotation, we will have a fighting chance. We can figure out 2022 next winter.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Sullivan can be an interesting read and, one can count on him being critical, like he has an ax to grind.

    As for Javy, I think Jed will have a value in mind. He is good value to any team, but I doubt that Jed wants to pay for popularity. Something tells me Javy will be a Yankee. But what do I know?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I hope you're right about Javy !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    It wont be a miracle if the cubs make the playoffs (they likely will). The miracle would be getting to the world series.

  • After another terrible 1st inning , the Cubs need a GM and manager
    on the same page.
    This long ball or nothing doesn't work. It didn't work before
    and will never work.

  • With Kris Bryant almost gone, I would like to see Patric Wisdom manning 3rd base.
    Why not bring up the Cubs top catching prospect ? He couldn't do any worse than all these retreads the Cubs are
    using ?

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Wisdom sure gave a good pinch hit plate appearances today followed by one by Marisnick and Pederson. Nice win. Pitching and defense, some small ball for a needed W.

  • Bryants trade value demising by the day, again.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    diminishing, haha

  • Patric Wisdom looks like the real deal at 3rd. The Cubs must be able to salvage something besides a comp. draft pick to trade Kris Bryant.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    They are in first place, so they will be playing for the playoffs this year. That means that KB will not be traded (there may be some uber-crazy offer that they won't refuse because 'never say never' regarding trades at any time, but it would have to be crazy).

    The Cubs are buyers this year, get used to it. How much, and who they get, is TBD.

  • The Cubs being buyers ?
    I wouldn't through money into a team that looks dead in the water.
    They clearly don't have the pitching to compete in a three game series.
    Until, the Cubs can acquire the players and learn to play
    small ball, there doomed to repeat failure.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    After that embarrassment game last night, your commit feels 'spot on'. I ask again, where do these guys go? This bunch goes on a good run, and just like that their heads are not even in the game. It almost appears that they prove to know what it takes to be a team, but lack the will to follow though. I just don't get it? It not about winning. It s about how you play the game.

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