Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Swarmer excels again and Deichmann homers but a late Iowa rally falls short; Herz strikes out 9 and Ball extends his hot streak; ACL Cubs offense goes off

Matt Swarmer (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)


Toledo 3, Iowa 2

Top Performers

  • Matt Swarmer: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 K (L, 3-7, 4.88)
  • Greg Deichmann: 1-4, HR (3), R, RBI (.239)
  • Trent Giambrone: 1-3, 2B, R (.186)
  • Zach Davis: 2-4, SB (5) (.255)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

A real tough luck loss for Matt Swarmer yesterday as he held the opposition to just 2 runs over 7 innings while punching out 10. He’s been really good over the last couple of months but has had little to show for it in the win column. He’s allowed more than 2 runs just once over his last 12 games (8 GS), for a 2.40 ERA, but he’s gone just 3-3 over that span.


Chattanooga 2, Tennessee 0

Game Recap

The Smokies received a solid effort from their pitching staff, but the offense managed just six base runners all night and basically never threatened, as a two-out triple by Bradlee Beesley was the only time they put a man in scoring position all night.

Top Performers

  • Dakota Chalmers; 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB< 4 K (L, 2-5, 5.88)
  • Eury Ramos: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (4.32)
  • Bryan Hudson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (3.17)
  • Bradlee Beesley: 1-3, 3B (.143)
  • Edwin Figuera: 1-3 (.288)


Beloit 6, South Bend 5

Game Recap

A 13-hit attack by the Cubs offense and 13 combined Ks through the first 8 innings by starter D.J. Herz and reliever Zachary Leigh put the team in position for a win. They led 5-4 heading into the heading into the bottom of the 8th, but Leigh allowed a run to tie the score and then Gabriel Jaramillo couldn’t hold the Snappers down in the 9th, as South Bend watched another late lead evaporate.

Top Performers

  • Bryce Ball: 3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI (.216)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 3-4, R, RBI (.281)
  • Miguel Pabon: 2-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI (.400)
  • Yohendrick Pinango: 2-4, R, BB (.317)
  • D.J. Herz: 6 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 9 K (3.27)
  • Zachary Leigh: 2 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 4 K (4.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

As the season draws to a close, Bryce Ball (.211/.359/.409 with 13 HR in 99 games between CHC/ATL orgs) has picked up the pace a bit. Over his last 15 games he is batting .288/.422/.596 (174 wRC+) with 4 doubles and 4 homers and 12 walks.

Zachary Leigh did give up a run, but it is easy to see what attracted him to the Cubs. He throws easy gas, consistently in the upper-90s.


Charleston 7, Myrtle Beach 4 (Game 1)

Charleston 15, Myrtle Beach 1 (Game 2)

Top Performers

  • Jacob Wetzel: 1-3, HR (8), R, 2 RBI (.234)
  • Josue Huma: 1-4, HR (1), R, RBI (.147)
  • Owen Caissie: 1-3, R, RBI (.240)
  • Christian Franklin: 1-5, BB, CS (3) (.163)
  • Frankie Scalzo, Jr.: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K (1.59)


Cubs 13, D-Backs 2

Top Performers

  • Juan Mora: 2-4, HR (2), R, 2 RBI, BB (.392)
  • Malcolm Quintero: 2-5, HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI (.315)
  • Rafael Morel: 3-3, R, 3 RBI, SB (6) (.203)
  • Yeison Santana: 3-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI (.289)
  • Kevin Alcantara: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB (.324)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2-6, 2 R (.333)
  • B.J. Murray, Jr.: 1-4, 2 R, BB (.244)
  • Jose O. Lopez: 0-2, R, 3 BB (.119)
  • Jason Adam: IP, H, 0 R, BB, 0 K (W, 1-0, 4.50)
  • Robinson Rodriguez: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (3.38)
  • Angel Gonzalez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K (9.00)


Dodgers 8, Cubs Blue 7

Brewers 7, Cubs Red 3


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  • The Perlaza, Pinango thing at South Bend, gets me a little excited for what’s to come. Perlaza has picked it up, it seems since Pinango arrived in S Bend. When I saw Perlaza play in early July he reminded me a little of Ortega. Plus he seemed willing to use both sides of the field.
    Both these guys are listed about 5’11” and 165-170 lbs. Perlaza seems to be filling out his frame, as he is now 22 years old, I believe. Pinango I haven’t seen play, but he is a few years younger and still doing every bit as well. Plus, plus, plus . . . they both offer LH bats that are needed more of.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Great take, I really enjoy seeing highlights of these guys; LH bats are definitely a premium, God-willing they become big league contributors at minimum!

  • I will be surprised if Heyward is not put on the mandatory concussion prodigal. It looked to me, that he might have lost consciousness on that collision at third with Crawford. He was a couple minutes getting up and still might not have had his wits about him as they walked him off the field.

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    I was watching the video of the Cubs welcoming back KB. Did anyone else think it strange that there was no Jed Hoyer there? Maybe he's still on Covid protocols.

  • In reply to Hal McCarty:

    Interesting, I hadn’t noticed that. But one thing I thought I saw, was when Crane Kenny tried to ‘hug’ KB - it seemed to me that KB wasn’t very receptive and moved on, pretty quickly.
    Good for KB.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I don't see the Giants, or any other team breaking the bank to sign this version of Bryant.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    Nor do I.
    And most likely Rizzo and Baez are in the same boat. Although I could see one team offering either of them, maybe around $12M for one year.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I didn’t see it, but I’d guess that if Ross wasn’t there either, then it would have to do with the Covid protocol.

  • In reply to Hal McCarty:

    I replied to the wrong Perron I guess…

    I didn’t see it, but I’d guess that if Ross wasn’t there either, then it would have to do with the Covid protocol.

  • I found it strange that there was no 3am tribute video. Where’s the love?

  • Is there any reason to keep Zac Davies on the roster any longer ? Zac Davis is stuck in AAA down in Iowa. Why not bring him up to
    evaluate for a roll, if any for the 2022 Cubs !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Well, since Zac Davis is an OF and Zac Davies is a pitcher, that swap really would not work.

    The 40-man roster is full. Someone would have to be waived to bring Z. Davis up. Who do you suggest? Of course, this does not even begin to address what happens after the season when Rule 5 additions need to be made and roster spots made available for upgrades.

    Do you understand any of this stuff?

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I was being sarcastic ! Neither one of the Zac's can pitch !

  • Brennen Davis has been promoted to AAA.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Cool. Let's see h0ow he fares against AAA pitching for the last few weeks of the year. Hopefully we'll see him get a cup of coffee (or more?) in 2022 and he can be on the 26-man roster come the start of 2023.

  • Sampson continues to impress.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Let's give him another start. Let's see if he can do it again.

  • Davis two HR in first game for IOWA.

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