Daily Cubs Minors Recap: I-Cubs rally from two down in the bottom of the 9th to win in walk off fashion; Devers and Martin pitch well but Pelicans get shutout

Trent Giambrone


Iowa 3, Toledo 2

Game Recap

The Iowa staff kept the Cubs within striking distance while their offense struggled through the first eight innings. With the score 2-0 and heading into the bottom of the 9th, the I-Cubs bats finally woke up. Jared Young and John Hicks reached to kick off the rally. Brennen Davis followed with a double to put the Cubs first run on the board, and runners at second and third with no outs. A single by Greg Deichmann tied the score. The Mud Hens intentionally walked Estaban Quiroz to load the bases.


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  • Glad to see JN activated for South Bend.

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    Thanks for the recaps. It's so good to read these everyday and to finally be excited about our prospects.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I hate rebuilding. But the daily prospect watch makes it fun.

    As far as the Cuns go for 22. 5-4 (if the cubs split with the rockies) is equivalent to 90 wins. So you dont have to dominate just win more than you lose.

    Starting/relief pitching wins you 90 games as long as you have a solid/consistent lineup.

  • I hear Schindom is a bust now.
    I guess SSS doesn't apply anymore??

  • Schwindel looks fine. Wisdom looks lost and looks like his confidence is shot. With Simmons coming off the DL soon. I wonder does Wisdom have any options left?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I'd be less concerned about Wisdom if he hadn't tanked at the end of last season. Obviously, the off-season didn't help. Maybe he'll figure it out. As soon as I heard about the Villar signing I thought the Cubs were getting insurance for Wisdom. As soon as Simmons is available, Wisdom should go to the bench until he figures it out.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Wisdom is definitely lost and has 1option left but he’s no worse than Schwarber who is 2-26 since his leadoff homer in the first game. All he needs is some easy hits. I doubt he figures it out on the bench but he is a defensive asset.

  • In reply to stix:

    He has to play regularly, whether that is in iowa or with the cubs.

    When Simmons comes back the only other person you can send down is frazier I believe. I guess maybe Vargas? Could always release Heyward?

    Bote will be here in june so you do need to see if Wisdom can get it done.
    Bote has a lot to prove as well if he wants to keep his 40 man spot.

  • It sure was encouraging to see Steele and Thompson throw well yesterday. And Happ is doing a nice job also, he is looking solid.
    To me, the chaos that remains, is how is Ross going to sort out 2B, 3B and SS. Hopefully at least one person steps up, and excels in one of those positions - to allow more overall stability in the daily lineup.

  • Hey, anyone know what happened to Bailey Horn, the LHP the Cubs got from the White Sox for Ryan Tepera? He seems to have fallen off the earth.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    AZ Phil has him on the (rehab/conditioning) list at extended spring training. I remember reading something about him over the winter/early spring somewhere...

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  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    You bet! Good to see ya here, Cliff.

    Happy Easter to you & all of Cub’s Den!

  • I guess we all gave up on Wisdom a little too soon.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Guilty as charged. He's getting his stroke back. Hopefully, some of those doubles will start finding the seats. The Cubs were a hitting machine in Denver.

  • Cubs are first in ops, first in batting average. Starting pitching has been very good. Closer has been good. Thompson, Effross & Robert's have been good. But too many weak links in the bullpen.

    Until starters start going 6+ its gonna be hit or miss to hold on to these leads.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Agreed. Offense looks good. Defense looks good. Wisdom looks like he has started to find a groove. Suzuki 'adjusted' to MLB really well - we'll have to see if the opposing pitching starts to figure out if he has a weakness and starts exploiting that weakness. Heck - even Heyward is getting on base regularly through the first week or so.

    Starters have looked good but do need to hold on for another inning or two until the BP gets itself straightened out. But if they get that aspect of the team figured out - this could be a very fun team to watch this year.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Starting pitching should improve as Ross increases pitch limits. I'd like to see 90-100 pitch starts but with the shortened spring training I understand the reason for limiting them. Miley and Mills returning will help as well. As for the Bullpen, the roster is expanded to 28 until May 1. The Cubs will need to shed two relievers plus whatever they do to make room for Miley and Mills.Then, of course, there's Alzolay, due back in June. The pitching staff will be a work in progress until at least mid-season.

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