Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Preciado two-run shot brings Pelicans from behind to secure franchise record 12th straight victory; Slaughter and Espinoza with big games in big South Bend win

Reginald Preciado and Kevin Alcantara (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Memphis 7, Iowa 0

Game Recap

Old friend Aaron Brooks dominated the I-Cubs hitters through the first five innings and the Redbirds pen made it no easier after his exit.

On the good news/bad news front, Alec Mills started for Iowa and looked great through three innings, requiring just 36 pitches. He was lifted after reaching his pitch limit and allowing a couple of baserunners with two out in the 4th. With fellow rehab mate Sean Newcomb coming on the inning figured to be well in hand though. But Newcomb would eventually give up a grand slam, with two of the runs being charged to Mills.

Top Performers

  • Eric Stout: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Dixon Machado: 1-3 (.294)
  • John Hicks: 1-3 (.190)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Lefty Brandon Leibrandt has joined Iowa after pitching pretty well in Tennessee.

AA

Rocket City 7, Tennessee 6 (Game 1)

Rockey City 8, Tennessee 3 (Game 2)

Game Recap

A rough doubleheader for the Smokies yesterday.

The offense had a couple of big innings in the early going of Game 1, and despite Anderson Espinoza getting knocked out of the game after allowing five runs in the 2nd, Tennessee still maintained a one run lead heading into the middle of the game. The bullpen couldn’t hold it though and the offense got shut down through the remainder of the game.

Christian Donahue committed four errors at 2B in Game 2, leading to four unearned runs charged to Chris Clarke and putting the Smokies in an early hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The Smokies did receive a couple of good defensive plays though. Alexander Canario crashed through the wall, and utility man Delvin Zinn added pitcher to his repertoire at the end of Game 2 and still managed to pull nice defense:

Top Performers

  • Chase Strumpf: 2-3, 2 R, 4 BB (.225)
  • Levi Jordan: 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP (.400)
  • Matt Mervis: 1-5, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.300)
  • Darius Hill: 2-7, RBI, HBP (.301)
  • Chris Clarke: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, BB, 4 K (L, 2-1, 4.50)

High-A

South Bend 11, Great Lakes 4

Game Recap

Jake Slaughter homered and reach base four times to lead the Cubs attack. Owen Caissie kicked off the scoring with a two run double in the 1st and added a third RBI later. South Bend also scored on RBI doubles by Cole Roederer and Pablo Aliendo.

Miguel Espinoza was sharp throughout the first five innings. He got knicked by three unearned runs in the 6th but it doesn’t take away from his continuing run of really strong efforts since joining the South Bend rotation. The bullpen efforts from Bailey Reid and Jeremiah Estrada were equally as impressive.

Top Performers

  • Jake Slaughter: 2-3, HR (2), 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SB (8) (.264)
  • Yohendrick Piñango: 2-5, 3 R, SB (4) (.268)
  • Owen Caissie: 1-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB (.231)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SB (3) (.196)
  • Scott McKeon: 1-4, R, BB, SB (5) (.203)
  • Jake Washer: 0-2, R, 3 BB (.348)
  • Miguel Espinoza: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, ER, 2 BB, 6 K (W, 3-2, 1.70)
  • Bailey Reid: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (4.91)
  • Jeremiah Estrada: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (1.53)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jake Reindl has been placed on the 7-day IL.

Low-A

Myrtle Beach 11, Augusta 5 (Completion of SUSP game)

Pelicans 3, Augusta 2

Game Recap

Myrtle Beach powered past Augusta in the completion of their suspended game from Friday. They had already hit two home runs before play was suspended and then Pete Crow-Armstrong and Felix Stevens contributed two more once play resumed. Luke Little brought the heat in his three innings of relief as well, striking out five.

Game 2 was a greater struggle, but once again the Pelicans found a way. They hit another pair of home runs, the first by Miguel Fabrizio, his second of the week, and then with the team down 2-1 heading into the final inning Reginald Preciado blasted a two-run shot to put them in front. Jose Miguel Gonzalez held the GreenJackets hitless over the final 2.1 innings.

The Pelicans have now won a franchise record 12 straight games.

Top Performers

  • B.J. Murray Jr.: 2-4, 2B, HR (3), R, 3 RBI (.299)
  • Juan Mora: 4-9, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI (.284)
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong: 1-4, HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB (13) (.360)
  • Reginald Preciado: 1-3, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.231)
  • Miguel Fabrizio: 1-3, HR (2), R, RBI (.158)
  • Felix Stevens: 1-4, HR (4), R, 2 RBI, BB (.167)
  • James Triantos: 3-7, R, RBI, BB, HBP, 3 SB (6, 7, 8) (.312)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 3-8, 2B, R, HBP (.238)
  • Kevin Alcantara: 2-6, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB (5) (.250)
  • Kevin Made: 2-8, BB (.315)
  • Ethan Hearn: 1-3, R (.190)
  • Tyler Schlaffer: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB< 4 K (5.17)
  • Luke Little: 3 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (W, 1-1, 2.78)
  • Tyler Santana: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K (2.89)
  • Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (W, 5-0, 4.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Easy to overlook amidst all the homers, but James Triantos extended his on-base streak to 29 games:

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  • Triantos, 29 games straight, on base streak. That’s incredible.
    And starting to take shape . . . Matt Mervis starting at 1B maybe opening day 2024 , with Ball at DH? That would answer my personal questions of, where is our LH power going to come from.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I think Owen Caissie might want some of those LH power ABs.

  • In reply to John57:

    Yep, and hopefully he will. And Preciado also.

  • PCA is killing it! He's even got 13 SBs to go with his 7 HRs and everything else. Can't wait to see him at Wrigley!

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    PCA is my favorite player since Fernando Kelli. He has real potential.

  • We all expect the cubs to be sellers, & I hope potential buyers before the trade deadline. Cubs hopefully are open to buying low for a higher priced hitters, having a down year. Look for teams that have some buyer’s remorse.

    All free agents should be available in trades
    Contreras, Robertson, Miley, Givens, Smyly, Martin, Villar, Norris, Simmons-- teams don’t usually trade much for rental back-end starters, bullpen arms, & bench players. Contreras return should be solid.

    Players I hope are dealt -better to trade a year to early….
    Happ, & Wick.

    I dunno about these players. Sure hope the Cubs do. Could the Cubs trade some? DFA some? How many are worth keeping on the 40 man roster spots especially during the off-season?
    Wisdom, Schwindel, Frazier, Mills, Ortega, Newcomb, Vizcaino, Espinoza, Ruckers, Bote, Heyward, & Rivas……….

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    I think yesterday (Sat) all the minor league teams lost. I can't remember the last time that happened this year. The Cubs have the best winning % in the minors this year. A lot of talent down there and I just read that Nelson Velasquez is coming up tomorrow for the double header. Morel, Hughes now Nelson V, the youth are coming.

  • As if I need another reason to hate the Score, I am listening to the Cubs/Sox game on the Score, first time in a long time, and it is the most annoying broadcast I have EVER listened too. I love Pat and Ron, but the advertising between pitches is ridiculous! Pat can't broadcast a game anymore, he has to read copy throughout the game, and Ron can't even comment on the game without being interrupted by an ad from either Pat or Zack Zaidman. I had to shut it off, and watch on my tablet.

  • As if I need another reason to hate the Score, I am listening to the Cubs/Sox game on the Score, first time in a long time, and it is the most annoying broadcast I have EVER listened too. I love Pat and Ron, but the advertising between pitches is ridiculous! Pat can't broadcast a game anymore, he has to read copy throughout the game, and Ron can't even comment on the game without being interrupted by an ad from either Pat or Zack Zaidman. I had to shut it off, and watch on my tablet.

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    In reply to Squareburgers:

    I agree, although TV is almost as bad. It's the whatever first pitch, and this first walk, etc. Now they add the betting ads and I just want to turn it off completely. I do like listening to Jason and Steve--they are good and Steve can still predict what pitch will be thrown. I'm not a Boog fan although I do like JD, but where has he been this year?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Lol, I guess we all have different tastes. Young Jason and ol Steve absolutely drive me nuts. They have no clue when they need to just keep their mouths shut. They are the absolute opposites, of Vin Scully.

  • 2022 is the season of the IL for the MLB Cubs this year. I still believe the Cubs need to be sellers this year and look towards 2023-24.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    I don’t think you limit your options. Of course there is obviously so much they need to get rid of. This roster needs purging.
    But if the right MLB piece is available for the right price, you go get it. Even if it means trading some prospects- maybe like the Velazquez’s, Maldonado’s , Jordan’s, Strumphs, Young’s, Meekes or Higgins types as bait.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I agree Cubs need to be looking for MLB talent, & Cubs really just need to hold onto their top top prospects. Everyone outside of the top 6 or 8 prospects should all be available in the right deal.

  • Its fun watching young prospects get their mlb shot. Also, 4A guys too. It's not as much fun as a competitive season and being in the playoffs, but interesting and rewarding in a different way. It is less stressful and enjoyable in a more leisurely fandom experience. I believe it will lead to some WS runs sooner than later. Velesques now joins his Smokies teammate with Chicago.

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