In a day full of movement around the Cubs’ Minor League system (more on that later today), there were still a few games to be played. The Iowa Cubs got a lift right away with the news of Kris Bryant’s promotion, with Dallas Beeler spinning a gem to win a terrific, low-scoring game, and the Daytona Cubs pounded out 14 hits and 11 runs to blowout the Tampa Yankees.
Triple-A: Iowa Cubs 3, El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) 1
Even without Kris Bryant in the lineup (he should be in there today), the Iowa Cubs took the win thanks to a wonderful effort from Beeler and a couple big games from the offense. Beeler got his ERA under four (3.98) with a shutout performance, tossing six frames on just three hits while punching out six to give his Cubs a great chance at victory.
The Iowa offense capitalized on the opportunity provided by Beeler, with Josh Vitters notching three hits, a homer and 3 RBIs, catcher Rafael Lopez collecting two hits and an RBI, and Arismendy Alcantara getting on base three times, drawing two walks. It was a pretty tough night for El Paso, with the starter, Odrisamer Despaigne, lasting just five innings after allowing three runs on seven hits.
Iowa games should be getting very interesting today, as Bryant (along with Arodys Vizcaino) joins a roster already touting some of the organization’s top talent, including Javier Baez and Alcantara.
Double-A: All-Star Break. Next Game: Thursday, June 19, Smokies vs. Chattanooga Lookouts
Advanced Class-A: Daytona Cubs 11, Tampa Yankees 2
It wasn’t just the offense that had a wonderful night, as the starter Tayler Scott pitched six very nice innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits while striking out two. Tampa’s starter Rafael De Paula didn`t enjoy the same luck, finishing just a single inning after serving up six runs on seven hits and two homers.
Offense was no doubt the focus of this one, with Amaya notching three hits, a homer and 3 RBIs and Shoulders swatting a grand slam. The offensive eruption wasn’t just limited to the two, as Dan Vogelbach had two hits, a double and an RBI, Bijan Rademacher also drove in a run with two hits and outfielder Pin-Chieh Chen collected three hits and an RBI in the blowout.
Class-A: All-Star Break. Next Game: Thursday, June 19, Cougars vs. Cedar Rapids Kernels
Class-A Short Season: Eugene Emeralds (Padres) 5, Boise Hawks 2
It was a pretty uneventful night for the Boise Hawks, finishing with just two runs on four hits while surrendering five runs to drop this one 5-2.
The starter Ben Wells struggled mightily for Boise, finishing just four innings and serving up five runs (four earned) on six hits while walking three. The bullpen did have a good night, pitching four scoreless.
The Hawks’ only offense came from David Bote, with a solo homer, and third-baseman Jesse Hodges who singled home a run. The Emeralds, despite the starter Adrian De Horta working just three-plus innings on one run, did get nice performances from the pitching staff, with the bullpen combining for five-plus innings while allowing just one run on two hits.