Chicago Cubs Minor League Recap: Ferris dominates again and Crow-Armstrong walks it off

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South Bend Cubs (A+)

The South Bend Cubs lost to the Dayton Dragons 3-1

Today was one of the worst offensive days for the South Bend Cubs all season. They managed only three hits and two walks and of those five baserunners one was picked off first and two others were erased by double plays. While it looked for a moment like they may steal it in the bottom of the sixth when they pulled ahead 1-0 they immediately allowed a run in the seventh and then another two in the eighth. 

Scott McKeon (3B) was the lone “bright spot”. He went 1-4 with a single and then stole second base, but he also struck out twice and left three men on base. 

Connor Noland (RHP) was the starter in this one and he was great. He went five scoreless innings and only gave up two hits and no walks as he struck out six. A 9th-round pick in last year’s draft out of Arkansas, Noland could be another pitcher to watch in this Cubs system as he improved his season ERA to 2.51 and has now struck out more than a batter an inning this year.

Adam Laskey (LHP) came in as the final reliever to pitch the eighth and ninth inning in this one. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four across those two innings, but he did give up four hits and two runs (one earned) to take the L in this one.