Chicago Cubs Minor League Recap: Matt Mervis homers and 2023 draft picks rack up hits

The Chicago Cubs minor leaguers had some great games yesterday as Matt Mervis and Alexander Canario homered at the AAA level and some 2023 draft picks came into their own.
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Iowa Cubs (AAA) (59-44)

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 9-8 (Game One)

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 11-4 (Game Two)

Iowa made up their rainout from Wednesday yesterday with a doubleheader and unfortunately came out as losers in both. In game one they went down early and battled back to a 9-8 score in the bottom of the sixth but couldn’t rally to tie it up. The second game wasn’t as close. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second but promptly gave it back in the top of the third and would give up ten runs between the third and fifth innings to lose again. 

Jared Young (1B) went a combined 3-for-5 with three singles, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored across both games. 

Chase Strumpf (2B) went 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk, and two RBI.

Matt Mervis (1B) went a combined 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, three walks, and four runs scored. 

Alexander Canario (OF) went a combined 1-for-6 with a three-run home run, a walk, four RBI and a run scored.

Nick Neidert (RHP) was rough in this one. He lasted three innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits, a walk and only struck out one. 

Josh Roberson (RHP) made his Iowa debut by throwing one inning in which he gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one. 

Keegan Thompson (RHP) fell back into his old ways as he gave up three runs over two innings on three hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. He gave up two home runs.