This west coast road trip forces me to stay up later than usual to watch the Major League Cubs bring home W’s but also allows for me to do full recaps of the action down on the farm. Friday saw mixed results as far as wins and losses throughout the organization and also saw some weird feats. A couple of farm hands that you would never expect went yard on Friday night, the Emeralds went to extras yet again, and a couple players are also starting to force their way out of some prolonged slumps. Check out what went down on the farm:
Iowa lost to Omaha 6-5
John Andreoli picked up 3 hits out of the leadoff spot. He also drew a walk and scored 2 runs.
Stephen Bruno also had 3 hits in this one in addition to driving in a run while playing both left field and second base.
Chesny Young went yard in this one, his first of the year and a very rare feet for him.
Taylor Davis tacked on 2 hits and an RBI for good measure.
Tennessee shut out Biloxi 6-0
Duane Underwood Jr had his second consecutive great outing. This week he went 7 innings again, giving up one 1 hit and no runs, while striking out 6 and allowing zero walks. He might be hitting the stride we have all been waiting on.
Preston Morrison added 2 more innings of shutout ball, allowing just 1 hit and no walks, striking out 2.
Jason Vosler hit his 16th bomb of the year, but first since July 6th. He added 2 RBI.
Charcer Burks and Yasiel Balaguert also hit homers in this one, both solo shots.
Myrtle Beach lost to Carolina 4-1
Michael Rucker gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits in 6 innings pitched, striking out 4 and walking 1.
Scott Effross and Tommy Thorpe threw a total of 3 shutout innings in relief of Rucker.
PJ Higgins followed in Chesny Young’s footsteps, hitting a very rare homer in this one as one of his 2 hits.
South Bend defeated Dayton 5-2
Tyson Miller spun a gem, giving up 2 runs but zero earned runs in 6 innings off 3 hits. He also struck out 6 Dragons while only walking 1.
Chad Hockin gave up 1 hit in 2 innings and Wyatt Short gave up 0 hits in his inning to combine for a shutout out of the bullpen.
Yeiler Peguero collected 2 hits and drove in a run while Austin Upshaw drove in 2 runs off 1 hit in the game.
Eugene defeated Spokane 3-2 in 10 innings.
This was the seventh (!) extra inning game the Emeralds have been a part of this season, moving their record to 2-5 in such games.
Brendon Little was the starter in this extra innings matchup, going just 4 innings as the Cubs continue to be careful with his pitch count. He gave up no runs off 3 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. He topped out around 90 MPH with his fastball and was working in the low 70s with his hook.
Brian Glowicki ended up with the win after throwing 3 shutdown innings, only giving up 1 hit.
Ramsey Romano only had 1 hit in 5 ABs, but the one hit just so happened to be a walk-off RBI single.
Austin Filiere swung the hottest bat on the night, with 2 hits and a walk with an RBI.