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Iowa plays two and Chase Strumpf is promoted

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The Iowa Cubs lost to the Columbus Clippers 4-2 (Game One)

The Iowa Cubs defeated the Columbus Clippers 9-0 (Game Two)

The first game was a Tuesday rain finish. The Cubs managed to score a quick run in the first off Guardians starter Triston McKenzie, who was on rehab assignment but wouldn’t score again until the sixth and at which point it wouldn’t be enough to force a comeback. In the second game, however, the bats were wide awake and the pitchers came on to play in a completely dominating 9-0 win for Iowa.

Nelson Velazquez (OF) he was a combined 2-5 with one home run, three walks, three RBIs, and one run scored.

Nick Madrigal (2B) he was a combined 4-7 with one home run, one double, two singles, one walk, three runs scored, and one RBI. Madrigal is a perfect example of the difference between AAA and major league talent because he’s seeing and hitting the ball just as well this week as Morel or Mervis did earlier in the season.

jake massacre (3B) was a combined 1-4 with three walks, one RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases, fresh out of being named AAA batter of the month from Cubbies Crib.

Brennen Davis (OF) he was a combined 1-7 with a double and an RBI, but he also added two strikeouts and his batting average now stands at .186 on the year.

miguel amaya (C) he went 0-2 with two walks in the first game, but also took out two runners who were trying to steal from him.

jared young (1 B) he was a combined 1-6 with one home run, one walk, three RBIs, and two runs scored.

Chase Strumpf (2B) he only played in the second game, but did not disappoint in his first game in AAA, as he went 1-3 with a home run and three RBIs.

riley thompson (R.H.P.) he started this one and went three innings and allowed two runs and two hits, two walks and struck out two.

keegan thompson (R.H.P.) he was finally good on this one. Hopefully this has turned the corner because yesterday he pitched two shutout, no-hitter innings and only allowed one walk and struck out two.

Daniel Palencia (R.H.P.) Daniel Palencia has been solid again in this one since he was called up to AAA. He pitched a perfect sixth inning and struck out one.

Bailey Horn (LHP) he pitched one scoreless inning and allowed only one hit while striking out one and walking no one.

Chris Clarke (R.H.P.) He went three scoreless innings to start the second game and allowed two hits and two walks while striking out three.

Code Heuer (R.H.P.) he went one inning and in addition to allowing a solo home run, he pitched well and struck out one.

The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Chattanooga Lookouts 9-5

The Smokies took an early lead but gave it back in the fourth. After a couple of good innings, they retook the lead in the seventh, but gave up a run in the top of the ninth to tie it and then lost it in the 11th after giving up four runs in the top of the inning. .

Pete Crow-Armstrong (OF) he went 6-for-3 with a home run, two singles, two RBIs and one run.

Owen Caissie (OF) he went 2-6 with two singles and a run scored.

paul aliendo (C) he went on to sweep by going 2–4 with his eighth home run of the season, a single, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

haydn mcgeary (1 B) he went 2-5 with two singles.

Andy Weber (2B) he went 3-5 with three singles and an RBI

Jordan Wicks (LHP) He started the game in this one and had some trouble keeping the ball in the yard. He allowed four runs in five innings with eight hits, one walk and three home runs while striking out five.

ryan jensen (R.H.P.) he continued to rebound from a rocky start to the season by going a scoreless inning and allowing one walk and one hit, as well as striking out one.

The South Bend Cubs lost to the Fort Wayne TinCaps 5-2

This was a tough game for South Bend fans to watch. They only managed five hits (none for extra-base hits) and five walks that were distributed throughout the game. They had a base running error when a runner was picked off at first base and they also had two defensive errors. The bright spot was that Cade Horton continued to rack up strikeouts this season and another relief prospect began to shine.

Jaime Triantos (2B) he was his usual dominant self. In a game where the Cubs had a total of ten runners, Triantos accounted for three of them going 2-3 with two singles and a walk. That brings his batting average to .328 on the year, and with Chase Strumpf on his way to Iowa, Triantos could be in Tennessee soon.

Cade Horton (R.H.P.) he continued to strike out batters in groups. He pitched four innings and allowed just one run (unearned) on three hits and one walk while striking out nine to lower his ERA on the year to 6.14.

zac leigh (R.H.P.) he pitched a great seventh inning. He didn’t allow a hit or a run and allowed only one walk as he struck out the other three batters he faced. This season he only appeared twice for a total of two innings and has five strikeouts, but if you include last year’s stats, the 2021 round 16 pick has 74 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched. He’s someone to keep an eye on, even if he’s a 25-year-old in High-A.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to the Salem Red Sox 3-0

If the South Bend game was hard to watch, then the Myrtle Beach game was torture. The Pelicans racked up a total of four hits and two walks with the only real bright spot on the mound in the form of a couple of pitchers we’ve had our eye on this month.

andy garriola (OF) he went 0-3 with a walk and a stolen base. That’s the best offensive stat line I have for you on this one.

Miguel Arias (R.H.P.) has to have the Blue Jays kicking themselves a bit so far this year. He went five hitless, scoreless innings and only walked two and struck out six. It’s going to be a fun story to watch.

jordan holloway (R.H.P.) He continued to look like a perfectly usable bullpen piece, as he pitched 1.1 shutout innings while allowing just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

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