Cubs pithing problems
Cubs left-hander Brett Anderson is headed to the disabled list and now the debate begins on who will replace him. LH Mike Montgomery is the favorite but he may not be stretched out enough to assume a true starter’s role. The Cubs could decide to combine Montgomery and another reliever in a “piggy-back” system to get through six or seven innings. Right-hander Eddie Butler is the top candidate in Iowa, having blanked Memphis for six innings of Saturday night, his first appearance since going on the DL with a sprained ankle. The good news is the Cubs have two off days (May 11, 15), so a fifth starter may not be needed until May 20.
Better put in a revolving door at the Iowa clubhouse. Right-hander reliever Justin Grimm and infielder Tommy La Stella were recalled to Chicago as the Cubs made a series of roster moves before Sunday night’s game with the Yankees. Grimm can come back due to the injury of LHP Brett Anderson, who was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a lower back strain. LHP Rob Zastryzny was optioned back to Iowa after appearing in one game. 2B/OF Ian Happ was activated from the disabled list and LHP Jack Leathersich has been assigned to Iowa from extended spring training.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 10, Iowa 1
Memphis (20-11) bombed Iowa (13-16) pitching for 16 hits for their second straight win at Principal Park.
Hitting Recap: Seeing his first action since April 28, 2B Ian Happ (.256) entered the game in the top of the sixth and went 1-for-2 and knocked in Iowa’s only run of the game in eighth with a RBI single. RF Bijan Rademacher (.254) went 2-for-2 and Stephen Bruno (.250) singled and scored in his only at-bat.
Pitching Chart: Williams Perez (0-4, 8.28 ERA) made his fifth start, tossed five innings and took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and walk. Perez fanned four in the 93-pitch outing. Miguel Mejia (6.10 ERA) allowed three runs on two hits and only got two outs in the sixth and was tossed from the game when he hit a Red Bird. LH Zac Rosscup (2.79 ERA) surrendered a solo homer in 1.1 frames and Pierce Johnson (2.38 ERA) gave up four hits and a run in the eighth. LH Jack Leathersich (15.75 ERA) made his first appearance since going on the DL, tossing a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Jake Buchanan (0-2, 7.48 ERA) gets the ball Monday night at Principal Park against Memphis. The right-hander may have been in line for the first call-up after being named to the Cubs 40-man roster last year, that included a September call-up. Buchanan has struggled in his five starts, surrendering 32 hits and 12 walks in 21.2 innings….The Cubs have re-signed LHP Manny Parra to a minor league deal and he’s currently at extended spring training. Parra was recently released by the Cubs after being signed to minor league deal with a invite to spring training. He hasn’t pitched since the 2015 season, missing all of last year after rehabbing with Chicago……The Cubs have released OF Todd Glaesmann, who was signed to minor league deal during the off-season. In 24 games with Iowa, Glaesmann hit .175/.235/.238 with one homer and four RBI.
Southern League—AA—Game 1—Tennessee 9, Jacksonville (Marlins) 2; Game 2—Jacksonville 3, Tennessee 0
Ian Rice continued to feast on Jumbo Shrimp pitching with a grand slam in the opener but the Smokies were blanked in the night cap.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—Ian Rice went 2-for-3 and smacked a grand slam in the Smokies five-run fifth. Zach Hedges helped his own chase in the four-run second with two-run double, his first hit of the season. Charcer Burks, Jason Vosler and Jeffrey Baez added RBI in the win. David Bote went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Carlos Penalver was 1-for-3 to raise his average to .290.
Pitching Chart: Game 1— Zach Hedges (4-2, 2.60 ERA) kept the Jumbo Shrimp in check for six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while fanning six. The right-hander threw 95 pitches, 65 for strikes, and had a game score of 56. RH Jhondaniel Medina tossed a scoreless seventh, fanning two.
Game 2— James Pugliese blanked the Jumbo Shrimp for three innings but gave up a three-run homer in the first and took the loss. Making his second start (both in DHs), Pugliese allowed four hits and fanned two in the 59-pitch outing, 41 for strikes. Daury Torrez was perfect in his three innings of relief, retiring all nine he faced, four on strikes. Torrez lowered his ERA to 0.54 and hasn’t allowed a run over his last eight appearances, 12.2 innings.
Smokies News: RH Jen-Ho Tseng takes the mound on Monday night as the Smokies head to Jackson.
Carolina League—High A—Buies Creek (Astros) 12, Myrtle Beach 6
Buies Creek (20-11) tied a minor league record with seven homers and beat the Pelicans (17-14) in the series finale.
Hitting Recap: Not a bad day at the plate for the Pelicans as the collected 11 hits and went 5-for-13 with RISP. LF Daniel Spingola knocked in a career-high four runs and finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. RF Eddy Martinez had two hits and a RBI while C Tyler Alamo went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Kellogg surrendered five homers, three to leadoff hitter Jason Martin, but did show some resiliency, fanning seven over four innings. The lefty was charged with nine runs on seven hits and two walks in the 80-pitch outing. Game score -4. LH Tommy Thorpe gave up a pair of homers in his two innings of work, but all three runs were unearned. RH James Norwood fanned three over two scoreless and RH Casey Bloomquist extended his scoreless relief innings to 11.2, pitching the ninth.
Pelicans News: The Pelicans have Monday off and head to Winston-Salem for a series with the White Sox High A affiliate on Tuesday night.
Midwest League—Low A—Clinton (Mariners) 11, South Bend 9
Clinton scored in five straight innings and held on to beat South Bend and end their four-game win streak.
Hitting Recap: South Bend’s offense scored four times in the third and added four more in the sixth on 11 hits and nine walks. The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth with one out but SS Isaac Paredes (.216) popped out and DH Darryl Wilson (.216) struckout to end the game. 1B Jhonny Pereda (.338) extended his hit streak to 11-games, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, one RBI and a walk. Wilson was 2-for-4 with two knocked in and one scored while Paredes had two singles and scored twice. RF Brandon Cummins (.214) was on base three times with two walks and a single, scoring twice and stealing his third base.
Pitching Chart: Jose Paulino (5.32 ERA) had his shortest outing of the season, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks over 3.2 innings. He fanned five and threw 77 pitches, 48 for strikes….. RH Pedro Silverio (2-3, 7.13 ERA) got charged for eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and three walks while only recording four outs….RH Dakota Mekkes (0.53 ERA) continues to impress, fanning four over two scoreless frames. LH Wyatt Short (1.59 ERA) fanned two in two more scoreless innings.
SB-Cubs News: Tyson Miller (1-2, 3.81 ERA) makes his seventh start on Monday at Burlington and looks to build on a career-high six innings against Kane County on May 3, allowing one earned run and three hits with four strikeouts.