Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Preciado two-run shot brings Pelicans from behind to secure franchise record 12th straight victory; Slaughter and Espinoza with big games in big South Bend win

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Preciado two-run shot brings Pelicans from behind to secure franchise record 12th straight victory; Slaughter and Espinoza with big games in big South Bend win

Reginald Preciado and Kevin Alcantara (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Memphis 7, Iowa 0

Game Recap

Old friend Aaron Brooks dominated the I-Cubs hitters through the first five innings and the Redbirds pen made it no easier after his exit.

On the good news/bad news front, Alec Mills started for Iowa and looked great through three innings, requiring just 36 pitches. He was lifted after reaching his pitch limit and allowing a couple of baserunners with two out in the 4th. With fellow rehab mate Sean Newcomb coming on the inning figured to be well in hand though. But Newcomb would eventually give up a grand slam, with two of the runs being charged to Mills.

Top Performers

Eric Stout: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 KDixon Machado: 1-3 (.294)John Hicks: 1-3 (.190)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Lefty Brandon Leibrandt has joined Iowa after pitching pretty well in Tennessee.

AA

Rocket City 7, Tennessee 6 (Game 1)

Rockey City 8, Tennessee 3 (Game 2)

Game Recap

A rough doubleheader for the Smokies yesterday.

The offense had a couple of big innings in the early going of Game 1, and despite Anderson Espinoza getting knocked out of the game after allowing five runs in the 2nd, Tennessee still maintained a one run lead heading into the middle of the game. The bullpen couldn’t hold it though and the offense got shut down through the remainder of the game.

Matt Mervis stays hot and takes last year’s first round pick (and Miami OH legend) Sam Bachman yard! pic.twitter.com/IHnpMSQyzc

— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines)

May 28, 2022

Christian Donahue committed four errors at 2B in Game 2, leading to four unearned runs charged to Chris Clarke and putting the Smokies in an early hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The Smokies did receive a couple of good defensive plays though. Alexander Canario crashed through the wall, and utility man Delvin Zinn added pitcher to his repertoire at the end of Game 2 and still managed to pull nice defense:

This is a certifiably ridiculous play by Alexander Canario in CF

He is okay and stayed in the game thanks to what the broadcaster called a “padded wall and padded posterior” pic.twitter.com/kW2C1JDOeF

— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines)

May 28, 2022

Here’s a video of infielder Delvin Zinn inducing a ground ball double play and finishing off the play with a great stretch at first base. pic.twitter.com/LhNlQn5l6m

— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines)

May 28, 2022

Top Performers

Chase Strumpf: 2-3, 2 R, 4 BB (.225)Levi Jordan: 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP (.400)Matt Mervis: 1-5, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.300)Darius Hill: 2-7, RBI, HBP (.301)Chris Clarke: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, BB, 4 K (L, 2-1, 4.50)

High-A

South Bend 11, Great Lakes 4

Game Recap

Jake Slaughter homered and reach base four times to lead the Cubs attack. Owen Caissie kicked off the scoring with a two run double in the 1st and added a third RBI later. South Bend also scored on RBI doubles by Cole Roederer and Pablo Aliendo.

Owen Caissie with a 2-run Double in the 1st. pic.twitter.com/rN7299u6s7

— Jordan Miller (@Miller_MiLB)

May 27, 2022

Jake Slaughter gets ALL of this one for a 3-run HR pic.twitter.com/HFoljqrfZT

— Jordan Miller (@Miller_MiLB)

May 27, 2022

Miguel Espinoza was sharp throughout the first five innings. He got knicked by three unearned runs in the 6th but it doesn’t take away from his continuing run of really strong efforts since joining the South Bend rotation. The bullpen efforts from Bailey Reid and Jeremiah Estrada were equally as impressive.

Tonight’s @LavenInsurance Defensive Play is the dominance of starting pitcher Manuel Espinoza!#SBCubs #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/0pcT0Xx75B

— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs)

May 28, 2022

Top Performers

Jake Slaughter: 2-3, HR (2), 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SB (8) (.264)Yohendrick Piñango: 2-5, 3 R, SB (4) (.268)Owen Caissie: 1-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB (.231)Cole Roederer: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SB (3) (.196)Scott McKeon: 1-4, R, BB, SB (5) (.203)Jake Washer: 0-2, R, 3 BB (.348)Miguel Espinoza: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, ER, 2 BB, 6 K (W, 3-2, 1.70)Bailey Reid: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (4.91)Jeremiah Estrada: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (1.53)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jake Reindl has been placed on the 7-day IL.

Low-A

Myrtle Beach 11, Augusta 5 (Completion of SUSP game)

Pelicans 3, Augusta 2

Game Recap

Myrtle Beach powered past Augusta in the completion of their suspended game from Friday. They had already hit two home runs before play was suspended and then Pete Crow-Armstrong and Felix Stevens contributed two more once play resumed. Luke Little brought the heat in his three innings of relief as well, striking out five.

Easy power from PCA for his 7th HR of the season pic.twitter.com/opHKDTogWk

— Jordan Miller (@Miller_MiLB)

May 27, 2022

Felix Steven’s is a large man and he hits the ball a long ways. His 4th HR of the season. pic.twitter.com/wPP8b9WOjj

— Jordan Miller (@Miller_MiLB)

May 27, 2022

Game 2 was a greater struggle, but once again the Pelicans found a way. They hit another pair of home runs, the first by Miguel Fabrizio, his second of the week, and then with the team down 2-1 heading into the final inning Reginald Preciado blasted a two-run shot to put them in front. Jose Miguel Gonzalez held the GreenJackets hitless over the final 2.1 innings.

Miguel Fabrizio gets us on the board!

A solo home run makes it 2-1 Augusta heading to the bottom of the fifth. pic.twitter.com/J6sG7I1t0G

— Myrtle Beach PeliWINS. (@Pelicanbaseball)

May 28, 2022

OMG.

Reginald Preciado hits a two-run home run to give the Birds the lead in the seventh!

3-2 Pelicans as the 12th consecutive win is three outs away. pic.twitter.com/Q8hwmHKAIE

— Myrtle Beach PeliWINS. (@Pelicanbaseball)

May 28, 2022

The Pelicans have now won a franchise record 12 straight games.

Top Performers

B.J. Murray Jr.: 2-4, 2B, HR (3), R, 3 RBI (.299)Juan Mora: 4-9, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI (.284)Pete Crow-Armstrong: 1-4, HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB (13) (.360)Reginald Preciado: 1-3, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.231)Miguel Fabrizio: 1-3, HR (2), R, RBI (.158)Felix Stevens: 1-4, HR (4), R, 2 RBI, BB (.167)James Triantos: 3-7, R, RBI, BB, HBP, 3 SB (6, 7, 8) (.312)Ezequiel Pagan: 3-8, 2B, R, HBP (.238)Kevin Alcantara: 2-6, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB (5) (.250)Kevin Made: 2-8, BB (.315)Ethan Hearn: 1-3, R (.190)Tyler Schlaffer: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB< 4 K (5.17)Luke Little: 3 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (W, 1-1, 2.78)Tyler Santana: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K (2.89)Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (W, 5-0, 4.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Easy to overlook amidst all the homers, but James Triantos extended his on-base streak to 29 games:

James Triantos has been incredible in his full-season debut with @Pelicanbaseball

-His 29-game on-base streak is the third longest in team history

-He scored a run in 10 straight games from May 14-26, tied for the second longest streak in team history

— Sam Weiderhaft (@sam_weiderhaft)

May 28, 2022

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