canada africa partner reservation Cubs Minor League news: Horton makes debut, Bateman rakes, Ramirez starts

Cubs Minor League news: Horton makes debut, Bateman rakes, Ramirez starts

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For the first time this season and for the foreseeable future, not four Minor League teams will be in action, but five. That’s because the Arizona Complex League started last season, which is a huge change considering the league’s history. This competition usually started in late June or early July and ran until the end of August.

Now that the League is officially starting, instead of then, it will be finalized before the MLB draft even begins, which will be a huge change as the players taken in this year’s draft will be across the leagues of the entire season will be distributed. With another team to follow, it’s going to be harder for fans to keep track, but the team posted a strong 4-1 record on Saturday.

OMAHA STORM CHASERS 10 – IOWA CUBS 3:

Ironically, the Iowa Cubs had the only loss as they have been going through a bit of a rough patch lately. This game had the most excitement of all the games, as top Pitching Prospect Cade Horton made his AAA debut. Horton was far from perfect, walking four and striking out six in four innings, but he allowed just two runs, which was a good sign.

Since Johnathan Bowlan went five innings and allowed only a few unearned runs, it didn’t matter how Horton pitched because the Cubs bullpen was terrible. After Brenner Davis opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first, Omaha answered when both runs came off Horton in the second, with one coming on a wild pitch and the other on a sacrifice fly by John Rave.

Rave was just getting started when he added a solo home run as part of a three-run fifth inning, while the Nick Eaton double made things 5-1 and proved to be the winning hit. The Cubs kept things close Owen Caissie picked up an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, followed by the Jake Slaughter double in the sixth as they pulled within 5-3.

That was as close as they could get, as Omaha scored five unanswered runs to end the game, including a pair of home runs from Nick Pratto and Brian O’Keefe to win the game.

Iowa had just four hits in the game, while Slaughter led the team with two. Caissie and David Bot had the rest as Matt Mervis will return to Iowa in the coming days.

TENNESSEE SMOKIES 8 – BILOXI SHUCKERS 6

Buoyed by an early charge that saw the Smokies score six runs in the first four innings, it was their bullpen that nearly let the ball get away as Tennessee held off Biloxi for another win. Connor Noland bounced back from a terrible start last time out and got through six innings, allowing just two runs and striking out four.

Noland was buoyed by a four-run second inning as the Smokies raced to the 4-0 lead and never looked back. Haydn McGeary may not get many hits, but when does he produce, as his RBI single made it 1-0. The big blow in that inning came from Jordan Nwoguwhose first home run of the season put the Smokies ahead 4-0.

Both runs off Noland came in the third inning, with Lamar Sparks grabbing an RBI double followed by an RBI groundout to make it 4-2. Tennessee responded in the bottom of the third when Moises Ballesteros added another RBI hit, while a wild pitch made it 6-2. That score would hold until late in the game, when both bullpens struggled.

Leading 6-3 in the eighth, Luis Vazquez closed out the scoring for Tennesse when his two-run single put the Smokies up 8-3. Things got interesting in the ninth inning, as Biloxi wasn’t going to go down without a fight. All it took to make this a game again was one swing, then Mike Boeve delivered a three-run shot to make it 8-6, but those were the final runs of the game. Ballesteros and McGeary led the way with three singles, with James Triantos add two.

SOUTH BEND CUBS 7 – LANSING LUG NUTS 6

It’s not about how you start a game, it’s how you finish, and how the Cubs finished strong. After scoring first to open the game, South Bend’s offense came alive late, scoring six times in the final three innings to earn the victory. Luis Devers bounced back from a rough final start to give the Cubs five innings of one-run ball, with that run unearned.

That run came in his final inning on a groundout by CJ Rodriguez, tying things up after the Cubs scored in the first. Once the bullpen got into the game, things started to go wrong quickly, with Brayan Buelvas using an RBI triple to make things 3-1 before coming home on the Euribel Angeles double.

South Bend kept things close as they scored for the first time since the first inning in the top of the seventh of the Felix Stevens Homer. One inning later it was a 4-4 game when Stevens tied the score with an RBI single, which scored the third run over the Cubs after an RBI groundout.

The back-and-forth affair continued into the bottom of the eighth when a pair of RBI singles from Angeles and Dereck Salom put the Lugnuts in front 6-4 and they were on the verge of pulling back the deficit. Leave it to Pedro Ramirez to change that, as his home run in the ninth inning put the Cubs ahead 7-6 before winning by that score. Ramirez led the charge with three hits while hitting his second homer in as many games.

Brett Bateman added three hits, with Yohendrick PinangoStevens and Ed Howard get multi-hit games.

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS 8 – SALEM RED SOX 1

Of all the games in the Cubs system, this was the one that was decisive as the Pelicans made quick work of the Red Sox. Juan Bello may not last long when he starts, but he continues to set the tone for the Birds as he makes life easier for their offense.

He allowed the Pelicans staff’s only run of the game coming in the second inning, but after that it was all Myrtle Beach as they finished the game with eight unanswered runs. That all started in the third inning, Leonel Espinoza’s homer (1) giving Myrtle Beach a 3-1 lead. Christian Olivo kept the pressure on in the fourth, delivering an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-1.

It was in the seventh inning that the Pelicans scored again when Alfonsin Rosario’s single made things 7-1 before he later came in to score on a wild pitch. Espinoza led the charge with two hits while driving in those three runs.

ACL CUBS 2 – ACL ANGELS 0: The Cubs’ Rookie League performances last year were abysmal, but the ACL Cubs started their 2024 season with a 2-0 win. Nazier Mule made his Cubs debut and despite only playing two innings, he didn’t allow a run and struck out five. Yenrri Rojas was the man to get the win, with 4 2/3 scoreless frames and six strikeouts.

This was a strange ACL match as only two points were scored. Both came from the Cubs, coming in the sixth and seventh innings with an Anderson Suriel RBI groundout to make it 1-0 in the fifth, and Yahil Melendez added an RBI single in the seventh to close out the score Close. Jose Escobar led the Cubs offense with three hits, while four others, including Carter Trice, picked up one.