So we come to the end of another regular season in the minors. But don't fret because three of the Cubs minor league affiliates have qualified for the postseason. There will be no Minor League Wrap tomorrow night, but there will be one on Wednesday as Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Eugene all start their title quests.
The Iowa Cubs swept the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), 12-3. It's the fourth-straight season that the I-Cubs swept their final home series of the year.
Jordan Preis finished out the season for Iowa with his 12th win this year and his fifth with the Cubs organization. Preis went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked one.
The I-Cubs had five doubles today, four of which came in the five-run eighth inning. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI. He scored twice.
First baseman Tim Federowicz went 3 for 5 with a double. He scored three times and had two runs batted in.
Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, one of which came on a sac fly. Second baseman Kristopher Negron was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.
Right fielder Juan Perez was 3 for 5 with a triple. He scored twice and had three RBI.
Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki was 2 for 4 with a steal and one run scored. Center fielder John Andreoli was 0 for 2 with three walks and two steals. Andreoli finished the season with a league-high 43 steals. He scored twice.
The Iowa Cubs finish the season 67-76, 15 games behind first-place Oklahoma City.
The Tennessee Smokies were half-baked against the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 6-2.
Jonathan Martinez started and took the loss. He allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings. Martinez did strike out seven and he walked no one.
Right fielder Kelly Dugan was 2 for 3 with an RBI. He was also hit by a pitch twice.
DH Chesny Young went 1 for 3 and left in the fourth inning. But that 1 for 3 was good enough for him to win the Southern League batting title with a .303 average. He's the second-straight Smokies hitter to win the batting title after Willson Contreras last season. Before that, no Smokies hitter had won a batting title since 1978.
Young also won the Carolina League batting title last season.
EDIT: Whoops! The Southern League has awarded the batting title to the Braves' Ozzie Albies, who was hitting .322 when he was promoted to Triple-A. When they added seven ABs to Albies Double-A season to qualify for the title, his batting average was still higher than Young's, at .315. So ignore that earlier statement.
The Smokies finished the season with a 58-81 record. They were 30-39 in the second half, 10.5 games behind second-half winner Montgomery.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were filibustered by the Potomac Nationals, 3-1.
Jeremy Null took the hard-luck loss as the Pelicans set up their rotation for the postseason. Null allowed one run on six hits over three innings. He struck out one and walked no one.
Shortstop Andrew Ely was 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI single in the ninth inning.
The Pelicans won the second-half title with record of 46-23. Their overall record was 82-57. They start the playoffs against Salem in a best-of-three series on Wednesday.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs shut out the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 3-0.
Ryan Kellogg got the win after allowing just five hits over six innings. Kellogg struck out six and walked no one.
Mark Malave pitched the ninth inning and got his first South Bend save. (He had 8 with Eugene.) Malave gave up a two-out single, but nothing else. He did not strike anyone out.
Center fielder Connor Myers hit a solo home run in the third inning, his third of the season. Myers was 1 for 4.
Catcher Tyler Alamo was 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI double.
Eloy Jimenez played the whole game as the DH for those that were worried. He was 0 for 3.
South Bend finished the second half at 43-27, good enough for second-place, four games behind Bowling Green. However, since they won the first-half title, South Bend will take on West Michigan in a best-of-three series starting on Wednesday.
They finished the season with an overall record of 84-55, tied for the best record in the East with Bowling Green.
The Eugene Emeralds were swept by the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6-1.
Starter Dylan Cease was pretty much unhittable tonight. Cease pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He struck out ten and walked nobody. That line speaks for itself.
Alex Santana relieved Cease and was treated rudely, allowing five runs over 1.1 innings, which included a solo home run and a three-run home run. Santana allowed three hits, he walked two, hit one batter and struck out three.
DH Marcos Mastrobuoni was 1 for 2 with two walks. First baseman Trent Giambrone was 1 for 2 with one walk. That's both of the Ems hits tonight. The one run even scored on a balk.
The Emeralds finish the season at 54-22. They were 26-12 in the second half, winning both halves of the season. They will play Hillsboro in a best-of-three series starting Wednesday.