If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were magically transported to Triple-A, while keeping the same players, wonder no further.
The Iowa Cubs were demolished by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 22-4.
There’s not a lot to say about this game except with so many Iowa players in St. Louis to fill in for the missing Chicago Cubs players, Iowa couldn’t put up much of a fight. Iowa filled in the roster spots with a lot of players who were in Arizona for the instructional league, which means that there were a lot of players who had never played above low-A Myrtle Beach before. And it showed.
Luis Angel Rodriguez made his Triple-A debut and he got rocked for eight runs on five hits over two innings. Three of those eight hits were home runs. He walked four and struck out no one.
In his Triple-A debut, Didier Vargas pitched the third inning and gave up six runs on six hits in 1+ inning. One hit was a three-run home run. Vargas walked two and struck out two.
Sheldon Reed did a bit better in his Iowa debut. He finished the fifth inning for Vargas and then gave up a leadoff home run in the sixth inning, but nothing else. Reed’s final line was one run on one hit over two innings. He did not have a walk or a strikeout.
Dauris Valdez pitched the first scoreless inning for Iowa in the sixth, which was also his Triple-A debut. (He had at least pitched in Double-A before this, albeit not effectively). He did, however, load the bases on walks before getting out of the jam. His line was no runs on no hits over one inning. He walked three and struck out one.
Omaha hit seven total home runs in this game.
On offense, first baseman Matt Mervis had a nice game in his Iowa debut. Mervis was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. He also scored in the eighth inning on a double by Caleb Knight. Knight was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Shortstop Andrew Romine went 3 for 4 with a walk.
Center fielder Ian Miller was 1 for 3 with two walks.
Third baseman Liam Spence was 1 for 4 with one run scored in his Triple-A debut.
Left fielder Brennen Davis went 0 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He also had an RBI ground out.
The two teams have two games left in the season. They play on Saturday night at 6:08 and on Sunday afternoon at 1:08 to finish the year.