Down on the Farm: 0-2 record, Thomas Hatch impressive, recaps, more


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Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports

The Cubs farmhands continue to go through a rough patch as they are not playing the best of baseball right now. With two rainouts on Saturday leaving just two teams in action, neither was able to come through as they went 0-2 on the night outscored 13-4 in the process.

IOWA CUBS vs. Nashville Sounds: Postponed

TENNESSEE SMOKIES 3 – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6: The slide continues for the Smokies as they cannot solve the Jumbo Shrimp falling yet again 6-3. After a promising start to his 2019 campaign, Thomas Hatch loses again dropping to 0-3 on the season with a 5.18 ERA. Hatch didn’t pitch that bad, however, allowing just two runs in six innings before the bullpen couldn’t hold things down.

The Jumbo Shrimp grabbed the lead early off of hatch scoring in the first inning off a Joe Dunand sacrifice fly that turned into a double play for the 1-0 lead. Dunand was not finished on the day as he got to Hatch in the fourth inning for the solo home run putting Jacksonville up 2-0.

With Hatch now out of the game after six strong innings and zero offensive support, Jackson went to work against the Smokies bullpen busting things wide open. A Rodrigo Vigil single in the seventh combined with an error by Luis Vazquez put the Jumbo Shrimp in front 4-0 through seven innings. Dunand picked up another RBI in the eighth on a single, before Brian Miller tallied the sixth and final Jacksonville run with a single of his own for the 6-0 lead.

With no offense through eight innings, the Smokies finally showed signs of life in the ninth as they began to mount a comeback. A Roberto Caro leadoff walk followed by a P.J. Higgins single put two runners on with no outs. Vimael Machin got the Smokies on the board with an RBI single before Jhonny Pareda added a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.

A Jesse Hodges two-out single brought things to 6-3 for the Smokies, but it was too little too late as Tennessee was doubled up on the scoreboard 6-3 to fall to 10-11 on the season. This is the first time the Smokies have fallen under .500 this year as they have hit a rough patch in their schedule. Garcia was responsible for two of the five Tennessee hits as he was the lone player to pick up multiple hits.

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS 1 – Salem Red Sox 7: The rough go of things continued for the Pelicans as a lack of offense mixed with less than stellar pitching led to a 7-1 loss to the Red Sox. After his two starts being reasonably strong, Javier Assad was roughed up in this outing lasting five innings and allowing five runs as his ERA rose to 4.50 on the season in the loss.

It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to strike as they busted things open in the first inning. Already with a pair of runners on base, Pedro Castellanos singled home the first run for an early 1-0 lead. With a double steal with Marco Hernandez coming home to make it 2-0, Victor Acosta grounder to right field brought home another run and just like that it was 3-0 Salem.

That lead continued to grow in the third inning as Acosta came to plate with a pair of runners on base. This time it was a grounder up the middle to plate a couple with the Red Sox in complete control 5-0. The lone run for Myrtle Beach came in the fifth as their offense was held to just six hits on the evening.

With two outs in the inning, an Aramis Ademan walk kept the inning alive before Yeiler Peguero sent him to third with a single. Six pitches later it was Carlos Sepulveda coming through with a single ending the shut out bid and cutting things to 5-1. The Pelicans couldn’t do anything after that as their offense continues to struggle.

The Red Sox capped off the scoring in the seventh inning when Hernandez added a sacrifice fly before Castellanos picked up another single pushing the lead to 7-1 in favor of Salem. The Pelicans were retired in order the final two innings as they fall to a dismal 7-16 on the season.

Luke Reynolds was the lone Pelican who seemed to see the ball well on this one collecting three hits on the night. Peguero added a pair of his own with Sepulveda recording the final hit. Ademan reached base twice via the walk, with Miguel Amaya going 0-4 on the evening.

SOUTH BEND CUBS vs. Fort Wayne Tin Caps: Postponed (Double Header today).

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