The current pitching rotations in the minor leagues could get shaken up a bit if the big league bullpen continues to be this woeful. Goodness.
AAA Omaha (1-1): L 4-10
Omaha got their first throttling of the year out of the way early. Carlos Hernandez gave up 8 runs on 10 hits in 4 innings of work and the game was pretty well over from there. Grant Gavin and Jace Vines made their 2021 debuts out of the Omaha bullpen. Gavin gave up a pair of runs and K’d 2 in 3 IP, while Vines fired two perfect innings with 1 K. Edward Olivares stayed hot going 3-3 with a pair of walks. Kyle Isbel had a pair of singles and also walked. Scott Blewett will get the ball for Omaha tomorrow night at 6:35.
AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals (2-0): W 3-0
Jonathan Bowlan was just about as impressive as Jackson Kowar was the other night in his AA debut on Wednesday. Bowlan’s final line was 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 R, but somehow he seemed even more dominant than that. The Travelers never really had any good scoring opportunities against the big righty and the Naturals cruised to their second victory of the season. Angelo Castellano and Rudy Martin both had a pair of hits for the Naturals on the night, with Martin throwing in his first double of the season. Bobby Witt Jr. finished the night 1-4 with a walk and pair of stolen bases. That was his first AA hit. Nick Pratto finished 1-2 with a walk and a HBP. Marcelo Martinez will take the mound for NWA tomorrow night.
High-A Quad Cities (0-2): L 3-4
The River Bandits couldn’t overcome an early deficit in their second defeat of the season. The Cubbies scored all 4 of their runs in what was a rather odd inning from last year’s #4 overall pick Asa Lacy. After dominating the first two innings, Lacy walked 5 Cubs in the 3rd inning and that was that. Lacy’s final line came out to 2.1 IP with 1 H, 5 BB, 5 K, and 4 ER. He looked pretty much unhittable in the first two innings which may be why the Cubs stopped swinging in the third. Live and learn. LHP Drew Parrish was fantastic in relief of Lacy throwing 4.1 scoreless innings with 1 H, 1 BB, and 6 K. Jeison Guzman, Michael Massey, and Jimmy Govern all tallied a pair of hits tonight for QC, with Govern and Massey adding in a double each. Guzman also stole a pair of bases. Zach Haake will throw for QC on Thursday night.
Low-A Columbia (0-1): L 1-8
The offense must not have been told that today’s game would be played as scheduled. The Fireflies tallied just one hit in their season debut and struck out 13 times in the defeat. Brady McConnell hit a single in his first AB and that was it. Adrian Alcantara struck out 6 batters in 2 innings of work in his first start of 2021, but he also gave up a pair of runs. I was actually pretty impressed with his brief outing. Cruz Noriega struck out 6 batters in 3 innings of relief work and had an immaculate inning, Emilio Marquez struck out 3 in 1 inning and Nate Webb struck out 2 in his inning of work. All together, the Fireflies tallied 18 strikeouts of opposing hitters while walking just 4. Not too shabby. The Fireflies have a DH tomorrow beginning at 4:05 with Anderson Paulino on the mound for game one and AJ Block on the mound for game two.