Today was another fun day in the system!
It started off with Iowa playing early this afternoon and getting the system started with a win. Myrtle Beach then put up some crooked numbers early and held off of a late rally by Columbia to win 6 to 5. South Bend blew a late lead but came back to win it in the tenth while Tennessee cruised to victory despite being down 3-0 to win 9 to 5 to make it a system sweep!
When it came time to pick the awards for the day, it took a little time to go browsing back through the box scores to see who had the biggest day. Robel Garcia hit his system-leading 11th home run for Iowa this afternoon, but it was a solo shot and his only RBI on the afternoon. Yonathan Perlaza went 3-for-4 Tennessee with a home run and a double but he only drove in one run.
Levi Jordan went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in to get the award for Hitter of the Day. He’s been raking since he’s been back with Tennessee after struggling to hit at Iowa to begin the year. He’s hitting. 358 with a 1.105 OPS at Tennessee. If he continues to do that, he’s not going to be in Tennessee much longer. Here is a clutch hit he had yesterday. He just hits with runners in scoring position.
There were three candidates for Starting Pitcher of the Day. Caleb Kilian gave up two unearned runs in 5.2 innings and struck out eight while sitting 96-97 for Iowa this afternoon. Kilian scattered six hits and walked two along the way. He looks ready to go to Chicago at any point in time. He continued his streak of not allowing more than one earned run in a start this year.
Luis Devers had his best outing of the year for Myrtle Beach. He struck out five over five innings and only allowed two hits and did not give up a run before turning the ball over to the bullpen.
Up in Appleton, Wisconsin, Jordan Wicks of South Bend pitched his best game of his pro career. For the first time he went five innings, allowed one run on three hits while striking out eight. His ERA on the year now is 3.86.
It was tough to make a decision.
I decided to make a three-way tie for tonight as it was just so hard to pick one of them.
Danis Correa of Tennessee ran away with the Reliever of the Day as he threw 2 scoreless frames and struck out four in Tennessee to end the game.
The first of two honorable mentions on the night go out to Jake Reindl who debuted for South Bend and flashed his nasty frisbee slider.
The second honorable mention goes to Sheldon Reed who pumped 97 mph fastballs to seal the deal for Myrtle Beach.
Dinger of the Day
Alexander Canario just beat this ball to death.