Kevin Alcantara – Picture by Stephanie Lynn
Today was the first quiet day I have had in a long time. Between the thunderstorms, I watched a lot of baseball and made a nice sit down supper. As for the minor leagues, it was a bit of strange one. Three games had rain delays and only one affiliate came away with a win.
Iowa got started first as they were the only club not to get rained on. After Javier Assad’s rough first couple of innings, he finally settled down and got through 4.1 innings for Iowa and saved a rough up a bullpen for a game. Unfortunately, the I-Cubs lost 5-4 in ten innings to Indianapolis. For South Bend, Chicago Cub Drew Smyly made a rehab start and was sailing along until the fourth inning when the Wisconsin Timber Rattler hit a couple of dingers and they were off and running against the Cubs as South Bend took it on the chin 9-1.
Jose Miguel Gonzalez got the start for Myrtle Beach as they began their series against Columbia. It would be a back-and-forth affair between the Pelicans and Fireflies all night before the Pelicans put up 5 in the 7th to take the lead only to lose in extras. The Smokies actually got some pitching help tonight as Brandon Leibrandt went three scoreless followed by only 1 inning from Anderson Espinoza, which was strange. Anyway, the Smokies didn’t hit one single homer tonight but they still got the job done. winning 9-2.
Dinger of the Day
Hitter of the Day
Kevin Alcantara, the Jaguar, had another good night as he went 2-for-6 with 3 RBI.
Also of note – Newcomer Alejandro Rivero seems to be thriving at Myrtle Beach. It’s been just a week, but Rivero is hitting .353 after going 2-for-4 tonight.
Starting Pitcher of the Day
Tennessee’s Brandon Leibrandt had the best start of anyone today throwing three scoreless frames. In addition, he only allowed one hit and struck out 5 on what turned out to be a bullpen night.
Reliever of the Day
Iowa’s Wyatt Short continues to have a pretty good run this year. Tonight, he went two scoreless innings and struck out three and kept Iowa in the game.
Come tomorrow morning, Greg Huss will be rolling out his mid-season prospect list around 8 am central. I will have mine on Wednesday with Jimmy Nelligan on Thursday and Greg Zumach will wrap it up Friday before we combine them all for a new list on Monday next week. We will continue to put out regular content the next few days. I will be putting out a post tomorrow afternoon about the jump to High-A. And on Wednesday afternoon, you and I will get caught up on the transactions of the day. Greg Zumach will have some draft stuff at some point this week and we will go from there.