Luke Little – Pic by Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans
It seems like I spent most of the day running around being busy. I did an errand for my mom, took my wife to three appointments, mowed the backyard, all the while thinking about the return of baseball tonight. And all I could think of was it’s going to be fun to watch the games but the hitters are going to be a little rusty. The pitchers might have the advantage tonight since hitters haven’t faced live pitching in four days!
And for the most part, that sentiment turned out to be true early in the evening, which was fortunate for the starting pitchers
Let’s get to today’s awards!
Throw of the Day
When new South Bend Cub Kevin Made throws the ball in the video below, take notice of where his feet are when he goes to throw the ball. Then take notice of how much he beats the runner by in getting him out at first base. Oh my!
At-Bat of the Day
Alexander Canario has been working really hard at his approach this month as he tries to lower his K rate and increase his walk rate. Tonight, he had two walks including this 11 pitch AB that resulted in his second free pass of the night!
Starting Pitcher of the Day
Former teammates Porter Hodge and Luke Little both had great nights on the mound. Little pitched four innings for the first time this year. He allowed two hits and did not give up a run. Little walked one (which is good for him) and he also struck out five guys along the way. Hodge, meanwhile, went 4.2 scoreless innings and gave up just 2 hits as well. He did not walk anybody and struck out four on the night.
It’s a tough call, but we’re going with Luke Little for Starting Pitcher of the Day. It was very close!
Reliever of the Day
It was not a good day to be a bullpen guy in the system. As everybody but Bailey Horn got torched. Horn went three scoreless with 2 Ks to get the save for Tennessee. He also struck out two while allowing 0 hits and 0 runs. Bailey has a 1.80 ERA this month and opponents were hitting .130 against him before his hitless outing tonight!
Dinger of the Day
PCA just destroyed a baseball.
Hitter of the Day
It’s been a long 13.5 months, but Miguel Amaya came back to affiliated ball tonight. He went 3-for-5 for Tennessee with two RBI in his return, including a double! Not a bad debut for some one who last played for Tennessee on June 3, 2021.