Jordan Nwogu – Picture by Todd Johnson
Tonight was another fun night as my wife and I sat down to watch “Road to Wrigley” on the Marquee Sports Network for two hours. Normally, I am watching games in the office on my computer while she is watching whatever she watches in the living room. But she’s really taken to the “Road to Wrigley.” She just loves Elise Menaker and could listen to her all day. She’s also taking a shine to PCA and she really likes to watch him hit and pay defense as well.
When the show began at 6:30, the South Bend game was an hour old and there were already a three runs across including two home runs by Jordan Nwogu. It was fun getting to see back-to-back jacks by PCA and Nwogu, who hit his third home run. Picking a Hitter of the Day was fairly easy today as it has been difficult decision the past few days.
Hitter of the Day
In total, Jordan Nwogu went 4-for-5 with three home runs and four RBI and he also scored five times and had one walk. It bumped his monthly average up to .283 and gave him five home runs and 14 RBI in August.
Even though he didn’t win hitter of the day, PCA was no slouch either going 3-for-5 and scoring three runs and driving in two. This is not really a hot take, but he is ready for Double-A. I doubt he goes up as South Bend players and managers and coaches would just revolt with two weeks left in the season a d the playoffs coming up. He is really growing by leaps and bounds this year. He’s hitting .341 this month with a .412 on base percentage and a .529 slugging percentage. As well, he’s had three dingers this month along with 14 RBI. He’s going to be in the conversation for the hitter of the month which comes out a week from today.
Dinger of the Day
A walk-off trumps all other homers. We better call the cops because Mervis just killed a baseball.
Web Gem of the Day
Nice snag and throw here by Mr. Triantos!
Starting Pitcher of the Day
Starting pitcher of the day came down to basically two guys. Luis Devers pitched five innings for South Bend and gave up one run and struck out six. He allowed three hits and walk and his ERA at South Bend is at 0.86. His competition today is none other than Hayden Wesneski who had a really good start for Iowa tonight. He also went five innings but only gave up two hits but walked three and he struck out seven. While the “Road to Wrigley” focused more on Devers, Wesneski is going to be my starting pitcher of the day.
Keeping up with Transactions
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans made several moves today. First they released infielder Alejandro Rivero. Then they assigned Catcher Malcolm Quintero to the development list while placing pitcher Andricson Salvador on the injured list. They promoted infield Scott McKeon to Double-A Tennessee while bringing up SS Reginald Preciado, IF Pedro Ramirez, and C/1B Haydn McGeary from the Arizona Cubs’ roster.
Myrtle Beach is probably not really done making moves and we may see a couple more moves tomorrow Involving some recent draft picks. Then again, those draft picks might even find a way to South Bend.
Reliever of the Day
Ben Leeper faced two batters in the ninth for Iowa and struck out one to get the win. He came on with one out in relief of Bryan Hudson and looked like he is ready for Chicago, too. Small problem – he’s not on the 40 man this year.