PCA – Picture by Todd Johnson
Tonight began with a rain out for Myrtle Beach and I was surprised that Mississippi and Tennessee played after a brutal series of storms ripped through Jackson, Tennessee that left half the town underwater.
Still, it was a pretty good night in the system.
Let’s go to the Dinger of the Day which is also doubling up tonight as the Good News of the Day.
Brennen Davis went back to Iowa today as his rehab was finished with South Bend. Davis hit a solo shot in his first game back with the Cubs. That has to be a pretty big moment as it relieves some of the tension about getting a homerun. Now he can just relax and play and not have to worry when that moment is going to come.
Starting Pitcher of the Day.
Even though Wyatt Short pitched a very good game for Iowa going five innings again, tonight was Luke Little’s night. In addition to it being his birthday, the big lefty threw four perfect innings and struck out five Lansing Lugnuts on the night. His ERA with South Bend is 0.90.
This is just getting ridiculous!
Pretty much the entire starting rotation for Myrtle Beach on opening day is in South Bend. The totally weird thing is that Myrtle Beach is known as a pitcher’s park. Yet, all five of these guys are coming in and putting up ERAs that are two runs less than what they were in Myrtle Beach. It’s just uncanny!
Picture of the Day
Stephanie Lynn spent most of last week in Myrtle Beach taking pics of the Pelicans when she snapped this amazingly beautiful picture of Kevin Alcanatara.
Hitter of the Day
This is all Pete Crow Armstrong. The 20-year-old went three for four on the night with two runs batted in. He also stole one bass and was caught stealing woods. He is now heading .296 at South Bend with that .864 OPS.
Reliever of the Day
After Jeremiah Estrada, Zac Leigh is the best and most dominant Cubs’ reliever in the minors. Tonight, he came on with 2outs in the eighth for Tennessee with two men in scoring position. He got a fly out and then struck out three guys in the ninth for the save. Just incredible stuff! He is the reliever of the day!
Honorable Mention – Jake Reindl is going to have such a huge impact on South Bend‘s playoff implications as he just brings a different element into the game. It’s called a wiffleball slider. Reindl went one. One innings and struck out two, setting up the save for South Bend.
Magic Number of the Day
South Bend’s magic number is now down to six.