Ben Brown – Picture via Tennessee Smokies/MiLB
Today was supposed to be a full slate of six games as both Iowa and Tennessee were scheduled to play doubleheaders. Iowa split theirs early in the afternoon. Tennessee was winning the first game when the rains came in the sixth inning. The second game was eventually canceled so Tennessee was granted victory thanks in part to a three-run home run by Miguel Amaya. But he was not the star of the show today. He was just one of many players who had a good day today.
Dinger of the Day and Hitter of the Day
Today was another example of the fact that it is Kevin Alcantara’s world and we are just living in it. He had two hits including this grand slam home run to help lead the Pelicans to a win over Charleston, their eventual opponent in the playoffs.
Starting Pitcher of the Day
There were quite a few good performances in the system today. Wyat Short threw four more innings of one run ball today but took the loss in the nightcap for Iowa. Joe Nahas did the same for South Bend.
But the winner for today is Ben Brown of Tennessee. The newly acquired righty got through 5 innings while allowing 1 run. He also struck out 6 Braves along the way.
With Ryan Jensen going on the 7 Day IL, Brown’s importance as a starting pitcher just increased for the upcoming playoffs. Walker Powell and Riley Thompson are likely two other options along with Jordan Wicks. Still, Brown’s mettle is going to be tested fairly quickly as a Cub.
Reliever of the Day
Frankie Scalzo went two innings to get the save tonight for the Pelicans. He allowed two hits and a walk, but Scalzo flashed that promise many have always seen as 5 of his 6 outs came via the strikeout.
Hot Take of the Day
I like it. I like it a lot.
The I Can’t Wait to See Him in South Bend Award
Moises Ballesteros is such a pure hitter, the likes we haven’t seen in a while. So effortless, so easy. He’s only 18. Wow!