Kevin Made – Pic by Todd Johnson
Today is going to be a very different type of daily recap post. Rather than going over the scores/games at each affiliate, it will all be about individual performances tonight.
Let’s Get Started…
Jordan Nwogu’s Fielding School Lessons of the Day
Yeah, this is the second day in a row that Jordan Nwogu has made a great catch.
Here is today’s…
Here is yesterday’s…
At the Plate Acknowledgements
*Matt Mervis is ready for Chicago. The time is now. Today, he went 3-for-5 and 3 RBI giving him 21 on the year.
*Brennen Davis – The young man got in a groove this last week hitting close to .400. Let’s hope it continues!
*Luis Vazquez – Funny story…I bragged about his progress before the game.
The Cubs Central curse looked dead as Vazquez went 3-for-4 with 2 HRs, 3 RBI, and 4 runs scored.
*Owen Caissie went 1-for-2 today with 2 RBI. That was not the story. Owen had been striking out at a very high ratemand was still very productive hitting over .300. I like the fact that he was very selective at the plate today. That’s a good sign!
*Bradlee Beesley is having a very quiet and productive year atop South Bend’s lineup. Today, he went 3-for-5 to get his average up to .302.
*Scottie McKeon is one of the most improved hitters in the system this year. He’s pretty close from being a part time guy that might have played once or twice a week last year to almost a regular for South Bend in large part to his bat that is hitting .300 with an .864 OPS. Today, he hit his first homer of the day. He’s earning it!
*Both Miguel Pabon and Moises Ballesteros tore it up for Myrtle Beach today. Ballesteros did it at the plate and behind it as he threw out two runners.
As for pitching, it was not a good day to be a Cubs pitcher. Kohl Franklin looked great through 3 and we won’t talk about his fourth.
Ryan Jensen of Tennessee had a somewhat decent day striking out seven. He went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs.
South Bend’s Brad Deppermann was solid in relief of Kohl going 2 perfect frames with 3 Ks.
And, in Myrtle Beach, Erian Rodriguez had his best Low-A outing going three scoreless and striking out three. He has a really live arm!
Hitter of the Day
*Kevin Made went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI. He is now hitting over .300 and has an OPS close to a 1.000 now. I am digging this hot stretch he is on. He looks locked in at High-A after struggling in his brief tenure at South Bend late last summer.