Feature photo of James Triantos by Todd Johnson
Hey gang, it’s Greg Huss taking over for Todd as he travels back from another outing to see South Bend play in Beloit. You know how to find me if you hate what I write below… but of course I get the longest night’s worth of games this year on my first edition of the Daily!
Iowa 5, Indianapolis 10
This one was an incredibly early 10:05am central start time as it was education day in Indy. Over 13,000 students packed the stadium for this one. Javier Assad got the start and gave up 2 runs in 4 innings of work. His velo was down a few ticks but still logged 5 punchies. Jake Slaughter, Nelson Velazquez, and Yonathan Perlaza all doubled to stay hot on the young season.
Tennessee 5, Pensacola 4
The Smokies put a kibosh on the Blue Wahoos franchise record ten game win streak. In a game that went down to the wire, Tennessee pulled this one out thanks to lockdown pitching from Riley Martin who closed it out with 2 strong, no-hit innings for the save.
South Bend 3, Beloit 5
Not only did South Bend loss the game, but James Triantos also lost his strikeoutless streak tonight. It took him 32 plate appearances into the year but he was finally set down on strikes. The team got behind the 8-ball with Richard Gallardo giving up 4 runs in the first, but he settled in nicely to eat some innings, logging 5 on the evening.
Myrtle Beach 10, Augusta 8
A rain delay held this one up and Marino Santy looked out of sorts when it was finally time to take the field. He only logged an inning of work and turned this into a bullpen game from the get-go.
The GreenJackets scored the first 7 runs early followed by 9 straight from the Pelicans by the time the top of the 5th rolled around. In a game that felt more like life before the pitch clock, Slider’s squad pulled home an ugly W where the two teams combined for 20 walks.
Miggy Miggy Miggy, Can’t You See?
You can just tell that Miguel Amaya’s confidence is through the rough right now. After getting the bump to Chicago straight from Double-A, he was sent down/up to Iowa for some regularly scheduled program. His 2-for-3 day with a walk today just emphasizes that he is fully back on prospect radars and ready to make another impact in Chicago.
Bertram Gerard Alfonzo Murray
BJ has continued his on-base streak. It’s now up to 26 games. He reached a total of three times today and simply puts together the best plate appearances in the system. His day: 3-for-5, a double, and an RBI.
Todd Knows Best
Ezequiel Pagan might be My Guy™️, but Todd was smart enough to write about him this morning. The outfielder has absolutely raked all season long and continued to do so tonight to the tune of 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Ice Kohl’d Baby
Today was the exact kind of start I needed to see from Kohl Franklin. It wasn’t exactly pretty as he walked 3 compared to 4 strikeouts and threw just 52% of his pitches for strikes, but he got worked out of it all to give up just 1 run in 5 innings — and it was off a homer. Kohl needed to prove that he won’t just fold if things get messy and to be completely honest, this start meant as much to me as any of his pristine outings from earlier in the year.
Defensive Play of the Night
Owen Caissie is really starting to figure out this defense thing. With the game tying run on third base in the bottom of the 7th, ONKC ended the inning with one hell of a defensive play at the warning track. I’m glad the Cubs front office didn’t listen to Cubs Twitter when they tried moving the Canadian kid to first base in his first year of pro ball.