Cade Horton – Picture by Todd Johnson

Tonight belonged to two pitchers – Cade Horton of South Bend and Michael Arias of Myrtle Beach. Both had amazing nights on the mound.

Starting Pitchers of the Day

For Cade Horton, he went four innings and gave up an unearned run. But that’s not the big story. Horton struck out nine hitters on Fort Wayne and only allowed 3 hits. Using mainly a fastball that “allegedly” hit 99 and his slider, Horton looked like a top pitching prospect in the system and all of baseball. Unfortunately, South Bend did not give Horton much support as Fort Wayne won 5-2.

As for Arias, he went 5 scoreless and did not allow a hit or a run. He struck out six and impressed both Lance Brodzowski and Jim Callis. So much so, Callis called him a guy to consider for their next prospect list that he said would come out in July or August. In fact, I have added him to my list of names to consider for my next prospect list. As for the rest of the Pelicans, the bullpen could not keep the shutout and the Birds lost 3-0.

In Iowa, Chris Clarke also pitched well in an abbreviated start. He went three scoreless and struck out 3 in a 9-0 Iowa win in game 2 of their doubleheader after they lost the opener 4-2, a completion of yesterday’s suspended game.

Dinger of the Day – Part 1

Chase Strumpf had himself a debut for Iowa. Good for him!

The Surpass Last Year’s Dinger Total in 2 Months Dinger of the Day

Yeah, every dinger after this will be a personal best through the end of the year.

The 3 Hit Club Solo Member of the Day

PCA went 3-for-6 on the day and he looks to be rounding into form as he is fully healthy. PCA’s 2-run dinger at the time tied the game with this bombski! The Smokies would go on to lose 9-5.

I will be back in the morning with an affiliate update on Tennessee. Then, around noon, I will release the May All-Star Team.