Luis Devers – Picture by Todd Johnson

I know this is gonna sound strange, but make sure and check back about 6 PM central as I will have this week’s “Breakdown” about 12 hours early. North Side Bound is getting ready to roll out its prospect list extravaganza this next week and so “The Breakdown” is going to get out of the way so that Greg Huss’ prospect list will be tomorrow’s star of the show at North Side Bound.

Tennessee was rained out today so that meant they were only three games this afternoon.

Things did not start off well for former pitcher of the month candidate Brody McCullough. A three run dinger in the first inning put the Pelicans in a hole they would have the rest of the game to try and claw their way out of. Kannapolis added two more by the time McCullough left to make it 5 to 0. The Pelicans scored a run in the top of the fourth to make it 5 to 1 and then Starlyn Pichardo relieved McCullough and gave up six runs in a couple of innings. It was 11 to 1 at that point.

But the Birds kept chipping away at Kannapolis scoring five in the seventh, one in the eighth and three in the ninth to make it 11 to 10. They still had a runner on base when the final out took place. 

Hitter of the Day

Reivaj Garcia and Juan Mora both had three RBI on the day. Mora went 3–for-5 while Garcia went 4-for-4. As a result, Garcia gets today’s hitter of the day.

Starting Pitcher of the Day

Luis Devers had his best start since returning from injury. Today, he went four innings and allowed four hits, but did not give up any runs. He walked one and struck out three. Unfortunately, South Bend only scored one run in the first nine innings on three hits. A Luis Verdugo single scored Moises Ballesteros in the top of the first and that was it. Fortunately, Fort Wayne only scored one run, too. 

In extras, Fort Wayne loaded the bases with no outs, which left Sheldon Reed in quite the predicament. It did not go well at all as the Tin Caps scored 9 in the 10th and won 10-2.

Meanwhile, in Iowa, the Cubs had it handed to him today. Memphis scored 11 runs in the first three innings raising Ben Brown’s ERA almost a whole point. He gave up six run, Jordan Holloway gave up three, and Hunter Bigge gave up two. Later, Brandon Little gave up four more and it was 16 to 6 at that point. Chase Strumpf had a three run home run while Darius Hill went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The final score was 16 to 6.

I will be back with “The Breakdown” about 6 tonight. So, check back for the players of the week then!