We got to see the completion of the usual four games today at the full-season affiliates, but it came in an usual way. Myrtle Beach and South Bend played their night games but Tennessee was suspended due to weather (likely lighting accompanying the Smokies bats’ thunder) and Iowa logged two games this afternoon/evening.
Unofficial On-Base Party
Before being suspended (the game will be continued as a part of a doubleheader tomorrow), Tennessee had logged 8 hits, 10 walks, and 12 runs in just 3.1 innings. Levi Jordan and Haydn McGeary each put up 2 hits, including a double and Nelson Maldonado tacked on another double. Every single player in the Smokies lineup drew a walk in those 3+ innings.
Dinger Hitters Gonna Dinger
Matt Mervis and Nelson Velazquez hit tanks. It’s what they do. So they did it again today. In game two of their doubleheader for Iowa, Mash took one 431 feet to deep right field at 107 mph while Nelly bopped his homer at 105.8 mph.
Lights Out Relievers
In Iowa, Brendon Little and Daniel Palencia combined for 5 strikeouts, no walks, no runs, and a hit in 2 innings of work.
After a few outings in the Arizona Complex League, Kenyi Perez made his full-season debut for Myrtle Beach, featuring some pretty electric stuff to go along with a fun, herky-jerky delivery. He went 2.1 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, and 4 punchies and featured a sweeper and fastball with what appeared to be a splitter.
Ferris Fun Day
Jackson Ferris set a new career high in innings pitched, logging 2 outs in the 4th inning. It was the first time he recorded an out in the 4th this year and likely would have gotten out of the inning with a shutout in tact if not for a couple of rough defensive plays in the field that allowed the inning to continue. Instead, he settled for 2 “earned” runs while punching out 4.
Reivaj Stays Hot
Reivaj Garcia is throwing his name in the ring as the second best hitter on the Pelicans roster (behind only Jefferson Rojas). He recorded both a double and a triple hitting out of the two spot in the lineup.