Reivaj Garcia – Pic by Stephanie Lynn

When I saw the system pitching lineup for today, I though, “Hmmm…This should be a fun afternoon of baseball!” Luis Rujano was making start #2 for Myrtle Beach and Brody McCullough was doing the same for South Bend. Chris Kachmar was toeing the rubber in Tennessee and Ben Brown was on the bump in Des Moine. 

Sometimes, things do not work out as planned, especially when it comes to baseball.

Let’s start in Augusta, Georgia where the Pelicans were taking on the GreenJackets. 

Luis Rujano looked good in his second start. He went three innings and allowed 1 run. He gave up just 3 hits, but he walked three. However, the stat that pops out is he struck out 5. In total, he made 59 pitches, but only threw 30 for strikes. Koen Moreno came on in relief and was dynamite, going 3.2 scoreless with 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 Ks. It is great to see Koen really almost eliminate his high BB rate of more than 1 per inning.

As for the offense, a Malcolm Quintero dinger tied the game at 1 and that was the score after 6 innings. In the top of the seventh, the Birds struck! Miguel Pabon singled and Reivaj Garcia went yard with a 2-run shot. Andy Garriola followed that up with a 2 run shot to make it 5-1. In the 8th, Pedro Ramirez hit a third 2-run jack to make it 7-1.

Win of the Day

He’s just a living legend.

In Iowa, let’s just say “oof!” and be done with their recap as Iowa lost 20-4.

For Brody McCullough, he has some adjustments to make. He only made it three innings today and gave up 5 runs in part to two homers. The offense continues to struggle in South Bend as they scored just 3 runs on six hits as they lost 6-3. Luis Verdugo drove in two on the day with a homer and a double.

Pictures of the Day 1

Pictures of the Day 2

Starting Pitcher of the Day

Tennessee was thundering away at Birmingham and then the rains came. The Smokies were up 4-0 in the bottom of the third thanks to a 3-run double by Scott McKeon and a wild pitch while Chris Kachmar was excellent for three innings shutting down the Barons with just 1 hit and striking out 3. Unfortunately, the rains came.

And then the rains left after an hour.

When they returned, Blake Whitney was on the mound and he gave up a dinger to make it 4-1.

However, Cole Roederer reset the universe and hit his 2nd dinger of the week to make it 6-1 after 5. We really hope Cole keeps it up in the second half as he looks really comfortable in the box right now.

Reliever of the Day

In the sixth, Luke Little arrived from the bullpen for Tennessee and just dominated the Barons in two innings of work. His tally, 2 innings, 1 hit, 4 Ks. That dog’ll hunt.

Casey Opitz added a RBI single in the seventh to make it 7-1. And then Zac Leigh looked very good going two scoreless with 3 Ks to close out their fifth straight win!

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