Matt Shaw – Picture by Rebecca Snyder

Tonight was a quick night as all four affiliates wee playing within 15 minutes of 6 o’clock. As a result, I initially thought it was going to be an early evening. And, thankfully it was.

There were several moves today. Iowa released Danis Correa in a surprise move. They also activated Bailey Horn off the inactive list. Pitchers Grayson Moore and Garrett Brown were assigned to Myrtle Beach who then sent catcher David Avitia to to the ACL Cubs while reliever Gregori Montano was released.

Hitter of the Day

Matt Shaw, the Cubs 2023, first round draft pick add himself day going 3-for-5 with four RBI. Two of those three hits were dingers and they were not cheap ones.

The 3 RBI Club

For those of you that read this post regularly, this is a new category. South Bend had four players who had three or more RBI. In addition to Shaw, Luis Verdugo had four, while Josh Rivera and Felix Stevens each had three.

For those of you doing math, that’s a lot of runs as South Bend put 18 up against Cedar Rapids. In addition to Shaw’s two dingers, Kevin Alcantara, Verdugo, and Felix Stevens also hit home runs. The final turned out to be 18 to 2 Cubs.

Brennen Davis went 0-for-5 and is 1-for-10 in his rehab.

Another 3 RBI Member

Pablo Aliendo of Tennessee gave Walker Powell all the runs he needed tonight as he hit a two run home run and one run double drove and three of Tennessee’s four runs. Powell pitched six innings of scoreless ball and struck out five and then Eduarniel Nunez and Blake Whitney closed it out for the 4-0 win.

Starting Pitcher of the Night

This award goes out to Caleb Kilian, who went six innings and struck out seven. He did give up one run and allowed six hits, but he just didn’t get any help from the vaunted Iowa offense, who only had three hits on the night, two from Luis Vazquez. The final score was 2 to 1 Indianapolis.

As for the Pelicans, things did not go as planned. Cristian Hernandez went 3-for-5 and Brett Bateman went 3-for-5 and had two RBI, but the Pelicans could just not keep pace with Kannapolis. The final score there was 10 to 7. At one point, the Pelicans had closed it to 5 to 4, but Kannapolis kept pulling away in the seventh and eighth inning. The Birds closed it to within two in the bottom of the eighth, but a fourth straight walk off did not happen in the ninth.

One Final Member

Pedro Ramirez hit two dingers. He went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI on the night. He hit each homer from a different side of the plate. Very Impressive!