The Smokies were rained out today and both Iowa and Myrtle Beach went down in defeat, but Matt Rose came through with a 10th inning 2 run HR to give South Bend the victory -- and the affiliates their only win of the day.
- It wasn't Jack Buchanan's night. Tacoma jumped all over the 26 year old RHP in the first inning, starting the game with 5 consecutive hits, the last of which was a 3 run HR by Mike Zunino. Buchanan had pitched well of late, posting a 2.08 in his previous 4 starts -- and then he did well after those 5 hits/5 runs, holding Tacoma scoreless for the next 5 innings, before Tacoma put up another 4 runs in the 6th. And while Iowa was well out of the game at that point, he at least helped save the bullpen from what could have been a long, busy night.
- John Andreoli hit his 5th HR and went 2 for 4 overall. This has not been your typical Andreoli season. The 5 HRs alreay tie the career high he set last year, but he is also just hitting .217 and his K rate is at an alarming 32.7%. A couple of things he continues to do well is take the walk (13.9% rate) and steal bases (10 this season).
- Willson Contreras is going to keep hitting until he forces his way on to the MLB roster. Contreras went 2 for 5 today and is hitting .331 on the season. He finished the day with a career high in slugging (.488), ISO (.157). and has more walks (13% rate) than strikeouts (11%).
- Taylor Davis may not have the prettiest swing you'll see, but he makes it work for him. Three more singles put him at .340 on the season. Davis is also highly respected for his knowledge of the game and ability to manage a staff.
- Kristopher Negron has had a solid season providing infield depth for the Cubs at Iowa. He came a HR shy of the cycle on this game. The 30 year old veteran is hitting .291/.336/496.
Lynchburg 5, Myrtle Beach 3 (Michael)
- The one thing you can count on from Jeremy Null (5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) is good control. His BB rates have been exceptional. He had never walked more than two hitters in an outing since turning pro, and in fact had only walked more than one on two occasions. After dominating for 5 innings, striking out 6 and allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks, the unexpected occurred. Null walked the bases loaded before being lifted. The 5 walks obviously set a career high.
- Tommy Thorpe came in and held Lynchburg to just one run in the inning. The lefty with the 90 MPH fastball and big curveball finished with 4 K over 2.2 innings. A solo home run in the 7th was the only blemish against him.
- On a night with the uncharacteristic control issues from Null, the Pelicans also suffered the first blown save of the season from their closer James Farris. Farris had allowed just 3 runs all year coming in, and entered the 9th trying to hold on to a 1 run lead. The Pelicans would eventually get home three runs to take the lead .
- All three Pelicans runs came in the 4th inning. Ian Happ (2-4, 3B, R) tripled to lead off the inning and come home on a wild pitch. Myrtle Beach would then rally with two out and no one on. Four straight batters would reach, the big knock coming from Gioskar Amaya (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) who drove in two with a single.
- Jeffrey Baez singled, walked twice and stole his 15th base of the season. He trails only Jacob Hannemann's 17 SBs among Cubs farmhands.
- Adbert Alzolay continued his unblemished start to the season. Alzolay went 6 strong innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. He did not pick up a decision but remained at 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA. Alzolay has shown his usual good control, though his K rate has fallen off a bit early on (4.58 Ks per 9 IP).
- It was a rare misstep for the reliable South Bend bullpen. Greyfer Eregua gave up a game tying solo shot in the 7th, though it was the only runner to reach base in 2 innings. And then Craig Brooks got knocked around for 4 hits and two game tying runs right after South Bend had retaken the lead. Brooks, however, would pick up the win as South Bend seemed determined not to let this one slip away.
- James Norwood continued his good season as the closer with his 4th save with a scoreless 10th.
- South Bend picked up an early, but short-lived lead in the 2nd when Bryant Flete (1 for 3, run, 2 walks) singled home Tyler Alamo. Flete would factor in again in the 5th inning when the SB Cubs reclaimed the lead the first time, walking and then scoring on a HR by the streaking Andrew Ely. It was Ely's first HR of the season and he has hit .417 in his last 9 games to raise his average to .304.
- After Lake County tied it again in the 7th, South Bend immediately responded in the top of the 8th. It started with a game tying HR by the red hot Eloy Jimenez, his 5th of the season. Jimenez was 2 for 5 on the day overall, raising his line to .329/.358/.517 on the season -- as a 19 year old in the MWL.
- A single by Daniel Spingola (2 for 3) lead to an insurance run when Matt Rose squeezed him home.
- After yet another lost lead in the bottom of the 9th, Matt Rose once again put South Bend up by 2 runs -- this time with a line drive HR to LF. It would prove to be the game winner.
Notes from the backfields
- I was particularly impressed on this day with Aramis Ademan, who not only made a slick play charging to his left and throwing on the run, but showed a surprisingly good bat. He has the ability to work the count and a smooth line drive swing from the left side. He went the other way with 2 balls and 2 strikes in his first AB, doubling into the LF gap, then turned on a 3-2 pitch and ripped it down the RF line for a triple. This kid is silky smooth out there and polished beyond his 17 years.
- Yonathan Perlaza was the other big name SS the Cubs signed in last year's IFA class and he is also an exciting talent, though a much different player. He has a short, muscular build who is more explosive than smooth. He drives the ball well by using a muscular lower half, ripping a line drive single in his 2nd AB and then tripling in his next one. Perlaza has already been primarily playing 2B as he doesn't have the same smooth actions at SS that Ademan does, but he has the potential to be an offensive-minded 2B -- though he too made a nice play ranging up the middle and throwing against his body for the out.
- DJ Wilson was his usual dynamic self with a walk, 2 singles, and a stolen base. He also scored 3 runs.
- Jose Albertos was a bit wild but pitched at 95-96 with a big, mid 70s curve.
- The Cubs new signee, 25 year old Nick Sarianades threw 91-93 mph FB from a somewhat low 3/4 delivery with short arm action, which makes the bullpen a natural home for him. He threw mostly FBs but also threw a slider and flashed a very good change. He was very wild, however, and was unable to complete his inning.
- As always, you can check out the box score from AZ Phil for more on the game.
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