April showers bring May flowers. That’s cute and all, but I’d rather have baseball than flowers. Anyone else feel the same way? You can probably guess what this meant for the minor league affiliates on Sunday, limited baseball. Once again, Myrtle Beach and Tennessee were rained out… so much for leaving the Florida State League. Even Iowa’s game was completed early because of rain. It wouldn’t be fun if South Bend got left out of the rain action, so mother nature decided to make an entrance at the end of their game, causing field conditions to deteriorate very quickly. Luckily, enough baseball was played so I could make a recap post.
Let’s start with the South Bend Cubs. Trevor Clifton was wheeling and dealing out there today, he tossed 5 innings of one hit ball, giving up no runs while striking out 7, and walking one. Just a few days ago we tabbed him as a sleeper in the system. Tyler Ihrig came in and pitched 3.1 innings. He surrendered two hits and gave up an earned run. In addition, he struck out one and issued no free passes. That’s where the fun stopped though. Francisco Carrillo came in and gave up the lead. At this point Mother Nature started to rear its head, and the rain began to puddle on the field. He pitched .2 innings, gave up three hits, three runs, one of which was earned, and struck out one. Gleyber Torres made a throwing error because he wasn’t able to get a solid grip on the ball.
Offensively for the SB Cubs there wasn’t much going on all day. Gleyber Torres went 2-3, but didn’t fill the stat sheet. Jesse Hodges also went 2-3 with a run knocked in. He also made some very nice plays over at third. Charcer Burks was 1-3 with a strikeout. Cael Brockmeyer continues his hot streak, going 1-2 with a walk. He’s hitting a cool .444/.524/.694 through the first 10 games.
South Bend lost 4-1 dropping them to 4-7 on the season. Ryan Williams will take the mound on Monday at 6:05 CST for the SB Cubs.
Over in Iowa, they were able to make it through the top of the sixth and that was it. Barret Loux, yeah that’s a name we haven’t heard in a while, pitched well despite not feeling 100 percent yet. He went 5 innings, surrendered three hits, and one unearned run. He walked three and struck out five. Hunter Cervenka had some issues on the mound. His line was similar to Carrilo’s. He went .2 innings, gave up one hit, three runs, all earned, two walks, no strikeouts. Armando Rivero didn’t record an out. He gave up one hit and walked two.
The Iowa Cubs offense was anemic to say the least. They had two hits on the afternoon. Addison Russell was 0-2, but didn’t strike out. Rubi Silva was 1-2, as was Adron Chambers. They both hit doubles. Well that was an eventful offensive recap… said no one ever.
As you guessed, the Iowa Cubs lost 4-0, dropping them to 4-5 on the season. They will play a double-header on Monday. The first game starts at 12:08 CST, Carlos Pimentel will take the bump in game one. Game two will start after the completion of game one, with Yoanner Negrin taking the bump.
The Tennessee Smokies are scheduled to play on Monday at 7:05 CST, with Frank Batista on the mound. Fingers crossed.
Tyler Skulina will take the mound on Monday at 6:05 CST for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, again, fingers crossed.
Player of the day goes to Trevor Clifton. He pitched a gem after struggling in his last start.
Player to watch tomorrow goes to Billy McKinney. He’s gotten off to a quiet start. Picking him hoping he'll make some noise.
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