Congratulations to Erick Leal, who was your choice for the Minor League Pitcher of the Month. He was also the official Cubs selection and it was a pretty easy choice, although a few other pitchers had great months too.
Light schedule tonight.
Traveling to New Orleans.
The Tennessee Smokies cracked the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers) 6-1.
Matt Swarmer was terrific tonight as he got his third Smokies win and eighth win of the season. Swarmer gave up just one unearned run on six hits over six innings. Swarmer struck out seven and did not walk anyone.
The one run scored on a home run to lead off the top of the first by Corey Ray after third baseman Jesse Hodges dropped a foul pop.
Second baseman Vimael Machin gave the Smokies the lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season and fifth for Tennessee. Machin was 2 for 4 and scored twice.
Center fielder Connor Myers added on to the lead with a solo home run in the second inning. It was his third home run and first in Double-A this year. Myers went 1 for 4.
Shortstop Zack Short went 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Rained out. They’ll play a doubleheader with the Dash on August 21.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs allowed five runs in the top of the ninth and six in the top of the eleventh and lost to the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), 11-5 in 11 innings.
Jeffrey Passantino returned to South Bend tonight and was terrific with six scoreless innings. Passantino gave up four hits, he walked one and struck out nine.
Manuel Rodriguez was not terrific, as he faced six batters and they all reached. Five of them scored before he exited the game for Brian Glowicki. It was four hits, including one home run, and two walks, in case anyone is curious.
Luis Aquino wasn’t any better in the eleventh. The first five batters that faced him in the inning singled. The sixth one tripled. He then retired the next two batters before leaving the game. Aquino’s final line was six runs on six hits over two-thirds of an inning. Aquino struck out one. One run was unearned.
Shortstop Rafael Narea went 2 for 5 and scored twice.
Cubs 1 were beating the Reds, 5-3 in the fourth inning.
Cubs 2 were beating the Angels 3-0 in the second inning.
I expect that neither game will be finished tonight as Arizona is being attacked by a baboon again.