I hope all of my faithful readers will turn to their friends and say “I knew about Adbert Alzolay way back when because I was reading the Minor League Wrap.”
I am so happy for that kid. I hope he has a long and productive career. And I hope more young pitchers imitate his style of working fast.
Here’s a story on Robel Garcia by Tommy Birch in the Des Moines Register that you may be interested in.
A Taylor Davis sac fly scored Jim Adduci with the walk-off run in the bottom of the ninth as the Iowa derailed the Round Rock Express (Astros), 4-3.
Matt Swarmer started this game and went seven innings, giving up three runs on ten hits. Swarmer did not walk anyone and he struck out three.
James Norwood came on to pitch the top of the ninth with the score tied 3-3. He allowed hits to the first two batters he faced to put runners on the corners with no outs. He then struck out the side (with one walk mixed in there to load the bases with two outs) to get out of the jam with no runs scoring. Norwood got his third win when Iowa scored in the bottom of the inning.
Adduci was 1 for 4. Davis went 0 for 3 with the sac fly.
Second baseman Robel Garcia went 2 for 3 with a double and a solo home run in the fifth inning, his 18th on the year and 12th with Iowa. Garcia was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. He was intentionally walked in the ninth inning.
Right fielder Donnie Dewees hit an opposite field solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the game 3-3. It was Dewees’ career-high 10th home run. He was 1 for 4.
The Smokies and Biscuits were rained out. They’ll play a doubleheader at Smokies Park Friday night.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were poked by the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Astros), 10-3.
Starter Ryan Kellogg struggled in this game, taking the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings. Kellogg walked one and struck out one.
Third baseman Cam Balego hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his sixth home run this season. Balego was 1 for 4.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were run over by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 2-0 in their second-half opener.
Derek Casey started and pitched well, but got stuck with the loss. Casey allowed just one run on four hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two.
First baseman Tyler Durna was 3 for 4. That’s three of South Bend’s five hits.
The Eugene Emeralds politely defeated the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 3-0.
Zach Mort started and he had his longest (and best) start of his career, tossing six scoreless innings. Mort allowed just two hits and one walk. He struck out four as he got his fifth win of the season and first for Eugene.
Riley McCauley threw the final two innings for the save. He gave up just one hit. McCauley struck out five and walked two.
Catcher Jonathan Soto had a pair of RBI doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He scored one run as well.
Third baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 4 with the other run batted in.
Cubs 1 lost to Athletics Gold, 21-3.
Yeah, let’s ignore that one. Two position players pitched in this game.