In a landslide, you picked Iowa Cubs reliever Ben Leeper as your choice for the BCB Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year! I guess when you don’t give up a hit all month, you’ll impress people. (That’s not quite what Leeper did as he gave up some hits in Double-A before his promotion. But he did not give up a hit in Triple-A all month.)
By the way, if any corporation wants to sponsor the BCB Cubs Minor League Awards, let me know. And don’t tell Al or SB Nation. But the Acme BCB Minor League Player of the Month Award has a nice ring to it, if the Acme Corporation would like to sell products to someone other than Wile E. Coyote.
Don’t forget that the Futures Game is tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm Central. The game will be televised on the MLB Network or you can watch it on-line at MLB.com. It’s going to be a seven-inning game for some reason.
This game will be the first chance for many of you to see the Cubs top prospect, outfielder Brennen Davis, in action. Iowa Cubs pitcher Manuel Rodriguez is also playing for the National League team.
The Iowa Cubs game was postponed because of wet grounds. They’ll try to play a doubleheader with the Saints on Sunday starting at 12:08 Central Time.
(Why 12:08? Because Channel 8 in Des Moines sponsors the start time of all I-Cubs games so they all start at :08 on the hour.)
The Smokies were also rained out in Chattanooga. They have not announced a make-up date.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were bitten by the Beloit Snappers (Marlins), 11-5.
Starting pitcher Chris Kachmar took the loss after getting knocked around for seven runs on six hits over 3.2 innings. He walked four, hit two batters and struck out two.
South Bend took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when left fielder Yonathan Perlaza hit a two-run home run. It was his sixth home run this season. Perlaza went 2 for 5.
DH Ryan Reynolds connected for his first High-A home run in the third inning with a man on. Reynolds has four home runs overall this year. He went 1 for 4.
First baseman Tyler Durna was 2 for 4 and scored on Reynolds’ home run.
Second baseman Jake Slaughter went 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the eighth inning. He also stole one base.
Shortstop Delvin Zinn went 2 for 5 and scored on Perlaza’s home run in the first inning.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans swatted the Augusta Green Jackets (Braves), 10-3.
Didier Vargas got a no-decision, but he turned in the textbook quality start—three runs over six innings. Vargas allowed eight hits, which included a solo home run. Vargas walked one batter and struck out two.
Danis Correa pitched the bottom of the seventh inning and got the win when the Pelicans took the lead in the top of the eighth. Correa allowed just one baserunner, a two-out walk. He struck out two.
The Pelicans took the lead in the top of the eighth on a three-run home run by pinch hitter Flemin Bautista. It was his second home run this season. Bautista stayed in the game and went 1 for 2.
Center fielder Jordan Nwogu hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his fourth on the season. Nwogu went 1 for 2 with three walks. He scored twice.
Left fielder Yohendrick Pinango went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored once.
First baseman Matt Mervis was 2 for 4 with a walk and two stolen bases. Mervis scored one run and drove in one.
Shortstop Ed Howard went 2 for 6 with an RBI.