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eugene emeralds logo[This intro comes via Brett, the rest of the post via Luke.]

You know it’s the week of the Trade Deadline when a notable prospect is pulled early in a game, and the trade speculation begins as immediately as do the eyes peering for hugs in the dugout.

Last night’s edition featured Eloy Jimenez, who left the game in the fifth inning. There was some speculation on Twitter, and it didn’t seem to be injury-related. Candidly, that’s always my first concern. It’s possible there’s something trade-related brewing here, but it’s also possible that it’s promotion-related. Jimenez was theoretically going to get the bump to South Bend at some point before the season is over. And, of course, it’s always possible that the pull was simply a scheduled thing to get someone else some work.

We’ll wait and see. For now, we’ll just celebrate that Jimenez is an All-Star:

UPDATE: The official word is that it was injury-related, just not super serious:

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs broke the game open early with a seven run burst and went on to win 9-0.
Tennessee – The Smokies also cruised to a shutout win in this 8-0 final.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans took a shutout into the ninth, but in the end they settled for a 4-3 win.
South Bend – The Cubs fell behind early on their way to a 4-1 loss.
Eugene – The Emeralds avoided the sweep with a run in the ninth, but they still lost 5-1.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs romped to a 12-1 blowout win in the first game. In Game Two they rode a big fourth inning to an 8-4 win.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Clayton Richards struck out 4 and scattered 3 hits over 7 shutout innings. Armando Rivero gave up a hit and 2 walks in the final 2 frames. He struck out 3.
  • [Iowa] Javier Baez struck out once and homered twice in his return from the disabled list. He now has 10 Iowa homers.
  • [Iowa] Junior Lake hit his 7th homer as part of his 2 hit game.
  • [Iowa] Mike Olt and Mike Baxter each doubled and finished with 2 hits.
  • [Iowa] Rubi Silva added his 5th triple of the season.
  • [Tennessee] Willson Contreras finished 3 for 5 with a double and a grand slam, his 6th homer of the year.
  • [Tennessee] Albert Almora hit his 5th homer of the season.
  • [Tennessee] Two hit games were earned by Billy McKinney (including a double), Jeimer Candelario, and Tyler Pearson.
  • [Tennessee] On the mound, it was Ivan Pineyro who pitched the first 7 innings of the shutout. He allowed 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.
  • [Tennessee] Corey Black allowed a walk and struck out 3 in 2 hitless innings of relief.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jason Vosler finished 2 for 3, and both hits were homers. He now has 3 for the Pelicans.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jonathan Martinez struck out 4 over 8 innings, and allowed 3 hits in the process.
  • [South Bend] Jeffrey Baez hit his 6th homer for the Cubs lone run.
  • [South Bend] Jesse Hodges and Rashad Crawford both finished with 2 hits. Crawford also stole his 15th base.
  • [South Bend] Erick Leal allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings in this one. He walked one and struck out 5. Ryan McNeil struck out 3 more in his 2 innings of work while allowing a run on 3 hits.
  • [Eugene] Eloy Jimenez left this game after 2 at bats, and Alex Bautista, his replacement, took advantage of the opportunity to hit his 2nd homer.

  • [Eugene] Andrew Ely finished the night 2 for 4.
  • [Eugene] Mark Malave struck out 2 in his 2 hitless innings of relief.
  • [Arizona] Enrique De Los Rio did the heavy lifting in this first contest. He pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.
  • [Arizona] Two players, P.J. Higgins and Jose Paniagua each had 3 hits in the first game. Higgins hit his first homer as well as a double, and Paniagua added a triple and 2 doubles.
  • [Arizona] Roberto Caro, Andruw Monasterio, and Yohan Matos each finished Game One with 2 hits.
  • [Arizona] Angelo Amendolare and Varonex Cuevas provided the 2 hit performances in the second contest.
  • [Arizona] Jose Paniagua did hit another homer (his 3rd) in Game Two.

Other News

  • Mike Olt is now hitting .305/.376/.524 with four homers, six doubles, nine walks… and twenty five strikeouts… in the month of July. He has hit safely in nine straight.
  • An independent league game in California was played yesterday with all balls and strikes being determined by Pitchf/x. That’s right, we had a real live baseball game with a robot ump. Unsurprisingly, it worked very well. In fact, one player even commented that felt as if it sped the game up more. Here that Mr. Baseball Commish? If you want to improve offense and the pace of play, then scrap that silly pointlessness about banning the shift and get behind the Robot Umps!
  • I will be in Frederick, MD on Saturday to watch the Pelicans play.  If you are in the area and can stop on by, just look for the Bleacher Nation shirt somewhere on the third base side of the stadium.

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