Even after improving their run differential last night, Iowa remains in third place in the division, three games behind Oklahoma City. They are two games over .500, though, and have been playing quite well lately. They’ll need to keep playing well given that they remain on a trip out west. Their current series in Reno extends through Tuesday, and on Thursday they open a set in Tacoma.
The Smokies had rough week, one that included a couple close loses late in games or comebacks that fell just short, and as a result they are tied for last place, six games out of first. Tennessee’s record is 16-20. They are at home all this week; hopefully they can get a winning streak going.
Myrtle Beach has the misfortune to be playing in the same division as a juggernaut. Even though they are 19-15, they are still in second and five and a half games back of Salem. If the Red Sox promote some prospects out of High A and Salem comes back to earth a bit, the Pelicans still have plenty of time to turn this into a race.
The Pelicans continue a short road trip in Frederick today (I’ll be in the stands for that game) and tomorrow, and then head home for the rest of the week.
South Bend has pulled into first place by a game over Lake County. The Cubs (21-13) have moved up the standings despite spending the week on the road. They all spend all of this week on the road as well, wrapping up with a series in second place Lake County starting Friday.
- Jake Buchanan: 7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 K. Buchanan is proving to be a nice pickup for the I-Cubs.
- John Andreoli: 3 for 6, BB
- Albert Almora: 3 for 6, 3B, SB. That’s five multi-hit games in a row, and back to back games with an extra base hit.
- Willson Contreras: 2 for 5, 3B, BB
- Dan Vogelbach: 1 for 5, BB
- Juan Perez: 2 for 5
- Arismendy Alcantara: 3 for 3, HR, 3 BB, SB. Alcantara has been playing well lately.
- Kristopher Negron: 1 for 5, HR, BB
- Munenori Kawasaki: 3 for 5, 2B, BB
- Jake Buchanan: 1 for 1, 2 BB.
- Rob Zastryzny: 6 IP, 5 R (0 ER), 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K
- Jacob Hannemann: 1 for 3, 2 B, BB, SB
- Victor Caratini: 1 for 4, 2B
- Kelly Dugan: 1 for 4, 2B
- Jeremy Null: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Rashad Crawford: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
- Gleyber Torres: 2 for 5, BB
- Ian Happ: 1 for 5
- Yasiel Balaguert: 4 for 5, HR. That’s five homers for Balaguert.
- Daniel Lockhart: 2 for 5, 2B
- Shawon Dunston Jr.: 3 for 4, BB
- Trey Martin: 2 for 5
- Preston Morrison: 5.1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Craig Brooks: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
- Donnie Dewees: 1 for 4, 3B
- Eloy Jimenez: 3 for 5. Jimenez is now hitting .307.
- Jesse Hodges: 2 for 4
- Ian Rice: 3 for 5
- It appears we have reached the end of an era in Cubs minor league baseball. Per his Twitter, Anthony Giansanti has left the organization. If you are only interested in the minors for the top prospect lists then this probably does not mean a whole lot to you. For those who are fans of the minors or of any teams he played on, Giansanti will be missed. He leaves the Cubs perhaps known best for sending a small army of roommates to the Major Leagues, leaving daily tickets at the ticket window for Ronda Rousey, and for being one of the few players in the history of the game to literally play every single position on the diamond during his career (including pitcher). Here’s hoping he comes back to Cubs baseball in some capacity in the future.
- His message:
— Anthony Giansanti (@GianSanity) May 15, 2016