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Cubs Minor League Daily: Baseball is Weirder Than You Think

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If you watch or listen to enough baseball, you can start to think you’ve seen everything.

You haven’t. Sorry. Baseball is too weird for anyone to see it all.

For example, take last night. When Andrew Ely, infielder for South Bend (who is having a nice season), woke up yesterday morning, he had never in his baseball career scored on a balk. He’s 23. He’s been playing baseball for a long time. Then again, I’ve been listening to a baseball for a longer time and I don’t recall ever actually listening to a game where a runner scored on a balk. It isn’t a common play.


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In the first inning of yesterday’s game, Ely scored on a balk.

That’s not the weird part.

The weird part is that he did it again in the ninth.

I don’t recall any player scoring on a balk twice in the same game before, and apparently it hasn’t happened in the minor leagues since … well, April 10 to be exact. So not only did Ely score on a balk twice in the same game, that is already the second time this season that someone has accomplished that.

Like I said, baseball is too weird for anyone to see it all.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
El Paso 6, Iowa 1
If you’re looking for a Cubs team that can’t buy a win, I think I found them for you.

  • Stephen Fife: 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K. A good game for a guy trying to come back from arm surgery, but he had to leave early with the trainer. We’ll see what’s up.
  • Felix Pena: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Carl Edwards Jr.: 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Willson Contreras: 1 for 3, HR, BB. That was Contreras’s fourth homer.
  • Arismendy Alcantara: 2 for 3
  • Logan Watkins: 1 for 2, 2B.

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Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 3, Biloxi 2, 12 innings.
Extra inning walk off wins are fun.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 3, Lynchburg 1
This game was largely about the pitching.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 6, Lake County 3
And with that the Cubs completed the sweep of a good team on the road.

Other Notes

  • In case you missed it yesterday, Yasiel Balaguert and Eloy Jimenez were named Player of the Week for the Carolina League and the Midwest League respectively.

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  • Iowa outhit El Paso 9 to 7 and still lost. It was their eighth loss in a row, and the second time in that stretch in which they outhit their opponent and lost anyway. Their last win came in Reno on May 14; that was the game in which they scored seventeen runs.

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  • The Tennessee game became very worrisome for a time. Markey, the starting pitcher, took a hit ball off the leg and went down. He was ok, though, and was able to stay in the game.

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Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.