The Pacific Coast League American Northern division remains fluid, but Iowa is still in the picture. Oklahoma City is control with a five and a half game lead over the third place Cubs, but Iowa (35-38) is sticking around thanks to a divisional record of 11-8.
The I-Cubs get a chance to make up some ground with a doubleheader in Oklahoma today. They stay in town through Tuesday, then hit the road for a series in Round Rock starting (with a doubleheader) on Thursday.
Early in the second half, Tennessee finds themselves right where they ended the first half – in last place. At 1-2 in the early going, the Smokies are only a game out; this situation can change in a hurry, obviously. They have two more at home against Pensacola to start the week, then head to Jacksonville for a set opening on Wednesday.
Like Tennessee, Myrtle Beach is sitting in last place with a 1-2 record, a game out of first. The Pelicans can get back to even with a win at home against Carolina today, and then head to Salem for three starting Monday. After that, it is back home for three against Potomac.
South Bend has already punched their playoff ticket, but that hasn’t slowed them down. Going back to the last game of the first half, they are riding a four game winning streak that has them in a first place tie with a 3-0 record. All three of those wins have come on the road. After today’s game in Dayton they come back home for a set against Lake County, the same team they beat last weekend to clinch the division.
The Eugene Emeralds (6-3) are in possession of the best record in the division and the league, and it is already starting to look like their South division might be a race against Salem-Keizer. Given the depth and quality of the Emeralds’ pitching staff, I suspect they will have little trouble sticking around in that race all summer.
They wrap up their current home series against Spokane tomorrow, and then head to Boise for three. After that the Emeralds will get their first look at Salem-Keizer in Eugene for a weekend series.
The Arizona Rookie league is only a few games old, but the Cubs (3-2) have already pulled into a first place tie with a one game margin over the rest of the division. This week features home and home two game series against the Giants, Mariners, and Athletics.
- Adam Warren: 3.2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K. This was the first game of stretching Warren into a starter.
- Corey Black: 1.1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, BB, 3 K
- John Andreoli: 2 for 4, 3B, BB
- Mark Zagunis: 2 for 5, HR. His first Triple A homer.
- Dan Vogelbach: 2 for 4, HR
- Jeimer Candelario: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Duane Underwood: 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
- David Berg: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Ian Happ: 3 for 4, 2B, HR. His first Double A homer.
- Victor Caratini: 2 for 4, 2B
- Gioskar Amaya: 1 for 3, BB. Welcome to Double A.
- Jeremy Null: 3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Dillon Maples: 1.1 IP, 2 K
- Jordan Minch: 1 IP, 3 K
- Ian Rice: 3 for 4, 2B. Welcome to High-A.
- David Bote: 3 for 3, 2B
- Casey Bloomquist: 7 IP, 3 H, 7 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2 for 4
- Donnie Dewees: 1 for 3, 2B
- Eloy Jimenez: 1 for 4, HR. That’s ten homers for Jimenez.
- Josh Silver: 1 for 4, 2B
Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 5, Spokane 4
The Emeralds rallied for their final lead in the bottom of the seventh.
- Jose Paulino: 5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Alex Santana: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
- Jared Cheeks: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Andruw Monasterio: 3 for 4, 2B
- Jose Paniagua: 2 for 4
- Chris Pieters: 1 for 3, BB, SB
- Darryl Wilson: 0 for 3, BB, 2B
- Jordan Brink: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Isaac Paredes: 1 for 3, BB
- Yohan Matos: 1 for 4. He also had two outfield assists, one each a third and home.
- That Jimenez home run was apparently crushed:
— SouthBend Cubs Radio (@SBCubsRadio) June 26, 2016
- There weren’t a whole lot of highlights to show from the Pelicans’ game, given that they lost by seven, but what highlights there are you can find here: