The South Bend Cubs’ P.J. Higgins has now had the unluckiest at bat he will probably ever have in his, or most other peoples’, career. This ball was struck hard enough to bounce off two people and still get to the shortstop in plenty of time to start the double play. I feel pretty comfortable saying he won’t see too many more plays like this. Ever:

Quite a bit of credit goes to the shortstop on that play as well. Sure, the ball came right at him, but that was anything but a routine read and he handled it flawlessly.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa had the day off.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies game was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the second. Play will resume today.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 3, Salem 2
Balaguert has a shot at a twenty home run season.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 7, Dayton 4
Not even the weirdest double play of the season could stop the Cubs in this one.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 7, Salem-Keizer 4
The starting pitching for both teams was quite good in this one. The bullpens were less consistent.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs

Arizona had the day off.



Other Notes

  • Starting tomorrow I’ll be hitting the road for a week’s vacation. My plan is to continue to post the Daily, albeit a somewhat lighter version of it, while away, but that does depend on a reliable internet connection. And if history is any guide, I won’t know if I have that until I get there. Regardless, minor league coverage will continue to happen while I’m on the road.
  • While on vacation, I will get a chance or two to see the Tennessee Smokies in action. In particular, next Friday night I’ll be hanging out somewhere in the stadium looking to see what improvements Vosler and Happ have made since I saw them earlier in the year with Myrtle Beach.
  • Eugene has now won seven in a row. South Bend has won five straight.
  • Through 14.2 South Bend innings, De La Cruz has allowed just 5¬†hits while striking out 22. I’d be interested in seeing how he would handle¬†Myrtle Beach this year. His five innings of no hit ball yesterday earned him a nice article on Milb.com.



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