Lately it seems that the Major League Cubs have made a habit of low probability, late inning rallies to pull off unlikely wins. Turns out that is an organizational trait these days. We have already had Tennessee rally for eight runs in the ninth for a very improbable win; last night we saw three more late inning rallies, albeit of a slightly small scope.
And that’s despite the Smokies being rained out. Twice.
Iowa needed five runs in the top of the ninth, their first runs all day, to force their game against Round Rock into extra innings. Myrtle Beach trailed by a run in the top of the ninth… until a four run rally turned that game completely around. And South Bend did not wait for the ninth. They staged their five run outburst in the bottom of the eighth, the sequel to their two runs in the seventh, to turn a two run deficit into a three run lead that proved to be just barely large enough.
Developmentally, this is nothing more than a fun coincidence. So far I’ve not seen any mathematical evidence that clutch-ness exists in a form not explained by normal variance, but six more months of games like this might have me taking a fresh look at those numbers and wondering if the Cubs haven’t found the secret.
Regardless, it made for a fun day of baseball.
- Aaron Brooks: 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K
- Rob Zastryzny: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Chesny Young: 3 for 6
- Ian Happ: 1 for 6, 2B
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 5, 2 2B, 2 BB
- Victor Caratini: 2 for 5, 2 BB
- Taylor Davis: 2 for 5, 2B, BB
- Mark Zagunis: 1 for 3, HR
- Ozzie Martinez: 2 for 6
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
They were scheduled for a doubleheader, but rain washed both games away.
- Justin Steele: 3.0 IP 3 R (2 ER), 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Dillon Maples: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Craig Brooks: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 K
- Daniel Spingola: 3 for 5, 2B
- Robert Garcia: 2 for 4
- Tyler Pearson: 2 for 4
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 1, BB
- Bryan Hudson: 4.1 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Duncan Robinson: 3.2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 K
- Isaac Paredes: 2 for 5, 2B
- Wladimir Galindo: 1 for 4, 2B
- Chris Pieters: 2 for 4, 2B
- Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 3, 3B, BB
- D.J. Wilson: 0 for 3, BB, SB
- Zagunis entered the Iowa game as a pinch hitter in the ninth. He promptly homered, then stayed in to play left field. That sent left fielder Chesny Young to second base, and second baseman Ian Happ to center.
- Yesterday also marked the season debut for tall southpaw Bryan Hudson. Hudson, one of the highest high school pitchers drafted by this front office, was not dominating in his 4.1 innings. Watching him pitch, I think what stood out the most is that his mechanics are still in progress. Still, his sinking stuff generated a lot of ground balls, and he did a decent job fielding some of those himself. I still think it will be a while before we really know what the Cubs have in Hudson, but it is good to see him on the mound regardless.
- The highlight video for South Bend’s game is up, and always it contains plenty of good stuff. South Bend is a Low A team, though, and that comes through at the 38 second mark when a botched bunt attempt is badly misplayed and the batter reaches without throw. Hustling pays off.