Oregon State has a very good baseball team. In the last Baseball America rankings before the start of the College World Series, Oregon State was ranked on top. They also finished on top the previous nine weeks. That tends to happen when a team loses a grand total of four regular season games over a 53-game season. For a major league team to post a similarly fantastic season, they would have to win about 150 games. Oregon State has a very, very good baseball team.
And the Cubs second first round pick, number thirty overall Alex Lange, just shut Oregon State down in a game Lange’s LSU squad had to win. With the exception of some third inning trouble – trouble that resulted in a walked in run – Lange pretty much cruised the entire game. He retired seven straight to open the game, and then eight straight to finish it. All in all, he struck out eight over 7.1 innings of work, and allowed just the one run on two hits and four walks in the process.
Lange is extremely likely to sign with the Cubs, but he presumably won’t do it until after the CWS is over. And then, after pitching a full season as well as deep into the College World Series, the Cubs are likely to shut him down for quite a while. We may not see Lange in a meaningful game as a Cub until next April.
But at least he left us one incredible performance to dream on. For more on Lange, get to know him here.
- Aaron Brooks: 5 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 6 K
- Pierce Johnson: 0.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Jeimer Candelario: 0 for 2, 3 BB
- Bijan Rademacher: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
- Victor Caratini: 2 for 5, HR
- Duane Underwood: 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 K
- Charcer Burks: 1 for 3, HR
- Trey Martin: 2 for 3
- David Bote: 2 for 3, 2B
Mobile 1, Tennessee 0
Tennessee has played a lot of doubleheaders this year, but I think this is the first time they were swept in one.
- Ryan Kellogg: 2 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Casey Bloomquist: 2 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Dakota Mekkes: 2 IP and a line of zeroes.
- Trent Giambrone: 3 for 5
- Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 5, 2B
- Connor Myers: 2 for 3, 3B
- Robert Garcia: 2 for 4
- Erling Moreno: 6 IP, 3 R (0 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
- Tyson Miller: 4 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Vimael Machin: 1 for 5, SB
- Isaac Paredes: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
- Roberto Caro: 2 for 3
- Bailey Clark: 2.1 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- Andin Diaz: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Rafael Narea: 1 for 3, 3 BB
- Aramis Ademan: 2 for 6
- Miguel Amaya: 2 for 3
- Gustavo Polanco: 3 for 5
- Joey Martarano: 2 for 4
- Tyler Payne: 1 for 3, HR, 2 BB
- Jose Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 2 2B
- Zach Davis: 2 for 3, 2B, HR, 2 BB
- The South Bend game that was suspended by rain was mostly covered in Friday’s Daily. It did complete Friday, though, and it ended in a 4-3 Cubs loss. Chris Pieters hit a two run homer in the eighth to put the Cubs ahead, but Chad Hockin allowed three runs to score in the bottom of the frame to set up the final tally.