There were too many very, very good pitching performances in the minors yesterday to focus on any one of them in the intro. Instead, I’m going to cut this intro short so we can get to the good stuff – lots and lots and lots and lots of excellent pitching.
- Jen-Ho Tseng: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K
- David Rollins: 0.2 IP, 1 H
- Felix Pena: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- John Andreoli: 1 for 4, 3B
- Chris Dominguez: 1 for 4, 2B
- Elliot Soto: 2 for 3, HR
- Kyle Hendricks: 5 IP, 3 K
- Duane Underwood: 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 5 K
- Trey Martin: 2 for 4
- Jason Vosler: 1 for 4, 2B
- Cael Brockmeyer: 2 for 4
- Justin Steele: 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- Zack Short: 3 for 5
- Trent Giambrone: 2 for 5
- Jesse Hodges: 2 for 4, 2B
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 4, 3B
- Tyler Pearson: 1 for 4, 2B
Myrtle Beach 2, Buies Creek 0 in 11 innings
Three pitchers, eleven innings, two hits, and seventeen strikeouts.
- Michael Rucker: 8 IP, 2 H, 10 K
- James Norwood: 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
- Dakota Mekkes: 1 IP, 3 K
- Tyler Alamo: 2 for 4, BB
- Vimael Machin: 2 for 5
- Manuel Rondon: 6.2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Chad Hockin: 1 IP, 1 H
- Wyatt Short: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Chris Pieters: 1 for 4, 2B
- Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
- Javier Assad: 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Jhon Romero: 3 IP, 1 K
- Zach Davis: 3 for 4, 2B
- Aramis Ademan: 2 for 4, HR
- Gustavo Polanco: 2 for 4
- Brandon Hughes: 1 for 4, 2B
- Kwang-Min Kwon: 1 for 4, 2B
- Rafael Narea: 2 for 4, 2B
- Brailyn Marquez: 5 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Chris Singleton: 2 for 5, 2B
- Jonathan Sierra: 2 for 4, 2B, HR
- Marcus Mastrobuoni: 3 for 5, 2B
- Cam Balego: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB
- Kyle Hendricks pitched five perfect innings, threw just 63 pitches, and generally looked about as ready to return to Chicago as we could have hoped.
- And then Duane Underwood, who has had a rocky season this year, pitched three perfect innings to open his first relief appearance of the year. He ran into some trouble in the ninth, but it was still a very good outing and a good sign for a guy whose success hasn’t matched what we were hoping for when the season began.
- Tennessee’s winning run in the bottom of the ninth came on a rally that began with two outs. It began, in fact, with two hit by pitches.
- The ten strikeouts for Michael Rucker was a season high. His previous high was seven, and that came exactly five days ago. He allowed just one hit in that game. His High A ERA is down to 2.13. And how about this? Rucker got this award BEFORE last night’s dominant outing:
Congratulations to @mikeruck27, who has been named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week!
— MyrtleBeachPelicans (@Pelicanbaseball) July 17, 2017
- By striking out the side, Dakota Mekkes pushed his ridiculous High A scoreless outing streak to eleven games. He has given up a grand total of four runs this year. Two of them were earned, and those both came in the same game. With the possible exception of what Maples is doing in Tennessee, I’d be hard pressed to name a more dominant season from a pitcher in the farm system this season.
- There was a scary moment in the Iowa game when outfielder Jacob Hannemann was hit in the head with a baseball. He exited the game under his own power; no word yet on if he’ll miss any time.
- The Dillon Maples saga is getting another chapter. After nearly being bounced out of the organization not that long ago, Maples has suddenly morphed into one of the most dominant relievers in minor league baseball. And a case can be made that I should drop the “minor league” part. Now it sounds like he is headed to Iowa. I don’t think he’ll stay there long. Iowa, I think, is simply an on ramp to ease his transition into Chicago. And in a few weeks we may very well see him in Chicago. I don’t expect that he will be a high leverage arm right away, but he has that kind of potential.