At the end of the first half, every team but Iowa was in the thick of the playoff hunt. When the smoke cleared, though, only Myrtle Beach had won their division in the first half and clinched a slot in the postseason. And that’s good for Myrtle Beach, because in the second half, they own the worst record in the league.
South Bend has not been able to get back into the postseason contention, and Iowa remains a sub-.500 team. That leaves Tennessee and Eugene, and both have a chance.
Tennessee is nine games back in the second half title chase, but that doesn’t matter because first place Chattanooga also won the first half. The real battle is between Tennessee and Montgomery for the overall season record, and Tennessee trails that race by two games.
Eugene, meanwhile, is tied for the second half division lead with Hillsboro. Since Hillsboro also won the first half, that means Eugene is actually in good shape. If Hillsboro wins, the second half playoff slot goes to the next best record for the season, a race Eugene leads by five games over Boise.
- Seth Frankoff: 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
- Felix Pena: 2 IP, 4 K
- Justin Grimm: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Matt Carasiti: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Taylor Davis: 3 for 4
- Victor Caratini: 3 for 4, 2B, HR
- Steve Perakslis: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 9 K
- Brad Markey: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K
- James Norwood: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Daniel Spingola: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- David Bote: 1 for 4, 2B
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 3
- Ryan Kellogg: 5.1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Dakota Mekkes: 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- Zack Short: 2 for 4, HR
- P.J. Higgins: 2 for 4
- Trent Giambrone: 1 for 4, HR
- Jesse Hodges: 2 for 4, HR
- Brendon Little: 1.2 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- Erich Uelman: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Casey Ryan: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
- Luis Aquino: 1 IP, 2 K
- Chris Singleton: 1 for 5, 2B, BB
- Jared Young: 2 for 4, 2 BB, SB
- Austin Filiere: 2 for 5, BB
- Ramsey Romano: 2 for 5, BB, SB
- Why do minor league playoffs matter? Besides the fun factor, minor league playoffs give the Cubs’ prospects a chance to experience a playoff atmosphere and the pressures of performing in the playoffs prior to reaching Chicago. There is no way to fully prepare a player for extra innings on a rainy night in Cleveland, but minor league experience is worlds better than no experiene at all, so for the Cubs it pays off to position what prospects they can to get a taste of that experience in the minors.
- There are two big takeaways from Dakota Mekkes’s appearance yesterday. First, in his first appearance after getting roughed up in Frederick, he was right back to pitching scoreless innings. Second, all four batters he did not strike out he retired on the ground. This season Mekkes has gotten away with a surprisingly high fly ball rate; if he can work in more grounder inducing stuff, his odds of success probably tick up a notch or two.
- And finally, the highlights from Myrtle Beach last night are well worth watching.