Thanks in part to a three game losing streak, Iowa remains in last place with a 43-58 record, fifteen games behind Oklahoma City. The I-Cubs actually have the worst record in the league. Given all the talent they’ve sent to Chicago this summer, though, that’s not entirely surprising.
At 12-16, Tennessee is also in the basement. They are four and a half back of Montgomery and have the second to worst record in the league. They aren’t quite out of it yet, though, and their upcoming roadtrip against Chattanooga and Birmingham could put them in a position to make an August run. On the other hand, this team is more likely to lose talent than acquire it as we head into the last days of the trade season. That won’t make their rebound any easier.
The Pelicans (15-14) are in second place by half a game, but they are in second behind first half division winner Salem. If Salem does win the second half as well, the second half playoff slot would go to the team with the second best second half record. Right now, that is the Pelicans by three games. Like the Smokies, though, this team is at risk of losing talent before trade season wraps up. That sort of a scenario could cause that three game cushion to evaporate in a hurry.
The playoff ticket for the South Bend Cubs is assured, but they are content to hang out in first place anyway. At 17-11 the SB Cubs are tied for first with Bowling Green and own a game and a half lead over Lansing. I suspect they will finish the second half in or very near first place, but from a playoff perspective it is irrelevant. They will host Game Two (and Three if needed) of the first round playoff series regardless.
And then we have Eugene. Now with a record of 26-10, the first half champion Emeralds have a guaranteed spot in the postseason, an 8.5 game lead in their division, and a 7.5 game lead over the second best record in the entire league. This team has lost a grand total of four road games all season long, and their fifteen road wins exceeds the home win total of any team in the league by four. The Emeralds are inarguably a juggernaut.
I’m not certain when the Arizona League first half ends (I think it is tomorrow), but if it ended right now AZL Cubs would have a first half title and a ticket to the playoffs. At 15-11 they lead the Athletics by a game in the East Division.
Realistically, including Chicago, this organization could have five playoff teams this year. That alone is an impressive accomplishment.
- Brian Matusz: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 85 pitches in this one.
- John Andreoli: 3 for 5
- Mark Zagunis: 3 for 4, BB
- Tim Federowicz: 2 for 4, BB
- Jeimer Candelario: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Logan Watkins: 1 for 5, 2B
- Munenori Kawasaki: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 2 SB
- Game Two
- Trevor Cahill: 4 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 9 H, 5 K
- Rob Zastryzny: 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- John Andreoli: 3 for 4, SB. He had a good day.
- Matt Murton: 1 for 2, BB
- Juan Perez: 2 for 3, 2B, SB
- Brad Markey: 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 K
- Starling Peralta: 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 K
- Chris Coghlan: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Jorge Soler: 0 for 3, BB
- Trey Martin: 2 for 3
- James Pugliese: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 K
- Daniel Lewis: 2 IP, 2 K
- Charcer Burks: 0 for 2, 3 BB
- Gleyber Torres: 2 for 4
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 2, 2B, BB, SB
- David Bote: 2 for 4, 2B, HR, BB
- Ian Rice: 1 for 4, HR
Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend was rained out.
- Michael Knighton: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K
- M.T. Minacci: 2 IP, 2 H
- Robert Garcia: 2 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB
- Vimael Machin: 2 for 4, BB
- Tyler Payne: 1 for 4, HR, BB
- Michael Foster: 2 for 5
- Darryl Wilson: 2 for 4
- Bailey Clark: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
- Tyson Miller: 3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Gustavo Polanco: 3 for 4
- Kevin Zamudio: 1 for 4, 2B
- Rafael Mejia: 3 for 4
- Jose Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2B
- In one of the more unusual headlines you’ll see this season, a fan went into labor at stadium during the Pelicans’ win on Saturday. She was transferred to a local hospital and the story has a happy ending, but even for the minors it is a fairly unusual story.