The South Bend Cubs’ P.J. Higgins has now had the unluckiest at bat he will probably ever have in his, or most other peoples’, career. This ball was struck hard enough to bounce off two people and still get to the shortstop in plenty of time to start the double play. I feel pretty comfortable saying he won’t see too many more plays like this. Ever:
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) August 12, 2016
Quite a bit of credit goes to the shortstop on that play as well. Sure, the ball came right at him, but that was anything but a routine read and he handled it flawlessly.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa had the day off.
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
The Smokies game was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the second. Play will resume today.
- Preston Morrison: 6.2 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K
- Tommy Nance: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 K
- Donnie Dewees: 1 for 4, 2B, SB
- Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, HR. That’s 18 homers this season.
- Jesse Hodges: 1 for 4, 2B
- Andrew Ely: 2 for 3
- Oscar De La Cruz: 5 IP, 1 BB, 6 K.
- Tanner Griggs: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2 for 4, BB
- P.J. Higgins: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
- Matt Rose: 1 for 3, 2B
- Connor Myers: 2 for 4, SB
- Andruw Monasterio: 2 for 4
- Dylan Cease: 3.1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- Duncan Robinson: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 K
- Michael Knighton: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Stephen Bruno: 1 for 2, 2 BB
- Chris Pieters: 2 for 5, HR
- Wladimir Galindo: 2 for 4, 2 2B
- Kevonte Mitchell: 1 for 4, HR
- Marcus Mastrobuoni: 3 for 3, HR, BB
Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Arizona had the day off.
- Starting tomorrow I’ll be hitting the road for a week’s vacation. My plan is to continue to post the Daily, albeit a somewhat lighter version of it, while away, but that does depend on a reliable internet connection. And if history is any guide, I won’t know if I have that until I get there. Regardless, minor league coverage will continue to happen while I’m on the road.
- While on vacation, I will get a chance or two to see the Tennessee Smokies in action. In particular, next Friday night I’ll be hanging out somewhere in the stadium looking to see what improvements Vosler and Happ have made since I saw them earlier in the year with Myrtle Beach.
- Eugene has now won seven in a row. South Bend has won five straight.
- Through 14.2 South Bend innings, De La Cruz has allowed just 5 hits while striking out 22. I’d be interested in seeing how he would handle Myrtle Beach this year. His five innings of no hit ball yesterday earned him a nice article on Milb.com.