Cubs Minor League Daily: South Bend Nabs Playoff Spot, Prospects Homer

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Cubs Minor League Daily: South Bend Nabs Playoff Spot, Prospects Homer

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south bend cubs logoHalfway through the last game of the first half of the season, South Bend was on their way to a third place finish. At the start of the sixth inning they trailed by one in a game in which a loss meant missing both of the available first half playoff slots.

And then Josh Silver, recently signed out of the independent leagues, singled to start the sixth.  He scored on a Carlos Sepulveda double. Ian Rice walked, and with two outs in the inning the biggest bat in the lineup, Eloy Jimenez, swept the bases clean with a double. The Cubs had the lead, and the pitching took care of the rest.

As a result of that inning, South Bend won the first half division title, finished the first half with the best record in the league, and guaranteed themselves a three game playoff series against West Michigan in early September.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Memphis 4, Iowa 3
Once again, the Cubs mounted a late comeback that did not quite finish the job.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Jackson 4, Tennessee 0
Hey, at least they weren’t no hit.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Potomac 4, Myrtle Beach 3
It seems like the Pelicans have been in a lot of extra inning games this year.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 3, Lake County 1
Playoff ticket, first half division title, and best record in the league. All secured with this win.

  • Kyle Miller: 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Pedro Araujo: 2 IP, 4 K
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 3, 2B

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Boise 6, Eugene 4 in thirteen innings.
The first loss of the season was also a very good ballgame.

Other Notes

  • Pierce Johnson was not pitching a bad game when he left in the fourth, and you might have guessed that means an injury. According to Randy Wehofer, Iowa’s broadcaster, it looked like a blister on his pitching hand. Hopefully it turns out to be a minor setback.
  • Add the Eugene Emeralds to your list of Cubs farm team YouTube subscriptions. Eugene, it seems, does their highlights a little differently. It is more of, well, more of a music video to be honest. Take, for example, the video for Saturday’s game (below). It features quite a few shots of Sluggo, the best baseball mascot this side of Houston’s Orbit, as well as a twerking sasquatch and a few shots of the crowd. There are baseball highlights in there too. Good ones. But there is also a TON of fodder for the .gif makers among you. For the .gif crowd, I suspect Eugene’s video feed is going to be a never ending stream of inspiration.

  • Here also are the highlights of South Bend’s playoff clinching win. No sasquatches in this one. It is definitely safe for work.

Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.