Tennessee and Eugene are the only two Cubs affiliates with realistic chances of claiming a playoff slot in the second half, and things aren’t look really great for either team. Myrtle Beach is already in the playoffs as a result of winning the first half division title.
In the case of Tennessee, they need to catch Montgomery in the overall standings, or they need to win the division outright. They are nine games back in the division, so that one is unlikely. And they are four and a half behind Montgomery. The Smokies have played some good baseball lately, but they have not been able to gain any ground thanks in part to a (still active) six game Montgomery winning streak. The Smokies do head to Montgomery this week; a sweep on the road would do wonders for their playoff chances.
Eugene is in better shape, but their margin for error is vanishing fast. A suddenly hot Boise team is within a game and a half of the Emeralds in the overall standings, and is half a game up on the Emeralds in the second half standings. If either Boise or Eugene wins the second half title, they are in the playoffs; Boise is tied at the top with first half winner Hillsboro, and Eugene is one game back. If Hillsboro wins, then we’re back to next best overall record.
- Williams Perez: 4 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- Felix Pena: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 3 K
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Chris Dominguez: 1 for 3, HR
- Duncan Robinson: 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Dakota Mekkes: 1.1 IP, 1 K
- Zack Short: 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB
- Jesse Hodges: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 4, 2B
- Robert Garcia: 2 for 3, BB, 2 SB
- Adonis Paula: 4 for 4, 2B
- Manuel Rondon: 5 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K
- Elvis Diaz: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Yapson Gomez: 2 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
- Andruw Monasterio: 3 for 5, 2B
- Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 5, 2B
- Austin Upshaw: 2 for 5
- Alberto Mineo: 3 for 4, 2B, BB
- Chris Pieters: 2 for 5, 2B
- Tyler Payne: 2 for 5, 2B
- Javier Assad: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Luis Aquino: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- Jhonny Bethencourt: 1 for 4, 2B
- Brandon Hughes: 2 for 4, 2B
- Rafael Narea: 2 for 4
Rookie: AZL Cubs
Arizona had the day off.
- Since the All Star break, Leathersich has struck out 17 in 11.1 innings of work. He’s allowed just one run in that time span. When rosters expand in September I expect he’ll be back with the Cubs. If his second half success carries over into Chicago, and if he can shake off the memory of his one disastrous appearance with the Cubs, we might see him pitching meaningful innings down the stretch.