South Bend Cubs: miscellaneous bits

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The SB Cubs are currently in Fort Wayne, Indiana preparing for the rubber game in their series with the Tin Caps. Ryan Williams (@rhynowilliams) gets the start. After losing game one, the baby Cubs took game two with a score of 9-2.

The strange part of that 9-2 win wasn’t the score but how the scoring happened. In nine innings, the Cubs combined for only 3 hits, a season low. FW pitchers walked SB batters 8 times and hit one. SB scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning on only 1 hit (2 RBI single by Charcer Burks). Burks (@charcerburks) finished with 3RBI. The Cubbies scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning on NO hits.

Trevor Clifton pitched 5 full innings, giving up only 3 hits, 1 run, 0 walks and 7 Ks. It was Clifton’s (@Tcliff25) first W of the season. After his disastrous first start, Clifton has pitched really well. Since then, in 11 innings, he has allowed 5 hits, 1 run, 1walk and 15 strike outs.

The South Bend starting pitchers (Clifton, Jake Stinnett, Ryan Williams, Erick Leal, Jeremy Null & Zach Hedges) have been tremendous lately. Over their last 9 starts, they have allowed 7 earned runs for a 1.19 era. In those 52.2 innings, they allowed 36 hits, 8 total runs (7 er), 11 walks and 45 strike outs.

Cael Brockmeyer (@BigBrock9) continues to shine. He leads the baby Cubs in batting average (.389), hits (21), doubles (8), walks (11), on base percentage (.492) and slugging percentage (.593). In the Midwest League, he ranks first in doubles, is tied for first in hits, first in OBP, second in average and fourth in slugging %.

Chesny Young went 0-3 with 2 walks in game two, ending a 9 game hitting streak. Young is currently tied for the MWL lead in steals with 8, already more than double his total from 2014. Along with stolen bases, Young leads the baby Cubs in runs scored with 14.

After their series in Fort Wayne, the Cubbies travel to the West Michigan Whitecaps. Starting pitchers for that series will likely be Stinnett, Null and Leal. The baby Cubs will then return home to South Bend. Thus far in the 2015 season, the Cubbies have had 9 home dates with a total attendance of 33,913. They are averaging 3,768 per game with a high of 7,575 on Saturday April 18th.

About Sharon

I am a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs who happens to live in South Bend, Indiana. My life was made complete when Theo & Co. moved the Cubs' Class A Midwest League affiliate to my hometown. Being invited to write for WSD about the South Bend Cubs is just icing on that cake. I used to be @ClaireBDesigns but am now just @SharonHolston. Come find me on Twitter!

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