On Friday, June 19th, the South Bend Cubs set a new single game franchise record for attendance with 8.004 people. The baby Cubs are averaging 4,580 per game which is a 22% increase over last season. Unfortunately they lost that game 8-4 to the West Michigan Whitecaps.
On Saturday, June 20th, two special events happened at Four Winds Field in South Bend. First South Bend Pride in the Park took place outside Four Winds Field. Booths from various organizations and businesses set up outside FWF along with kids games, food tents and a stage for live music. The GLBT Resource Center of South Bend sold tickets and t-shirts for the Saturday evening South Bend Cubs game. By arranging the different colored shirts into rows, they created a big rainbow flag across their section of seats.
Saturday was also Star Wars Night at Four Winds Field. Cubs players wore special Boba Fett style jerseys and players from both teams had their normal photos replaced with Star Wars related ones. Three Jedis took the field before the game but their first pitch was interrupted by one Darth Vader and his storm trooper buddies.
The South Bend Cubs won the game 3-2 over the West Michigan Whitecaps, snapping their four game losing streak. Starter Erick Leal got the win. He is currently 6-4 with a 4.96 ERA in 12 games. Cael Brockmeyer went 2 for 4 and scored one run while Andrew Ely was 2 for 3, also scoring one run. Reliever Brad Markey pitched two shutout innings. In his last six games, Markey has allowed two runs in 13 innings. Catcher Erick Castillo, who just arrived in South Bend from the Eugene Emeralds, caught Leal Saturday night. He replaces Gioskar Amaya who went to the Disabled List.
On Sunday, the baby Cubs celebrated Father’s Day with another win over the Whitecaps. Jesse Hodges went 2-4 with a 2 run homer and Tommy Thorpe got a win in his first start. Thorpe, a former Oregon Duck, had his first two attempts at starting rained out earlier this season. Thorpe pitched five shut out innings, striking out five and issuing no walks. Rashad Crawford also went 2-4 and he has at least one hit in 14 of his last 17 games. Wrestler Mick Foley visited with fans, sang the stretch and took tons of pics with fans (and mascots). The baby Cubs finish the first half 29-38.
In other news:
- Third baseman Jesse Hodges will be representing Canada in the 2015 Pan American games this July. Hodges previously played for Canada in the World Junior Tournament in South Korea. In that 2012 tourney, Hodges earned All-World Team honors which helped him get his gig with the Cubs. Hodges is 21 years old and the second youngest player on the Canadian team.
- Five players from the South Bend Cubs were named to the Midwest League All-Star team which will be played this upcoming Tuesday in Peoria Illinois. Cael Brockmeyer, Gleyber Torres and Charcer Burks will be starters for the Eastern Division team and Jeremy Null and James Farris were named to the pitching staff. The game will played at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs. I’m dragging my husband to Peoria for the ASG so I’ll have an update and photos for you all on Wednesday.