A look at the Midwest League games here …

  The Great Lakes-South Bend matchup was tied at 2-2 in the fifth. Loons shortstop Preston Mattingly had driven in one of his team’s runs. Starter Clayton Kershaw didn’t make it out of the third inning as he had control issues, walking six, but only have up one earned run and won’t factor in the decision. Brett Anderson, meanwhile, was enjoying quite an impressive pro debut with three hits and no earnies allowed in his five innings of work.

  Clinton (Rangers) still held its 3-0 lead over Quad Cities (Cards), with Mauro Gomez’s three-run homer in the first the margin of difference in that one in the middle of the fourth.

  At Dayton, where Jonathan sits comfortably in the cozy warm pressbox, the Whitecaps still lead 1-0 with the lone run scored by Deik Scram. Who, may I add, really should have lasted way longer in our Moniker Madness brackets than he did … Jonathan also shared with me a great on-field promotion where they give three babies a lemon to taste and the one who makes the best "lemonface" wins. I think they should give away Lemonface CDs to the winner but I admit to having a slight bias on that front …

  And in one of the most eagerly anticipated games tonight, the Peoria Chiefs blasted out to a 7-0 lead against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Mariners) in Chiefs manager Ryne Sandberg’s debut in that capacity. The Wisconsin lineup was particularly interesting as it certainly demonstrates why the Seattle system has earned such a fine reputation for spanning the globe in its quest for players:

CF Gavin Dickey (USA), SS Carlos Triunfel (Dominican Republic), RF Greg Halman (Netherlands), 1B Gerardo Avila (Venezuela), 3B Alex Liddi (Italy), LF Kuo Hui Lo (Taiwan), DH Kalian Sams (Netherlands), C Jair Fernandez (Colombia) and 2B Luis Nunez (Dominican Republic). Starting pitcher Ricky Orta hails from Venezuela by way of the University of Miami.

And the final game in the league, Kane County (Athletics) at Burlington (Royals) was just getting underway so we’ll get back to that in our next trip around the MWL.

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