UP THE MIDDLE
Wrapping up the day’s Midwest League action, though we can’t touch Jonathan’s first-hand account of the barnburner in Dayton …
Ryne Sandberg’s managerial debut was a success as his Peoria Chiefs held off Wisconsin, 9-5. Though they saw their early 7-0 lead disappear somewhat, the Chiefs benefited from the Timber Rattlers’ seven errors (amazingly enough, from seven different players) despite being outhit 11-9.
The Clinton LumberKings bea the Swing of Quad Cities, 8-4, behind the pitching of starter Omar Poveda who got the win with five innings of three-hit ball. the two teams combined for nine errors (maybe it was something in the Midwest League water!), with the Swing making five and the ‘Kings four.
The Great Lakes Loons beat South Bend, 10-3, collecting 11 hits. The victory went to Douglas Brooks who came on in relief of starter Clayton Kershaw and tossed 3 2/3 hitless innings.
The Burlington Bees beat the Kane County Cougars, 6-3, with the big blows coming from second baseman Marc Maddox who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.