Lake County Captains SS Ivan Castillo and Quad Cities River Bandits RHP Michael Feliz were respectively named the Midwest League offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of August 4-11.
In six games during that period, Castillo batted .464 (13-for-28) with two home runs, four doubles, and five RBI. His best game was on Sunday, when he went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, a walk, and three RBI at Fort Wayne. He also had four hits against the TinCaps on Thursday and three hits against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday.
Overall this season, Castillo is hitting .240 with 3 HR and 18 RBI in 65 games with the Captains.
Feliz made two starts in the past week, giving up only three hits and no walks in each one. He struck out nine batters in eight scoreless innings against the Burlington Bees on Tuesday. He struck out five batters and gave up one run (a solo homer) in five innings against the Beloit Snappers on Sunday. He earned the win in both games.
Overall this season, Feliz is 8-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 82.2 IP for the River Bandits.
Cougars INF gets win in extras
Ben Carhart began Sunday’s game as the designated hitter for the Kane County Cougars and ended it by pitching two scoreless innings to earn a win.
He pitched the 14th and 15th innings against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, who lost 7-4 after RHP Chris Mazza gave up three runs in the top of the 15th. Carhart walked two batters but didn’t allow a hit.
Carhart has now played every infield position except shortstop for the Cougars this season. He has been the team’s DH for 44 games, catcher for 30 games, second baseman for 13 games, first baseman for nine games, and third baseman for six games — and relief pitcher for two innings. He is hitting .267 with 4 HR and 41 RBI in 101 games.
Minnesota Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco started the game for the Kernels. It was his second and final start of his rehab stint with Cedar Rapids. He gave up three runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked none in 5.2 IP Sunday. Cougars LF Shawon Dunston Jr. got two hits off Nolasco, including a home run.
Cabrera reaches base 8 times in game
Toronto Blue Jays LF Melky Cabrera hit three singles and drew five walks to reach base eight times in his team’s 6-5, 19-inning win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
The last player to reach base eight times in a game was Rod Carew, who accomplished the feat for the Minnesota Twins on May 12, 1972, against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cabrera, who turns 30 today, played in the Midwest League in 2004, when he hit .333 with 16 RBI in 42 games with the Battle Creek Yankees.