The second-half wild-card races in both divisions of the Midwest League remain tight heading into the penultimate day of the regular season.
With an 11-1 win over the Lake County Captains last night, the Dayton Dragons have regained the wild-card lead in the Eastern Division. They lead the Great Lakes Loons and the Fort Wayne TinCaps by a half-game, and lead the Lansing Lugnuts and the Bowling Green Hot Rods by one game. The TinCaps and Hot Rods will play a doubleheader in Bowling Green today, while the other teams will each play one game (Great Lakes at West Michigan Whitecaps, Dayton at Lake County, South Bend Silver Hawks at Lansing).
In the Western Division wild-card race, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hold a half-game lead over the Peoria Chiefs and the Quad Cities River Bandits. Their games today: Wisconsin at Beloit Snappers, Quad Cities at Burlington Bees, and Peoria at Kane County Cougars.
Snappers get big game from Freiman
Oakland Athletics 1B Nate Freiman, who is assigned to Beloit for the final three games of the Midwest League season, went 3-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer against Wisconsin last night. The Snappers beat the Timber Rattlers 6-2.
Freiman is not with the Snappers on a rehabilitation assignment; rather, he is in Beloit because he can return to Oakland’s major-league roster faster that way. For a fuller explanation, read this post.
Bees, Angels extend affiliation
The Burlington Bees and the Los Angeles Angels announced Saturday that they have extended their player development contract through the 2016 season.
The Bees, the Western Division’s first-half wild-card team this year, have been affiliated with the Angels since 2012.