Several Midwest League players had big games Friday, but none was bigger than the line posted by Cedar Rapids Kernels catcher A.J. Murray in his team’s 13-2 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium.
Murray went 5-for-5 with two home runs, five runs batted in, five runs scored, and a walk. The Minnesota Twins prospect upped his batting average to .299, on-base percentage to .402, and slugging percentage to .533. He has five homers and 20 RBI through 29 games.
Kernels third baseman Nelson Molina reached base four times (two singles and two walks) and drove in four runs. He is batting .303 with six RBI in 10 games.
Cedar Rapids LHP Sam Clay got the win, improving to 3-1 with a 1.06 ERA. He gave up one earned run on five hits and four walks while striking out seven in 5.2 innings.
Clay ranks sixth in the Midwest League in ERA, behind Bowling Green Hot Rods RHP Henry Centeno (0.77), West Michigan Whitecaps LHP Matt Hall (0.83), Kernels RHP Randy LeBlanc (0.90), Hot Rods LHP Genesis Cabrera (0.92), and Kane County Cougars RHP Justin Donatella (1.01).
Cubs rout Lugnuts in Lansing
South Bend Cubs leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees drove in six runs as he went 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored in his team’s 15-2 win over the Lansing Lugnuts at Cooley Law School Stadium.
Dewees is batting .315 with 1 HR, 25 RBI and 9 SB through 31 games. The centerfielder leads the Midwest League with seven triples and is tied with Bowling Green’s Brett Sullivan for the league lead in RBI.
South Bend RHP Casey Bloomquist earned his third save of the season by pitching three perfect innings that included seven strikeouts.
Lansing DH Max Pentecost went 2-for-4 Friday after going 3-for-4 with a home run in his Midwest League debut the previous day. The Toronto Blue Jays prospect’s Lugnuts debut was his first game since suffering a partially torn right labrum in August 2014.
Nix, De Los Santos two-hit Whitecaps
TinCaps right-handers Jacob Nix and Enyel De Los Santos combined to two-hit the Whitecaps as Fort Wayne beat West Michigan 4-0 at Fifth Third Ballpark.
Nix pitched the first four innings, striking out five without giving up a hit or a walk. He has a 2.61 ERA, 19 strikeouts and five walks in 20.2 innings (seven starts) this season.
De Los Santos got the win, giving up only two hits while striking out four and walking none in five innings. He has a 2.64 ERA, 29 strikeouts and nine walks in 30.2 innings (seven games/three starts).
TinCaps centerfielder Michael Gettys went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .282. The San Diego Padres prospect has 1 HR, 15 RBI and 14 SB this season.