South Bend Cubs leadoff hitter Andrew Ely accomplished an unusual feat against the Lake County Captains on Monday.
The second baseman scored two runs in the 6-3 South Bend win, reaching home both times because he was balked in from third base. Lake County starter Casey Shane balked home Ely in the 1st, and Captains reliever Kieran Lovegrove did the same in the 9th.
Believe it or not, that wasn’t the first time this season one player was balked home twice in the same game. It also happened April 10 in the South Atlantic League.
Despite the uniqueness of that statistic, the Cubs surely are more pleased about completing a four-game road series sweep against the Captains, who were in first place at the start of the set. Now South Bend sits atop the Eastern Division standings with a three-game lead over Lake County and the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
South Bend’s hottest hitter has been outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who was named the Midwest League offensive player of the week for May 16-22 on Monday. Jimenez celebrated that night by going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run batted in.
TinCaps shut out Whitecaps
Fort Wayne TinCaps left-hander Logan Allen was dominant against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Monday — his 19th birthday — giving up only two hits while striking out five batters and walking none in six innings.
Afterward he talked to MiLB.com’s Alex Kraft for an interview you can read here. Allen is the youngest pitcher in the Midwest League.
The TinCaps won the game 3-0. They did so without having an official hitting coach on hand, after the San Diego Padres promoted Lance Burkhart to manager of the high-A Lake Elsinore Storm earlier that day. Burkhart replaces former TinCaps manager Francisco Morales, who recently resigned as Storm skipper.
UPDATE: Burkhart was replaced as TinCaps hitting coach by Vinny Lopez, who was the team’s infield coach.