South Bend’s series sweep highlighted by no-hitter

South Bend Cubs RHP Rollie Lacy pitched the first seven innings of a no-hitter against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Wednesday. (Photo by Rikk Carlson)

The South Bend Cubs swept the Fort Wayne TinCaps in their three-game, Tuesday-to-Thursday series pitting the Midwest League’s two Indiana teams against each other. The highlight was the middle contest, in which South Bend’s Rollie Lacy and Ben Hecht combined to no-hit their opponents.

Lacy pitched the first seven innings, striking out six and walking two. Hecht pitched the last two innings, striking out two and walking none.

It is the seventh no-hitter for the South Bend franchise, and the first since 2014, the last season the team was affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team’s affiliation with the Chicago Cubs began after that season.

(The 2014 no-hitter was by Silver Hawks RHP Blayne Weller in a game televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. You can read my post about it here.)

The South Bend Cubs celebrate their no-hitter against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Wednesday. (Photo by Casey McDonald)

Abbott earns monthly award

The Chicago Cubs named Cory Abbott their minor-league pitcher of the month for May.

Abbott, a 22-year-old right-hander, made six starts for South Bend last month, going 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 11 walks in 30.1 innings. Opponents batted .227 against him.

He was promoted to High-A Myrtle Beach this week. He earned a win in his first start for the Pelicans on Thursday. He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters in six innings.

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Midwest League All-Star Game rosters announced

Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts, will host this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The rosters for this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game were announced Wednesday. The Peoria Chiefs and the Bowling Green Hot Rods have the most All-Star players, with six from each team. The Chiefs have the most starters (three).

The game will be played Tuesday, June 19, at Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts.

Here are the starting players for each team (not including starting pitchers, who will be named at a later date), and their MWL stats through Tuesday’s games.

Eastern Division starters

South Bend Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya (.292 BA, 8 HR, 21 XBH, 30 RBI in 48 games)

South Bend Cubs first baseman Jared Young (.272 BA, 6 HR, 17 XBH, 28 RBI in 40 games)

Lansing Lugnuts second baseman Kevin Vicuna (.292 BA, 1 HR, 15 XBH, 25 RBI, 6 SB in 50 games)

Great Lakes Loons third baseman Jared Walker (.255 BA, 7 HR, 23 XBH, 27 RBI in 43 games)

Bowling Green Hot Rods shortstop Taylor Walls (.322 BA, 2 HR, 17 XBH, 21 RBI, 9 SB in 48 games)

Bowling Green Hot Rods outfielder Moises Gomez (.316 BA, 5 HR, 20 XBH, 33 RBI in 47 games)

Lake County Captains outfielder Will Benson (.193 BA, 9 HR, 14 XBH, 20 RBI in 52 games)

Lansing Lugnuts outfielder Chavez Young (.328 BA, 2 HR, 24 XBH, 26 RBI, 15 SB in 50 games)

Dayton Dragons designated hitter Hendrik Clementina (.336 BA, 9 HR, 21 XBH, 34 RBI in 38 games)

Western Division starters

Kane County Cougars catcher Renae Martinez (.345 BA, 4 HR, 16 XBH, 25 RBI in 32 games)

Peoria Chiefs first baseman Yariel Gonzalez (.308 BA, 3 HR, 14 XBH, 27 RBI in 50 games)

Peoria Chiefs second baseman Irving Lopez (.293 BA, 3 HR, 17 XBH, 17 RBI in 44 games)

Peoria Chiefs third baseman Elehuris Montero (.311 BA, 6 HR, 20 XBH, 30 RBI in 51 games)

Cedar Rapids Kernels shortstop Royce Lewis (.294 BA, 4 HR, 15 XBH, 31 RBI, 15 SB in 45 games)

Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Alex Kirilloff (.330 BA, 11 HR, 31 XBH, 49 RBI in 53 games)

Clinton LumberKings outfielder Jack Larsen (.287 BA, 7 HR, 23 XBH, 38 RBI in 55 games)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers outfielder Demi Orimoloye (.256 BA, 5 HR, 17 XBH, 22 RBI, 11 SB in 51 games)

Burlington Bees designated hitter Torii Hunter (.274 BA, 1 HR, 14 XBH, 12 RBI, 14 SB in 46 games)

Full rosters

Click on the following links to see the full Midwest League All-Star Game rosters.

Eastern Division roster

Western Division roster

Burlington Bees outfielder Torii Hunter Jr. will be the Western Division’s designated hitter to start the Midwest League All-Star Game. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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CR’s Kirilloff earns MWL monthly, weekly awards

Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Alex Kirilloff is racking up Midwest League awards this week. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Alex Kirilloff was named the Midwest League Player of the Month for May today, one day after being named the MWL offensive player of the week for May 28-June 3.

In 31 games last month, Kirilloff batted .360 and led the MWL in hits (41), runs batted in (25), and total bases (73). He had 19 extra-base hits, including 11 doubles and three triples, and posted a .640 slugging percentage.

Kirilloff played seven games during the May 28-June 3 period. He batted .433 (13-for-30) with three homers, three doubles, three walks, eight RBI, and eight runs scored. Overall this season, the Twins prospect is batting .332 with 10 homers, 17 doubles, three triples, 45 RBI, and 32 runs scored in 51 games with the Kernels. Minnesota drafted him No. 15 overall in 2016, but he missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Draper earns weekly award

Lake County Captains LHP Zack Draper was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week for the May 28-June 3 period, after excelling in his MWL and season debut last Wednesday. He gave up only one hit and one walk while striking out five batters during six shutout innings. He left the game with a 2-0 lead, but did not get a win because the Lansing Lugnuts rallied for three runs against the Captains bullpen to notch a 3-2 victory.

Hernandez hot for Rods

Catcher Ronaldo Hernandez has been on a tear for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, with three-hit games in three of his last six games, and multiple RBI in four of those games. His two best games came back-to-back against the West Michigan Whitecaps late last week, going 3-for-5 with a grand slam, an RBI single, and a stolen base in Friday’s game, and 3-for-3 with two homers, a double, a walk, and three RBI in Saturday’s game.

Overall this season, the Tampa Bay Rays prospect is batting .311 with six homers, 13 doubles, 40 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 44 games with the Hot Rods.

Greene gets 1st pro win

Top Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene, an 18-year-old right-hander with a highly-touted fastball, finally notched his first professional win Sunday. He’s had an up-and-down start to his season, getting shelled a few times, but looking as good as advertised at others.

In his win, Greene held the Lugnuts to one walk and two hits (including a solo homer by Samad Taylor) while striking out eight batters in five innings. After three straight good starts, Greene lowered his ERA to 6.32 ERA, WHIP to 1.72, and opponents’ batting average to .300. He has 44 strikeouts and 15 walks in 31.1 innings/10 starts for the Dayton Dragons this season.

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LumberKings pitcher traded to Rays

RHP Tommy Romero made nine starts for the Clinton LumberKings this season. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Clinton LumberKings RHP Tommy Romero was one of two prospects the Seattle Mariners traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Denard Span and closer Alex Colome on Friday. That was followed by another Rays trade involving a former Midwest Leaguer.

Romero went 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 15 walks in 44 innings/nine starts for the LumberKings this season. The Rays announced he will be assigned to the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who beat Romero in his May 2 start at Clinton’s Ashford University Field. His most recent start was on Wednesday vs. the Burlington Bees; he took the loss after giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Span played for the Quad City River Bandits in 2004, when he was a Minnesota Twins prospect. He batted .267 with four doubles, three triples, 14 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 64 games.

Colome was a starter for the Hot Rods in 2010. He went 6-6 with a 3.95 ERA, 118 strikeouts and 45 walks in 114 innings/22 starts.

After the trade involving Romero, the Rays swapped RHP Peter Bayer for RHP Wilmer Font from the Oakland Athletics. Bayer pitched for the Hot Rods last season, going 2-3 with a 4.84 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 48 walks in 67 innings (25 games/four starts).

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Adell, Mondile named Midwest League players of the week

Burlington Bees outfielder Jo Adell is the Midwest League offensive player of the week. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Burlington Bees outfielder Jo Adell and Dayton Dragons RHP Tyler Mondile respectively were named the Midwest League’s offensive player and pitcher of the week for May 14-20.

Adell got at least one hit in each of the seven games he played during that period. He batted .407 (11-for-27) with 5 HR and 10 RBI. His best game was on Tuesday, when he went 4-for-5 with 2 HR and 5 RBI vs. the Kane County Cougars.

The Los Angeles Angels prospect is batting .326 with 6 HR and 29 RBI in 25 games with the Bees this season.

Mondile was nearly perfect in his only start last week. He allowed only one baserunner (on a one-out double in the 1st inning) and struck out eight batters in a seven-inning complete game in the nightcap of a Friday doubleheader vs. the Great Lakes Loons.

The Cincinnati Reds farmhand is 1-3 with a 7.51 ERA, 35 strikeouts and nine walks in 38.1 innings/eight starts for the Dragons this season.

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