Burdick named MWL Player of the Month for August

Clinton LumberKings outfielder Peyton Burdick was named the Midwest League Player of the Month for August. Here is what Minor League Baseball wrote about him in its press release:

Clinton LumberKings (Marlins) outfielder Peyton Burdick batted .337 while leading the league in runs (26), RBI (30), on-base percentage (.458), slugging percentage (.632) and OPS (1.090). He finished second in home runs (six) and third in total bases (60). On Aug. 12, Burdick finished a 10-game hit streak with a two-homer game during which he batted in six of Clinton’s seven total runs. Burdick, 22, was selected by Miami in the third round of the 2019 first-year player draft out of Wright State University.

Burdick batted .307 with 10 homers, 20 doubles, three triples and 59 RBI in 63 games with the LumberKings during the regular season.

Fermin, Reed named MWL players of week

Lake County Captains middle infielder Jose Fermin and Clinton LumberKings RHP Remey Reed respectively were named the Midwest League’s offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of August 26 to September 2.

During that time, Fermin batted .500 (10-for-20) with three extra-base hits, seven runs batted in, four runs scored, four stolen bases, and one walk in five games. The Cleveland Indians prospect batted .293 with 20 extra-base hits, 41 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 105 games with the Captains this season.

Reed earned his award for his start against the Burlington Bees on Sunday. He struck out seven without allowing a hit, run or walk in six innings. During the regular season, the Miami Marlins farmhand made nine starts for the LumberKings, going 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 10 walks in 49.1 innings.

Clinton LumberKings RHP Remey Reed was named the MWL pitcher of the week for Aug. 26-Sept. 2. (Photo courtesy of the LumberKings)

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MWL playoffs: Cubs, Loons, LumberKings, Bandits win

South Bend Cubs LHP Faustino Carrera (left) and catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (Photo by Rikk Carlson)

The first round of the Midwest League playoffs began Wednesday, with the four winners taking 1-0 advantages in their best-of-three series.

South Bend Cubs 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1

Nelson Maldonado and Jake Slaughter drove in runs for South Bend in the bottom of the 1st inning, and that was enough offense for the Cubs to beat the Hot Rods 2-1. Cubs starting pitcher Faustino Carrera got the win after scattering four hits and two walks in five scoreless innings.

Bowling Green’s only run scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 8th inning.

Great Lakes Loons 6, Lake County Captains 4

Great Lakes used 14 hits to score six runs off Lake County pitchers in the Loons’ 6-4 win over the Captains. Leonel Valera went 4-for-5 with a double and a stolen base for the Loons, while teammate Romer Cuadrado had three hits. Justin Yurchak and James Outman hit solo homers for Great Lakes.

Captains leadoff man Quentin Holmes had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in.

Quad Cities River Bandits 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1

Three River Bandits batters each had two hits, including Wilyer Abreu, who doubled twice and drove in two runs in Quad Cities’ 4-1 win over Cedar Rapids. Tyler Webb hit a solo homer for the Kernels.

River Bandits SP Valente Bellozo allowed one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. Kernels SP Luis Rijo allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks in six innings. Both pitchers struck out six.

Clinton LumberKings 7, Kane County Cougars 3

Three-run homers by Bubba Hollins and Kameron Misner did most of the damage for Clinton’s offense as the LumberKings beat the Cougars 7-3. Kane County also got a three-run homer, from Zack Shannon.

Cougars SP Levi Kelly gave up only one hit in three innings, but also walked five batters and allowed a wild pitch.

LumberKings 3B Bubba Hollins hit one of Clinton’s two three-run homers Wednesday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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Cedar Rapids Kernels beat Beloit Snappers 5-1

Seth Gray was one of four Kernels batters who collected an RBI in Cedar Rapids’ 5-1 win in Beloit on Sunday.

A four-run 3rd inning propelled the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 5-1 win over the Beloit Snappers on Sunday.

Four different Cedar Rapids batters each drove in a run: Gabe Snyder, Matt Wallner, Seth Gray and DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. The fifth Kernels run scored on a passed ball.

Gabe Snyder drove in the first of four Cedar Rapids runs in the 3rd inning of Sunday’s game.

Beloit’s lone run scored on an RBI single by Joseph Pena. Each team collected seven hits and four walks.

Snappers second baseman Joseph Pena drove in Beloit’s only run.

Kernels starting pitcher Kody Funderburk earned his first win of the season. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out eight and threw a wild pitch.

Cedar Rapids Kernels LHP Kody Funderburk earned his first win of the season Sunday.

Rickey Ramirez pitched the final three innings for the Kernels, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out one in his scoreless outing. He earned his fifth save.

Kernels reliever Rickey Ramirez pitched three scoreless innings to earn his fifth save.

Beloit’s starting pitcher, Richard Guasch, allowed four runs on four hits and three walks. He also hit a batter and struck out three.

Beloit Snappers RHP Richard Guasch

On a personal note, Sunday’s game at Pohlman Field was a family affair for me. I usually go to Midwest League games alone so I can concentrate on shooting photos, tweeting updates, and other stuff. This time I was accompanied by my family; it was my daughter’s first game at the Beloit ballpark. She had fun, and particularly enjoyed meeting Snappy (the home team’s mascot) and running the bases after the game.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen the following photo of me and my daughter in the stands. But I want to share it with pride here, too.

The Midwest League Traveler and the Midwest League Toddler

I look forward to bringing her to more Midwest League games in the future!

West Division playoff race

The Kane County Cougars beat the Burlington Bees 3-2 in 10 innings, and the Peoria Chiefs beat the Clinton LumberKings 2-1. That gives the Cougars a one-game lead over the LumberKings heading into the final day of the regular season.

Both teams already punched their tickets to the postseason, but the Western Division second-half title — and homefield advantage in the first round of the playoffs — is up for grabs.

The LumberKings won the season series between the two teams, beating the Cougars in nine of their 17 games.

*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

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Hot Rods clinch 2nd-half Eastern Division title

Hot Rods catcher Chris Betts had two hits, including a solo homer, in Bowling Green’s 5-4 win Saturday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Bowling Green Hot Rods beat the South Bend Cubs 5-4 Saturday to clinch the second-half Eastern Division title. That makes the Cubs the second-half Eastern Division wild-card team; the two teams will face each in the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Hot Rods catcher Chris Betts drove in two runs, including one on a solo homer in the 4th inning. Cubs third baseman Fidel Mejia also drove in two runs. Two South Bend players, second baseman Clayton Daniel and centerfielder Cole Roederer, each had three hits in the game.

Cubs starting pitcher Kohl Franklin lasted three innings in his Midwest League debut. The righthander didn’t give up a hit, but walked five batters and allowed two runs (one earned). He struck out three.

South Bend Cubs RHP Kohl Franklin made his Midwest League debut Saturday. (Photo by Rikk Carlson)

The two second-half playoff teams from the Western Division are the Clinton LumberKings and the Kane County Cougars. They have identical 44-24 records with two days left in the regular season.

Clinton has two more home games against the Peoria Chiefs, who have the league’s worst record in the second half (23-45). The LumberKings have won their last seven games.

Kane County has two home games left against the Burlington Bees, who are in a three-way tie with the Beloit Snappers and the West Michigan Whitecaps for the league’s second-worst record in the second half (27-41). The Cougars have won their last three games.

Clinton and Kane County played each other 17 times during the regular season. The LumberKings won nine of those games; the Cougars won eight.

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Bees quartet pitches 10-inning no-hitter

These four Burlington Bees pitchers combined to no-hit the Beloit Snappers in 10 innings Tuesday. (Photo by Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

Four Burlington Bees combined efforts to pitch a 10-inning no-hitter against the Beloit Snappers on Tuesday: Jose Soriano, Parker Joe Robinson, Hector Yan and Chad Sykes.

It is the first Bees no-hitter in 11 years, with the last one pitched by current Kansas City Royals hurler Danny Duffy and now-retired reliever Juan Abreu in nine innings against the Peoria Chiefs in 2008.

The Bees almost pitched a no-hitter in a previous Soriano start against the Dayton Dragons earlier this season, but they lost the no-no in the 9th inning. (You can read about that game here.) Soriano pitched six innings in that game, but lasted only 3.2 innings in Tuesday’s game. He walked five and struck out four.

Robinson pitched 1.1 innings and was the only Bees pitcher who didn’t walk a batter. He struck out one.

Yan walked one and struck out two in three innings. Sykes walked one and struck out two in two innings, and got the win after Nonie Williams drove home the game’s only run in the bottom of the 10th.

Williams’ RBI single was one of only three mustered by the Bees offense. The other two came off the bat of Keinner Piña. Burlington drew only one walk, which means the team that got no-hit had almost twice as many baserunners as the team that did the no-hitting.

Official attendance was 3,200. The Bees gave away free general admission tickets to the game.

Burlington Bees RHP Jose Soriano (Photo by Travis Berg/MiLB.com)

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