Sometimes attitude goes a long way in determining success. Over the past five days, I have watched the South Bend Cubs display some attitude with their play. Last night was no different as the club clawed their way back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 10 innings. The Cubs kept fighting to get back in the game after spotting the Hot Rods two runs in the first. Eloy Jimenez went 4 for 5, but it was a HBP against Eddy Julio Martinez that gave the Cubs their second consecutive walk off victory.
Here are seven things I liked from last night’s win.
- Carson Sands knows how to pitch. He moved the ball in and out, up and down and changed speeds. He went 5 innings with 4Ks. He looked very good after a rough 1st in which he looked a little anxious. He looked very poised afterwards.
- Eloy Jimenez looks much more calm in the box. After Monday’s walk-off homer, he is also much more confident. He went 4 for 5 last night with 1 RBI.
- Not only does Donnie Dewees have Dewheels, he has a great eye at the plate. He went 2 for 4 last night with a triple and he scored 2 of the Cubs’ runs. He is batting .381. None of what he does looks abnormal. He looks like the real deal.
- Eddy Martinez looks a very natural center fielder. He gets good jumps, takes good routes, and makes all the plays he can. His arm may need some work as he tends to overthrow. At the plate, he has yet to take a walk, but last night’s HBP is a start.
- Last year’s 2015 pitching class is quite good. Tonight, two of those pitchers kept Bowling Green scoreless from the 6th inning on. First, Kyle Twomey had a scoreless two inning outing. And the same was true of Casey Bloomquist, whom I really like. Bloomquist got the win. I like how he goes right after hitters.
- I feel the frustration of Matt Rose who smacked the ball hard all over the field but always right at someone. Yet, Rose trots right back up to the plate and looks for a pitch he can do something with.
- PJ Higgins is reminding more and more of Mark Zagunis. In 4 of the games he has played in, Higgins has come away with 6 walks. His OBP is .500.
Tomorrow, the 3-2 Cubs play host to Bowling Green again. Preston Morrison will be on the mound looking to put his first start in his rearview mirror.
Around the rest of the system
– After going 0 for his first 8, Ian Happ is closing in on .300.
– At AAA Iowa, Willson Contreras is hitting .500….that’s right .500
– Ryan Williams looked really good last night – 5 IP, 1 run allowed
– Rashad Crawford went 3 for 5, 2 runs, and an inside the park homer. He is hitting .412 for Myrtle Beach