Big Performer - Caleb Smith's seven strikeouts for the Trenton Thunder Thursday night set a season high for the lefty. He scattered 3 runs on 6 hits over six innings of work, and earned the win. In his last outing, he'd earned the win after pitching six innings that time as well, but did not allow a run. He gave up 4 hits, striking out 4. That marked his 2nd shutout performance in June.
Social Media spotlight:
The Somerset Patriots tweeted a photo of a history-making night. the team set a single-half record with 49 wins. In the process, they clinched a playoff berth by winning the first-half Liberty Division title. Matt Zielinski earned the win, allowing 2 runs through six innings. You can follow him on Twitter @mat_e_z & the Somerset Patriots @SOMPatriots.
Really loved this tweet from St. Louis Cardinals 2015 #1 draft pick, OF Nick Plummer" @nplum11: To the boy who didn't get my autograph today after the game: come tmro and I'll give you some gear. My mom will remember who you are."
OF Joe Mcarthy signed with the Tampa Bay Rays (who drafted him in the 5th round) and tweeted the announcement (see below). We're seeing more and more of this. Players report their own news and share the emotional moments that only they can tell. You can follow him on Twitter @Mojo_JoeJoe31
Similarly, Bryce Denton tweeted "'Got my first professional hit, run, walk, RBI, and win!! #CardinalNation" The St. Louis Cardinals 2nd round pick in this year's June MLB Draft captured the purity of a powerful moment. As reporters, we could've tweeted those numbers, and it wouldn't have that same impact. Follow him on Twitter @brycedenton25