The Springfied Isotopes had a gauntlet to run in August, and not only did they survive, they prospered. And now with 40 games to go they find themselves atop a division.
Facing a brutal schedule that included three teams that were division leaders at the time, the Isotopes went 8-7 against those clubs (Chatfield, Applegate and Savannah), then bulked up with a 4-1 series win against Margaritaville for a 12-8 month that catapulted them ahead of Savannah for the Southbound Division lead.
Savannah, meanwhile, becomes one of the wild-card leaders, despite a losing record since the end of April. The Scorpions started the season at 28-12, and since have gone 9-11, 12-8, 9-11 and 9-11.
Meanwhile, Bismarck posted a 13-7 mark that not only allowed the Bombers to keep pace in their Northbound Division with the high-flying Paperclips (54-26 since starting the season 14-26), but gave them a three-game lead over Superior (10-10) for the third and final wild-card spot.
Chatfield and Bushwood also recorded 13-7 months as they continue to tune up for what look to be certain playoff positions.
Superior has a chance to regain ground in September, with three series against teams with 54 wins or less, as well as slumping Savannah.
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