Here's a look at Opening Night for the Cubs Minor Leagues
Quad Cities 7, Kane County 2
Quad Cities spoiled the Cubs affiliate debut at Kane County scoring all of their runs with two outs winning 7-2 in the Midwest league opener for both teams.
Pierce Johnson, the Cubs first-round supplemental pick in 2012, didn't get out of the third inning allowing six hits and five earned runs in 2.1 innings. The River Bandits batted around in the second inning and scored five times. A RBI single, followed by a throwing error by Marcus Hernandez put QC up 3-0 and then Carlos Correa, the top pick in the 2012 draft, followed with a two-run double. The shortstop added a two-out RBI single in the fourth off Justin Amlung for a 6-0 lead.
Kane County finally broke though against Vincent Velasquez in the fourth as Jeimer Candelario drew a two walk and then scored when Rock Shoulders took a pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer.
The Bandits threatened again in the fifth putting runners on second and third but Brian Smith come in to relieve Amlung, getting a strikeout to end the threat. Amlung worked 2.1 innings allowing two walks, two hits and a run. Smith fanned the first four hitters he faced but ran into trouble in the seventh walking the first two hitters. After a double play, another two-out hit put another run on the board for the River Bandits. Stephen Perakslis (1.1 IP) and Eduardo Orozco (1 IP) both pitched scoreless relief for the Cougars.
The Cougars will be looking to even their record Friday night at 6:35 p.m. When they face the River Bandits.
Brevard County 4, Daytona 3
Brevard County scored two times in the top of the seventh winning 4-3 to spoil Daytona's home opener at Jackie Robinson Park Thursday night in Florida State League action.
The Mantees got three first inning singles against Daytona pitcher Ben Wells for a 1-0 lead but the Cubs answered back scoring two times in their first at-bat of the season. Zeke DeVoss led off with a single and scored when Tim Saunders doubled. Saunders stole third and scored on Javier Baez's sacrifice fly. The Manatees tied the game in the third but Daytona grabbed the lead in the sixth when Stephen Bruno doubled, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on John Andreoli's RBI single. Brevard County scored two runs in the seventh with a pair of two-out run scoring hits off Cubs pitchers Sheldon McDonald and Eduardo Figueroa.
Wells allowed seven hits in four innings yielding two earned runs with four strikeouts and no walks in his first start of the season. McDonald, who took the loss, was charged with two earned runs in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts and a walk. Figueroa threw 2.1 innings allowing two hits with two strikeouts.
Jorge Soler had a pair of hits but was picked off both times he got on.
The two teams face off Friday, April 5, at 6:35 EST at Brevard County.
Pensacola 7, Tennessee 3
Pensacola blasted four solo homers, three off Tennessee starter Dallas Beeler, and won their Southern League home opener 7-2 over the Smokies.
The Smokies took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third when Arismendy Alcantara blasted a two-run shot over the left centerfield wall, scoring Matt Szczur, who reached on a single. The lead didn't last long as the Blue Wahoos hit their second solo homer of the game, tying the game. For the third straight inning the home team took a Dallas Beeler pitch over the fence, putting the Blue Wahoos up 3-2. Pensacola added a run scoring single in the fourth and then hit their fourth solo shot in the seventh off A.J. Morris for a 5-2 lead. A lead off walk by Elliot Soto and a single by Szczur started a Smokies rally in the eighth as Alcantara singled up the middle plating Soto to trim the lead to 5-3. With runners on second and third and two out, Lee Hyde came in and got Jusitn Bour to end the threat.The Wahoos added two more insurance runs in the eighth off Smokies reliever Tony Zych.
Beeler worked 5.1 innings allowing seven hits and four runs. He fanned five and walked one. Morris pitched 1.2 innings striking out two and allowing a home run. Szczur finished with three singles on the night.
The five-game series continues Friday, April 5 with a 8 p.m. EST start in Pensacola.
Albuquerque 10, Iowa 3
A seven run seventh blew open a tie game as the Dodgers AAA team beat the Iowa Cubs in the Pacific Coast League opener for both teams.
The Isotopes took a 3-0 lead in the first with four hits and a walk off Cubs starter Chris Rusin but the lefty settled down, holding the home team hitless the next four innings. The Cubs got on the board with two runs in the third when Logan Watkins and Brett Jackson both singled and Brian Bogusevic followed with a hit scoring Watkins. Bogusevic got caught in a run down and eventually was tagged out but Jackson was able to score from third. Iowa tied the game in the fifth on a RBI single by Ty Wright but Brad Nelson was thrown out at home by left fielder Rusty Ryal on a two-out single by Edwin Maysonet. The Isotopes used two singles and a fielding error to load the bases in the seventh off Iowa's Jensen Lewis with one out. A single drove in two runs and before the inning was over the Isotopes held a 10-3 lead.
Iowa did have 11 hits in the game, all singles, with Bogusevic leading the singles parade with three. Wright and J.C. Boscan each had two.
Rusin threw five innings with all the damage done in the first as he had four strikeouts. Casey Coleman threw a scoreless sixth for Iowa. Jensen, who was charged with loss, gave up five runs, three earned in a third of an inning. Zack Putnam gave up two runs in .2 innings of relief and Rafael Dolis threw a scoreless eighth.
Iowa will be looking to get back on the winning track tomorrow afternoon with a 3 p.m. start time in Albuquerque.