Clearwater 14, Daytona 9,
In a game that will be remembered for Jorge Soler's ejection, the Threshers tied the game with two runs in the ninth and added five more in the 11th for the extra inning win.
In the bottom of the seventh Soler was on first when Stephen Bruno grounded into a double play. Daytona Cubs announcer Robbie Aaron said on air Soler was restrained, no punches were thrown and Soler never hit the dugout wall or anything else with a bat, calling social media reports false. Soler was ejected from the game. According to Cody Dunlap, who is Aaron's broadcast partner, Soler was upset because he thought he was purposely stepped on at second base on the double play. Brian Linder of the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Soler and Thresher second baseman Edgar Alonso exchanged words and teammates from each side came out to separate the two. "Soler came sprinting back out of the Cubs' dugout—bat in hand—toward the Thresher dugout," Linder wrote. He reported Soler was caught by teammates and never swung the bat.
Scoring Recap: The Threshers used a two-run homer, a pair of singles, and a wild pitch to tally three runs in the first off Ben Wells. Trailing 4-0, Dustin Geiger homered in the second and Zeke DeVoss added a solo blast in the third. Dayton scored six times in the fourth highlighted by a two-run double from Ben Carhart and a three-run homer from Taiwan Easterling. The Threshers got three runs back in the fifth but Easterling drove in another run in the eighth for a 9-7 Cubs lead. A two-out triple tied the game in the ninth and Clearwater scored five times in the 11th.
Pitching Recap: Ben Wells worked four innings allowing seven hits and four walks. He was charged with three earned runs and didn't strike anyone out. Austin Reed was only able to retire one hitter giving up three earned runs on two hits and two walks. Ryan Searle continued to dominate FSL hitters allowing one hit and a walk in 3.2 innings with four strikeouts. He has now pitched 8.1 scoreless innings. Luis Lira gave up two runs for a blown save in the ninth and was charged with all five runs in the 11th for the loss. He yielded seven hits, two walks and fanned three. Frank Del Valle finished the game.
Cubs Lineup: DeVoss DH (2-6 HR RBI), Andreoli CF (3-6 2B), Baez SS (0-5), Soler RF (1-3 2B), Lira P (0-1) Bruno 2B (2-5), Geiger 3B (1-5 HR), Carhart 1B (2-5 2 RBI), Noble C (0-4 2 R), Easterling LF(2-5 HR 4 RBI)
Iowa 3, Round Rock 2
An eighth inning error with two outs scored the winning run as Iowa recorded its first victory of the season
Scoring Recap: The Express took a 2-0 lead in the second on a groundout and a two-single. The Cubs got some help scoring three times in the fifth. Luis Flores greeted former Cub Neal Cotts with a solo homer to left field and a single by Edwin Maysonet and walks to Logan Watkins and Brett Jackson loaded the bases. Donnie Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly, and after a pitching change third baseman Mike Olt couldn't handle Darnell McDonald's grounder and Watkins scored what proved to be the winning run.
Pitching Recap: Drew Carpenter pitched five solid innings to record his first win of the season. The right-hander fanned four and allowed two hits, two runs, while walking two. Yoanner Negrin ran his scoreless streak to 4.2 innings allowing two hits and a walk in 2.2 innings for the hold. Blake Parker fanned two getting the final four outs of the game for the save. With the save, Parker becomes the Iowa Cubs career saves leader with 35, surpassing both Michael Weurtz and Jim Bullinger. Parker is in his sixth season with Iowa and recored 22 saves in 2009.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (1-4 1R, 1BB), Jackson CF (0-3 BB), Murphy SS (1-3 RBI), Nelson 1B (1-5), McDonald DH (0-3 2 BB), Sweeney RF (2-5), Bogusevic LF (0-5), Flores C (1-4 HR RBI), Maysonet 3B (2-3 1R 1BB)
Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 2,
The Lookouts spoiled Tennessee's home opener blowing open a one-run game with a four-run eighth
Scoring Recap: The Lookouts jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out single but the Smokies tied the game in the fourth on Justin Bour's first homer of the season. Two hit batters and a walk, loaded the bases and a double play plated the go-ahead run for Chattanooga in the sixth. Two walks and four singles resulted in four Lookout runs in the eighth. The Smokies got a run in the ninth on a throwing error with two outs.
Pitching Recap: Dallas Beeler dropped to 0-2 on the season despite only allowing two runs in six innings. The left-hander struckout three and gave up six hits and one walk. Kevin Rhoderick was charged with four runs as the righty walked two and allowed two singles, all scoring before the inning was over. Frank Batista relieved Rhoderick in the eighth but was greeted with two singles before getting the final two outs. Batista retired the side in order in the ninth.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur RF (0-5), Silva CF (2-4), Alcantara 2B (1-4), Bour 1B (1-2 HR RBI 2 BB), Villanueva 3B (0-4), Lopez C (1-4), Chavez LF (1-4), Mota SS (0-3), Ha PH (0-0 R BB) Beeler P (0-2) Torres 2B (0-1)
Clinton 10, Kane County 4
Clinton won the final game of the series as they collected 10 hits and drew 10 walks off Kane County pitching.
Scoring Recap: The Lumberkings loaded the bases in the second and took a 2-0 lead on a Tyler Marlette's two-run single, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Kane County's Taylor Scott walked the bases full to start the second and was relieved by Nathan Dorris. A wild pitch and a run scoring single put Clinton up 4-0. The Cougars had several chances in the first four innings (6 LOB) and scored in the fifth on a triple by Wes Darvill and a sacrifice fly by Daniel Vogelbach. The Cougars made 4-3 in the sixth as Trey Martin's double drove in a pair of runs, his first RBI of the season. The Lumberkings put the game away in the seventh with four runs on three hits and a two walks off reliever Stephen Perakslis. Clinton added another run in the eighth on a RBI double by Timothy Lopes, the brother of Blue Jays top prospect Christian Lopes, who plays in MWL for Lansing. Gioskar Amaya added a sacrifice fly in the eight, his first RBI of the year for KC. Clinton scored their final run on a bases loaded walk, their 10th of the game.
Pitching Recap: Taylor Scott couldn't find the strike zone on a cold windy day walking five in two innings, including the bases full to start the third. He allowed three hits and four runs, increasing his ERA to 4.50 after two starts. Nathan Dorris didn't have any problems with the elements in his second relief appearance. The left-hander allowed just one single and fanned five, retiring the final 10 hitters he faced. Stephen Perakslis got touched for four runs in his first inning of work allowing three hits as Clinton sent nine hitters to the plate. It was the second straight tough outing for the 21st round pick in 2012 as he gave up three runs in the 12th inning to Quad Cities on April 6. He worked two innings on a cold day allowing 5R, 5H, 2BB with 3Ks. Outfielder Bijan Rademacher, who was the closer at Orange Coast College last year before the draft, helped out an overworked bullpen, pitching the ninth. He allowed a run on a hit and three walks.
Cougars Lineup: Amaya 2B (0-4, RBI), Darvill LF (1-5, 3B), Vogelbach 1B (1-3, RBI, BB), Canderlario 3B (0-2 3,BB), Rock Shoulders 1B (2-5), Krist C (1-4), Hernandez SS (0-5), Rademacher RF (1-2, 2R), Martin CF (1-3 2B, 2 RBI, BB)
Kane County Notes:There was a 54-minute rain delay before the game started….Outfielder Trey Martin returned to the lineup with a two-run double and a walk…….Kane County finished its first home stand 2-5 and head to Wisconsin for four games with the Timber Rattlers and then three games at Beloit