Daytona 3, Tampa 1
Ben Carhart ended a hitting drought with a two-run double and Zach Cates recorded his first win since joining the Cubs organization as Daytona improved to 5-5.
Scoring: Tampa took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a two-out single. Daytona scored all the runs they would need in the seventh. Stephen Bruno and Dustin Geiger singled to start the inning and scored on Ben Carhart's bases-clearing double. Micah Gibbs followed with a double of his own to make it 3-1.
Pitching: Zach Cates got his first win since being traded to the Cubs organization in 2012 from San Diego. The right-hander went six innings allowing three walks and four hits, but just one run. He had four strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.86 on the season. Austin Reed pitched out of a jam in the eighth, striking out two batters with two runners on, to record his first hold of the year. Frank Del Valle notched his second save, fanning the side in the ninth. He has yet to allow a run and has 9 Ks in 4.1 IP.
Cubs Lineup: DeVoss CF (0-4), Easterling LF (0-4), Baez SS (1-4 2B), Abdreoli RF (0-3), Bruno DH (2-4), Geiger 1B (2-4), Carhart (1-4 2B 2 RBI), Gibbs C (2-4), Bote 2B (0-4)
Cubs Notes: 2B David Bote has joined the Daytona team as Tim Saunders went on the disabled list, retroactive to April 11. Saunders was hurt diving for a ball in centerfield. Bote was at extended spring training in Mesa and was named to Kane County's open day roster but never got a chance to play as a roster move before the opener sent him back to Mesa.
Tennessee 7, Chattanooga 3
Scoring: The Smokies got two runs in the first as Matt Szczur singled, went to second on Ronald Torreyes' walk, stole third, and scored on a throwing error by the Lookouts second baseman. Justin Bour's fly ball scored Torreyes to make it 2-0. Jonathan Mota's RBI single in the fourth made it 3-0, scoring Jae-Hoon Ha. The Lookouts scored their first run in the seventh on a bunt single, stolen base, and a single to left. The Smokies added three runs in the seventh on a SAC fly by Szczur, and RBI singles from Torreyes and Ha. The Lookouts scored twice in the eight on a walk and two hits.
Pitching: Dae-Eun Rhee was perfect for four innings before a fifth inning double, the only hit he allowed in six innings. He didn't walk a batter and fanned three for his first win of the season. The South Korean native has allowed three hits and one run in 10.1 innings this season in his two starts. Relief pitchers Zach Rosscup (1IP, 2H 1ER) and Kevin Rhoderick (1IP, 2H 2ER) both had problems against the Lookouts in their outings. Brian Schlitter pitched a scoreless ninth.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (1-3 RBI), Torreyes 2B (2-3 RBI), Alcantara SS (1-4), Bour 1B (0-3 RBI), Ha RF (3-3 2B, RBI), Silva LF (2-4), Fernandez C (0-4), Mota 3B (2-4 RBI), Rhee P (0-1), Chavez LF (1-2 2B)
Iowa 4, Albuquerque 1
Chris Rusin pitched his best game of the season as the I-Cubs defeated Albuquerque for the second straight day.
Scoring: The Isotopes scored their only run of the game on a ground out in the fourth taking a 1-0 lead. Iowa loaded the bases in the fifth and tied the game as Ian Stewart, on rehab assignment from Chicago, drew a walk. Brad Nelson followed with a two-run single scoring Brian Bogusevic and Darwin Barney, another Cub on rehab. Cacther Luis Flores hit a long homer to left to lead off the sixth for Iowa's final run.
Pitching: Chris Rusin got his first win of the season in his third start tossing seven innings of four-hit ball. He allowed a run and fanned four while walking no one during his 82-pitch performance. Rusin, a left-hander who has his sights set on Wrigley Field, had allowed seven runs in his last two games with six walks in 11 innings. Zach Putnam made his second straight quality showing and earned a save for his two innings of work. The right-hander fanned three and didn't allow a hit.
Cubs Lineup: Boguservic CF (2-4), Barney (0-1 3BB), Stewart 3B (0-3 RBI BB), Nelson 1B (1-4 2 RBI), Murphy SS (0-4), McDonald (1-4), Wright LF (0-3 BB), Flores C (1-3 HR RBI), Rusin (1-3 R), Maysonet 3B (0-1)
The Cougars had their doubleheader snowed out on Sunday at Wisconsin. The games will be made up when the Timber Rattlers comes to Kane County in the final series of the first half June 14-16. Kane County starts a three-game series with Beloit Monday night.