Daytona 7, Dunedin 4
Dustin Geiger had three hits and drove in three runs as Daytona (8-10) evened the series with Dunedin (13-5).
Scoring: The Cubs took advantage of a Blue Jay error in the first as Dustin Geiger delivered a two-run single for a 2-0 lead, Dayton's first in three games. A wild pitch and RBIs by Javier Baez and Jorge Soler put Daytona up 5-0 in the second. A ground ball to third resulted in a Daytona run in the fifth as Zeke DeVoss went to third on the play and scored on Tim Saunders' sacrifice fly. A pair of doubles led to two Blue Jay runs in the fourth and they added two more in the sixth on a homer. The Cubs pushed a run across in the seventh on a double by Baez and a a single off the wall by Geiger.
Pitching: Austin Kirk (3-0) had a season-high eight strikeouts allowing four runs and four hits in five innings to earn the win. Zach Cates made his first relief appearance allowing only a walk in 1.1 innings. In his third game of the season, LHP Hunter Cervanka earned the save yielding a walk with two strikeouts in 2.2 IP.
Cubs Lineup: DeVoss CF (0-3 2R 2BB), Saunders 2B (1-4 RBI), Baez SS (3-5 2B RBI), Soler RF (0-5 RBI), Andreoli lF (1-4), Geiger 1B (3-5 3RBI), Carhart 3B (0-4), Gibbs C (1-4 2B), Easterling DH (1-4)
Tennessee 8, Montgomery 3
Arismendy Alcantara scored twice, drove in a pair, stole a base, and blasted his fourth homer to help lead first-place Tennessee (11-7) to the win over Montgomery (9-9).
Scoring: The Smokies grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second on Elliot Soto's RBI single and then Rafael Lopez scored from third while Soto was in a rundown after getting picked off first. A Smokies throwing error and a bases loaded walk tied the game in the fourth. Tennessee added five runs in the sixth as RBI singles by Alcantara and Christian Villanueva got the rally started. A RBI groundout from Lopez made it 5-2 and Jonathan Mota followed with a two-run single. The Biscuits got a run in the seventh but Alcantara answered with a towering solo shot down the right-field line.
Pitching: LHP Eric Jokisch (3-0) had his longest outing of the season working into the seventh inning as he threw 95 pitches, 61 for strikes. He allowed eight hits and walked two but only yielded one earned run as he was helped out by three double plays. Brian Schlitter kept his ERA at 0.00 allowing just two hits over the final 2.2 innings.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur LF (1-4 2B), Torreyes 2B (0-3), Alcantara DH (2-4 2R HR 2RBI) Villanueva 3B (1-4 RBI), Silva RF (1-4 2B), Ha CF (1-3 2R BB), Lopez C (1-3 2B BB), Mota 1B (1-4 2RBI), Soto SS (1-3)
Iowa 5, Memphis 2
Scoring: Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring double from Ian Stewart and a RBI single from Brian Bogusevic. In the fifth, Stewart added a sacrifice fly scoring Brook Raley, who opened the inning with a single. Brad Nelson made it 5-0 I-Cubs with a two-run blast in the sixth. The Redbirds got two back in the sixth chasing Brooks Raley.
Pitching: Brooks Raley evened his record at 2-2 holding the Redbirds scoreless for five innings before being charged with two runs in the sixth. The lefty threw 90 pitches and got five groundouts to go along with three strikeouts. He allowed five hits and walked a a pair. Zach Putnam came into a bases loaded jam and walked one and gave up a single but got out of the inning without any more damage. Putnam worked a scoreless eighth and ended the night with three Ks. Rafael Dolis pitched a scoreless eighth, and Blake Parker made it interesting with a pair of walks in the ninth with two outs but got his second save striking out Kolten Wong to end the game.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (1-3 2BB), Wright LF (0-5), Stewart 3B (1-3 2RBI), Sweeney RF (1-4), Bogusevic CF (2-4 RBI), Nelson 1B (2-4 HR 2RBI), Boscan C (0-4), Maysonet SS (0-4), Raley P (1-3), Lillibridge 1B (0- BB)
Peoria 9, Kane County 6
Peoria (8-8) rallied from a 5-1 deficit scoring five runs in the seventh to even the series with Kane County (7-9)
Scoring: The Chiefs grabbed the lead with a RBI single in the first but Kane County answered back with three runs, much to the delight of a stadium full of cheering kids. Two singles and two walks plated KC's first run and Marco Hernandez continued to square up the ball with a two-run double, extending his hitting streak to 8 games. Singles by Oliver Zapata, Pin-Chieh Chen and Gioskar Amaya, coupled with a throwing error, scored a run and Chen scored on Daniel Vogelbach's sacrifice fly to make it 5-1. Peoria got a run back in the fourth on a solo homer and took the lead with five runs off two Cougar relief pitchers in the seventh. Vogelbach's second homer of the season made it 7-6 but the Chiefs added two insurance runs in the ninth.
Pitching: LHP Michael Heesch bounced back from a tough outing at Beloit April 16 (1.2IP, 5H, 6R, 1BB 2K) crafting six solid inning against the River Bandits. He allowed five hits and two earned runs with two walks and five punchouts. LHP Brian Smith only got two outs yielding three hits and two walks in the seventh. He allowed five runs, one earned, and was charged with a blown save and took the loss. Matt Iannazzo made his MWL debut Monday (2.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB). The left-hander joined the Cougars April 20 from extended spring training.
Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (2-4 BB), Amaya 2B (2-5), Vogelbach 1B (2-4 HR 2RBI), Candelario 3B (1-3 2 BB), Shoulders DH (0-2 3BB), Krist C (0-4 RBI), Hernandez SS (2-4 2B 2RBI), Martin CF (0-2), Rademacher, RF (0-2), Zapata RF (1-3 BB)
Cougars Notes: The Kane County and Peoria bullpens stayed standing after the national anthem and facing the flag during the first inning while the Chiefs were batting. Before the first hitter in the bottom of the first, Kane County's pen tipped their caps and conceded the "bullpen battle" to Peoria. Kane County broadcaster Wayne Randazzo provided an excellent play-by-play of the battle…..The series concludes tomorrow with a 11 a.m. start as Kane County's Lendy Castillo (0-0 6.00) faces Cardinals' farmhand Joseph Cuda (1-0 2.57)