Daytona 5, Lakeland 3
Every Daytona batter got a hit as the Cubs (9-11) down Lakelake (7-13) behind a 12-hit attack. Zach Cates threw five shutout innings for his second win.
Daytona Offense: Javier Baez and Chad Noble both had two hits and homered to lead the offensive attack. Baez gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first with his 4th of the season and Noble blasted his first, a solo shot in the 2nd. Tim Saunders added a two-run triple and Zeke DeVoss knocked in his 12th run of the season with a RBI single in the sixth. Anthony Giansanti had two hits and drew a walk. Baez is hitting .343 in his last eight games with 2 HR and 6 RBI.
Daytona Pitching: RHP Zach Cates was acquired in the Anthony Rizzo trade with San Diego and is looking to rebound from a 2012 season when opponents hit .343. against him (0-9 7.16 ERA). Cates was coming off a relief appearance, his first ever in the minors on April 22, working 1.1 scoreless innings. It must have help as he had his best effort of the year tossing five shutout innings. Cates was able to get people out with runners on base, something he's had trouble with in the past. Yeiper Castillo came out of the bullpen and promptly fanned the side in the sixth in his only inning. Austin Reed continued to struggle allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. His ERA is 13.50 in 8 innings. David Cales allowed only a pair of walks in the final two innigs to nail down his first save. After spending the last two years recovering from shoulder surgery, Cales, 25, has not allowed a run in his first four innings.
Iowa 8, Omaha 3
Iowa (7-12) had its best offensive night at the plate with season-highs in runs (9) and hits (15) to defeat Omaha (12-8).
Offense: Ryan Sweeney drove in four runs with four hits, including a three-run homer in a six-run first, and is now hitting .404 since joining the I-Cubs. Brent Lillibridge had four hits and knocked in a pair while Darnell McDonald had two his with a double and a RBI. Logan Watkins continues to get on base out of the leadoff spot drawing four walks on the night. The I-Cubs took 10 walks and fanned 13 times.
Iowa Pitching: Keep your eye on Barret Loux, acquired last year from Texas in a trade that started with Geovany Soto. While his stat line doesn't jump off the page, most of that damage was done in one inning, his first start of the year when he allowed six runs on three hits and three walks. In his next 10 innings (two five inning wins), the 6-foot-5 right-hander fanned 11, walked three, and allowed nine hits and one earned run. Left-handers were hitting .385 against Loux entering Thursday night's game. Despite being staked to a 6-0 lead, Loux struggled finding the strike zone and couldn't make it out of the fifth inning as his pitch count reached 96, only 49 strikes. He allowed eight hits, walked four and had 3Ks. Esmailin Caridad had given up a run in every outing but that streak ended Thursday night when the 29-year-old right-hander blanked the Storm Chasers for 2.1 IP to gain his first win of the season. Caridad did walk two but didn't allow a hit. Cory Wade allowed two hits and a walk in the eighth to load the bases before Rafael Dolis came in for the third out. Dolis pitched the ninth to earn his first save.
Tennessee 2, Pensacola 1
Offense: The Smokies made the most of their six hits as Rafael Lopez gave Tennessee a 1-0 lead in the second with a RBI double scoring Jonathan Mota, who coaxed a two-out walk. Torreyes opened the third with a triple and scored on Jae Hoon-Ha's RBI single. Torreyes, hitting .344 since joining the Smokies from extended spring training, also singled, doubled, and walked.
Pitching: Dallas Beeler (2-2, 3.16 ERA) allowed seven hits and a walk in seven innings but didn't allow any of those base runners to score in his 95-pitch outing. The right-hander had the Wahoos pounding the ball into the ground all night (two double plays) with 15 groundouts, no fly outs. Zachary Rosscup got his fifth hold of the season despite allowing just his second run of the year in eight appearances. Rosscup threw 28 pitches, 17 for strikes, in his one inning. Brian Schlitter recorded his first save of the year working a perfect ninth. Schlitter has not allowed an earned run in 11.1 innings.
Fort Wayne 6, Kane County 4
Fort Wayne (11-8) hit two homers in a five-fun third and beat Kane County (7-10) in the opening game of the series.
Kane County Offense: This will be a good series to see how the Cougars bats stack up against some of the best pitching prospects in the Padres system. Starting with Thursday night's pitcher Joe Ross, a 19-year-old 2011 first-round pick out of Oakland. He had allowed five hits in 14.2 IP in his first three starts. Kane County got six hits off Ross (3-0, 1.33 ERA) but could only plate one run, as Jeimer Candelario walked and scored on Wilson Contreras' RBI single in the second. KC scored three times in the eighth on a RBI single from Bijan Rademacher and a two-run double from Oliver Zapata. Rock Shoulders was 1-3 with a walk and is hitting .406. Marco Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Kane County Pitching: Lendy Castillo is an infielder turned pitcher plucked by the Cubs from Philadelphia during the 2011 Rule 5 draft. He pitched in 13 games for Chicago last year before spending most of the season on the DL. He made seven rehab starts (20 IP) for Mesa, Daytona and Tennessee. Castillo allowed eight hits and six runs (5ER), including a pair of homers in six innings. His ERA is now 6.60. Relievers Justin Amlung and Steve Perakslis each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.