Cubs April 26 Minor League Recap

Tennessee improved to 13-9 with a 5-3 win over Pensacola as Alberto Cabrera, pictured, picked up his third win of the season with six quality innings. Daytona got 11 hits to post their second straight win while Iowa and Kane County both fell in extra innings.

Tennessee 5, Pensacola 3

Rubi Silva drove in three runs, two coming on his fourth homer, and Alberto Cabrera improved to 3-1 with six strong innings as Tennessee (13-9) downed Pensacola (9-12)

At the Plate: Sliva broke out of a slump (1-12) with a triple and his fourth homer of the season to help spark the offense. Jae-Hoon Ha (.312) walked, singled twice, and scored three times. Rafael Lopez knocked in his sixth run of the season and also walked. Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes both had a hit and a walk.

On the Mound: Alberto Cabrera (3-1 3.99 ERA) worked six innings throwing 79 pitches, 50 for strikes. He allowed a run in the second and gave up three hits and three walks to go along with six strikeouts. Kevin Rhoderick struggled in his second straight outing allowing a run on two hits and a walk in .2 innings His ERA is now at 11.57 and he threw 23 pitches. A.J. Morris got his second hold of the year despite being charged with a run on a hit and and a walk in 1IP. Trey McNutt earned his second save getting the final four outs, one of strikes.

Daytona 7, Lakeland 3

Daytona (10-11) pounded out 11 hits and Dustin Geiger drove in thee runs as the Cubs downed Lakeland (7-13) for their second straight win at the Jack.

At the Plate: Geiger (.300) had two hits and his 21 RBI are third in the Florida State League. Javier Baez continues to raise his average (.250) with two hits including a double and 2 RBI. Chad Noble and Taiwan Easterling also had two hits apiece. Zeke DeVoss continues to get on base as the leadoff hitter with a single and two walks. Jorge Soler (.296) was 1-4.

On the Mound: Cubs pitching only allowed three hits on the night but they issued nine free passes. Starter Ben Wells yielded one hit in 5.2 innings for his second win of the year. Wells got 12 ground ball outs but walked five. Eduardo Figueroa got a hold but allowed two hits and a walk in .2 innings. LHP Hunter Cervenka came in with one out in the seventh and pitched the rest of the game for his second straight save. He didn't allow a hit but walked three and fanned four.

Fort Wayne 6, Kane County 5

Catcher Yaniel Cabezas made the most of this first start with three hits and a RBI and caught a quality start from pitching prospect Pierce Johnson (5.2 IP, 4H, 1UER, 2BB 7K). Fort Wayne scored four in the ninth and added the game winner in the 10th.

At the Plate: Kane County faced LHP Max Fried, the 7th overall pick of the Padres last year and the first high school pitcher drafted. They got six hits and three runs off the hard-throwing lefty, scoring two runs on groundouts and another on a double play. Cabezas had a RBI single in the ninth and Amaya added RBI groundout. CF Oliver Zapata (.241) had two hits including a double, scored, and drove in a runI. Rock Shoulders went 1-3 with a double and is hitting .403. Marco Hernandez had his 10-game hitting streak snapped. C Wilson Contreras (1-3) is hitting .314 while Daniel Vogelbach went 0-5.

On the Mound: Taken 43rd overall in last year's draft, RHP Pierce Johnson is starting to show why the Cubs made him a top pick. Johnson pitched into the sixth and fanned a season-high seven in holding the TinCaps to four hits and one unearned run. After allowing five runs in his first start, the Missouri State product made his third straight quality start, lowering his ERA to 3.50. Jeffry Antigua retired the first four hitters he faced before Fort Wayne led off the 8th with two singles; but the lefty pitched out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly out. LHP Nathan Dorris had troubles in the ninth and was unable to shut the door. A hit, a walk and an error (Kane County's fifth) loaded the bases. By the time the inning was over the game was tied and Dorris was charged with four runs, two earned, on three this and walk. Eddie Orozco took the loss allowing the winning run in the 10th.

Omaha 5, Iowa 4

Iowa tied the game on Dave Nelson's two-run homer in the ninth but Omaha scored the game-winner in the 10th

At the Plate: Ryan Sweeney hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Dave Nelson added a two-run pinch hit homer in the ninth to tie the game at 4-4. Brian Bogusevic had three hits and brought his average up to .394. Brett Jackson returned to the starting lineup for the first time since April 15 and was 0-4 with 2Ks. Iowa had 10 hits but were 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

On the Mound: Chris Rusin bounced back after allowing eight hit and seven runs on April 20 vs. Memphis keeping the I-Cubs in the game for six innings. He gave up four hits and two walks and was charged with two earned runs, one coming on a solo homer. Rusin threw 89 pitches and got 11 groundouts. Hisanori Takahashi allowed a homer in his one inning. Blake Parker fanned three in two innings but allowed a hit and a run. Zach Putnam got his first loss of the season as the Storm Chasers got three hits to score the game-winner with only one out in the 10th.

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