Cubs April 27 Minor League Recap

Kane County relief pitcher Brian Smith, pictured, got his first win of season as Kane County scored three runs in the eighth to beat Fort Wayne. Lakeland shut down Daytona while Omaha clubbed Iowa. The Smokies were rained out.

Kane County 5, Fort Wayne 3

Kane County (8-11) scored three runs in the top of the eighth and Brian Smith got his first win of the season in relief beating Fort Wayne (12-9).

At the Plate….The Cubs only got seven hits but scored five times including a three-run eighth. Gioskar Amaya's sacrifice fly in the third scored Oliver Zapata, who walked and took third on Pin-Chieh Chen's single. Wilson Contreras added a RBI groundout with the bases loaded in the fifth as KC took advantage of a TinCaps error. A wild pitch on Chadd Krist's strikeout with the bases loaded scored the Cougars third run in the eighth and BJ Rademacher and Wes Darvill added RBI singles. Oliver Zapata extended his hitting streak to six games with a triple and is hitting .350 during the streak. DH Daniel Vogelbach was 1-2 but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 5th.

On the Mound…..Taylor Scott isn't considered one of the Cubs' top pitching prospects but you also can't overlook the right-hander from South Africa. He made 15 starts last year at Boise with a 2.52 ERA and a .242 BAA in 70 innings. Scott spent three years playing high school ball in Scottsdale, Arizona, before the Cubs drafted him in the fifth round in 2011. His fastball is low 90s and he posses a sharp breaking ball. Fort Wayne has one of the best offenses in the MWL leading the league in runs, hits, and total bases. After retiring the first two hitters in the first, Scott allowed three straight hits scoring two TinCap runs. That would be all he would allow despite giving up seven hits and two walks in six innings. Scott made big pitches when he had to as Fort Wayne went 0-6 with RISP after the first. He fanned four and got a no-decision. It was the third time in four starts Scott had worked six innings. Brian Smith, making his sixth appearance, tried to shake off his last two outings (3 IP, 6H 7 R, 4BB) but after a scoreless seventh the TinCaps got a run in the eighth on a pair of hits. He pitched a perfect ninth to record his first win of the season (3IP, 3H 1ER, 2K).

Notes…..The Cougars head to Lake County (Indians affiliate) for a three-game series with the Captains. Scheduled to pitch for Kane County in the series are Felix Pena (0-0 2.60 ERA), Michael Heesch (0-1 3.21 ERA), and Lendy Castillo (0-1 6.60 ERA)

Omaha 13, Iowa 2,

Omaha (14-8) blasted three homers and had 21 hits in their win over Iowa (7-13)

At the Plate….Iowa got both of their runs in the second on a RBI triple from Logan Watkins followed by a RBI double from Brett Jackson. Watkins went 2-4 and drew his PCL leading 22nd walk. Ian Stewart returned to the Cubs lineup and was 0-3 with a walk and is now 3-30. Brain Bogusevic went 1-2 to raise his average to .397. Alberto Gonzalez got his first hit since joining Iowa and scored the I-Cubs first run. The I-Cubs only got five hits.

On the Mound…..Drew Carpenter, 27, has pitched in 23 MLB games for three teams (Phillies, Padres, Blue Jays) and was signed to a minor league contract in Dec. of 2012. He's one of four Iowa pitchers signed during the off season to provide depth at AAA since RHP Barret Loux and RHP Nick Struck were the only pitchers actually "promoted" on the roster. For the third time this season Carpenter got roughed up allowing nine hits and seven earned run in three innings. Corey Wade allowed three runs in two innings on five hits. Casey Coleman allowed one run in two innings and Yoanner Negrin yielded four hits and a run in the eighth.

Notes…..Iowa placed Donnie Murphy on the disabled list with a sprained left knee and activated Tim Torres from the DL…….3B Ian Stewart, in Iowa on a rehab assignment, has missed two games after being hit by a pitch on the right elbow vs. Memphis on April 25. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters in Miami, Stewart couldn't even throw the ball 90-feet.

Lakeland 5, Daytona 1

Lakeland (8-14) hit a pair of homers and defeated Daytona (10-12).

At the Plate….The Cubs only run came in the first when Tim Saunders walked, stole second, and scored on John Andreoli's single. Daytona put runners on the first six innings but were just 1-7 with RISP. They did coax five walks out of Flying Tigers pitching. Andreoli and Ben Carhart both had two hits. Jorge Soler is just 2-21 and is hitting .276. Javier Baez drew his second walk in four games.

On the Mound…..Austin Kirk was a Florida State League All-Star last year and the left-hander continues to get FSL hitters out and win games. He entered Saturday's game 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 IP with a BAA of .210. The 22-year-old was drafted out of high school in the third round in 2009. Lakeland got seven hits off of Kirk in five innings and two of them left the park, plating three of the four runs allowed. He walked one and fanned a pair. Luis Liria (0-1 14.73) pitched in his fifth game and the right-hander worked a scoreless sixth and pitched to one batter in the seventh, a walk, who scored after Sheldon McDonald allowed a a walk and a single. McDonald, pitching for the first time in seven days, had a line of 2IP, 1H 0R, 1BB 0K. Eduardo Figueroa pitched a scoreless ninth to lower his ERA to 2.84.


Tennessee (13-9) and Pensacola (9-12) were rained out on Saturday.

On the Mound…..Eric Jokisch doesn't throw hard or dazzle scouts, he just gets hitters out. Drafted out of Northwestern after his junior season in the 11th round in 2010, the lefty is 25-12 in his minor league career in over 300 IP and he's off to a 3-0 start in his four starts this year with a 1.11 ERA and a WHIP of .98. He is expected to make the start tomorrow.

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