Daytona 2, Palm Beach 1
John Andreoli's bad hop single in the eighth in a driving rain gave Daytona (12-12) a 2-1 win over Palm Beach (13-11) Monday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The game was called after eight innings due to rain.
At the Plate: Dustin Geiger put Daytona ahead 1-0 in the fifth with a long homer to left field. Daytona had six hits as Javier Baez (.265) and Jorge Soler (.274) both had singles. 2012 draft pick Benjamin Carhart continues to hit FSL pitching going 1-3 with a double to up his average to .291. Catcher Chad Noble also doubled and is now hitting .296.
On the Mound: After five relief appearances (10 IP, 11H, 6ER, 1BB 10K), Yeiper Castillo, a 24-year-old from Venezuela made his first start of the season. Signed as a free agent from the Red Sox organization, the right-hander dominated for the Cardinals for eight innings allowing just two hits while fanning eight in just four innings. RHP Luis Liria (0-1 14.40 ERA) has his best outing of the season hurling two scoreless innings with a strikeout. LHP Hunter Cervenka retired the side in the seventh but a bunt single, a walk, and a throwing error by Javier Baez tied the game in the eighth. Cervenka got credit for the victory.
Cubs Notes: Its seems Jorge Soler's day off on Sunday was due to not running hard down the first baseline in Saturday night's game in his final two at-bats. Theo Epstein told reporters managers have the ability to bench players for not hustling and are encouraged to do so. Epstein said many players have been benched this season for the same thing.
Game 1: Pensacola 3, Tennessee 0; Game 2: Tennessee 3, Pensacola 0
Jae-Hoon Ha hit a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-hit ball as Tennessee (14-10) downed Pensacola (10-12) to split a twin-bill Monday afternoon. The Smokies only got two hits in the opener and were shutout for the first time.
At the Plate: GAME 1-Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes led off the game with singles and the Smokies didn't have another hit. The base hit by Szczur extended his hitting streak to 9 games. GAME 2-Jae-Hoon Ha hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to provide all the offense on the day. Jair Hernandez thought he won the game with what looked a like a double off the wall, but Rubi Silva, who was at second, only advanced to third. Hernandez was tagged out on the play as Johermyn Chavez was at second. Ha followed with a blast on a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall to end it. It also snapped a 14-inning scoreless streak for Tennessee.
On the Mound: GAME 1-In his first start against the Blue Wahoos, Eric Jokisch allowed one run in six innings with seven punchouts. On Monday, Pensacola got their revenge jumping on the lefty for a run in each of the first three innings (5IP, 6H 3ER 1B, 1K). Jokisch allowed all six hits in the first three innings, including a solo homer but retired the final eight hitters he faced. Frank Batista and Tony Zych both tossed a scoreless inning. GAME 2-Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but a two-out single ended a chance for Southern League history. Hendricks had his pitches working striking eight while walking only one. He threw only 78 pitches, 51 for strikes, and got 10 groundball outs. The Blue Wahoos got eight hits and five runs when they faced the right-hander back on April 7. Marcus Hatley pitched a perfect seventh inning with a pair of strikeouts and got his first win of the season. Hatley has appeared in six games (9.2IP, 5H 3ER, 6BB 14K) and has a BAA of .161.
Game 1: Lake County 7, Kane County 6; Game 2: Lake County 4, Kane County 2
Lake County (8-16) scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh in the opener and held Kane County (8-13) to two hits in the second game to sweep the twin bill.
At the Plate: GAME 1-Kane County made the most of their six hits scoring six runs, three coming on a solo homer from Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run shot from Rock Shoulders, his fifth. C Wilson Contreras (.310) had two hits and scored twice. Vogelbach and Bijan Rademacher added RBI on groundouts. Kane County drew five walks but were just 1-8 with RISP. GAME 2-The Cougars only got two hits, a homer by Vogelbach, his fourth of the season, and a single from Oliver Zapata, that scored Chadd Krist after a throwing error.
On the Mound: GAME 1-Felix Pena tossed six strong innings allowing five hits with three strikeouts and no walks. The Captains scored two earned runs. RHP Ian Dickson had a tough night unable to get out of the bottom of the seventh as he allowed four runs on two walks and two hits, one of them a three-run homer. LHP Matt Iannazzo didn't get anyone out coming into the game with the Cougars leading 6-5 with a runner on third and two out. A walk and a double tied the game, and after a walk loaded the bases, a single ended the contest. Iannazzo was charged with a blown save and a loss. GAME 2-LHP Michael Heesch (0-2 4.26 ERA) got the loss yielding four runs on six hits and a walk in his fifth start of the season. He fanned seven in five innings. RHP Stephen Perakslis tossed a scoreless sixth.
Round Rock 10, Iowa 9
Round Rock (14-11) outslugged Iowa (8-15) in the opening game of the series at Principal Park.
At the Plate: The I-Cubs pounded out 13 hits and scored nine runs but it wasn't enough as they stranded eight runners in the one-run loss. Brad Nelson led the offense with four hits and three RBI while Brett Jackson clubbed his second homer of the season, a two-run shot in the second. Ryan Sweeney and Logan Watkins both went 2-4 with a walk. 3B Ian Stewart was 1-4 and is now hitting .111 in his rehab stint.
On the Mound: AAA has not been kind to Nicholas Struck as the Cubs 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year has allowed 13 earned runs in 18 innings. He lasted only three innings Monday night against Round Rock yielding four hits, four walks and five runs. He had one strikeout and gave up three homers. Esmallin Caridad (1-1 8.44 ERA) tossed three innings, 67 pitches, giving up two earned runs on four hits. He fanned five but walked three. Cory Wade surrendered one run on three hits in two innings but was charged with the loss. Blake Parker tossed a scoreless ninth.
Cubs Notes: Iowa was tough on former Cub Randy Wells getting eight hits and seven runs (4 earned) in 2.2 innings. Wells pitched for Iowa and Chicago last year and was drafted by the Cubs in 2002.