Cubs April 30 Minor League Recap

Iowa, Daytona and Kane County broke out the bats as all three affiliates won their games. Daytona's Zach Cates threw six innings of no-hit ball against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Iowa 7, Round Rock 2

Iowa (9-15) scored three times in the second and added three more in the fourth as RHP Guillermo Moscoso won his I-Cubs debut over Round Rock (14-11).

At the Plate: Iowa pounded out nine hits, five for extra bases. Brian Bogusevic extended his hitting streak to 15 games and is hitting .420 after a 3-4 performance, a pair of doubles and a triple. The left-handed hitting outfielder drove in a run and scored twice. Brent Lillibridge is taking out his demotion to the minors on PCL pitching as the right-handed hitting infielder is hitting (.419/.471/.677) since joining the team April 20 in seven games. He crunched his second homer of the season and went 2-4. 1B Brad Nelson seems to be out of his slump going 2-2 with a homer and 2 RBI. He walked twice, scored two runs, and is 6-7 with 5 RBI in last two games. Edwin Maysonet added a bases clearing double. The first four hitters in Iowa's lineup were 0-15 while 5-9 hitters went 9-17.

On the Mound: Guillermo Moscoso, 29, made his Cubs organizational debut on Tuesday against Round Rock. The right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on March 13 after starting spring training in the Royals organization. The Cubs out-righted him off the 40-man roster and we was sent to Mesa for extended spring training. The Venezuelan stated 21 games for Oakland A's in 2011 going 8-10 with a 3.338 ERA and a WHIP of 1.09 in 128 innings. He pitched for Colorado last year. The 29-year-old sported a fastball in the low 90s against Round Rock and retired the first seven hitters he faced. He threw 81 pitches, 52 strikes, in his five innings allowing three hits with a walk. He yielded a solo homer and fanned six in his I-Cubs debut. After tossing shutout baseball for 11 plus innings, Yoanner Negrin has surrendered a run in his last four outings. He worked two innings, allowing three hits and a run. He did fan three giving him 18 in 15.1 IP. RHP Casey Coleman (0-0 3.38 ERA) worked a scoreless eighth, one hit, while Rafael Dolis (0-0 3.52 ERA) tossed a perfect ninth with two punchouts.

Cubs Notes: Ian Stewart's rehab assignment will end on Friday, May 3 as his 20-day time period will expire. Stewart has played in 11 games (.100/.275/.125) with 8 walks and 15 strikeouts…..The I-Cubs made two roster moves before Tuesday's game placing Barret Loux, P, and Darnell McDonald, OF, on the disabled list while activating Josh Vitters, 3B, for the DL and assigning Moscoso to Iowa from extended spring training. Loux sprained his ankle during conditioning work between starts while McDonald has a sprained thumb. Vitters has been on the DL since April 9 with a lower back injury.

Daytona 11, Palm Beach 4

Zach Cates kept Palm Beach (13-12) bats silent with six innings of no-hit ball and Daytona (13-12) had hit double-figures on the scoreboard for its third straight win over the Cardinals affiliate.

At the Plate: Tim Saunders moved into the leadoff spot Tuesday night and made his presence felt immediately. He got hit with the first pitch, stole second, moved to third on Zeke DeVoss sacrifice and scored on Javier Baez groundout, his 16th RBI. Saunders added a single and a walk, stole his ninth base, and scored three times. DeVoss also scored three runs and had two hits, including a RBI double. Baez extended his hitting streak to five games with a run scoring double. Ben Carhart (2-4) added a dobule and knocked in a pair and Jorge Soler was 1-4 with a RBI.

On the Mound: RHP Zach Cates (3-2 3.18 ERA) has made a slight change with his mechanics and its working. Cates had his best game of the season tossing six no-hit innings against Palm Beach with at least one strikeout in very inning, ending the game matching a season-high 7Ks. He did walk three and got seven groundouts. RHP David Cales allowed two singles to start his only inning of work but got the next three hitters. RHP Starling Peralta pitched for the first time since April 11 but couldn't finish the ninth allowing four runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Frank Del Valle allowed a walk and a hit before recording the final out.

Kane County 13, Lake County 9

Kane County (9-13) matched their season-high with 19 hits and outslugged Lake County (8-17) to salvage the series finale.

At the Plate: Anybody worried about a power shortage from Daniel Voglebach can relax, the left-handed hitting first baseman went yard for the third straight game, hitting a solo shot in the eighth (his fifth) to tie the game at 8-8. He went 4-6 with 2 RBI and is now hitting .315. OF Pin-Chieh Chen (242) also had four hits and knocked in three runs while Yaniel Cabezas went 3-6 with pair of RBI. He's 6-11 since coming off the DL in 3 games. Rock Shoulders finished the month hitting .370 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. SS Wes Darvill (.375) scored three times, had two hits and walked once. DH Wilson Contreras (.326) was 2-4 with three runs scored and a homer, his third.

On the Mound: For the third straight game, Lendy Castillo got hit hard as the Captains had 10 hits and scored seven runs, all earned. Five of those hits came in a five-run third that included a hit batter and wild pitch that scored a run. The right-hander has yielded 25 hits in his last 14 innings. RHP Justin Amlung (3-0 4.76 ERA) did a good job in three innings of relief allowing only one hit, a solo homer in the seventh. He recorded two strikeouts and walked one in his third win. Nathan Dorris recorded his first save as the Captains could only get an unearned run on two hits. The lefty fanned four and lowered his ERA to 2.53.


The Smokies had the day off and head to Mississippi for a five-game series. The opening game begins at 11 a.m. CST, on Wednesday May 1, with the Braves AA affiliate.

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