Cubs May 5 Minor League Recap

Kane County won is sixth straight game as LHP Michael Heesch, pictured, retired 20 straight batters in his pitching gem. Iowa split a DH, Daytona had their six-game win streak snapped, and Tennessee was blanked for the second straight game.

Kane County 2, Dayton 0

Michael Heesch pitched seven innings of shutout ball helping Kane County to their sixth straight win and put them above .500 for the first time this season at 14-13 with a win over Dayton (9-20).

At the Plate: Kane County had 10 hits and drew four walks but could only plate two runs on the day as they left eight runners on base and got four thrown out on the base paths. Oliver Zapata gave Kane County a 1-0 lead with a bases loaded single in the fourth and Daniel Vogelbach doubled home Gioskar Amaya, who led off the fifth with a double. Amaya (.263) is slowing bringing his average up as he has hit in seven of his last 10 games.

Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (0-3), Amaya 2B (2-4 2B R), Vogelbach DH (1-2 2B RBI 2BB), Candelario 3B (1-4), Shoulders 1B (1-4 R), Krist C (0-4), Rademacher RF (2-4), Darvill SS (1-2 BB), Zapata CF (2-3 RBI)

On the Mound: Last night, Felix Pena pitched seven innings, the longest outing of any Cougar starter this season. That didn't last 24 hours as LHP Michael Heesch (1-2 3.08 ERA) twirled a gem Sunday afternoon working into the eighth for his first MWL win. It was the Illinois native's best performance of the season as he put down 20 straight after the first batter reached on a single. His final line was (7.1 IP, 4H 0R, 0BB 5K). It was Illinois day on the mound for Kane County as Nathan Dorris (0-0 2.19), also an Illinois native, came into the game in the eighth and threw one pitch for a double play grounder to get out of the inning. The lefty got Dayton in the ninth for his second save as the Cougars' defense turned another double play.

Iowa 5, Oklahoma City 2; Oklahoma City 4, Iowa 3 10 innings

Josh Vitters blasted his first homer of the season to help Iowa (10-17) to a split of a doubleheader with Oklahoma City (18-11) as the Redhawks won the second game in extra innings.

Game 1

At the Plate: Josh Vitters hit his first homer of the season and J.C. Boscan added a pair of RBI as Iowa had eight hits and drew six walks. They left nine runners on and were just 1-8 with RISP. SS Alberto Gonzalez drew a bases loaded walk in the three-run fourth. Brian Bogusevic (.414) had a pair of doubles, scored twice, and stole his sixth base.

Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (0-3 BB), Gonzalez SS (1-2 RBI 2BB), Lillibridge LF (0-4), Sweeney RF (1-4 R), Vitters DH (2-4 2R HR 2RBI), Bogusevic CF (2-2, 2R, 2 2B, BB), Torres 1B (0-2 BB), Boscan C (1-2 2RBI), Maysonet 3B (1-2 BB)

On the Mound: Four Cub pitchers combined to hold the RedHawks to six hits Guillermo Moscoso (1-0 3.00 ERA) made his second start in AAA working four innings with 83 pitches, 43 for strikes. He allowed four hits, one homer, and two earned runs with three walks and three strikeouts. Esmailin Caridad (2-1 7.71ERA) earned the win tossing a scoreless fifth inning with a hit and one strikeout. Kyuji Fujikawa threw 21 pitches in his one inning , surrendering a walk with two strikeouts. Fujikawa is rehabbing in Iowa from Chicago and its was his first game action since going on the DL. RHP Blake Parker (0-0 2.45) got his third save allowing a hit and a walk in the ninth. He fanned two, including the final batter of the game.

Game 2

At the Plate: Logan Watkins led off the first with a triple to and scored on Alberto Gonzalez's single. A lead off walk in the sixth led to a run as Bogusevic delivered a run scoring single with two outs to tie the game at 2-2. Josh Vitters moved the tying run to second with his second hit of the game. Vitters got his third hit of the game in the bottom of the ninth but was out at second trying to stretch it into a double. The I-Cubs then loaded the bases on a single and two walks and on the eighth pitch Watkins saw, drew a walk to tie the game.

Cubs Lineup:-Watkins 2B (1-4 3B RBI BB), Gonzalez DH (1-5 RBI), Lillibridge LF (2-5), Sweeney RF (0-2 BB), Torres RF (0-2 1R) Vitters 3B (3-5), Bogusevic CF (2-4 RBI BB), Nelson 1B (1-4 R), Flores C (0-2 2BB), Maysonet SS (1-3 BB)

On the Mound: LHP Brooks Raley (3-2 3.78) made his sixth start of the season working five innings allowing six hits and two earned runs. He didn't walk anyone and put four hitters down on strikes. Raley only threw 69 pitches, 46 for strikes. Casey Coleman pitched a scoreless sixth while Yoanner Negrin fanned the side in the seventh. Negrin got in trouble in the eighth but LHP Hisanori Takahashi (0-1 3.00 ERA) came in and got a grounder than the RedHawks ran into a double play. Takahashi allowed his second homer of the season (5 games) to lead off the ninth. Cory Wade (0-2 8.22 ERA) took the loss allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the tenth.

St. Lucie 1, Daytona 0

St. Lucie (18-11) ended Daytona's (16-13) six-game winning streak with an infield single in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

At the Plate: The Cubs had only three hits and drew four walks. They were 0-5 with RISP. The Cubs best chance to score was in the fifth when Dustin Geiger was thrown out at home on a fly ball by Zeke DeVoss. Ben Carhart extended his hitting streak to 10-games, two short of the team high 12-game hitting streak shared by Geiger and Stephen Bruno.

Lineup: Andreoli LF (1-4), Saunders 2B (0-4), Baez SS (0-3 BB), Soler RF (0-3 BB), Geiger 1B (1-3 BB), Carhart 3B (1-3 ), DeVoss CF (0-2 ), Gibbs C (0-2 BB), Giansanti DH (0-3),

On the Mound: In only his second start of the season, Yeiper Castillo handled the St. Lucie hitters allowing only a pair of single with seven strikeouts in six innings. He walked one and lowered his ERA to 2.70. Castillo, a 24-year-old signed as a free agent out of the Red Sox organization after the 2012 season, has not allowed in a run in his two starts (10 IP). LHP Hunter Cervenka, another Red Sox product acquired in a trade for Marlon Byrd last season, continued to be one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the FSL (led league in BAA at .128) tossing two scoreless innings with two hit batters. Luis Lira (0-1 ) got in trouble in the ninth walking the bases loaded before a grounder up the middle scored the winning run.

Mississippi 6, Tennessee 0

Mississippi (19-11) blanked Tennessee (15-14) for the second straight day holding the Smokies to just five hits.

At the Plate: The Smokies haven't scored for 22 innings, getting shutout for the second straight day. Matt Szczur (.259) had a single and drew a walk. Tennessee didn't have an extra base hit for the second straight game.

Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (1-3 BB), Soto SS (1-4), Torreyes 2B (1-4), Wright 1B (1-4), Villanueva 3B (0-3), Silva CF (0-3), Chavez RF (1-3), Fernandez C (0-3), Hendricks P (0-1) Mota PH (0-1), Alcantara PH (0-1)

On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (1-2 3.19 ERA) threw five innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, only two earned. He didn't walk anyone and fanned five. Hendricks is putting together a good season allowing 31 hits in 31 IP with eight walks and 28 strikeouts. He's only allowed one homer and has a BAA of 256. Marcus Hatley (1-0 2.31) and Zach Rosscup (0-0 1.46) both pitched a scoreless inning and continue to impress out of the bullpen. Trey McNutt (1-2 4.73) allowed a run on three hits in the eighth.


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