Iowa 6, Oklahoma City 1
At the Plate: The I-Cubs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second on Maysonet's first homer of the season. They added two more runs in the third as Brent Lillibridge doubled, scored on Brian Bogusevic's triple, and then Maysonet plated Bogusevic with a double. Josh Vitters continued his hot hitting since coming off the DL with his second homer, a two-run shot in the seventh. Vitters is hitting .353 with four RBI in five games.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins CF (1-4 2B), Brent Lillibrige 2B (1-4 R 2B), Bogusevic RF (1-2 3B RBI 2BB), Vitters 3B (1-4 HR 2RBI), Nelson DH (2-4 R), Maysonet 1B (2-4 2B HR 3RBI), Torres LF (0-4), Boscan (1-4), Gonzalez SS (1-3)
On the Mound: All eyes were on Des Monies on Monday afternoon as Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza was making his second rehab start since going on the DL in spring training with a strained left lat. The right-hander worked into the 4th inning throwing 54 pitches, 37 strikes, as he faced 14 batters. Garza fanned three, gave up four hits and one run in 3.1 innings. "Felt great today. Wish I could let the leash out! Cubs have a plan! Patience is the key! #walktorun #lovethegrind #gocubsgo" Garza tweeted after his performance. Cory Wade (0-2 7.88) came into the game when Garza reached his pitch count and struck out two hitters but allowed a hit that scored the RedHawks only run. Not to be outdone by a big leaguer, Chris Rusin (2-3 3.79), who was schedule to start but was moved to accommodate Garza, had his best outing of the season. The lefty worked an efficient five innings allowing three hits on just 60 pitches, 37 strikes. He didn't walk anyone and finished with two strikeouts as he was got credit for the win.
St. Lucie 6, Daytona 2
Mets pitching prospect Hansel Robles and three other St. Lucie (19-11) pitchers kept Daytona (16-14) in check for the second straight night.
At the Plate: Daytona was held to just six hits and Jorge Soler provided all the offense for Daytona. After flying out to the warning track in the second, Soler tripled and scored on Dustin Geiger's sacrifice fly in the fifth and then blasted a solo homer in the seventh. Ben Carhart extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the fifth. John Andreoli had a pair of hits and is hitting .343, 7th in the FSL
Cubs Lineup: Andreoli LF (2-4 2B), Saunders 2B (0-4), Baez SS (0-4), Soler RF (2-4 2R 3B HR RBI), Geiger 1B (0-3), Carhart 3B (1-4), DeVoss CF (1-3), Noble C (0-3), Giansanti DH (0-3).
On the Mound: Zach Cates was cruising for three innings and had not allowed a run in over 15 innings. The Mets got three hits and two runs in the fourth and then opened the fifth with five straight hits scoring four runs. Cates (4IP 11H 6ER BB 2K) got the loss to fall to 3-3 on the season. Frank Del Valle fanned three in his two innings of work lowering his ERA to 2.08 and running his strikeout total to 22 in 13 IP. Austin Reed had his third straight scoreless outing working two innings with a hit and a strikeout.
Dayton 11, Kane County 8
Dayton (10-20) scored in the each of the first five innings and hung on to defeat Kane County (14-14) snapping their six-game win streak.
At the Plate: After falling behind 11-1 the Cougars made it interesting scoring seven more runs and ending the game with 10 hits. Kane County leads the league with a .283 average, seven points ahead of South Bend. They drew seven walks in the ball game and also lead the MWL in OBP at .365. Bijan Rademacher led the offense on Monday getting three hits and raising his average to .353, fourth best in the MWL. Pin-Chieh Chen, Daniel Vogelbach and Wes Darvill all had two RBI. Chen also scored twice, had two hits, and walked twice batting leadoff for KC.
Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (2-3 2R 2RBI 2BB), Amaya 2B (1-5 R), Vogelbach 1B (1-4 R 2B 2RBI), Candelario 3B (1-3 R 2B RBI 2BB), Shoulders DH (0-4), Darvill LF (1-1 R 2RBI) Contreras C (1-4 R BB), Rademacher RF (3-5 R RBI), Hernandez SS (0-5), Zapata CF (0-3 BB)
On the Mound: Lendy Castillo (0-2 9.39 ERA) has not been good and on Monday, it didn't get any better as he allowed two homers and eight runs in four innings. The right-hander yielded eight his and walked one. The Dargons were tough on LHP Jeffry Antigua with four hits and three runs in the fifth. RHP Eduardo Orozco tossed two hitless innings which is a good sign. Orozco came into the game 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA in seven games and has struggled as the closers with two blown saves and a pair of losses. He has walked seven hitters in eight innings. LHP Brain Smith threw a scoreless inning but he allowed two hits and a walk. OF Bijan Rademacher made his second emergency appearance on the mound for the Cougars pitching the ninth. He ran his scoreless streak to two innings and leads all Kane County hurlers with a 0.00 ERA.
The Smokies (15-14) had the day off and start a five-game home stand with Birmingham May 7-11. RHP Matt Loosen (0-0 3.86 ERA) gets the start against the White Sox AA affiliate.