Colorado Springs 5, Iowa 0
Sky Sox pitcher Tyler Chatwood tossed a four-hit shutout leading Colorado Springs (18-12) over Iowa (11-16).
At the Plate: Iowa got four singles, one by pitcher Nick Struck. Dave Sappelt, sent down by Chicago yesterday, was 1-3.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins SS (0-4), Lillibridge 2B (0-3), Murphy 2B (0-1), Bogusevic CF (0-4), Vitters 3B (0-3), Nelson 1B (0-3), Sappelt RF (1-3), McDonald LF (0-3), Flores C (1-3), Struck P (1-2), Maysonet 2B (1-1).
On the Mound: Nick Struck (0-3 6.85 ERA) had another tough outing in his fifth start allowing five earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.2 IP. He fanned a season-high six hitters, throwing 93 pitchers, 63 strikes. Yoanner Negrin (0-1 2.70) held the opponent scoreless in his second straight outing (1.1 IP, 1BB 2K). Zach Putnam pitched a perfect eighth inning, lowering his ERA to 4.76 in 10 games.
Birmingham 16, Tennessee 0
With Birmingham (21-10) leading 16-0 after five innings, the game was called due to wet grounds as Tennessee (15-15) dropped their fourth straight.
At the Plate: The Smokies got four hits, all singles. It was the third straight game they've been shutout.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (0-2 BB), Torreyes DH (0-0 2BB), Alcantara 2B (0-2), Wright LF (1-2), Villanueva 3B (1-2), Mota 1B (0-2), Chavez RF (0-2), Lopez C (1-2), Soto SS (1-2).
On the Mound: Matt Loosen started the season on the disabled list, joining the Smokies on April 16 after pitching on a rehab assignment in Mesa. Loosen was making his third start but he didn't make it out of the third inning allowing a pair of homers, including the second by Andy Wilkins. The right-hander (0-1 8.49 ERA) gave up seven earned runs on four hits and three walks. A.J. Morris (1-0 7.50) worked 1.1 innings but two errors in the fourth allowed six unearned runs to score. Morris walked two and yielded three hits. Tony Zych (0-2 4.80) got the final four outs but not before allowing three runs on four hits, including a homer.
Smokies Notes: Tim Torres was assigned to Tennessee from Iowa and to make room on the roster Jae-Hoon Ha was placed on the disabled list…….Chicago Cub relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa was scheduled to make a rehab appearance out of the bullpen but didn't get to as the game was called. He will pitch tomorrow with the game beginning at 10:30 a.m. CST against the White Sox AA affiliate.
St. Lucie 12, Daytona 3
St. Lucie (20-11) beat Daytona (16-15) for the third straight game pounding out 12 hits, including eight for extra bases.
At the Plate: The Cubs got on the board in the fifth when Taiwan Easterling doubled, scoring Benjamin Carhart and Anthony Giansanti. Carhart extended his hit streak to 12 games, tying Stephen Bruno and Dustin Geiger for the longest streak of the season. Javier Baez crushed a homer over the 410' sign in centerfield in the sixth, his sixth. Giansanti doubled while Tim Saunders broke a hitless streak with a single. The Cubs fanned 10 times with only one walk.
Cubs Lineup: DeVoss CF (0-4), Saunders 2B (1-4), Baez SS (1-4 HR RBI), Soler RF (1-4), Geiger (0-3 BB), Carhart (1-4 R), Giansanti (1-4 R 2B), Noble (0-3), Eastlering (1-3 R 2B 2RBI).
On the Mound: Ben Wells (3-2 4.06 ERA) blanked the Mets for three innings and then gave up three homers the next two innings ending his night. He finished (5IP, 7H 5ER 1BB 2K). It was his seventh start of the season and he was coming off his longest outing of the season, a 7-inning win over Palm Beach on May 1. Sheldon McDonald (0-1 3.75) pitched a perfect sixth inning. Starling Perolta's (0-1 12.86) troubles continued on Tuesday night as the right-hander allowed five earned runs on two hits, two walks, a hit batter and two wild pitches in a third of an inning. RHP David Cales surrendered his first runs of the season ending the game with a line of (1.2 IP, 3H 3R, 2ER, 0BB 2K).
The Cougars (14-14) had the day off and start a six-game road trip with stops in Burlington (May 8-10) and Clinton (May 11-13).