Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa made his second rehab appearance working two innings against the AA Birmingham Barons on Tuesday afternoon at Smokies Park. The right-hander from Japan threw 16 pitches, 8 strikes, retiring five of the six hitters he faced. Fujikawa mowed down the Barons on six pitches in the seventh getting a pair of popouts and catcher Rafael Lopez threw out a batter who tried to bunt his way on. In the eighth, Fujikawa allowed a single up the middle but promptly picked the runner off first. He then got a fly out and a ground out to end the frame. According to Michael Wottreng of the Smokies Radio Network, Fujikawa's fast ball was in the 87-89 range but said the stadium gun was 3-4 miles per hour slow. He threw an inning at AAA Iowa on May 5 allowing a walk while fanning two. Tennessee manager Buddy Bailey said Fujikawa will work out in Tennessee tomorrow and join the Cubs in Washington on Friday to face the Nationals.
Minor League Signing The Cubs signed free agent SS Humberto Garcia, an 18-year-old Dominican who spent the last two season in the Washington Nationals organization in the Dominican Summer League. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder played in 88 games in two seasons (.199/.274/.269) and stole 20 bases. He has been placed on the Cubs Venezuela Summer League roster that begins play May 13.
Here's a look at the May 8 action.
Iowa 8, Colorado Springs 6
After a 4-hour, 8-minute rain delay, Iowa (12-18) roughed up Colorado Springs (18-13) pitching for six extra base hits, including a four-hit day from SS Albert Gonzalez.
At the Plate: J.C. Boscan, Brad Nelson and Albert Gonzalez combined for 10 hits as the I-Cubs unloaded for 16 hits in the win. Brian Bogusevic (.406) hit his second homer of the season and his tenth double. Darnell McDonald knocked in a pair of runs. The I-Cubs broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth on a RBI groundout by Josh Vitters and a RBI double from Nelson. Iowa also drew six walks.
Cubs Lineup: Sappelt CF (0-4 RBI), Gonzalez SS (4-5 R 2B RBI BB), Bogusevic (2-5 2R 2B HR RBI BB), Vitters 3B (1-5 RBI), Nelson 1B (3-5 2R 2 2B RBI), Murphy 2B (1-4 2B BB), McDonald LF (2-4 R 2RBI), Boscan C (3-4 R BB), Loux P (0-1), Watkins PH (0-1), Lillibridge PH (0-1), Maysonet LF (0-1).
On the Mound: RHP Barret Loux (2-1 5.74 ERA) was activated from the disabled list and made his fifth start of the season. He sprained his ankle doing conditioning work between starts and went on DL April 30. The right-hander's best outing came on April 19 with five shutout innings against Nashville. Loux, 22, was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft by Arizona but did not sign due to injury concerns. He signed as a free agent by the Rangers and was traded to the Cubs in a deal that started with Geovaney Soto. The Texas A&M product allowed seven hits and three walks in his first start wince April 25. He was charged with four earned runs and threw 87 pitches, 58 for strikes. He got seven ground ball outs and fanned four. RHP Esmailin Caridad (2-1 6.59 ERA) went two scoreless innings in relief with one walk and one strikeout. LHP Hisanori Takahashi, who started the season in Chicago, breezed through the seventh and got a pair of strikeouts in the eighth before a pair of doubles scored two runs. Blake Parker (0-0 2.19) entered the game, hit the first batter, walked the next to load the bases, and got out of the jam with a groundout. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
Birmingham 12, Tennessee 11—14 innings
Tennessee (15-16) came back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth, rallied for two more runs to extend the game in the tenth, but lost in 14th as Birmingham (22-10) handed them their fifth straight defeat.
At the Plate: The Smokies snapped their 29-inning scoreless streak with two runs in the third on a groundout RBI by Ronald Torreyes and a bases loaded walk to Ty Wright. Tim Torres, playing his first game since being assigned from Iowa, jacked a two-run shot over the right field fence in the fourth. Rubi Sliva hit his fifth homer of the year in the fifth, a two-run shot to trim the Barons advantage to 7-6. Trailing by three in the ninth, Wright doubled home a pair and pinch-runner Johermyn Chavez scored the tying run on Rafael Lopez's single. The Smokies stayed alive in the 10th with a pair of runs, the first coming on a hard grounder by Arismendy Alcantara that was ruled a single when the first baseman couldn't come up with it. Silva followed with a slow roller back to the mound and everyone was safe, including Matt Szczur , who raced in from third. Lopez (.257) had three hits and walked twice while Alcantara had two hits and two walks.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (2-7 R), Torreyes DH (1-6 R RBI), Alcantara 2B (2-5 2R 2B RBI 2BB), Wright (1-3 2B 3RBI 2BB), Chavez (0-0 R), Mota (0-1), Silva (2-7, HR 3RBI), Villanueva 3B (1-7) Lopez C (3-5 2R 2B RBI 2BB), Torres 1B (2-7 2R HR 2RBI), Soto SS (1-6 BB).
On the Mound: Dallas Beeler had a rough first inning throwing 38 pitches as the Barons scored six times as the first six hitters reached on three walks, two singles and an error, which led to a pair of unearned runs. Beeler settled down after the first holding the Barons scoreless until another unearned run in the fifth before being relieved. His line was (4.2IP 4H 7r 4ER 3BB 4K), 91 pitches, 54 for strikes. Fujikawa went two scoreless innings (see above). RHP Brian Schlitter (0-1 0.00) allowed a run but kept his unearned innings streak alive (13.2) as he threw 1.1 IP allowing a pair of hits. After being nearly un-hittable in his first 7 games (1R in 10 IP), Frank Batista (1-1 3.38) got touched up for the second straight game allowing three runs on four hits with a pair of walks. Zach Rosscup continues to be the best bullpen arm in Tennessee as the lefty blanked the Barons for three innings allowing two hits with three punchouts. Rosscup (0-0 1.17) has 19 Ks in 12.1 IP and a BAA of .159. The Barons scored the winning run in the 14th off Marcus Hatley (1-1 2.84) handing the right-hander his first loss of the season. Hately gave up two hits and a walk.
Smokies Notes: The Smokies had 7,346 fans at the game today, the fourth largest crowed In Smokies Park history.
St. Lucie 6, Daytona 5—10 innings
Daytona (16-16) rallied with two runs in the eighth to tie the game but St. Lucie (21-11) got a walk-off single in tenth.
At the Plate: Jorge Soler (.289) had a big day with three hits, including two doubles and his fifth homer. Soler is 6-12 in his last three games with 2HR, 2 2B and a 3B. 1B Dustin Geiger (.286) tied the game in the eighth with a two-run single, scoring Anthony Giansanti and Tim Saunders, who had two hits. Benjamin Carhart's 12-game hitting streak came to an end. Javier Baez (.236) had a single but fanned three times and now has 42 for the season, second in the FSL.
Cubs Lineup: Andreoli LF (0-5), Saunders 3B (2-5 2R), Baez SS (1-5), Soler RF(3-4 2R 2 2B HR 2RBI), Geiger 1B (1-4 2RBI), Carhart DH (0-5), DeVoss CF (0-3), Gibbs C (0-3), Giansanti 2B (1-3 R).
On the Mound: Austin Kirk (4-2 4.50 ERA) came into the game allowing 17 hits in his last two starts (11 IP), and it didn't get any better against the Mets as the lefty surrendered three homers in five innings. The Mets pounded out nine hits and scored five runs off Kirk. The Cubs bullpen was perfect for four innings as Eduardo Figueroa (0-1 2.16) and Luis Liria (0-3 9.98) both threw two perfect frames. But in the tenth, Liria hit a batter, gave up a walk, and Aderlin Rodriguez's third hit of the day gave the Mets the win.
Burlington 4, Kane County 0
Burlington (11-16) pitching kept Kane County (14-15) in check throwing the first shutout against the Cougars.
Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (0-4), Amya 2B (0-4), Vogelbach 1B (1-4 2B), Candelario 3B (0-4), Shoulders DH (1-4), Contreras C (0-3), Rademacher RF (2-2 BB), Hernandez SS (1-3), Zapata CF (0-3).
On the Mound: Pierce Johnson (1-2 3.77 ERA) had a short night pitching only four innings. He was in control the first three issuing a walk and a single but ran into trouble in the fourth. The Bees got three singles scoring a run and then ripped a bases clearing double for a 4-0 lead. Johnson's line was (4 IP, 5H, 4ER, 3BB, 5K). RHP Justin Amlung worked two scoreless innings issuing a walk with a strikeout. LHP Matt Iannazzo (1-1 3.68 ERA) threw the final two frames giving up a hit and a walk.