Cubs May 13 Minor League Recap

The Cubs 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Nicholas Struck won his first game for Iowa and Tennessee rallied with four runs in the ninth to beat Jackson. Daytona and Kane County were both shutout while the Venezuelan Cubs fell 22-11 in their season opener.

Iowa 6, Reno 4

Iowa (14-21) scored six runs in the sixth and hung on to beat Reno (13-26) as RHP Nicholas Struck earned his first AAA win this season.

At the Plate: The I-Cubs sent 11 hitters to the plate in the sixth scoring six times on four hits and four walks. A single by Logan Watkins and walks to Brett Jackson and Dave Sappelt loaded the bases. Josh Vitters drove in a run with a single and Dave Nelson followed with another base knock, scoring two more I-Cubs for a 3-2 Iowa lead. Donnie Murphy then cleared the bases with a three-run blast, his first homer of the season. Murphy also ripped a double.

On the Mound: Nicholas Struck (1-3 6.67 ERA) got his first win scattering 11 hits and a walk over six innings in his sixth start. He allowed four earned runs, including a solo homer, and fanned four. Struck threw 92 pitches and got eight ground ball outs. RHP Esmailin Caridad (3-1 5.74) tossed a pair of scoreless innings yielding a hit and a walk. RHP Zach Putnam (0-1 ) recorded his second save of the season working a 1-2-3 ninth. The defense also helped out the pitching staff turning a season-high five double plays.

Tennessee 6, Jackson 4

Tennessee (18-18) scored four runs in the top of the ninth and rallied to beat Jackson (15-20) for the second straight night.

At the Plate: An RBI double from CF Rubi Silva in the second and a RBI double by LF Anthony Giansanti were the only runs the Smokies could plate in the first eight frames. C Rafael Lopez led off the ninth with a solo homer and after a strikeout, Silva tied the game with his seventh homer of the season. 1B Tim Torres reached on an error and ended up on second base and took third on Giansanti's single. Matt Szczur then doubled to right flied to score Torres and give the Smokies the lead. Ronald Torreyes added a sacrifice fly to put the Smokies up by two runs. Tennessee pounded out 11 hits as Szczur, Lopez, Sliva and Giansanti had two each.

On the Mound: Dallas Beeler (3-2 3.14 ERA) went six inning in his eighth start of the season allowing six hits, three runs (two earned) with two walks and three strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches and got 15 ground ball outs. Tony Zych (0-2 4.50) worked an inning allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks. Trey McNutt (2-3 4.50) fanned the side in the eighth and got the win. Kevin Rhoderick (0-0 6.91), who had eight saves for Tennessee last year, recorded his first in 2013 working a 1-2-3 ninth with a pair of strikeouts.

Charlotte 3, Daytona 0

Playing for the first time in three days, Daytona (17-17) was held to five hits by a pair of Charlotte (13-23) pitchers, including Rays prospect LH Mike Montgomery, making rehab start from AAA.

At the Plate: DH Zeke DeVoss and 3B Ben Carhart had two hits while Chadd Krist added a single. Daytona hitters struck out 11 times and drew two walks.

On the Mound: Zach Cates (3-4 4.68) allowed 11 hits and three earned runs in six innings. It was the second straight outing Cates has allowed 11 hits. Frank Del Valle, Luis Liria and David Cales all tossed an inning of scoreless relief.

Clinton 4, Kane County 0

Three Clinton (17-18) pitchers combined to blank Kane County (17-17), the second time they've been shutout.

At the Plate: The Cougars got seven hits and drew three walks but couldn't push a run across hitting into a pair of double plays, leaving eight on base and going 0-5 with RISP. Gioskar Amaya (.236) and Daniel Vogelbach (.295) both had two hits while Jeimer Candelario (.230) and Yaniel Cabezas (.444) both doubled. Kane County showed good patience at the plate but Clinton's starting pitcher, Tyler Pike, is one of the Mariners top pitching prospects (#11 and the lefty worked ahead in the count most of the day. Vogelbach just missed a homer flying out deep to right center in the fourth and Amaya just pulled a ball foul down the left field line that left the park.

On the Mound: I had a front row seat to watch RHP Pierce Johnson on Monday afternoon amidst a stadium packed with loud kids. Johnson pitched well enough to win but when your team doesn't score that's impossible. He fanned six and when his fastball got too much of the plate, Clinton's hitters didn't miss ripping three doubles and a two-run homer, the first he's allowed this season. In the three-run third that included the two-run homer, Johnson and Vogelbach thought they had Ketel Marte picked off but the umpire saw it differently. Vogelbach voiced his displeasure and manger Mark Johnson rushed out and joined the conversation. The runner eventually scored on a double. Some sloppy fielding and a grounder off Johnson's glove plated an unearned run in the fifth. Johnson got 11 ground outs and was throwing in the low 90s in his final inning.(6IP, 7H 4R 3 ER 1BB 6K). LHP Jeffry Antigua (2-1 3.57 ERA) looked like he was playing catch with Cabezas fanning a season-high five in two innings of scoreless relief. All five of the strikeouts were swinging.

VSL Rays 22, VSL Cubs 11

The Venezuelan Summer League opened play on Monday as the Cubs (0-1) fell to the Rays (1-0). The Cubs used six pitchers and they all gave up at least two runs. SS Byant Flete and CF Arnaldo Calero had three hits each and 1B Delbris Arcilia hit a three-run homer. The collected 11 hits and walked seven times.

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