Cubs May 16 Minor League Recap

Matt Garza tossed six shutout innings for AAA Iowa in his fourth rehab start, Ty Wright blasted a pair of homers for Tennessee, and three Kane County relief pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout on Thursday.

Iowa 1, Tucson 0

Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza tossed six shutout innings in his fourth rehab start as Iowa (15-22) blanked Tucson (21-19).

At the Plate: The only run of the game came in the second after singles by Dave Sappelt, Brian Bogusevic and Josh Vitters loaded the bases to start the inning. Donnie Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Sappelt. Iowa had five hits.

Cubs Lineup:Watkins 2B (0-3), Lillibridge 1B (1-3 BB), Jackson LF (0-4), Sappelt CF (1-4 R), Bogusevic RF (1-3), Vitters 3B (1-3), Murphy SS (1-2 RBI), Boscan C (0-3), Garza P (0-2), Raley P (0-1)

On the Mound: Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza (1-0 0.96 ERA) made his second rehab start for Iowa and fourth overall and he looks ready for the big leagues. With his fastball hitting 94 on the stadium gun, the right-hander allowed just two hits, both singles, working six shutout innings. He finished with six strikeouts and threw 75 pitches, 53 for strikes. LHP Brooks Raley worked out of the bullpen for the first time this year, following up Garza's start with three shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and fanned three to lower his ERA to 4.91.

Iowa Notes: Before the game, Iowa activated IF Edwin Maysonet off the disabled list and the roster is now at 25.

Tennessee 6, Jackson 4

Ty Wright blasted a pair of two-run homers and Tennessee broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the sixth to beat Jackson for the fourth time in five games.

At the Plate: DH Ty Wright was the offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first and the right-handed hitter smacked his second homer of the season in the third. Tennessee rallied for two runs in the sixth with two outs as Christian Villanueva was hit by a pitch, stole second and went to third on Jonathan Mota's infield single. Rafael Lopez followed with a double scoring Villanueva and then Mota scored on a wild pitch.

Smokies Lineup: Szczur RF (0-5), Alcantara 2B (2-4 R 2B), Sliva CF (0-3 R), Wright DH (2-4 2R 2HR, 4RBI)), Villanueva 3B (0-3 R), Mota 1B (2-4 R), Lopez C (2-4 2B RBI), Torres LF (0-3), Soto SS (0-4)

On the Mound: Matthew Loosen (1-1 8-84 ERA) had problems finding the strike zone walking six in four innings as the right-hander allowed four runs on three hits, including a homer. A.J. Morris (2-0 5.63) got his second win with his best outing of the season retiring nine straight hitters, three on strikes. Marcus Hatley (1-1 2.76) worked a scoreless eighth for his third hold and Frank Batista (1-1 2.60) recorded his fifth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Charlotte 12, Daytona 7

Charlotte (16-23) completed the sweep at Daytona (17-20) outslugging the Cubs.

At the Plate: The Cubs got on the board in the second on a double by Dustin Geiger and a RBI single by C Chadd Krist. Geiger blasted a homer in the fourth, his fourth, while Krist and Taiwan Easterling both knocked in runs in the fourth. Krist was back at it in the fifth clearing the bases with his second double of the game, scoring John Andreoli, Jorge Soler and Benjamin Carhart. Daytona had 11 hits and drew two walks. Krist, recently promoted from Kane County, finished the game with three hits and five RBI.

Cubs Lineup: Saunders SS (0-5), Darvill 2B (0-4 BB), Andreoli CF (1-4 R 2B), Soler RF (1-5 R), Geiger 1B (3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI), Carhart 3B (1-4 2R BB), Krist DH (3-3, R, 2 2B, 5 RBI BB), Noble C (1-4), Easterling LF (1-4 RBI)

On the Mound: P.J. Francescon ( 3-3 5.58 ERA) has his worst outing allowing eight hits and five walks as the Stone Crabs scored 10 runs against the right-hander, eight earned. Francescon was in trouble in three of the five innings but he did retire seven straight. LHP Jeffrey Lorick (1-0 0.00) allowed an unearned run in 1.2 two innings and RHP David Cales (0-0 2.70) allowed a run, tossing 1.1 frames. Hunter Cervenka (1-0 1.62) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Game 1—Kane County 5, Peoria 0; Game 2—Peoria 8, Kane County 2

Three members of the Cougars bullpen combined for a one-hitter in the first game but Peoria (19-19) got their revenge in the night-cap splitting with Kane County (19-19)

Game 1

At the Plate: Kane County got 12 hits and walked twice but left nine on base. Marco Hernandez fueled the Cougars first run leading off the second with a double and scoring on Pin-Chieh Chen's two-out single. Hernandez got his third hit of the game to open the sixth and took second on a walk to David Bote. Oliver Zapata sacrificed the runners, and after a intentional walk to Chen, Gioskar Amaya cleared the bases with a double. Daniel Vogelbach followed with a RBI double.

Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (2-3 R RBI BB), Amaya 2B (3-4 R 2B 3RBI). Vogelbach (1-4 2B RBI), Rock Shoulders 1B (0-4), Contreras C (2-3 BB) Rademacher RF (0-3), Hernandez SS (3-3 2R 2B), Bote 3B (1-2 R BB), Zapata CF (0-2 SAC)

On the Mound: In the first game, it was bullpen by committee as the Cougars shut down Peoria. Brian Smith (2-1 2.11 ERA) made his first start of the season and he didn't disappoint tossing four no-hit innings. He walked two and fanned a pair. The lefty has 22 K in 21.1 innings and hasn't allowed a run in over 10 innings. Eduardo Oroczo (2-2 3.65) had his fourth straight scoreless outing working two innings to get the win. He allowed a hit and fanned one. Jeffry Antigua (2-1 3.38) worked a 1-2-3 seventh in his ninth game.

Game 2

At the Plate: Hernandez gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the second with his first homer of the season, a two-run blast. It was his fourth straight hit. Jeimer Candelario had two doubles as the Courages only tallied three hits in the second game.

Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (0-2 BB), Amaya 2B (0-3), Vogelbach 1B (0-3), Candelario 3B (2-3, 2 2B), Rademacher RF (0-3), Escobar C (0-3 R), Hernandez SS (1-3 HR 2RBI), Cabezas DH (0-2), Zapata CF (0-2)

On the Mound: Michael Heesch (2-3 3.82 ERA) only lasted three innings allowing six runs (2 ER) on four hits and two walks. All six runs scored in the third as the Cougars committed two errors in the inning, and six in the game. Stephen Perakslis (0-2 5.03) held the Chiefs scoreless for three innings yielding three hits with a pair of strikeouts. OF Bijan Rademacher's scoreless streak came to an end on the mound but he still leads the pitchers in ERA 0.00 as both runs were unearned. The right-fielder made his third appearance of the season giving up two hits and a walk.

Cougars Notes: Before the second game of the DH, Kane County placed RHP Felix Pena on the disabled list and recalled Jose Rosario from extended spring training. Rosario, 22, signed in 2008 as a free agent and spent last season at Peoria going 6-8 with a 4.22 ERA in 20 games.

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