Cubs May 18 Minor League Recap

Three Kane County pitchers, including prospect Pierce Johnson, combined to shutout Cedar Rapids, Benjamin Carhart's three-run homer led Daytona, and Tennessee had 15 hits in their win. Iowa fell to Tucson.

Kane County 4, Cedar Rapids 0

Three Kane County pitchers combined to throw the first shutout against Cedar Rapids as they fanned 13 Kernals.

At the Plate: Kane County finally got on the board in the 7th against the Kernals' Jose Berrios as Gioskar Amaya was hit by a pitch and stole second. Oliver Zapata hit a ball up the middle for an infield single and Amaya scored from second as he never stopped running and when they first baseman bobbled the ball, scored easily. Pin-Chieh Chen followed with a double and Zapata scored on a throwing error by the rightfielder. Rock Shoulders broke out of a mini-slump with his ninth homer of the season, a solo bomb in the eighth clearing the 408-mark. Zapata ripped his third homer down the right field line for a 4-0 lead in the ninth, it was his third hit of the game

Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (1-5 2B), Rademarcher RF (0-4), Vogelbach 1B (2-4 2B) Candelario 3B (1-4 2B), Shoulders 1B (2-4 HR RBI), Hernandez SS (0-4), Cabezas C (0-4), Amaya 2B (1-3 R), Zapata CF (3-4 HR 2RBI)

On the Mound: Pierce Johnson took the hill for the eighth start of the season and entered the game (1-3, 3.89 ERA, 34.2 IP, 36H, 15 ER, 11BB, 36K). Cedar Rapids had their chances early against the right-hander loading the bases in the fourth, but he worked out of the jam and retired his final nine hitters. Johnson had a career-high nine strikeouts and it was also a season-high for any Kane County pitcher. He yielded six hits and walked one. Justin Amlung (3-1 4.14) got his first hold of the year tossing two hitless frames with two walks and three strikeouts. Jeffry Antigua (2-1 3.20) fanned a pair as he pitched the ninth to preserve the shutout.

Daytona 6, Lakeland 5

Daytona (20-20) pounded out 15 hits and hung on to down Lakeland (15-25) for the third straight game.

At the Plate: Daytona got on the board in the first inning with a two-out double by Javier Baez and he scored on Jorge Soler's RBI single. Daytona loaded the bases in the second on a walk by Chadd Krist, a single by Wes Darvill and Tim Saunders reached on an error. John Andreoli hit a sacrifice fly to score Krist but the Cubs would only get one run. Benjamin Carhart smacked a three-run bomb in the third after Soler walked and took third on Dustin Geiger's single. It was his first homer of the season ripping a 3-1 pitch. Baez added a RBI single in the seventh and had three hits on the night to raise his average to .255.

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

On the Mound: RHP Zach Cates started his eighth game, ninth overall and started the game (3-4 4.68 ERA, 32.2IP, 39H, 17ER, 13BB, 28K, .305BAA). In his previous two starts, the right-hander allowed 22 hits and nine runs in 10 innings. Cates pitched into the sixth allowing three earned runs on five hits and a walk. He earned his fourth win of the season. RHP David Cales got credit for his first hold but he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. He did fan four in 2.1 innings. LHP Hunter Cervenka (1-0 1.53) earned his fourth save of the season working a 1-2-3 ninth with a pair of strikeouts.

Tennessee 7, Chattanooga 5

Tennessee bashed out 15 hits and beat Chattanooga for the second straight game.

At the Plate: Ronald Torreyes gave the Smokies a 1-0 lead in the first with a RBI double scoring Matt Szczur, who led off the game with a single. After Jonathan Mota reached on an error in the second, Anthony Giansanti tripled home Mota and then scored on Szczur's second hit of the game, a double. A double play ground out by Giansanti scored a run in the sixth and RBI by Arismendy Alcantara and Christian Villanueva put the Smokies up 6-3. Alcantara smacked his fifth homer of the season in the ninth.

Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (3-5 2R 2B RBI), Torreyes 2B (2-5 R 2B RBI), Alcantara SS (3-4, R, 2 2B, HR, 2RBI), Wright LF (1-4 BB), Villanueva 3B (1-5 RBI), Mota 1B (1-5 2R 2B), Fernandez C (2-4), Giansanti RF (2-4 R 2B 3B RBI), Beeler P (0-3), Silva PH (0-1).

On the Mound: Dallas Beeler toed the rubber for his ninth start of the year and is in the Cubs minor league pitching leaders in WHIP 1.11 (2nd); BAA .219 (3rd); and ERA 3.14 (4th). He entered the game (3-2 3.14 ERA, 48.2IP, 39H, 17ER, 15BB, 29K) . Beeler had a season-high six strikeouts against Chattanooga working six innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks. He threw 90 pitches, 60 for strikes, and got 10 groundball outs. Trey McNutt (2-3 5.09 ERA) tossed an inning with two strikeouts and Kevin Rhoderick (0-0 7.04) allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. Brian Schlitter (0-2 0.95) gave up two hits and an unearned run after an error by Villanueva (his 9th) started the inning. The Lookouts had the tying runs in scoring position but Schlitter got the final hitter on strikes.

Tucson 4, Iowa 2

Tucson scored four runs in the first and held on for the win.

At the Plate: The I-Cubs could only manage six hits. They scored in the first when Logan Watkins led off with a double and scored two batters later on Brett Jackson's groundout. Donnie Murphy stroked a two-out RBI single to score Ian Stewart, who had two hits along with Murphy.

Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (1-4 2B R), Bogusevic CF (0-4), Jackson LF (0-4 RBI), Nelson 1B (0-3), Sappelt PH (0-1), Stewart 3B (2-4 R 2B), McDonald RF (0-3 BB), Murphy SS (2-3), Flores C (0-3), Rusin P (0-2, Lillibridge PH (1-1).

On the Mound: Chris Rusin made his eighth start and his ninth overall appearance as he worked five shutout innings of relief on May 6 getting the win. His season stats before the game (2-3 4.37 ERA, 45.1IP, 45H, 22ER, 10BB, 22K). After a tough first inning where he allowed three runs on three hits, a walk, and three wild pitches, the left-hander blanked the Padres for the next five innings but got chased in the 7th. He ended the night throwing 91 pitches yielding five hits, three earned runs, and two walks to go along with three strikeouts. Zach Putnam (.1 IP), Rafael Dolis (1 IP) and Blake Parker (1 IP) all made relief appearances holding the Padres scoreless.

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