Iowa 7, Tucson 3
Brad Nelson homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead Iowa (16-24) over Tucson (23-20).
At the Plate: Nelson gave the I-Cubs a 2-1 lead with a homer in the fourth, plating Dave Sappelt, who singled. Two batter later, Donnie Murphy smacked his second homer over the left field fence. Iowa loaded the bases in the fifth and Nelson cleared them with a double to right, scoring Brian Bogusevic, Brett Jackson, and Sappelt. Nelson would eventually score on a J.C Boscan ground out.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (0-4), Bogusevic RF (1-3 R BB), Jackson LF (1-3 R BB), Sappelt CF (1-4 2R), Nelson 1B (2-4 2R 2B Hr 5RBI), Lillibridge 3B (0-3), Murphy SS (2-4 R HR RBI), Boscan C (1-4 RBI), Struck P (1-3), Negrin P (0-1)
On the Mound: Nicholas Struck (2-3 6.06 ERA) hadn't missed many bats this season and had allowed at least four earned runs in his last three trips to the mound. Entering Sunday, Struck's line was (29.2IP, 41H, 22ER, 11BB, 15K) with five homers and a .342 BAA.. The right-hander scattered seven hits over six innings to pick up his second win of the season. Struck allowed two earned runs and walked four to go along with four strikeouts. He threw 82 pitches, 50 strikes, and got nine ground ball outs, two resulting in double plays. Yoanner Negrin (0-1 2.70 ERA) worked three innings to earn his first save of the season for Iowa. The right-hander fanned four and yielded four hits and one run. Negrin has now fanned 35 in 25.2 innings
Daytona 5, Lakeland 4
Daytona (21-20) stayed hot sweeping the series at Lakeland (15-27) as Dustin Geiger broke a 4-4 tie with a solo homer in the eighth.
At the Plate: Tim Saunders scored Daytona's first run when he doubled to lead off the third, stole third and crossed home on Chad Noble's groundout. The Cubs added another run in the third when Taylor Davis singled and took third on Wes Darvill's ground-rule double that bounced over the wall. Davis then scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 lead. Daytona loaded the bases in the sixth and Darvill scored when Benjamin Carhart was hit by a pitch. Saunders then hit a ground ball but beat the throw to first to thwart the inning-ending double play, allowing Baez to tie the game at 4-4. Geiger led off the eighth with a blast to left field, his fifth of the season.
Cubs Lineup: Andreoli LF (1-5), Darvill 2B (1-4 R BB), Baez SS (1-3 R BB), Soler RF (0-3), Easterling LF (0-1), Geiger DH (1-3 HR RBI), Carhart 3B (0-2 RBI ), Saunders CF (1-4 R 2B RBI), Noble C (0-4 RBI), Davis 1B (2-4 R).
On the Mound: Ben Wells (3-2 4.13 ERA) worked into the fifth inning for his seventh straight start as the right-hander allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks. Three errors on one ground ball to short plated a pair of runs in the fourth and Wells had retired seven in a row before allowing a long solo homer to leadoff the fourth. He struck out the side in the fifth for his only three strikeouts. Jeffrey Lorick (2-0 0.00) allowed the leadoff hitter on in both of his innings of relief but the lefty was able to get out of both jams unscathed. He gave up three hits and fanned one. It was Lorick's fourth game since joining Daytona from extended spring training and his second win. Luis Liria (0-3 7.23) had no problems with Lakeland hitters retiring all six he faced for his first save in 10 games.
Cubs Notes: Jorge Soler came out of the game in the sixth inning on Sunday. Daytona play-by-play announcer Robbie Aaron reported Soler was not feeling well and was taken out of the lineup for that reason.
Cedar Rapids 8, Kane County 7
Kane County's David Bote hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth with two outs to tie the game but Cedar Rapids (29-13) won on a walk-off sacrifice fly to beat Kane County (20-21).
At the Plate: Kane County scored three times in the third as Bijan Rademacher singled and scored on Carlos Escobar's double. Escobar went to third on a groundout and then beat the throw home on a grounder to short off the bat of Oliver Zapata. Zapata scored when Gioskar Amaya ripped a triple. Rock Shoulders lined a ball over the right field wall in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5. It was his 10th homer of the year, tied for first in the Midwest League. Kane County was down to their final out in the ninth but David Bote picked a great time for this first homer of the year, a two-run shot scoring Rademacher.
Cougars Lineup: Zapata CF (1-5 R RBI), Amaya 2B (1-4 3B RBI), Vogelbach (0-3 BB), Candelario 3B (2-4 R 2B), Shoulders LF (1-4 R HR 2RBI), Contreras C (0-4), Rademacher RF (2-4 2R), Escobar C (1-4 R 2B), Bote SS (1-4 HR 2RBI).
On the Mound: RHP Jose Rosario (0-0 2.25 ERA) made his first start of the season, joining the Cougars this week from extended spring training when Felix Pena was placed on the DL. Rosario only gave up two hits and walked one in four innings but two runs came across the plate, one unearned. RHP Ian Dickson, used both as a starter and a reliever this season, didn't have his best stuff as the Kernals got seven hits and scored six times off the right-hander in four innings. He took the loss allowing a leadoff double in the ninth that eventually scored. Eduardo Orozco tired to hold Cedar Rapids but after intentionally walking the bases full with one out, allowed a fly ball to left field that scored the winning run.
The Smokies game at Chattanooga was rained out and will be made up tomorrow as a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) with first-pitch at 5:15 p.m., EST.