Iowa 4, Las Vegas 0
Three Iowa pitchers combined to shutout Las Vegas (21-24) as Iowa (19-25) won their first series of the season.
At the Plate: Logan Watkins hit a leadoff homer (4) for the I-Cubs in the bottom of the first and Iowa added another run on a Las Vegas throwing error. Chris Rusin helped his own cause with a double to open the fifth and scored on Dave Sappelt's sacrifice fly. Iowa added a run in the sixth when Josh Vitters and Ian Stewart singled to put runners on the corners, and Watkins knocked in his second run of the game with a single.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (2-4 HR 2RBI), Bogusevic (0-4), Jackson (1-3 R BB), Sappelt LF (2-3 RBI), Nelson 1B (0-4), Vitters 3B (2-3 R), Murphy (0-3), Flores C (0-4), Rusin (1-2 R 2B), Stewart 3B (1-1), McDonald PH (0-1).
On the Mound: LHP Chris Rusin (3-4 3.88) tossed his best game of the year holding the 51s scoreless for six innings. He allowed six hits, walked two and fanned four throwing 99 pitches, 64 strikes. Yoanner Negrin (0-1 2.51) threw two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts. RHP Eduardo Sanchez made his first appearance in a Cub uniforms since being claimed on waivers from the Cardinals. The right-hander struckout a pair and walked one in the ninth.
Tennessee 2, Huntsville 0
Kyle Hendricks and two Smokies relief pitchers blanked Huntsville.
At the Plate:Arismendy Alcantara belted his sixth homer of the year to lead off the fourth for 1-0 Smokies lead. With two outs, Rafael Lopez single, went to second when Ty Wright was hit by a pitch, and scored on Tim Torres' fifth double of the season.
Smokies Lineup: Torreyes 2B (0-4), Alcantara SS (1-2 HR RBI 2BB), Silva CF (0-4), Villanueva 3B (0-4), Lopez C (1-3 R), Wright LF (0-2), Torres RF (1-3 2B RBI), Mota (1-3), Hendricks P (0-2), Giansanti PH (0-1).
On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (4-2) continues to impress in AA as the right-hander tossed seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts to earn his fourth win. He allowed three hits, all singles, and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.44 in 51.2 IP. It was the fifth start this season that Hendricks has allowed one or zero runs, and the third time he has tossed shutout baseball for the duration of his start. Hendricks threw 95 pitches, 62 for strikes. Hendricks was acquired by the Cubs from the Rangers in the Ryan Dempster trade last summer. RHP Brian Schlitter allowed two hits in the eighth but worked out of the jam for his first hold. Marcus Hatley got his second save surrendering a hit and walk in the ninth but 2B Ronald Torreyes made a diving grab on a liner and threw to second for a game-ending double play.
Jupiter 8, Daytona 4
At the Plate: Daytona had 12 hits but could only push across four runs, three coming in the eighth, as they left eight on base and and were 2-10 with RISP. Jorge Soler (.300/.375/.514) put the Cubs on the board in the fourth with this 23rd RBI, a double scoring John Andreoli, who reached on a bunt single. Dustin Geiger hit a sacrifice fly with the the bases loaded in the eighth and Benjamin Carhart followed with a two-run double.
Cubs Lineup: DeVoss CF (1-4), Darvill 1-3 2B 2BB), Andreoli CF (3-5 2R 3B), Soler (103 2B RBI BB), Geiger 2-3 2RBI), (1-4 2B 2RBI), Easterling (1-4), Noble C (0-1), Krist C (0-3), Saunders (2-4).
On the Mound: Jupiter got eight hits and four runs in four innings off losing pitcher Zach Cates (4-5 4.89) as the right-hander walked one and fanned four. LHP Jeffrey Lorick (2-0 1.42) had control issues in his one inning walking three and yielding a hit, which led to his first earned run of the year in five games. Sheldon McDonald (0-1 2.49) allowed a season high three runs, only one earned, as the left-hander surrendered two hits and a walk in two innings.
Peoria 9, Kane County 8—14 innings
Peoria used a squeeze play in the bottom of the 14th to beat Kane County (20-24) in a game that featured 40 strikeouts, three short of the Midwest League record. Each team fanned 20 times.
At the Plate: Kane County scored two runs in the first as Jeimer Candelario knocked in the first two of his four RBI with a double scoring Pin-Cheih Chen and Daniel Vogelbach, who both walked. Vogelbach added a RBI single in the second and Candelario followed with a two-run single. With two outs in the third, Wilson Contreras walked and Marco Hernandez singled and stole second. Chen singled scoring both runners and after taking second on the throw home, scored on Albert Almora's single, his second RBI in as many nights. Almora is 7-11 with two doubles and two RBI in his first two games with the Cougars.
Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (1-5 3R 2RBI 2BB), Almora CF (4-7, R, 2 2B, RBI), Vogelbach 1B (1-6 2R RBI BB), Candelario 3B (2-7 2B 4RBI), Shoulders DH (0-6 BB 5K), Rademacher RF (0-5 BB), Amaya 2B (1-6), Contreras C (1-5 BB), Hernandez SS (1-6 R).
On the Mound: Dillon Maples didn't have it Thursday night as the right hander walked the first hitter on four pitches and hit the next batter. By the time the first inning was over, Peoria had scored four times. Two more errors in the fourth led to four more runs as Maples was didn't make it out of the inning (3.2 IP, 6H 8R 5ER 3BB 4K). Maples (0-0 6.59 ERA) has made three starts for Kane County. RHP Lendy Castillo (0-3 6.93) had his second straight quality relief appearance throwing 5.1 innings of scoreless relief with a nine strikeouts, tying a team-high. He gave up five hits and walked two. Jeffry Antigua (2-1 2.91) threw two perfect innings with four strikeouts and he now has 26 in 21.2 innings with four walks. RHP Justin Amlung took the loss giving up one hit, a triple in the 14th that scored on the squeeze play. He fanned three in 2.1 frames.