Cubs April 5 Minor League Recap

Albert Almora had five hits and Tayler Scott took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to help lead Daytona to a 13-2 win over Brevard County. Kane County split a DH while Iowa and Tennessee both struggled with the bats. Javier Baez's problems continue as he was kicked out of the game after being called out on strikes.

AAA—Memphis 11, Iowa 1

Memphis beat up on Iowa pitching for the third straight night as Kyle Hendricks was the victim Saturday night in the loss.

At the Plate: The biggest at-bat of the game was a called strike three by first base umpire Brian Reilly on a Javier Baez swing. Baez argued the call and waved his hand at Reilly and said something. After his gesture, home plate umpire Gabe Morales rang up Baez, who repeated his gesture to Morales and said something as he walked away. It was one of 13 strikeouts by Iowa hitter on the night. Chris Coghlan had a pair of hits, including a double. Arismendy Alcantara doubled in Matt Szczur (1-3 with a walk). Josh Vitters just missed his second homer of the season, doubling high off of the left field wall.

On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks had a tough 2014 debut as the right-hander gave up seven hits and seven runs as the Redbirds scored six times in the fourth. Six of the runs were earned and Hendricks recorded five strikeouts in his 93-pitch outing......Alberto Cabrera got the final out of the fifth and then pitched a scoreless sixth, retiring all four hitters he faced, two on strikes.......Neil Ramirez loaded the bases on a hit and two walks and then surrendered a grand slam, the second straight night for a Memphis slam.......Marcus Hatley had a good outing in his debut, fanning four in two scoreless innings.

AA—Pensacola 5, Tennessee 0—Game called after 7 innings

Tennessee only managed two hits as Pensacola spoiled Jake Arrieta's rehab start with the shutout.

At the Plate: A Charlie Cutler double and a Rubi Silva single were the only hits Tennessee had. Kris Bryant was 0-2 with a strikeout and a walk. Pensacola pitching recorded 13 strikeouts as every starter fanned at least one.

On the Mound: Jake Arrieta looked good in his rehab start with three strikeouts in his 42-pitch outing. He got charged with one unearned run, allowing a walk.....Lendy Castillo started the 4th but didn't get out of the inning as he gave up two runs on a pair of hits and two walks....Hunter Cervenka came in and got the final out of the inning, the only batter he faced.....RH Corey Black made his AA debut, throwing two innings of relief. The right-hander allowed a two-run homer, one of five hits, and fanned three.

Smokies Notes: Ivan Pineyro is scheduled to make his debut with start on Sunday and Matt Loosen gets the ball on Monday in the series finale.

High A—Daytona 13, Brevard County 2

Tayler Scott took a no-hitter into the seventh and every D-Cub starter had a hit as Daytona earned their first win of the season whipping Brevard County.

At the Plate: CF Albert Almora led the 21-hit attack going 5-6 with with 3 RBI while SS Tim Saunders and RF Pin-Chieh Chen both went 3-5 with 3 RBI. Almora entered the game 0-9, all groundouts. Gioskar Amaya had three singles while Jeimer Candelario blasted his first homer. C Willson Contreras was 2-5 with 2 RBI. Daytona scored in five different innings, all crooked numbers.

On the Mound: Tayler Scott (1-0) tossed no hit ball for six innings but allowed a one-out single in the seventh to break up history. He went eight innings, a career high, and allowed two hits and a walk with two punchouts. He said after the game his game plan was to keep the ball down and that he was aware of the no-hitter. ......LH Austin Kirk pitched the ninth and surrendered a pair of runs on two walks and a hit.

D-Cubs Notes: Daytona has Sunday off and 2013 second round pick Rob Zastryzny takes the mound on Monday night at Jackie Robinson Ball Park for his HIgh A debut.

Low A—Game 1, Quad Cities 2, Kane County 1; Game 2—Kane County 5, Quad Cities 4—10 innings

At the Plate: GAME 1—Not much offense for the Cougars in game one as a dropped infield pop up off the bat of Daniel Lockhart led to the only run. With Lockhart on third and two out, first baseman Jacob Rogers delivered the two-out single for a 1-0 lead. Ben Carhart doubled for the Cougars only other hit.......GAME 2—Rogers delivered another big two-out single in the top of the 10th scoring Jacob Hannemann, who reached on an error by the first baseman after striking out. Hannemann homered to lead off the ball game and Daniel Canela homered in his first pro at-bat for an early 2-0 lead. A two-run single by Yasiel Balaguert put KC up 4-1 in the fifth. Hannemann and Rogers both finished with two hits and Shawon Dunston collected his first MWL hit, a single.

On the Mound: GAME 1—Using a steady diet of fast balls and a sharp breaking slider, Tyler Skulina kept the Quad City hitters in check for six innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Skulina's longest outing last year was three innings (innings/pitch count limit) and he got seven ground ball outs from the 20 hitters he faced. Good outing for the Kent State product.....Zach Godley's first pitch got hit off the top of the wall, and after a passed ball and a strikeout, uncorked a wild pitch to allow the tying run to score. Godley (0-1) then walked the next two hitters and was lifted for Tyler Bremer. Bremer threw the second wild pitch of the inning to move the runners into scoring position, and then allowed a single that ended the game.......GAME 2—Daury Torrez didn't look like a 20-year-old on the mound as he scattered five hit and three walks, allowing one run in five innings. He fanned four and got seven ground ball outs of the 22 hitters he faced.......LH Gerardo Concepcion struggled with his command as he allowed two hits and two walks, and balked in a run with the bases load before his day ended after only getting two outs.......Jose Arias couldn't get out of the inning allowing a two-run single to tie the game at 4-4 and was charged with the blown save......Justin Amlung (1-0) gave up three hits and two walks in three innings but held the Bandits scoreless to earn the win.

Cougars Notes: Javier Baez wasn't the only Cub to get tossed on Saturday as manager Mark Johnson was thrown out in the first game arguing a call at home plate when OF Trey Martin was called out for batter's interference even though he was in the batter's box.....Juan Paniagua makes his first start in the series finale on Sunday and the Cougars have Monday off.

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