AAA—Iowa 4, Memphis 3
Iowa (1-3) got their first win of the season in dramatic fashion as Chris Valaika delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth for the 4-3 victory over Memphis (3-1).
At the Dish: Javier Baez got his first hit of the season a pinch-hit homer to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th. Baez didn't start after getting kicked out of Saturday night's game for arguing a check swing call.......After the Redbirds tied the game in the top of the ninth, Matt Szczur led off with a walk, took second on a wild pitch and advance to third on a groundout by Logan Watkins. With the infield in and the outfield playing shallow, Valaika lifted a fly ball to center that fell over the CF's head to provided the game winner. I-Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the 8th when Luis Flores walked with the bases loaded.....Josh Vitters (.375) continues to square up the baseball going 3-4 with a double and a RBI.
On the Hill: Eric Jokisch continues to be one of the best pitchers in April. Last year he earned Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April and is back in the running for the award this year. The left-hander kept the Redbirds off balance the entire day as the only runs he allowed were unearned after a throwing error prolonged the first inning. He went seven innings, allowing six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches, 60 for strikes, and got 12 ground ball outs.....Marcos Mateo got the side in order in the 8th but couldn't nail down the save in the ninth as a leadoff triple scored......Zac Rosscup (1-0) got the I-Cubs out of the 9th with a strikeout of Oscar Taveras and Flores threw out the runner trying to steal third.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada will make his I-Cubs debut Monday night in the series opener against Nashville, the Brewers affiliate.
AA—Pensacola 3, Tennessee 2
Pensacola (3-1) clinched the first series of the season with a 3-2 win over Tennessee.
At the Dish: A Jonathan Mota RBI single in the second and a Dustin Geiger homer in the 9th were the only runs Tennessee scored. Mota and Geiger both finished with two hits while Kris Bryant was 1-4. It was the fourth straight game the Smokies fanned 10 times.
On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro got the start but had to wait through a rain delay and ended up logging four innings. He threw 72 pitches, 43 for strikes, and allowed four hits and three walks. He was charged with two runs, one earned, and fanned three. Never really got into a rhythm as the rain came in the bottom of the third.....LH Jeffrey Lorick tossed two scoreless frames with only one hitter reaching on a walk. He fanned two in his first appearance of the year.....Frank Batista surrendered a two-out single to allow a run in the 7th in his first game since being assigned to the club when Jorge Soler went on the DL. Batista worked two innings, allowing four hits with two punchouts. Smokies announcer Mick Gillispie said he heard Batista was headed to the Mexico to pitch before being called to AA, so he may not be on the roster for long..........
Smokies Notes: RH Matt Loosen will start the series final Monday night for Tennessee.
Had the day off and face Brevard County in the final game of the home-away four-game series on Monday night and then host Tampa for three games April 8-10.
Low A—Quad Cities 7, Kane County 3
Quad Cities scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to even the four-game series in the final game with Kane County.
At the Dish: Kane County got seven hits and drew five walks but could only push across three runs, all coming in the fourth. Two runs scored on bases loaded walks and Trey Martin delivered a RBI single. The Jacob Hannemann watch continues as the outfielder struckout on two balls in the dirt and then coaxed a walk with the bases loaded. He fanned two more times and is hitting .250. Benjamin Carhart (.375) was 1-3 but the Bandits took advantage of his inexperience behind the plate swiping five bases. He did pickoff a runner at first.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua made his first start but still experienced the same problems he had in '13, throwing strikes. Two walks cost the Dominican right-hander a pair of runs in the first and he walked two more in the second but was bailed out by a double play. He has good stuff but pitched behind most hitters. He ended the day with four strikeouts in four innings, allowing the two runs on four walks and three hits......James Pugliese had his second good outing of the season, working two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout.....Scott Frazier's MWL debut was a tough one as the right-hander was charged with five runs, three earned, surrendering two walks, two hits and hit a batter while only recording one out.......Nathan Dorris got the final five outs in his second appearance.....Not a good day on the mound for Kane County pitching as they walked eight and hit a batter.
Cougars Notes: Kane County has Monday off and then entertain Fort Wayne for their home opener on Tuesday, April 8. RHP Jen-Ho-Tseng mades his pro debut as the starting pitcher for the Cougars. Paul Blackburn is scheduled to go on Wednesday.
According to Baseball America, the Cubs have released Mitch Maier and Darnell McDonald, both signed to minor league deals in the off-season. McDonnell then announced his retirement on instragram. The Cubs have also parted ways with minor league infielder Francisco Sanchez, a 20-year-old shortstop from the Dominican.