AAA—Nashville 4, Iowa 1
Nashville (3-3) pitching held Iowa to just four hits and fanned 14 I-Cubs hitters to take the opener of the four-game series.
At the Dish: The only run of the night came in the fifth when Christian Villanueva doubled and scored on Eli Whiteside's two-out single. Iowa put runners on first and third with nobody out in the seventh but didn't score as Villanueva, Brett Jackson, and Whiteside were retired. Chris Valaika and Chris Coghlan both singled. Javier Baez was 0-4 with two strikeouts, committed his third error, and is hitting .056.
On the Hill: Chris Rusin made his second start of the season and while the result was better, he was still saddled with his second loss of the season. The left-hander allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits in six innings. He fanned five and threw 86 pitches, 68 for strikes.....Alberto Cabrera allowed a run in the 8th on a double play groundout after allowing two singles to start the inning. He worked two frames and fanned one....Marcos Mateo made his third appearance, blanking the Sounds in the 9th. He fanned one, hit a batter, and ended the inning with a double play grounder to short.
I-Cubs Notes: Starters the next three games for Iowa are Carlos Pimentel, Kyle Hendricks and Eric Jokisch........Josh Vitters, who left Monday nights' game with a knee injury, took batting practice and was available to pinch-hit but didn't play.
Smokies had the day off as they made the 10-hour bus trip from Pensacola. They hold their home opener Wednesday night against Chattanooga, the Dodgers AA affiliate. A starter has not been named yet.
This is going to come as a shock but Daytona's game with Dunedin has been rained out. The two teams will play a double-header at 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday with Felix Pena and Jose Rosario the starting pitchers for the D-Cubs.
A—Kane County 4, Fort Wayne 3—12 innings
A throwing error in the bottom of the 12th allowed Carlos Penalver to score the winning run as Kane County defeated Fort Wayne in the home opener.
At the Dish: Kane County took advantage of five Fort Wayne errors, three coming in the 12th. Carlos Penalver reached on error to lead off the inning and went to third on Jacob Hannemann's sacrifice bunt, that was thrown away by the catcher. After an intentional walk, Benjamin Carhart hit a grounder to short and the throw to home was not close, allowing Penalver to score the winning run.......Kane County only had six hits, two from Hannemann, including a RBI single in the second....... Jacob Rogers was 0-5 but knocked in his fourth run of the season with a groundout.
On the Hill: Jen-Ho Tseng made his pro debut Tuesday night, allowing three runs in five innings as he reached his pitch count. The 19-year-old right-hander allowed eight hits, fanned five and didn't walk a batter........After having some problem in the opening series at Quad Cities, the bullpen shut down the Tin Caps with seven scoreless innings........LH Gerardo Concepcion hasn't had much success since signing a pro contract with the Cubs back in 2011 but the lefty held the TinCaps scoreless for three innings. The Cuban allowed one hit and fanned three......RH Tyler Bremer tossed two no-hit frames with with two strikeouts and a walk in his second game of the year......RH Zack Godley earned his first win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and fanned one.
Cougars Notes: Kane County hosts a pair of day games with the park packed with screaming kids as part of the Ozzie Reading Club, which includes more than 400 Chicago Area Schools and 140,000 students, who receive a free ticket to an April or May game for reaching reading goals set by their teachers. RH Paul Blackburn gets the start on Wednesday and RH Tyler Skulina takes the ball on Thursday.
Starting season on disabled list
Cubs have placed several minor leaguers on the disabled list to start the season per Baseball America. Here's a breakdown:
Iowa—RHP Dallas Beeler has a forearm strain and is eligible to come off the DL whenever he's deemed fit as he was placed on the 7-day list March 24. Right-handers Barret Loux and Trey McNutt were both put on the 60-day DL. Others starting the season on the DL for Iowa include OF Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Casper Wells, 2B Edgar Gonzalez and LHP Tommy Hottovy. Ha was hampered by back injuries last year while the other three have MLB experience.
Tennessee—As reported earlier, Pierce Johnson will begin season on DL as he recovers from hamstring injury that pushed his throwing program back. Johnson is expected to join the Smokies rotation in a few weeks. C Taylor Davis is also on Smokies on DL.
Daytona—RH Josh Conway is still recovering from elbow surgery after hurting his throwing arm last year at extended spring training. Conway was the Cubs 4th round pick in 2012 but was recovering from Tommy John surgery and has yet to throw a pitch for the Cubs. LHP Michael Heesch, a member of the Kane County rotation, starts on the DL along with C Lance Rymel. RHP Marcelo Carreno was acquired in the Jeff Baker trade in 2012 but missed last year after surgery and hasn't pitched for the Cubs. C Nathan Maldonado, recently signed to a minor league deal, was put on the 60-day DL.
Kane County—As Northsiders has reported, RHP Dillon Maples broke his rib and will miss about two months. Trey Masek is recovering from a tender shoulder and Duane Underwood is on his way to Kane County and will join the team this week. C Cael Brockmeyer also starts season on DL.