AAA—Memphis 7, Iowa 5
Memphis (6-3) scored in five straight innings to take the opening game of the series over Iowa (4-5).
At the Dish: Chris Valaika had a big day, going 2-3 with his first homer, a three-run shot in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-5. The I-Cubs had six hits as Matt Szczur and Arismendy Alcantara were 1-4 with a RBI.
On the Hill: Eric Jokisch didn't miss many bats in his second start of the season, allowing seven runs on eight hits, including a two-run homer. He fanned two in his 71 pitch effort, and didn't give any free passes.......Yoanner Negrin got charged with a run in his two innings of work, allowing two hits and a walk with a strikeout.....Marcos Mateo worked a 1-2-3 eighth with two punchouts.
AA—Tennessee 6, Chattanooga 5
Stephen Bruno's walk-off single with the bases loaded in the ninth gave Tennessee (3-5) the win after squandering a 5-0 lead against Chattanooga (3-5).
At the Dish: A two-run homer from Dustin Geiger and a three-run shot from Jeudy Valdez put Tennessee up 5-0. After the Lookouts tied the game, John Andreoli led off the ninth with a double, and after walking the bases loaded, Bruno delivered the game winner. Geiger (.321) was 2-3 and Anthony Giansanti added a pinch-hit triple. Kris Bryant (.227) went 1-3 with a walk.
On the Hill: Other than a few pitches on video, it was my first time to watch Corey Black, the right-hander acquired when the Cubs shipped Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees last July. Despite not having any command with his breaking ball, Black no-hit the Lookouts for five innings, retiring the final ten hitters he faced. John Andreoli made a nice diving play on a flare to right field but Chattanooga didn't square up any balls. Black only lasted five innings after throwing 47 pitches in the first two innings. He finished with 79 pitches, 44 for strikes.........Frank Batista and Hunter Cervenka held the Lookouts scoreless the next two frames but three errors in the eight opened the door for three unearned runs off P.J Francescon......Armando Rivero was charged with a blown save in the ninth as the right-hander allowed a two-run homer. He fanned two and earned the win, his first as a professional.
High A—Tampa 5, Daytona 1
Daytona's woes continued as they dropped their seventh game in eight decisions, falling to Tampa (5-3) at George Steinbrenner Field.
At the Dish: Daytona's only run came in the ninth after Jeimer Candelario reached on an error and scored on singles by Bijan Rademacher and Marco Hernandez. They had three hits in the first eight innings—a double by Albert Almora (.313) and singles from Rademacher and Candelario. It was Rademacher's second straight multi-hit game. Daniel Vogelbach was 0-4 and is hitting .133.
On the Hill: Yao-Lin Wang (0-2 3.24 ERA) fanned six in five innings but the right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in his first start......Starling Peralta worked the final three innings, allowing three runs, only one earned, on three hits. Peralta fanned three and surrendered a homer.
Low A—Kane County 6, Lake County 4
At the Dish: Balaguert was in the Midwest League two years ago to start the season and he struggled—now he's getting his revenge. Leading the NWL in RBI last year, Balaguert knocked in two runs and leads the MWL with nine. The 21-year-old Cuban was 3-5 and is hitting .343........Carhart (.250) not only threw out his first runner at second but the third baseman turned catcher also knocked in a pair with a double and a sacrifice fly........SS Carlos Penalver (.313) continues to thrive at the top of the order, going 3-5 with two runs and RBI.....3B Jordan Hankins added two hits while 1B Jacob Rogers drew a pair of walks.
On the Hill: Daury Torrez earned his first win, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. He fanned two and yielded three homers.......LH Nathan Dorris continues to pitch like a man on a mission, adding 2.2 fames to his scoreless streak. He surrendered a single and fanned three. He hans't allowed a run in seven innings and earned his second hold........Zack Godley earned his first save as a pro in impressive fashion as the right-hander fanned the side.