AAA—Iowa 5, Memphis 0
Tsuyoshi Wada blanked Memphis for 6+ innings and matched his career-high with 10 punchouts as Iowa beat the Redbirds for the third straight game..
At the Dish: Iowa made the most of their six hits, breaking a scoreless game in the sixth when Arismendy Alcantara singled, stole second, went to third on a grounder, and scored on Josh Vitters' groundout.....A leadoff single by Logan Watkins led to the I-Cubs second run after Wada sacrificed and Watkins crossed home on Brett Jackson's RBI single....Matt Szczur added a two-run, pinch-hit single in the 9th as Iowa tacked on three more insurance runs, the last coming on a sacrifice fly from Alcantara.
On the Hill: Tsuyoshi Wada (2-0) lowered his ERA to 0.68 and tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts as the left-hander blanked Memphis for 6.2innings. The Redbirds only managed four hits in his 93-pitch effort. Wada has been dominating his first two PCL starts and leads the league with 19 punchouts....... Marcus Hatley earned his first hold, retiring all four hitters he faced, one on strikes......After being optioned to Iowa earlier in the day, Brian Schlitter pitched the ninth, allowing a single with a strikeout.
I-Cubs Notes: Javier Baez has missed the last two games after experiencing some back pain. ...........LH Chris Rusin was scheduled to take the ball on Sunday but was called up to Chicago on Saturday and pitched five innings of relief at St. Louis. He only allowed one run on three hits, a walk and one punchout. Rusin is scheduled return to Iowa and Blake Parker will join the team in St. Louis......... Sunday's starter had not been announced takes the ball against Memphis on Sunday and RH Carlos Pimentel pitches the series finale on Monday night.
AA—Tennessee 5, Chattanooga 1
Tennessee (4-5) won its second straight as four Smokies' pitchers held Chattanooga (3-6) to five hits and 3B Kris Bryant belted his third homer.
At the Dish: Kris Bryant (.269) led the Smokies 10-hit attack with a solo homer in the 4th to tie the game and a double in the 8th. CF Zeke DeVoss' two-run triple broke the game open after Wes Darvill's (.059) RBI single gave Smokies 2-1 lead. DeVoss (.188) scored on Stephen Bruno's (.233) single to cap off the four-run 7th. C Rafael Lopez (.292) ripped a pair of doubles and scored the go-ahead run on Darvill's hit.
On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro was efficient for five innings as the right-handed threw 80 pitches, 51 for strikes, yielding one run. Pineyro held Chattanooga to three hits, walked three and recorded four strikeouts.......Tennessee's bullpen was nearly unhittable, tossing four shutout innings.......Ryan Searle earned his first win of the year, tossing two frames with three punchouts. Searle only needed 29 pitches, 21 of strikes......Frank Batista got two outs in the 8th and Jeffrey Lorick got the final four outs, three on strikes.
Smokies Notes: Kris Bryant has reached base in all eight games......Matthew Loosen will pitch the final game of the series on Sunday and C.J. Edwards takes the mound on Monday against Birmingham, the White Sox affiliate.
High A—Daytona 7, Tampa 1
Daytona snapped a five-game losing streak behind an 11-hit attack and Rob Zastryzny earned his first FSL win over Tampa.
At the Dish: Albert Almora got the offense started in the first inning with his first homer of the year, a two-run shot over the left field wall. It marked the first time Daytona had scored in the first. Almora finished 2-5 with two runs, a double, and 3 RBI. He's now hitting .342.......Marco Hernandez (.346) was 3-4 with a run and a RBI, and the shortstop made several good plays on defense....Daytona scored four runs in the fifth, two coming on a single off the bat of Daniel Vogelbach......Every starter except LF Oliver Zapata had a hit.
On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny made his second start and threw close to 90 pitches, working into the sixth inning, the longest outing of his career. Like his first start, the left-hander dealt with base runners most of the night as Tampa collected seven hits, drew a walk, and had the leadoff hitter on in four straight innings. Zastryzny fanned five and the only run came on a solo homer in the sixth........Zach Cates got the final out of the sixth and then tossed two more scoreless innings. In three games, Cates has fanned five and not allowed a run in 5.1 innings..........Stephen Perakslis made his first appearance of the year working a scoreless ninth with a walk.
D-Cubs Notes: Gioskar Amaya missed his second straight game after hurting himself diving for a grounder on April 10. According to Daytona broadcaster Robbie Aaron, Amaya should return to the lineup in a few days as the injury is not considered serious.....Ben Wells may get his first start of the season as the right-hander is expected to be activated for Sunday's game at Tampa.
Low A—Kane County 9, Lake County 8
Jacob Rogers blasted a three-run homer and David Bote added a solo shot as Kane County (6-3) held on for their third straight win, second in a row against Lake County (4-5).
At the Dish: Big day at the plate for Kane County as they scored a season-high nine runs on nine hits and two walks, and went 6-14 with RISP. Rogers led the offense with the three-run blast and a RBI double. Yasiel Balaguert upped his hit streak to seven games, going 2-4 and knocking in his 10th run of the season.........Bote finished 2-4, adding a RBI single in the first. Carlos Penalver hit leadoff for the first time and went 1-4 with three runs scored, a walk, and his fourth stolen base.......Benjamin Carhart added a RBI double and Shawon Dunston went 1-4 with a triple.......C Will Remillard was 0-2 but scored twice after a walk and being hit by a pitch.
On the Hill: Juan-Carlos Paniagua, who's future is likely in the bullpen, made his second start as the Cubs add innings and pitching knowledge to the 23-year-old Dominican. The Cubs top international signee in 2012 ($1.6 million), Paniagua missed half of last season due to visa issues. With a fastball in the low 90s, the right-hander only logged four innings, allowing one run (scored on a wild pitch) on four walks and two hits. He fanned six........Gerardo Concepcion pitched out of a bases loaded jam (2H, 1BB) using a fastball topping out at 90 and a sweeping curve. The left-hander worked a 1-2-3 sixth and ended the day with 2 K.......It was another tough outing for Scott Frazier as the right-hander walked all three hitters he faced, allowing one to score on one of two wild pitches. Frazier allowed five funs in .2 innings in his MWL debut at Quad Cities on April 6........Josh Davis made his MWL debut after being added to the roster on Saturday. The 2013 free agent signee was greeted with a two-run double and then allowed the tying run to score on a RBI single as the Captains got three hits off the right-hander. Davis got charged with the blown save but did pick up the win as he worked a scoreless 8th.........Tyler Bremer made it interesting in the ninth, allowing a RBI double and a two-run homer before fanning the final two hitters........Kane County pitchers walked nine.
Cougars Notes: Jacob Hannemann has missed three games with some side tightness, according to manager Mark Johnson.......If you are going to a Cougars game, make sure you get in your seats early. Kane County has scored in the first inning every game of the home stand........2012 Second-round pick Duane Underwood will get the start on Sunday in the final game of the home stand. The 2012 second-round pick from Pope High School in Georgia tossed 54.1 innings in Boise last year but the 19-year-old struggled with his command 4.5 BB/9.
Iowa has placed LHP Jonathan Sanchez on the disabled list and assigned OF Jae-Hoon Ha to Iowa from extended spring training. Ha started the year on the DL as he recovered from off-season wrist surgery. Sanchez has tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.........LHP Chris Rusin was recalled to Chicago and Brian Schlitter was optioned to Iowa.
Kane County placed right-handed relief pitcher James Pugliese on the DL and assigned RHP Josh Davis to Kaen County from extended spring training.
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