Cubs April 16 Minor League Recap

Arismendy Alcantara had three hits and knocked in two runs to help Iowa to a 6-3 win. Jake Arrieta got the win in his third rehab start in Tennessee and Kane County rallied for five runs in the ninth for their seventh straight win. Daytona's woes continued.

AAA—Iowa 6, New Orleans 3

Kyle Hendricks fanned nine and Arismendy Alcantara went 3-5 with two RBI as Iowa beat New Orleans to even the series.

At the Dish: Arismendy Alcantara had his best game of the season as the second baseman doubled, tripled, and knocked in two runs, finishing 3-5 to up his average to .289. Josh Vitters added a pair of doubles and knocked in ow runs while Chris Coghlan added two hits, a RBI, and swiped two bases.......Logan Watkins smacked his first homer of the season in the second to tie the game at 3-3.

On the Hill: Kyle Hendricks (2-1 4.82 ERA) fanned a season-high nine in seven innings as he only got in trouble in the third, allowing all three runs. He only allowed one hit after the third, a single in the fifth. The right-hander finished with a line of 7IP, 5H, 3ER, 1BB, and 9K in his 90-pitch outing......Marcos Mateo worked a scoreless 8th for the hold and Brian Schlitter nailed down his first save in the ninth.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa faces New Orleans in game 3 of the series and send Eric Jokisch (0-1 5.25 ERA) to the mound.

AA—Tennessee 7, Jackson 2

Jake Arrieta was strong in his third rehab start and Tennessee battered Jackson pitching for seven runs, five coming in the fourth.

At the Dish: John Andreoli knocked in three runs, two coming on single in the five-run fourth. He added a sacrifice fly in the third for a 1-0 Smokies lead......Jae Hoon Ha added a pair of RBI, knocking in the first two runs in the 4th....Stephen Bruno added a pair of hits and Kris Bryant went 1-2 to extended his on-base streak to 11 games and also has a five-game hitting streak.....Rubi Silva and Jonathan Mota also added RBI and Rafael Lopez (.345) was 1-2 with two run scored a walk.

On the Hill: Jake Arrieta made his third rehab start as he looks to join Chicago's rotation after a setback in spring training with his shoulder pushed back his throwing schedule. The right-hander pitching into et sixth before departing after 82 pitches, 50 for strikes. He finished with a line of 5.2 IP, 3H1ER, 1BB, 2K, got the win, and looked MLB ready.......P.J. Francescon ran his scoreless streak to 7.1 innings with two more scoreless frames with four strikeouts and one hit.......Jeffrey Lorick allowed a run in the ninth, his first of the year, on a walk and a hit.

Smokies Notes: Tennessee and Jackson play a doubleheader on Thursday with first pitch at 5:30 p.m. EST. Corey Black and Ivan Pineyro will pitch for the Smokies.

High A—Dunedin 5, Daytona 1

Dunedin completed the three-game sweep of Daytona, their second of the season against the D-Cubs.

At the Dish: Pin-Chieh Chen opened the game with a double and scored on Daniel Vogelbach's RBI single to right. It was Daytona's only run of the night. They strung together a pair of singles in the second but a double play ended the threat and managed only two more hits. ....Marco Hernandez was 2-3 and is now hitting .308.

On the Hill: Tayler Scott (1-2, 4.91 ERA) took the loss allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. He fanned two and his fastball was topping out at 92 mph. Scott surrendered a two-run homer in the second. ....topping out at 92

D-Cubs Notes: During a pre-game interview with Daytona radio broadcaster Robbie Aaron, Albert Almora said he had a minor medical procedure to take care of his nose bleed problems. He said he would be back in the line-up on Thursday.

Low A—Kane County 6, Bowling Green 2

Kane County scored five runs in the top of the ninth to rally their seventh straight, completing the three-game sweep over Bowling Green.

At the Dish: Kane County didn't waste any time getting on the board as Jacob Hannemann tripled to leadoff the game and scored on a double steal when Carlos Penalver walked and stole second. Kane County only collected two hits the next seven frames but that all changed in the ninth as they sent 10 men to the plate. Singles by Benjamin Carhart and Yasiel Balaguert opened the inning and after a strikeout, David Bote tied the game withe RBI single. Daniel Lockhart and Shawon Dunston followed with run-scoring singles and Trey Martin doubled home a run on the sixth hit of the inning. After Hannemann was hit by a pitch, Penalver drew a bases loaded walk for the fifth run. Every starter had one hit.

On the Hill: Making his third start, RH Tyler Skulina tossed five scoreless innings but the first two batters of the sixth reached and he was lifted. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. It was a solid outing for Skulina even through he didn't figure in the decision.........Gerardo Concepcion was charged with this first blown save as the lefty allowed both inherited runners to score in the sixth. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch scored both runs. Concepcion only allowed a hit batter in 2.1 frames, getting one on strikes.......Tyler Bremer earned his first win of the year, getting the final two outs of the eighth and shut down the Hot Rods in the ninth. He allowed a hit and walk with a strikeout.

Cougars Notes: The catching education of Benjamin Carhart is well underway as the third baseman turned backstop begins his pro career behind the plate. The Midwest League took no mercy as the Quad Cities swiped six bases off Carhart on April 6 and then Fort Wayne added five more. He nabbed his first runner at second against Lake County and threw out 3-4 at Bowling Green, including two on Wednesday.

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