April 17—Iowa placed OF Brett Jackson on the DL with a mild right oblique strain and have promoted IF Jonathan Mota to AAA from Tennessee. Jackson was hitting .121/.194/.273 in 11 games with one homer and two RBI. C Taylor Davis, who started the season on DL for Tennessee, was activated to take Mota's spot on the roster........Daytona placed 2B Gioskar Amaya on the disabled list and IF Giuseppe Papaccio was assigned to Daytona from extended spring training. Amaya hurt his shoulder diving for a ball and has missed several games.
April 14—RHP Lendy Castillo was recently placed on the disabled list Aril 14 for Tennessee. IF Jonathan Mota returned to the team after being grated a leave to be with his wife and their newborn.
AAA—Iowa 5, New Orleans 4
Iowa remained hot with the bats and overcame six errors with their second straight win over New Orleans.
At the Dish: Iowa scored three times in the third as Matt Szczur singled, took second on a wild pitch, and trotted home on Arismendy Alcantara's second triple of the season. Chris Valaika doubled Alcantara home and then scored on a Logan Watkins single, extending his hitting streak to five games. After two outs in the seventh, walks to Christian Villanueva and Watkins, set the table for Eli Whiteside, who singled to right, scoring Villanueva. Watkins scored what proved to be the winning run on a passed ball........Valaika, Watkins and Whiteside all finished with two hits and Villanueva added a double. .....The I-Cubs drew seven walks, two from Villanueva, and were 5-13 with RISP.
On the Hill: Eric Jokisch worked his way through four scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the fifth and didn't make it out of the sixth. Two walks, a throwing error by Jokisch and a single plated two runs in the fifth and another throwing error by Jokisch led to another run the following frame.. The lefty threw 94 pitches, a season-high for any Cub minor leaguer., and finished with a line of 5.2 IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB 5K........Alberto Cabrera earned his second win getting the final out of the sixth and pitching a scoreless seventh. Cabrera (2-0 1.17 ERA) has been effective in four outings for Iowa with 6 K and 1 BB in 7.2 innings.....Neil Ramirez struckout the side in the 8th for his third hold and Brian Schlitter earned his second save despite allowing a run on a walk and a RBI single.
I-Cubs Notes: PCL Pitcher of the Week Tsuyoshi Wada makes his third start on Friday as the left-hander has recorded 18 strikeouts in 13.1 IP and only one walk.
AA—Game 1—Jackson 4, Tennessee 0; Game 2—Tennessee 3, Jackson 2
Tennessee and Jackson split a doubleheader as the Smokies rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the night-cap.
At the Dish:GAME 1—A Dustin Geiger single was the Smokies only hit of the game. They drew two walks, one each from Zeke DeVoss and Rafael Lopez......Kris Bryant was 0-2 but was hit-by-a pitch to extend his on-base streak to 13 games......DeVoss stole his 4th and 5th bases......GAME 2—John Andreoli got the Smokies on the board in the third when he reached on an error, went to second on a fly ball to right, stole third (5), and scored on Jae-Hoon Ha's sacrifice fly. Charlie Cutler and Jeudy Valdez had one-out back-to-back doubles to tie the game and Taylor Davis, playing his first game since coming off the DL, singled to score Valdez......RF Anthony Giansanti had the defensive play of the game throwing out a runner at home to end the third.....Bryant was 0-1 but walked twice.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Corey Black (0-1 4.09 ERA) had problems finding the strike zone as the right hander walked five, hit two and only threw 36 strikes in his 83-pitch outing. He held Jackson scoreless for three innings but walked in a run and then hit two batters, to force in two more runs. The Generals had two hits off Black......Austin Kirk only allowed one hit but it left the yard, finishing with a line of 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K........Tony Zych pitched a scoreless ninth despite two hits and two walks.; GAME 2—Dae-Eun Rhee made his second start (third game) and went four innings allowing two runs on six hits and walk. He threw 68 pitches and fanned four.......Hunter Cervenka kept his scoreless streak in tact as he scattered three hits over two innings with three punchouts to earn the win. It was Cervenka's longest outing of the year and hasn't allowed a run in 4.1 I innings (5 games).......Armando Rivero had his fastball dialed up in the 7th earning his third save. Rivero fanned the first two hitters but a bloop single put the tying run on. After a wild pitch and a walk, the right-hander recorded his third strikeout.
Smokies Notes: Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 2.00 ERA) gets the start in the deciding game of the series on Friday night at Smokies Park.
High A—Tampa 6, Daytona 5—10 innings
Tampa used three straight singles in the top of the 10th to score the winning run after Daytona erased a 3-0 deficit.
At the Dish: Daytona had eight hits but were just 1-11 with RISP, a common theme this season and one of the reasons they find themselves at 2-12......2B Tim Saunders (.306) continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-4 with his first homer. He added a sacrifice fly and stole his sixth base.....CF Albert Almora was back in the line-up, going 1-5 with a run scored....DH Rock Shoulders was 3-4 and delivered a bases-loaded single in the three-run sixth.....Bijan Rademacher (.361) went 1-4 with a RBI (bases loaded walk) and C Chadd Krist (1-5) hit in his third straight game.
On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny (0-1 5.93 ERA) didn't miss many bats as the Yankees collected nine hits off the left-hander, scoring four times in four innings. Zastryzny fanned one and has allowed 22 hits in 13.1 FSL innings.......Zach Cates (0-0 0.96) tossed four innings, surrendering one run on two hits and a walk. Cates recorded two strikeouts and it was the first run he has allowed.....Arodys Vizcaino (0-0 1.80) yielded a double and a walk but struckout the side......Andrew McKirahan (0-1 1.29) took the loss giving up three straight singles in the 10th.
D-Cubs Notes: Yao-Lin Wang (0-2, 3.00 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as the D-Cubs try to even up the series at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Low A—Kane County 13, Dayton 1
Kane County's bats exploded for 19 hits and Daury Torrez was perfect for five innings as the Cougars won their eighth straight.
At the Dish: Quite a night at the plate for the Cougars as every player had at least one hit and were 9-18 with RISP.......C Will Remillard had a career-night going 4-5 with two doubles and five RBI.....Jacob Rogers was 3-6 with two doubles and two runs while Daniel Lockhart went 2-3, walked twice, and scored four times......Benjamin Carhart was 2-4 with 2 RBI while Yasiel Balaguert, Carlos Penalver, and Jacob Hannemann all had two hits.....LF Trey Martin knocked in two runs.....Hannemann swiped his 8th base and Penalver stole his 6th.
On the Hill: Daury Torrez was dominating Thursday night, retiring the first 16 hitters he faced. The game was on MiLB-TV so I had a great view of his outing that included 17 ground ball outs. Torrez' fastball isn't going to blow anyone away (low 90s most of the night) but he commands both sides of the plate, with late sinking action. He was also dealing a sharp breaking ball that kept hitters off balance all night. A walk ended the streak of 16 straight in the sixth and they also added a single. Torrez allowed a one-out triple in the 7th and the run scored on a groundout. He worked eight innings, a career-high for the 21-year-old, and fanned four, getting 17 ground ball outs......LH Nathan Dorris worked a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cougars Notes: Juan Paniagua (0-0 3.38 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as the Cougars look to make it nine straight.