Cubs April 27 Minor League Recap

Good day for the Cubs affiliates as three teams won—Tennessee, Daytona and Kane County—while Iowa's game at Colorado Springs was postponed. Dustin Geiger's fifth homer paced the Smokies, Willson Contreras' walk-off single propelled Daytona, and Kane County had 14 hits in their sixth straight win.

AAA—Iowa

Iowa's game at Colorado Springs was canceled due to high winds and cold temperatures. The game will be made up as part of the doubleheader when the I-Cubs return to town on June 26.


AA—Tennessee 2, Huntsville 1

Three Tennessee pitchers held Huntsville to one hit and Dustin Geiger blasted the game-winning homer in the 7th as the Smokies snapped a three-game losing streak.

At the Dish: Not a lot of offense from the Smokies but enough to get a win. Rafael Lopez doubled and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game in the second.....Dustin Geiger blasted his fifth homer of the year in the seventh......Kris Bryant walked and extended his on-base streak to 23 games..........John Andreoli walked and singled to extend his on-base streak to 17 games.

On the Hill: Pierce Johnson had problems finding the strike zone as only 26 of his 75 pitches were for strikes. He issued eight free passes but only allowed one hit and one run........The Smokies' bullpen was perfect. Hunter Cervenka retired all nine hitters he faced, one on strikes, to earn his second win of the season....Armando Rivero notched his fourth save and he put down six straight, three on strikes. Rivero has a streak of eight straight scoreless frames with 11 K.

Smokies Notes: According to Tennessee manager Buddy Bailey, C.J. Edwards may be missing more time than what's being reported. Bailey said in an interview with Smokies Radio, that he had been told the right-hander would be shut down from throwing for three weeks to a month and doesn't expect the Edwards back in AA until July. You can listen to the entire interview here......... And here's what CJ had to say ........Don't look for Bryant to get promoted to Iowa anytime soon. Unless the Cubs have made up their minds and plan on moving Bryant to the OF, promoting him to AAA and splitting time at third with Christian Villanueva would be detrimental to the development of both players.

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High A—Daytona 2, Brevard County 1

Willson Contreras' walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th gave Daytona (9-14) the win and a sweep of Brevard County. It was the D-Cubs fourth straight win and they've won seven of their last eight.

At the Dish: Daniel Vogelbach walked to leadoff the fourth, stole second, and scored on Jeimer Candelario's RBI single up the middle for a 1-0 Dayton lead........In the 9th, Candelario ripped a two-out double by the first baseman and after Rock Shoulders was intentionally walked, scored on Contreras' game-winner.....Gioskar Amaya continued his assault of FSL pitching, going 3-4 and is hitting .487 in 11 games with a six-game hitting streak......Bijan Rademacher extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a base hit in four trips.......Candelario was on base four times as he walked twice.

On the Hill: Tayler Scott was effective for six frames, allowing a run on four hits and three walks. He fanned four in his fifth start and is still looking to gain his command—12BB/10K.......Michael Jensen (1-0 3.97 ERA) earned his first win since 2012 as the right-hander tossed three shutout innings. He fanned four and got five ground ball outs.


Low A—Kane County 10, Wisconsin 2

Kane County made it six straight and completed the sweep over Wisconsin with a 14-hit attack.

At the Dish: Jacob Hannemann (3-5), Danny Canela (2-4), Will Remillard (3-4), Daniel Lockhart (2-4), and Jordan Hankins (2-3) all had multi-hit games as Hannemann knocked in four runs and Remillard added three RBI.....Yasiel Balaguert knocked in his league-leading 18th RBI.......Shawon Dunston walked twice and stole his second base.

On the Hill: Cubs got a glimpse of what happens to young Jen-Ho Tseng (2-0, 2.66 ERA) when he struggles and doesn't have his best stuff to start a game—he steps it up. At least that was the story on Sunday as the 19-year-old, who had only one walk entering the game, walked three and hit another in the first inning. Tseng got a double play ball to avoid a big inning with the only run he allowed scoring on the play. Tseng pitched around his fourth walk and the only hit in the second, and then retired eight straight. He finished the day with a line of 5 IP, 1H, 1ER, 4BB and 7K, a career-high for strikeouts........Tyler Bremer allowed an unearned run on four hits with two strikeouts in two innings while Jose Arias worked a scoreless ninth.....Zack Godley threw the ninth, surrendering a hit and and walk but kept the Timber Rattlers off the board.

Cougars Notes: Kane County heads to Cedar Rapids for a four-game series and then return home on Friday for a six-game home stand with Burlington and Wisconsin.......Paul Blackburn (2-0 3.10 ERA) gets the start on Monday night.


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