Cubs April 30 Minor League Recap

Dustin Geiger spoiled Clayton Kershaw's rehab start with two hits and a pair of RBI off the two-time Cy Young winner, including a double that almost left the park. Rafael Lopez hit a solo homer in the 7th to give Tennessee the 4-3 win. Daytona couldn't avoid a sweep in Lakeland while Iowa and Kane County were both rained out.


For the second straight day, Iowa's game with Omaha was canceled due to rain and will be made up as a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. on May 1. Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1 0.68 ERA) will make his first start of May after turning in one of the better Aprils for any Cub minor league arm. Wada, 33, pitched for nine season in Japan and is a former all-star. He will start the second game........Carlos Pimentel (1-3 6.14 ERA) gets the ball in Game 1.

AA—Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 3

Catcher Rafael Lopez capped off a solid month with a solo homer in the top of the seventh as the Smokies won the opening game of the series.

At the Dish: Smokies faced two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and didn't waste anytime scoring. John Andreoli walked, stole second and third, and scored on Dustin Geiger's double off the top of the left field wall. Kris Bryant grounded back to Kershaw in the first but got tangled up with the first baseman and fell to the ground. The trainer came out and looked at his wrist but Bryant remained in the game. Geiger walked against Kershaw in the third and then roped a two-out single in the fourth to knock in his second run against the left-hander.........Andreoli had two hits, walked and scored three times, the final run in the seventh when he tripled and scored on Jae-Hoon Ha's sacrifice fly to tie the game.........Lopez (.295) followed with the game-winning homer, his second of the year and 10th RBI........Ha finished with two hits, including a double off Kershaw while Kris Bryant was 0-5 with two strikeouts.......Kershaw worked five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, and fanned nine.

On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro worked into the 6th as the right-hander threw 95 pitches, 57 for strikes. The Lookouts got three runs on seven hits and three walks, and Pineyro fanned six.....Ryan Searle earned the win, tossing 1.1 scoreless frames with a walk.....Hunter Cervenka worked a 1-2-3 8th for the hold and Armando Rivero collected his fifth save, blanking Chattanooga in the 9th.

Smokies Notes: Jorge Soler's comeback is progressing in Mesa as the outfielder saw his first game action this week. He served as the DH the first two games and then played right field on Wednesday. Soler only had one at-bat, a double, before going on the DL with a hamstring injury in the season opener..........RHP C.J. Edwards has been placed on the DL, retroactive to April 25, and LHP Austin Kirk was activated from the DL.

High A—Lakeland 11, Daytona 2

Just when it looked like Daytona may be turning the corner, the D-Cubs dropped their third straight at Lakeland to fall to 9-17. They allowed 29 runs in the series.

At the Dish: For the second straight game the D-Cubs bats were kept silent until the ninth when they scored twice. Daniel Vogelbach ripped a RBI double to score Pin-Chieh Chen and Vogelbach scored on Rock Shoulders' RBI single. Vogelbach finished 3-4 and Chadd Krist had two hits..

On the Hill: RH Yao-Lin Wang gave up nine runs and two homers in five innings and didn't get much help from his defense as they made three errors, leading to three unearned runs. Wang surrendered nine hits, walked two and fanned three......LH Andrew McKirahan threw two innings of relief, allowing a run on one hit and a walk.......RH Austin Reed couldn't keep the Flying Tigers off the board as they scored once in the 8th after a walk and two hits.

D-Cubs Notes: Felix Pena (1-3 1.55 ERA) gets the ball as Daytona opens a three-game series with Clearwater........April was a tough month for the D-Cubs as they only won nine games despite hitting .259, sixth in the FSL. The team ERA was 4.34, 9th in the league.

Low A—Kane County

Wednesday night's game in Cedar Rapids was rained out and the Kernals and Cougars will play a twin-bill Thursday night. Juan Paniagua (0-1 5.17 ERA) and Daury Torrez (3-0 3.28 ERA) will be the starters for KC.

Cubs Minor League box scores April 30

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