AAA—Iowa 12, Nashville 3
Dallas Beeler tossed six innings in his season debut and Iowa blew the game open with a seven-run ninth to snap a three-game losing streak.
At the Dish: A three-run homer in the first by Chris Valaika, his third, and a two-run shot by Josh Vitters in the third gave Iowa a 5-0 lead. They tacked on seven runs in the ninth after the Sounds cut the lead to 5-3......Brett Jackson led off the ninth with his second homer and Jonathan Mota had the forth straight hit, scoring Luis Flores. Arismendy Alcantara doubled home a run and Lars Anderson followed with a two-run single. Christian Villanueva ripped a run-scoring double, the third of the inning, and the final run scored on a groundout.......Iowa finished with 14 hits with Alcantara, Valaika, Villanueva, Jackson and Flores all had two.
On the Hill: Back from a elbow strain that delayed the start of his season, Dallas Beeler threw six innings and earned the win in his AAA debut. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits and didn't walk a hitter. He ended the day after 79 pitches, 51 for strikes, and fanned three. On Chicago's 40-man roster, Beeler appeared in four spring training games and missed most of 2013 with a finger injury in his throwing hand......Marcus Hatley was charged two runs on three hits in 1.2 frames......Blake Parker gave up a hit to the first batter he faced to allow an inherited runner score and then retired the next four hitters he faced, two on strikes, for his fifth save.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (4-1 0.57 ERA) gets the start as Iowa begins a four-game series at New Orleans.
AA—Tennessee 11, Birmingham 7
Tennessee used a seven-run third inning to help win the series opener over Birmingham as the Smokies recorded season-highs for runs and hits.
At the Dish: Smokies had a season-high 16 hits......Tennessee started the third with seven straight hits, six singles, as they plated seven runs in the frame. After a fielder's choice groundout, Rubi Silva (.227) delivered the big blow, a three-run homer. Stephen Bruno's double knocked in two runs, after the first three hitters of the inning singled........Charlie Cutler (.297) had a career-high four hits while Silva finished with four RBI.....Rafael Lopez (.329) was 3-5, scored three times and hit his league-leading 10th double.....John Andreoli (.304) singled and stretched his on-base streak to 25 games......Kris Bryant (.300) was 2-5 with 2 RBI and Bruno (.258) had two doubles.
On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro never made it out of the fifth, throwing 98 pitches in 4.2 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts.......P.J. Francescon (3-1 1.02 ERA) got the win, tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed a walk and a hit with two punchouts......Jeffrey Lorick surrendered a two-run homer in the 8th....Armando Rivero continues to be one of the better relief pitchers in AA as the right hander fanned all three hitters he faced.
Smokies Notes: Matthew Loosen (2-2 4.32 ERA) gets the start in the second game of the series, a noon EST start.
High A—Lakeland 8, Daytona 6
Lakeland rallied from a 4-0 deficit to even the series at Daytona.
At the Dish: D-Cubs took the lead in the first with an Albert Almora RBI single and then Bijan Rademacher launched his third homer, a three-run shot. Rademacher hit four homers last year in 330 at-bats.....Chadd Krist added a RBI single in the third...After only three hits over the first seven frames, the D-Cubs added three singles in the 8th, the third off the bat of Rock Shoulders, scoring Rademacher.
On the Hill: Jose Rosario went five innings but didn't figure in the decision as the game was tied after he departed. Lakeland collected eight hits and scored three times, two of the runs earned. Rosario walked two and fanned six......Zach Cates had his roughest outing, allowing four runs and getting charged with the loss. The right-hander allowed five hits and walked one with a pair of strikeouts.....Andrew McKirahan got charged with an unearned run in 1.2 innings, yielding four hits.
D-Cubs Notes: D-Cubs are right back at it tomorrow morning as they host Lakeland at 10:35 a.m. EST for Education Day. Tayler Scott (2-2 3.46 ERA) gets the start for Daytona.
Low A—Kane County 8, Wisconsin 4
Kane County won its 10th straight home game in the opener of a three-game set with Wisconsin.
At the Dish: Kane County pounded Wisconsin pitching for 13 hits, including a 3-3 game for Cael Brockmeyer.....Yasiel Balaguert launched his first homer and finished the game 2-3.....Jacob Hannemann had two hits and knocked in a pair while Shawon Dunston drove in two with a triple and a single. It was the third straight game Dunston has been on base at least twice.......Benjamin Carhart had a double and two RBI while Daniel Lockhart had two singles and scored twice.
On the Hill: Tyler Skulina worked four innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and three walks. He fanned four in his shortest outing of the season.....Nathan Dorris (4-1 1.59) was charged with two runs, one earned, in three frames of relief. He gave up three hits and a walk with three punchouts and got the win....Zack Godley gave up a run in the 8th, snapping a scoreless streak of nine games and 12.2 innings. He earned his 7th save and finished the night with a line of 2 IP, 2H 1 ER, 2BB 1K.
Cougars Notes: Daury Torrez (3-1 3.45 ERA) will try to make it 11 home wins in a row on Tuesday night with a 6:30 p.m. CST start.