AAA—Iowa 2, Round Rock 0
Kyle Hendricks tossed eight shutout innings and Blake Parker earned his 7th save as Iowa blanked Round Rock.
At the Dish: Iowa had eight hits and pushed across a pair of runs. Christian Villanueva ripped his 12th double of the season with one out in the second and scored on Jonathan Mota's two-out single.....Josh Vitters knocked in Arismendy Alcantara with a RiB single in the second. Alcantara, who also tripled, led off with a double and took third on a Javier Baez groundout.....Matt Szczur was 2-4.
On the Hill: Facing his former organization, Kyle Hendricks reminded the iRangers they made a mistake taring him, firing eight shutout innings as the right-hander tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts. Hendricks only allowed two hits on the night, a single to right in the first and an infield single in the sixth. He threw 100 pitches, 71 for strikes, and retired 17 in-a-row........Blake Parker worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.
I-Cubs Notes: Left-hander Eric Jokisch (2-3 4.39 ERA) gets the start on Friday night in the second game of the series.
AA—Mississippi 6, Tennessee 5—11 innings
Mississippi won the game with a walk off single in the 11th.
At the Dish: The Smokies took a 3-0 in the first on a RBI single from Stephen Bruno nada two-run homer off the bat of Rafael Lopez, his fourth......They added a run in the seventh on a RBI double by Kris Bryant and tied the game in the eight when the center fielder misplayed a fly ball, allowing Judea Valdez to score. Valdez walked and stole second with two outs.....
On the Hill: Joel Pineiro made his first start of 2014 as the right-hander went five innings, making 83 pitches, 52 for strikes. He was charged with three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk. He fanned three and got 11 ground ball outs in a solid outing in his Cubs' debut.....Lendy Castillo threw a scoreless inning but Jeffrey Lorick got charged with a blown save as the left-hander gave up two runs in the seventh. He finished with a line of 2 IP, 4H, 2ER, 1BB 1K.......Armando Rivero struckout out the side in the ninth and worked a 1-2-3 10th with two strikeouts. He has 35 K in 22.1 innings.....Austin Kirk (1-2 4.70 ERA) only got one out in the 11th as the Braves scored on a hit, two stolen bases and a walk off single.
Smokies Notes: Jorge Soler left the game after the fourth inning after making a catch and then falling to the ground in obvious pain. Soler received medical attention and then walked off the field under his on power but was limping slightly. Mick Gillispie, the Smokies broadcaster who was working a college game for ESPN on Thursday night, tweeted shortly after the game that Soler left with hamstring tightness. Soler missed over a month after injuring the hamstring on opening night.
Daytona's game with Charlotte was rained out and will not be made up as the two teams don't play again in the first half. The D-Cubs head to Fort Myers for a four-game series and then spend four at Bradenton. Felix Pena (1-4, 1.38 ERA) gets the start Friday night in Fort Myers.
Low A—Quad Cities 7, Kane County 0
Kane County dropped their fourth straight as they only managed five hits against the Bandits and didn't have a runner reach third.
On the Hill: Duane Underwood (0-1 2.91 ERA) has his toughest outing, giving up a grand slam in the five-run second. Underwood lasted three innings and only one of the six runs was earned. He walked two and recorded one strikeout.....Gerardo Concepcion allowed a run in his first inning of work but settled down to blank the Bandits the final three innings He finished with a line of 4 IP, 3H, 1ER, 2Bb 3K. It was another solid outing out of the pen for the left-hander......Jose Arias threw two scoreless frames with a hit and two strikeouts.
Cougars Notes: Jen-Ho Tseng (3-0, 2.81 ERA) looks to end the losing streak as he faces the Bandits on Friday night.
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 6, Cubs 5
The Tigers (2-1) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and then won the game on a bases loaded walk in the 10th over the Cubs (1-3)
At the Plate: The Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first as Wladimir Galindo hit his second homer, a solo shot, and after Miguel Rico singled, Robert Vahlis smacked a two-run over the left field fence......Luis Ayala added a sac fly in the second and Victor Gomez, singled, stole second and scored on Jesus Gonzalez' RBI single. Gonzalez finished with three hits on the day and Rico added two hits
On the Mound: The big news of the day was Erling Moreno made his pro debut after being signed last year as one of the top international pitching prospects, and the top player out of Columbia. The 17-year-old tossed three innings of shutout ball, but allowed an inherited runner to score in the third. The 6-foot-3 right-hander fanned three, didn't walk anyone one, and scattered four hits...... Chris Pieters, who threw 24.1 innings last year in the VSL, was added to the roster and made his debut, working 1.1 innings. He held the Tigers scoreless but allowed two hits and a walk to go along with two strikeouts....... Yapson Gomez got the star, yielding three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.....Leonardo Gonzalez must have made the switch from catcher to the mound as the right-hander allowed a two-run homer in the ninth to tie the game with two outs and then walked in the winning run in the 10th. He finished with a line of 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3ER, 4BB 2 K.
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