Big Day for Eric Jokisch, 5/26 Recap

Eric Jokisch had one of his best days as a pro as he pitched into the ninth and went 2-3 at the plate with two RBI in Iowa's 12-3 win. Javier Baez continued his torrid pace with three hits and three RBI to extend his hit streak to 11 games. Jordan Hankins cracked a walk-off homer to give Kane County a 5-4 win in 11 innings. Tennessee lost on a walk-off double to Huntsville.

Jokisch leads Iowa to win

Eric Jokisch did it with the arm and bat on Monday at Principal Park. The 24-year-old pitched into the ninth in his team-leading tenth start and went 2-3 with a pair of RBI in Iowa's 12-3 win.

Jokisch faced the minimum the first four innings with the benefit of a double play. A leadoff walk to start the fifth led to a run on a sacrifice fly for the only earned run. He retired the side in the sixth and seventh, and got out of the eighth after a lead off double. After a strikeout to start the ninth, Jokisch left the game after Arismendy Alcantara dropped a pop fly on pitch 104. He finished the day with a line of 8.1 IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K.

When he wasn't shutting down the Sky Sox on the mound, he was causing trouble at the plate. He ripped a pitch off the left field wall in the second inning, and after the ball beat him to second, eluded the tag for the double. After lining out to center in the fourth, Jokisch delivered a two-out, two-run single in the fifth to raise his season average to .273. He walked in the eighth as they pitched around him. It was his second career two-hit game and the first time he had driven in more than one run in an game.

Jokisch improved to 4-4, throwing a season-high 8.1 innings. He's logged 62.2 innings and only walked 10 hitters while fanning 50. He has surrendered seven homers and sports a BAA of .259.

The Cubs drafted the Virginia, Illinois native in the 11th round in 2010 after three seasons at Northwestern University, that included 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and a 2010 First-Team All-Big Ten selection. He made a quick rise through the system, reaching AA in his first full season, but spent the next two years back at Smokies Park. Last year, Jokisch went 11-13, led the Southern League with 160.2 innings, and threw a no-hitter against Jacksonville. He made his AAA debut April 6 vs. Memphis, allowing two unearned runs in seven innings in a no-decision.

AAA—Iowa 12, Colorado Spring 3

Eric Jokisch kept the Sky Sox in check and the I-Cubs pounded out 17 hits for their third straight win.

At the Dish: We'll start with Javier Baez, who was 3-4 and extended his hit streak to 11 games. Baez doubled twice, scored twice and knocked in three. The PCL Player of the Week upped his average to .225 after hitting .142 his first 28 games.......Arismendy Alcantara was a homer shy of the cycle as he went 4-4 with four runs, two RBI and a walk........Chris Valaika raised his slash line to .312/.381/.459 with a 4-4 day and two RBI.....Logan Watkins had a bases loaded single to plate two runs while Matt Szczur scored twice and had two hits, including his sixth double.

On the Hill: Frank Batista entered with one out in the ninth and promptly gave up a two-run homer. He then retired the next two hitters to end the game.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa heads to Memphis for a five-game series including a doubleheader on Wednesday. Ryan Kalish is expected to join the team after being optioned to Iowa to make room for Justin Ruggiano, who was activated from the DL......Josh Vitters has been nursing a broken bone in his toe but should be back in the lineup soon and a trip to the DL is not needed, according to manager Marty Pevey.


AA—Huntsville 5, Tennessee 4

Huntsville scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Tennessee after the Smokies took the lead in the top of the frame.

At the Dish: Tennessee took a 1-0 lead in the first on Kris Bryant's 14th homer, a monster blast over the scoreboard in left field. Bryant finished 2-3 and is hitting .337 with 43 RBI.....The Smokies added two more runs in the second with the help of two Huntsville errors. Wes Darvill knocked in a run on a ground ball that wasn't handled and Jeudy Valdez added a sacrifice fly........Rafael Lopez hit a bloop pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the ninth to give the Smokies a 4-3 lead. With two outs, Dustin Geiger reached on an error and went to second on Jae-Hoon Ha's single, setting the table for Lopez.

On the Hill: Joel Pineiro made his third start and the only damage was done by a pair of homers—a two-run shot tin the fifth and a solo blast in the sixth. The right-hander allowed eight hits and walked one with two strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches, 55 for strikes, and recorded 12 ground ball outs. Pineiro's given up 26 hits in 15.1 innings with a .366 BAA.......Jeffrey Lorick tossed 1.2 innings of no-hit relief with a walks and two punchouts......A leadoff single off P.J. Francescon (5-3, 3.25 ERA) opened the ninth and after a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, a sac fly tied the game. After a stolen base, John Andreoli couldn't corral a deep fly to left and the winning run scored on the double.

Smokies Notes: Corey Black (2-4, 3.70 ERA) gets the ball Tuesday night as the right-hander hasn't won in his last four starts.


High A—Daytona

Had the day off and host Palm Beach on Tuesday night but a starter hasn't be named.


Low A—Kane County 5, Peoria 4—11 innings

Jordan Hankins launched a walk-off homer to give Kane County a 5-4 win in the bottom of the 11th as the Cougars rallied twice to beat Peoria for the second straight game. The Cougars now hold a 6.5 lead over the second-place Chiefs.

At the Dish: Kane County's only run in the first eight innings came off the bat of Jacob Rogers, a solo blast in the second, his fourth.....Shawon Dunston broke a streak of 15 straight hitters retired with a triple in the 8th but was stranded.....Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, Benjamin Carhart extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single and took third on Yasiel Balaguert's base hit. Rogers delivered the third straight single to score Carhart and cut the lead to one. After Daniel Lockhart singled to load the bases, David Bote was hit-by-a-pitch to tie the game......Down 4-3 in the 11th, Cael Brockmeyer doubled, took third on a Lockhart's groundout, and scored on Bote's sac fly.....

On the Hill: Justin Amlung (3-0 1.76 ERA) continues to impress in his role as a starter, allowing a run on four hits and a walk in five innings. He fanned four, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch. Amlung has allowed one earned run in his last two starts (12 IP).........Michael Heesch saw his first action in 2014 after starting the season on the DL and rehabbing in Mesa at extended spring training. The left-hander surrendered two runs in the seventh on two hits and two walks. He fanned two in 1.1 innings.....James Pugliese worked three scoreless frames but allowed his first inherited runner of the season to score as he entered the game with the bases load and one out. He gave up two hits, walked one and recorded one strikeout......Jose Arias (1-1 1.93 ERA) got the final two outs of the 10th with two runners on but allowed a run in the 11th after a leadoff double.

Cougars Notes: Kane County is right back at the diamond tomorrow morning (11 A.M.) as they host Peoria in the series finale. Duane Underwood (1-1 2.43 ERA) makes his eighth start.


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