AAA—Nashville 2, Iowa 1
Chris Rusin took a hard luck loss allowing two runs in seven innings but the I-Cubs only managed four hits and fanned 14 times.
At the Dish: Not much offense for Iowa as they could only manage four singles, two from Brett Jackson. Jonathan Mota knocked in the only run for Iowa in the seventh with a RBI single, plating Jackson. Javier Baez had the night off and didn't start but fanned as a pinch-hitter.
On the Hill: Chris Rusin (3-7 3.39 ERA) only surrendered four hits but one of them left the yard, a solo homer in the second. Nashville scored what proved to be the winning run in the 7th on a single, a throwing error on a pickoff, and a double. Rusin finished with a line of 7 IP, 4 H, 2ER, 1 BB, 5 K, and threw 86 pitches, 51 for strikes.....Marcus Hatley tossed a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.
I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (4-4 3.59 ERA) gets the start on Sunday.
AA—Birmingham 2, Tennessee 1
Hunter Cervenka uncorked a wild pitch in the top of the ninth as Birmingham rallied and handed Tennessee its sixth straight loss.
At the Dish: Another tough night at the plate for Tennessee as the managed only five hits, two from Kris Bryant, including a double. Dustin Geiger delivered a RBI double in the fourth. Smokies were 1-7 with RISP. The Smokies had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth but Geiger and Rubi Silva were retried.
On the Hill: Joel Pineiro tossed seven strong innings, with the only blemish coming on a solo homer in the top of the seventh to tie the game. He held the Barons to three hits, fanned two and didn't issue a walk in his 87 pitch outing.......Hunter Cervenka worked a 1-2-3 8th but the Barons scored the winning run after a single, sac bunt, stolen base and a wild pitch. Cervenka walked two more hitters before being pulled....Armando Rivero walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases and promptly set the next two down on strikes.
Smokies Notes: Corey Black (2-4 3.28 ERA) makes his tenth start on Sunday.
High A—St. Lucie 4, Daytona 3
Daytona (20-33) dropped their fourth straight as a ninth inning rally came up short against St. Lucie, the Mets affiliate.
At the Dish: Daytona took a 1-0 lead in the first on Albert Almora's double, his 25th RBI. Zeke DeVoss, who was on base three times with a single and two walks, drew a free pass and scored from first on the double.....They didn't get score again until the ninth as Marco Hernandez delivered a two-run single. Two walks and an error loaded the bases for Hernandez but Pin-Chieh Chen fanned to end the game....Almora had two of Daytona's seven hits. Willson Contreras (1-4) is hitting .444/.459/.611 in his last 10 games with 7 RBI, upping his average to .277 after ending April hitting .159.
On the Hill: You won't find Felix Pena on any top prospects lists but he's caught the attention of the front office as the right-hander had his tenth straight start allowing one earned run on less. As a matter of fact, he tossed five shutout frames, allowing just one hit. He gave up a free pass, fanned one, and got 10 ground ball outs....... Jose Rosario's return was a rough one as he got charged with the blown save and took the loss, allowing four runs in the sixth on two walks and three hits, one a three-run homer.......Trevor Graham tossed two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and two walks with three punchouts in his third outing. He's thrown 8.2 scoreless frames since being promoted from extended spring training.
D-Cubs Notes: Catching up some roster moves. RHP Josh Davis and LHP Tyler Ihrig have been sent back to extended spring training. Jose Rosario is back in Daytona after begin assigned to Boise to get over an illness. Rosario never went to Boise but instead of DL he was just assigned to another level. Zach Cates was taken off the DL and RHP Michael Jensen was activated from the suspended list.
Low A—Peoria 5, Kane County 3
A three-run triple in the bottom of the 8th gave Peoria the come-from-behind win.
At the Dish: Cougars had ten hits but did all their scoring in the first two innings. Jacob Hannemann doubled and scored on an error, and Cael Brockmeyer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Carlos Penalver led off the second with a solo homer, his first of the season.....Hannemann, Brockmeyer, Daniel Lockhart, and Yasiel Balaguert all had two hits....Benjamin Carhart had his 15-game hitting streak snapped.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua may be getting the hang of this pitching thing. Even though he's 23, the Dominican doesn't have a lot of innings on his arm or experience on the mound. What he does have is big league stuff with a live fastball and a good breaking ball. The right-hander turned in another solid outing working into the seventh for the second straight start. He walked four and gave up a two-run homer in the seventh before being pulled after 71 pitches. He allowed four hits and fanned four........Corbin Hoffner tossed a scoreless 7th but a leadoff walk opened the door. A single put runners on second and third after the outfield throw went to third and the batter took second. After a groundout, Hoffner issued an intentionally walk to load the bases and got the next batter to pop out to second. After getting two quick strikes, Mason Katz took a 2-2 pitch over center fielder Jacob Hannemann's head clearing the bases.
Cougars Notes: Justin Amlung (3-0 1.76 ERA) gets the start on uSandy at Peoria.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 10, Marlins 0
Cubs won their season opener as three pitchers combined for a shutout over the Marlins..
At the Plate: Robert Caro had a big game going 3-4 with two triples, three runs and three RBI. Jhonny Pena Jose Paniagua both had two hits while Carlos Jimenez and Antonino Gonzalez both plated two runs.
On the Mound: Pedro Aarujo (1-0) went five innings, allowing five innings with six punchouts. Santiago Rodriguez added three shutout innings and Jeffrey Hernandez tossed the final frame.