AAA— Iowa 5, Nashville 2
Iowa evened the series with Nashville on a pair of two-run homers and another strong outing from Eric Jokisch.
At the Dish: Cubs offense did their damage with the long ball. Christian Villanueva hit his fifth homer,a two-run shot in the second and Brett Jackson added a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh, his third. Jackson has a six-game hitting streak and is hitting .370/.433/667 in his last 10 games.......Chris Valaika plated Iowa's final run with a sac fly, scoring Logan Watkins, who doubled.....Javier Baez was hit by a pitch and promptly stole second and third. However, after striking out in the sixth, left the game. He also made a throwing error in the fifth and was hit on right hand/wrist area.
On the Hill: After spending the last two season in AA, Eric Jokisch (5-4, 3>28 ERA) is getting the hang of this AAA gig. The left-hander turned in his third straight solid outing, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk over six innings. Jokisch fanned five and threw 92 pitches, 59 for strikes.......Jeffry Antigua and Marcus Hatley each tossed a scoreless frame. Frank Batista allowed a run in the ninth and Blake Parker came in and closed the door for his 10th save, fanning both hitters.
I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (2-1 4.88 ERA) gets the ball for his sixth start on Monday and is coming off two impressive performances where he pitched into the seventh and only allowed one run in each start with 11 K and 2 BB.
AA—Birmingham 4, Tennessee 3
Tennessee lost for the seventh straight time and its was their sixth one-run defeat during the losing skid.
At the Dish: Another day, another Kris Bryant homer, hitting his fifth in the last seven games. The two-run shot in the first was his 18th of the season. Bryant added a groundout RBI in the third, his 49th. Like most of the losses during the streak, Bryant is providing most of the offense. Wes Darvill singled and scored as the Smokies had eight hits, walked five times, but went 0-8 with RISP and left 10 on.
On the Hill: Corey Black worked 5.2 frames and was charged with three runs, one coming on a solo homer to the first hitter he faced. Black allowed six hits, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. He fanned six and threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes....Jeffrey Lorick worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.....Tony Zych took the loss but an error on third baseman Anthony Giansanti allowed the leadoff hitter to reach. After a sac bunt, a single gave Huntsville the lead.......Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless ninth, working around a leadoff walk.
Smokies Notes: Dae-Eun Rhee (2-2 3.39 ERA) looks to break the losing streak on Monday night as he makes his 10th start. Rhee fanned a season-high eight in his last start, a seven inning outing against Huntsville.
High A—St. Lucie 6, Daytona 0
Daytona dropped their fifth straight and were shutout for the seventh time.
At the Dish: Another tough day at the plate for Daytona as they managed four hits, all singles. The D-Cubs continue to struggle with runners on and were 0-for-4 with RISP. Daniel Vogelbach went 1-3 and Albert Almora was 0-3 with a walk. Rock Shoulders was 1-3 in his first game back after being placed on the suspended list. C Lance Rymel was assigned to Boise to make room for Rymel's return.
On the Hill: Taylor Scott (3-4 4.40 ERA) did a nice job on Sunday holding the Mets to two runs, one earned, in 5.1 innings. He walked two, allowed six hits, one leaving the yard, and fanned two......Zack Godley (1-1 9.00 ERA) got roughed up in the seventh, surrendering four runs on three hits, a hit batter, and a throwing error, allowing two to score.....Austin Reed (0-1 3.75 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 eighth.
D-Cubs Notes: Nathan Dorris (1-1 6.75 ERA) gets the start on Monday, his second of the season. The left-hander allowed five runs in 4.1 innings in his last outing against Palm Beach. The 17th round pick in 2012 has worked out of the bullpen most of his career, appearing in 68 games, 65 out of the pen.
Low A—Kane County 2, Peoria 0
Justin Amlung and two relievers blanked Peoria on six hits to even the series and up their lead to 7.5 games.
At the Dish: Kane County was held to five hits but Peoria committed five errors, one leading to a run. Trey Martin led off the third with an infield single and took second on a throwing error. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Hannemann and scored when the shortstop couldn't handle Daniel Lockhart's grounder. In the fifth, Benjamin Carhart tripled and scored on Yasiel Balaguert's sac fly, his 30th RBI. Jordan Hankins continues to take good at-bats as the third baseman was 2-4.
On the Hill: Justin Amlung (4-0 1.54 ERA_ is getting the hang of being a starter. The former Big East Pitcher of the Year for Louisville, Amlung made his fourth start and tossed 5.2 shutout innings. He has now allowed one run in last three starts, 17.2 IP; and was a strike throwing machine as 68 percent of his 80 pitches were for strikes. He fanned a career-high eight, didn't walk a hitter, and recorded eight ground ball outs......After surrendering seven earned runs in his first 7.1 innings, Michael Wagner has settled into his role out of the bullpen and only allowed one run in his last 6.1 frames. On Sunday night, he tossed two shutout innings, giving up a hit and two walks with four strikeouts. He earned his second hold......Tyler Bremer (4-0 2.88) picked up his fifth save, recording the final four outs.
Cougars Notes: Duane Underwood (1-1 2.52 ERA) pitches in the series finale Monday night. The right-hander held the Chiefs to two runs in a season-high six innings on May 27, his last start.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 2, Cubs 1
The big news was the Cubs played their first game without making an error but still couldn't come away with a win.
At the Dish: Jose Gonzalez (2-4) scored the Cubs only run in the fourth on a wild pitch after he led off with a double and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Henrry Pedra. Pedra was 1-2 and CF Victor Gomez was 2-2.
On the Hill: Enrique De Los Rio (0-1 2.70 ERA) fanned six in five shutout inning for the best outing of any V-Cub pitcher this season. The 19-year-old right-hander allowed four hits and walked one.....Angel Mejias (0-1 6.00 ERA) was charged with a blown save and took the loss allowing two runs in the seventh as the Phillies had four hits in the frame....Jose Leidenz fanned three in two scoreless innings.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Cubs (1-0) had the day off after the season opening win over the Marlins.