Pacific Coast League—AAA—New Orleans 3, Iowa 2—10 innings
Iowa (3-3) kept New Orleans (2-4) off the score board the first seven innings but the Zephyrs scored a run in each of their final three at-bats for the walk-off win.
Hitting Recap: Iowa out-hit their opponents 8-6 and held a 2-0 lead but were just 2-for-10 with RISP. 1B Chris Valaika (.240) had two hits while 2B Jonathan Mota (.462) went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Kevin Brown (.750) delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the 7th for a 1-0 Iowa lead. 3B Kris Bryant (.333) walked, was hit by a pitch, scored a run and fanned twice in five plate appearances. SS Addison Russell (.296) went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Pitching Chart: A strong start by Donn Roach couldn’t be brought home by the I-Cubs bullpen, who came into the game with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings. Roach, claimed off waivers from the Braves and eventually optioned to Iowa, threw one-hit ball for six innings and retired 18-of-the-19 hitters he faced, three on strikes. Roach threw 67 pitches, 45 for strikes, and coaxed 12 ground ball outs......Blake Cooper worked a 1-2-3 7th but a leadoff homer in the 8th cut the lead in half. After a single and two groundouts, Blake Parker relieved Cooper and got the final out of the inning. Parker gave up a one-out walk and a double in the 9th, and a sac fly tied the game. In the 10th, Drake Britton surrendered a double but erased that base runner after a come backer to the mound and throw to third. The Zephyrs answered with a single, and then after a walk to load the bases, a sacrifice fly won the game.
I-Cubs News: I-Cubs send Eric Jokisch and Carlos Pimentel to the mound for Thursday’s twin-bill that starts at 5 p.m. CST.......In case you haven’t noticed, Friday marks the start of the “what are they waiting for” and “hug watch” status for Kris Bryant as the North Siders would gain a year of service control for starting their ’13 first-round pick in the minors. No matter when he’s called up, he faces a tough challenge as many Cubs fans have unrealistic expectations on his production as a rookie. He’s never struggled as a pro and when he has to deal with that in the majors, he’ll also have to fend off the constant barrage of media questions at the same time. Not an easy task for a 22-year-old.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee—Rained Out
The Smokies home opener against Pensacola (Reds) was postponed and the two teams will make up the contest with a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 5:30 EST. The Smokies haven’t announced any starters for the twin-bill. Corey Black (1-0, 1.80 ERA) get the start on Thursday night with a 7:05 p.m. EST start.
Smokies News: LHP Rob Zastryzny has been placed on the disabled list and Jeffry Antigua has been sent from Iowa back to Tennessee. Zastryzny was hit on his left food on a come backer to the mound in the AA debut and had to leave the game.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach—Rained Out
Wednesday night’s game between the Pelican and Salem was postposed due to rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader on May 6. Myrtle Beach begins a seven game road trip with four games at Winston-Salem and three at Salem. Duane Underwood is scheduled to start Thursday night against the Dash, the White Sox affiliate.
Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne 10, South Bend 7
In the opener of the three-game series, Fort Wayne scored seven runs in the third for a 9-0 lead and hung on for the win over South Bend.
Hitting recap: South Bend faced Padres prospect Ernesto Montas, who was making his stateside debut at age 22, his third year in pro ball. SB-Cubs only got one run off the right-hander over the first five innings but did score six times off the Tincaps bullpen to make it interesting. CF Trey Martin (.269), Gioskar Amaya (.238), 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.409) and 2B Chesny Young (.259) had two hits each.
Pitching chart: After five solid innings in his debut on opening night, Jake Stinnett had troubles commanding the strike zone on Wednesday night, walking seven over 2.1 innings. He was charged with eight runs, five earned, on three hits and two strikeouts......Jasvir Rakkar allowed two runs over 3.2 frames and infielder David Bote tossed two scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts.
SB-Cubs News: Cubs will be looking to even the series on Thursday night when they send Jeremy Null (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound.