Cubs April 16 Minor League Recap

Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer and Addison Russell saw his first action at second base in Iowa’s win at New Orleans. Tennessee won its home opener, South Bend dropped it fourth straight, and Myrtle Beach was rained out for the second straight day.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—GAME 1—Iowa 10, New Orleans 7; GAME 2—Rained Out
Iowa scored seven times in the sixth, three coming on Kris Bryant’s third homer of the season, to beat New Orleans. The night-cap was rained out.

Hitting Recap: Playing in what could be his final minor league game, Kris Bryant homered in his final at-bat, a three run shot down the left-field foul line. In his pervious at-bat, Bryant was robbed of a two-run homer by the right fiedler. Bryant (.321/.364/.679) finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout.......Overshadowed by Bryant’s promotion to the big leagues, Addison Russell made his first start at 2B for the Cubs and the position switch didn’t cause any problems with his bat as he doubled to right-center in the first and scored, and then delivered a two-run single in the 5th. Russell (.355/.364/.516) was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Junior Lake, Rubi Silva and Jonathan Mota all had two hits.

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Eric Jokisch made his second start and got hit hard, allowing four runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings. The outing lasted 83 pitches, 51 for strikes, with two walks and four punchouts. Gonzalez Germen (2-0, 0.00 ERA) got the win with 1.1 scoreless innings. Joseph Ortiz tossed a scoreless sixth but Armando Rivero gave up three runs on three hits in the 7th and James Russell came on to record his first save.

I-Cubs News: Principal Park will a buzz on Friday as the I-Cubs hold their season opener against Oklahoma City (Dodgers). Barret Loux (0-0, 4.91 ERA) gets the start for Iowa with first pitch at 7:08 p.m. CST.

Box Score

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 5, Pensacola 4
Tennessee (4-2) won its home opener knocking off Pensacola (1-4)

Hitting Recap: Daniel Vogelbach (.476) continues to square up AA pitching as the first baseman was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. C Willson Contreras (.500), had a pair of hits as did 2B Stephen Bruno (.389). LF Pin-Chieh Chen knocked in his team-leading 8th RBI.

Pitching Chart: Corey Black got the start and surrendered three straight hits to open the game, two of them coming around to score. After the first, Black settled in nicely before the pitch count ended his night after four innings. He didn’t allow a hit after the first and fanned five in his 77-pitch effort....Michael Jensen (2-0, 0.00 ERA) threw a pair of shutout frames to earn the win.......C.J. Edwards made his second relief appearance and didn’t look sharp at all. Over half his 42 pitches were balls and he finished with a line of 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. P.J. Francescon got the final four outs for his first save.

Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro and Jeffry Antigua are the scheduled starters for Friday’s twin-bill that gets underway at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach, Winston-Salem (White Sox)—Rained Out
Rain canceled Thursday night’s game and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST. Daury Torrez (0-1, 11.57 ERA) takes the mound Friday night and Duane Underwood, who was scheduled to start the last two nights, will be skipped.

Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne 7, South Bend 6—10 innings
South Bend (3-5) dropped their fourth straight game, the second on a walk-off as the bullpen failed to hold the lead twice.

Hitting recap: 3B Jesse Hodges hit the Cubs first homer since opening night, a two-run shot in the second. He also added a RBI groundout. LF Charcer Burks (.296) went 3-for-4 with a RBI while CF Trey Martin (.290), 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.423), and 2B Jason Vosler (.304) all had two hits.

Pitching chart: Right-hander Jeremy Null had another impressive outing in his second start, allowing two runs over six innings. Null allowed seven hits, fanned six and didn’t walk a hitter for the second straight game......Trevor Clifton, who didn’t make it out of the first inning in his first start, threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing a hit with one punchout......James Norwood got charged with a blown save, surrendering three runs in the 8th as the Tin Caps tied the game.....After South Bend took the lead in the 9th, Francisco Carrillo gave up an unearned run in the 9th and a two-out walk-off double in the 10th.

SB-Cubs News: Erick Leal (0-0, 3.60 ERA) makes his second start of the season Friday night at Fort Wayne.

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