Bryant makes MLB debut
The much anticipated debut of Kris Bryant became a reality on Friday afternoon at Wrigley as the 22-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Cubs 5-4 loss. Bryant fanned all three times against Padres starter James Shields and then grounded out to third with the bases loaded in the 7th after San Diego walked Anthony Rizzo to face the rookie. Bryant said he got about three hours sleep after being told he was headed to Wrigley. After Iowa flew to Chicago to catch a connecting flight, Bryant was whisked away to Wrigley. While Bryant’s day at the plate was nothing special, he was very solid on defense including a diving grab down down the line to take away a double.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 3, Iowa 2
Oklahoma City spoiled Iowa’s home opener as the I-Cubs could only manage five hits and were just 1-for-7 with RISP.
Hitting Recap: SS Chris Valaika (.250) knocked in both runs, the first in the 6th on a RBI single and a sacrifice fly in the 8th. CF John Andreoli (.263) singled, walked and scored both runs while 2B Addison Russell (.314) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Pitching Chart: Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 1.93 ERA) made a rehab start in Iowa after the Cubs placed the left-hander on the disabled list with a left groin strain to start the season. Wada split last year between Chicago (4-4, 3.35 ERA, 13 GS, 69.1 IP) and Iowa (10-6, 2.77, ERA, 18 GS, 113 IP). The Japan native gave up a solo homer in the fourth and went 4.2 innings, allowing four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He threw 81 pitches, 54 for strikes, in his first outing since spring training......Yoanner Negrin was charged with two runs in the sixth, Drake Britton tossed two scoreless frames and Blake Cooper worked the 9th.
I-Cubs Notes: Barret Loux (0-0, 4.91 ERA) makes his second start on Saturday night in the second game of the series.
Southern League—AA—GAME 1— Tennessee 1, Pensacola (Reds) 0; GAME 2— Pensacola (Reds) 4, Tennessee 1—9 innings
Bijan Rademacher’s walk-off single gave Tennessee the win in the opener but Pensacola took the night-cap in extra innings.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Smokies were held to just two hits over the first six innings but a one-out walk by C Kyle Schwarber (.286) led to the win. Daniel Vogelbach singled to left field, and after Schwarber advanced to third on a short passed ball, Bijan Rademacher delivered a single into right field for the walk-off win.; GAME 2—Vogelbach stayed red hot in the second game, going 3-for-3. The Florida native is hitting .556/.636/. and has reached base in 15 for his last 20 plate appearances. Stephen Bruno (.409) came off the bench to add two hits and a Willson Contreras (.412) groundout plated Rademacher (.276) in the bottom of the 7th to force extra innings.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Ivan Pineyro had a great night, holding the Wahoos to two hits over six shutout innings, leaving after throwing 67 pitches, 44 for strikes. The right-hander got eight ground ball outs and didn’t walk anyone...Hunter Cervenka threw a scoreless 7th and got the win, after a double play erased a one-out walk.; GAME 2—Making an emergency start, Jeffry Antigua worked into the fourth and the only run he allowed came on a solo homer, one of two hits. The left hander threw 49 pitches, 35 for strikes, and fanned four. Stephen Perakslis retired the first four hitters he faced, two on strikes. The hard throwing right-hander is a reliever to keep an eye on as he throws in the middle to high 90s. Andres Santiago tossed two scoreless innings but Zach Cates took the loss as two errors and two wild pitches plated three unearned runs.
Smokies News: 3B Christian Villanueva has been promoted to AAA Iowa to replace Kris Bryant. The Smokies activated C Erick Castillo from the DL..... Felix Pena gets the ball on Saturday night in his second start after tossing six shutout frames against Mississippi.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 3, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 2
After having their last two games rained out, Myrtle Beach opened its 2015 road schedule with a win at WInston-Salem.
Hitting recap: Pelicans scored all their runs in the second—RBI singles from LF Shawon Dunston (.263) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.368), and a sac fly by SS Carlos Penalver (.308). 3B Jeimer Candelario (.269) went 3-for-5 while 1B Jacob Rogers (.304) and Lockhart finished with two hits each.
Pitching chart: Daury Torrez (1-1, 6.52 ERA) earned his first win, allowing a run over five innings. He surrendered four hits, walked three and retired four on strikes. RH James Pugliese gave up a run in 2.1 frames and RH Matt Brazis got the final five outs for his first save.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 11, Fort Wayne (Padres) 3
South Bend snapped its four-game losing streak with a 14-hit attack at Fort Wayne.
Hitting recap: Cael Brockmeyer continued his torrid pace, going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .467/.543/.767. RF Jeffrey Baez (.265) had three hits while LF Charcer Burks (.313) and CF Rashad Crawford (.333) had a pair of hits and knocked in two each. 2B Chesny Young (.265) drew four walks and Jason Vosler added a pair of RBI. All nine starters scored and the Cubs had nine walks.
Pitching chart: Erick Leal (1-0, 2.70 ERA) earned his first win, working five innings with three strikeouts. He allowed a run on six hits and two walks. LH Jordan Minch gave up two runs in two innings and LH Tyler Ihrig came off the DL with two shutout frames in his season debut.
SB-Cubs News: Cubs placed RHP Jasvir Rakkar on the DL and activated LHP Tyler Ihrig from the DL.......Zach Hedges (1-0, 3.60 ERA) gets the start as the Cubs return to Great Lakes (Dodgers) for a 7:05 EST first pitch.