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News, Notes and Game Recaps from April 29

Duane Underwood made his 2016 debut as the Smokies beat Biloxi and four Iowa pitchers blanked Colorado Springs

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 1, Colorado Springs 0

Four Cubs pitchers combined to blank the Sky Sox.

Hitting Recap: Only run of the game came on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly off the bat of Logan Watkins. In the bottom of the 8th, RF Ryan Kalish (.408) singled, stole second and third, and scored on the fly ball to left.

Pitching Chart: In his second start, Jake Buchanan fired six innings of one-hit ball, allowing two walks while fanning five. He threw 84 pitches and had a game score of 73. C.J. Riefenhauser got two outs and Jean Machi (1-0, 0.79 ERA) got the final out of the 7th and threw a scoreless 8th to earn the win. Spencer Patton fanned two in the 9th for his third save.

I-Cubs Notes: Drew Rucinski (0-2, 6.04 ERA) gets the ball Saturday night at Principal Park..... Taylor Davis has been promoted to Iowa from Tennessee...... C Benjamin Carhart has ben place don the DL with a right calf strain. 

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 8, Biloxi 3

Tennessee scored eight times in the 8th to down Biloxi. 

Hitting Recap: Smokies were blanked for seven innings and then erupted in the 8th. With the bases loaded, RF Billy McKinney (.206) was hit by a pitch to tie the game. C Victor Caratini (.258) gave the Smokies the lead for good with a RBI single and LF Bijan Rademacher (.357) walked  with the bases juiced for a 3-1 lead. A sacrifice fly by 1B Kelly Dugan and a RBI groundout by Brad Markey made it 5-1. CF Jacob Hannemann (.271) added a RBI single and 2B Chesny Young (.410) capped off the frame with a two-run single. Young finished 4-for-5 while Hannemann had three hits, scored twice and stole his 10th base.

Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood made his 2016 and AA debut on Friday night, tossing four innings. The right-hander allowed a run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the 73-pitch outing. Gerardo Concepcion threw two scoreless frames to up his scoreless streak to 12.1 innings. Brad Markey (3-0, 3.13 ERA) got the win in relief, allowing a run over two innings. Corey Black worked the 9th, allowing a run on a hit and two walks.

Smokies News: Paul Blackburn (3-0, 0.35 ERA) takes the mound on Saturday night.... Duane Underwood was assigned to Smokies from extended spring training prior to Friday night’s game. @Michael jen was placed on the 7-day disabled list. C Taylor Davis has been promoted to Iowa and IF/OF Kelly Dugan was assigned to Tennessee from extended spring training.

Carolina League—High A—Salem 4, Myrtle Beach 3

Salem scored twice in the top of the 7th to take the series opener.

Hitting Recap: 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.310) went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs. 2B Ian Happ (.329) had two hits, including a RBI double in the 6th. DH Charcer Burks (.175) was 1-for-3 and scored twice.

Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton needed 82 pitches to get through five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He fanned four and had a game score of 52. Ryan McNeil (0-1, 4.73 ERA) gave up a bloop double in the seventh with two outs that plated the tying and go-ahead runs. James Farris tossed two scoreless innings.

Pelicans News: Erick Leal (2-1, 5.40 ERA) gets the ball on Saturday night......Prior to Friday night’s game, the Pelicans placed IF David Bote on the DL and activated OF Rashad Crawford from the DL. Crawford fouled a ball off his foot and hasn’t played since April 18. In 11 games, the 22-year-old is batting .333/.404/.595 with a homer and nine runs scored. 

Midwest League—Low A—Cedar Rapids 4, South Bend 1

Kernals pitching kept the Cubs bats in check for most of the night to take the series opener.

Hitting Recap: Only six hits for the Cubs as they scored in the second on a RBI single off the bat of 1B Matt Rose. Daniel Spingola (.397) upped his hit streak to 11 games, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Pitching Chart: Kyle Twomey went five innings and pitched well, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. He fanned five in the 88-pitch outing. John Williamson gave up a run over two innings and James Norwood surrendered a run in the 8th.

SB-Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay (1-0, 3.12 ERA) makes his fourth start on Saturday evening in Cedar Rapids......South Bend placed 2B Sutton Whiting on the DL and activated 2B Carlos Sepulveda from the temporarily inactive list before Friday night’s game.

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