Candelario, Cease honored
Iowa third baseman Jeimer Candelario and South Bend pitcher Dylan Cease were honored by the Cubs as the minor league player and pitcher of the month for April. Candelario, 23, hit .306/.432/.625 with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 walks in 21 games. Cease, 21, posted a 1.90 ERA in five starts for South Bend, allowing five earned runs in 23.1 IP. He averaged 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings and held MWL hitters to a .177 average.
Zastryzny called up, Szczur DFA
Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny was recalled to Chicago and the Cubs have designated outfielder Matt Szczur for assignment. Zastryzny pitched in Saturday loss to the Yankees, allowing three runs over four innings. In seven games for Iowa, Zastryzny allowed 20 hits in 17 innings and was 0-1 with a 6.88 ERA. Its unlikely that Szczur would clear waivers and head to Iowa but the Cubs may work out a trade for the 27 year old, who played in 107 games for the Chicago in 2016.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 5, Iowa 2
Memphis scored five times in the top of the eighth to down the I-Cubs in the series opener.
Hitting Recap: Cubs were blanked the first six innings but 2B Tommy La Stella (.267) gave Iowa a 1-0 lead with his first homer of the year. C Victor Caratini (.313) added a solo bomb in the eighth. 3B Jeimer Candelario had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Coming off the DL, RH Eddie Butler had his best outing since joining the Cubs, blanking the Red Birds for six innings on four hits. Butler fanned six and recorded seven ground ball outs in the 92-pitch gem. Game score 74. Juan Paniagua tossed a scoreless seventh but gave up five runs in the eighth, three coming on a homer. He allowed six hits and walked one. Jose Rosario worked a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: RH Eddie Butler and OF John Andreoli were activated from the DL and RHP Ryan Williams was placed on the 7-day DL…….RH Felix Pena was recalled to Chicago and RH Justin Grimm was optioned to Iowa. The I-Cubs have also added RHP Juan Paniagua to the roster from extended spring training.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 7, Jacksonville (Marlins) 4
Ian Rice smacked a three-run homer and Duane Underwood tossed five frames as the Smokies beat the Jumbo Shrimp. The second game of the DH was postponed due to wet grounds and will be made up as a DH on Sunday.
Hitting Recap: 1B Ian Rice (.298) slugged a three-run homer in the fourth to give the Smokies the lead for good. Smokies made the most of there six hits but also drew eight walks in the win. CF Jacob Hannemann (.268) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while SS Carlos Penalver (.288) was 2-for-2 with a walk and a RBI. RF Yasiel Balaguert (.231) and 3B Jason Vosler (.284) also plated runs. LF Charcer Burks (.280) was on base twice with a walk and a hit-by-pitch and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood (2-1, 3.96 ERA) made his fifth start and pitched into the sixth to earn the win. The right-hander finished with a line of 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Underwood threw 86 pitches and had a game score of 47. Brad Markey allowed two inherited runners to score in the sixth but kept Jacksonville off the board in the seventh.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 8, Buies Creek (Astros) 4
A strong outing from Oscar De La Cruz and a big fifth inning gave the Pelicans the win over Buies Creek.
Hitting Recap: Myrtle Beach collected 12 hits in the win, including homers from RF Eddy Martinez (.226) and 1B Matt Rose (.253) in the five-run fifth. Martinez smacked a three-run blast and Rose added a two-run bomb. 3B Adonis Paula (.275) had two RBI while 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.200), C P.J. Higgins (.302), DH Bryant Flete (.278) and Rose all finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz (2-2, 3.68 ERA) fired a season-high six innings and held the Astros to three hits, the only run coming on solo homer. The right-hander matched his season-high with six strikeouts and had a game score of 67 in the 84-pitch outing. Kyle Miller (9.53 ERA) earned the save with three innings of relief in his second appearance for the Pelicans. The right-hander gave up three runs, including pair of solo homers in the ninth. He fanned three and threw 52 pitches.
Pelicans News: Ryan Kellogg (1-1, 3.27 ERA) makes his third start for the Pelicans on Sunday afternoon.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3 Clinton (Mariners) 2
South Bend scored all their runs in the third and Dylan Cease got his first win of the season.
Hitting Recap: In the third, CF Darryl Wilson (.202) and SS Zack Short (.263) singled with one out and both scored on a double from LF Brandon Cummins (.182). 3B Vimael Machin (.302) then followed with a single to score Cummins. Machin went 3-for-4 as the Cubs collected eight hits.
Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease (1-1, 1.88 ERA) recorded his first win of the season, tossing five solid innings with six punchouts. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and a walk in the 73-pitch outing, 46 for strikes. Game score 65…..RH Matt Swarmer got his first save with four innings of relief. Swarmer allowed one run on two hits and a walk, and fanned four in the 44-pitch outing, 33 for strikes.
Completion of Suspended Game—South Bend 7, Clinton (Mariners) 6;
Cubs only needed one inning when play resumed for a walk-off win in the 19th. 2B Yeiler Peguero led off the 19th with a single and sole second. Tyler Payne then laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Peguero to third. After an intentional walk to Kevonte Mitchell, Jhonny Pereda hit a grounder towards the pitchers mound and the throw to get Puguero at the plate, hit the runner and he slide in safely. LH Manuel Rondon worked a scoreless 19th and got credit for the win. The rest of the game story can be read in the May 5 update.
SB-Cubs News: OF Brandon Cummins was signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 7. He had been at extended spring training was and was promoted when OF Chris Pieters went on the DL. Undrafted after his senior year at Delta State, Cummins hit .269/.437/.478 with three homers and six steals in 25 games for Southern Illinois in the Frontier League in 2016. The 23-year-old batted .358 and led Delta State his senior year with 74 runs and 11 stolen bases. In two seasons, Cummins slashed .359/.446/.532 in 102 starts and was a teammate of Cubs minor leaguer Trent Giambrone. He started his college career at Mississippi Delta Community College and played his prep ball at Cleveland High School in Mississippi, where he earned all-state honors.