Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Memphis (Cardinals) 1
Hitting Recap: 1B Victor Caratini (.361) collected his second straight four-hit game with three singles and a double, knocking in two runs—a RBI single in the sixth and a run-scoring double in the eighth. 3B Stephen Bruno (.233) added a sacrifice fly in the sixth and LF Mark Zagunis (.212) went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Memphis pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Caratini in the second inning and had to be taken off the field in a stretcher. The game was delayed 14 minutes while he was attended too. Poncedeleon was drafted by the Cubs in 2013 but didn’t sign after failing his physical. He’s made a quick rise through the Cardinals system and went 9-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts last year in AA.
Pitching Chart: Jake Buchanan (0-2, 7.48 ERA) shutdown one of the hottest teams in the minors on Tuesday afternoon, limiting the RedBirds to one run over eight strong innings. The right-hander allowed five hits and two walks while fanning five in the 92-pitch gem. Buchanan coaxed 10 ground ball outs and finished with game score of 76. RH Pierce Johnson (2.19 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has Wednesday off and they head to Salt Lake for a Thursday night tilt……Cubs have released C Carlos Corporan. Signed as a free agent with a invite to spring training during the off-season, Corporan started the year on Iowa’s DL and had been rehabbing at extended spring training.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 8, Jackson (Diamondbacks) 0
Trevor Clifton and two relievers shutout Jackson (19-12) as Tennessee (20-12) moved into first place.
Hitting Recap: Smokies wasted no time getting on the board as LF Charcer Burks (.304) worked a 12-pitch at-bat into a single up the middle to lead off the game. CF Jacob Hannemann (.250) walked and 2B David Bote (.292) ripped the first pitch he saw for a two-run double. RF Jeffrey Baez (.230) made it 3-0 with a line drive homer over the left field wall to start the third. Tennessee added three more runs in the fourth on a bases clearing two-out double from Burks. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.226) smacked his first AA homer, a two-run shot in the ninth. Baez finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Setting season-highs for innings and strikeouts, Trevor Clifton fanned seven over six shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk in the 94-pitch outing. Clifton had a game score of 73….LH Gerardo Concepcion fanned two in a scoreless seventh and Jhondaniel Medina kept the Generals of the board the final two frames to preserve the shutout.
Smokies News: No starter has been named for Wednesday’s noon start.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach @ Winston-Salem (White Sox)—Rained Out
Myrtle Beach (17-14) and Winston-Salem (11-20) were rained out and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday morning. Adbert Alzolay (2-0, 3.00 ERA) and Casey Bloomquist (2-2, 3.86 ERA) are scheduled to start.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 7, Burlington (Angels) 0
Hitting Recap: South Bend grabbed 4-0 lead in the third with five straight hits after one out. Darryl Wilson got the rally started with a double and scored on Zack Short’s single. Brandon Cummins ripped a single off the pitcher and both runners moved into scoring position after a wild pitch. Yeiler Peguero followed with a RBI single scoring Short and then Alberto Mineo plated two runs with a double. Jhonny Pereda extended his hit streak to 13 games with a RBI double in the sixth and Isaac Paredes followed with a two-run double. Luis Ayala and Vimael Machin added RBI in the ninth. Mineo finished 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Short, Cummins and Paredes all finished with two hits. After a slow start (11-69 in April, .159), Wilson is starting to heat up, extending his hit streak to five games with a double and is 10 for his last 26.
Pitching Chart: Duncan Robinson (3-1, 1.52 ERA) had his best outing as a professional, setting career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts. The right-hander from Dartmouth tossed seven shutout frames and fanned five in the 91-pitch gem, recording nine ground ball outs. Robinson allowed three hits and one walk for a game score of 79….RH Chad Hockin preserved the shutout with two scoreless, fanning two while allowing a walk and a single.
SB-Cubs News: Bryan Hudson (0-1, 6.92 ERA) makes his fourth start for South Bend on Wednesday morning. The 20-year-old is coming off his best outing, allowing one earned run over five innings with six strikeouts and eight ground ball outs. The 6-foot-8 lefty sports a fastball in the low 90s and needs to keep the ball down in the zone to be effective. Consistently pounding the strike zone was a problem for Hudson last year in Eugene, issuing 41 walks in 58.2 innings and he’s walked nine in 13 frames at South Bend.