Cubs Prospect Round-up: April 11

This wasn't quite how Ryne Sandberg envisioned his first season as Iowa manager starting off. Four Tennessee pitchers combined for a six-hitter as the Smokies won their fourth straight to open the season. A plethora of Cubs prospects had their best day at the plate as Daytona collected a season-high 13 hits. Peoria pitchers combined on a five-hitter.

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NASHVILLE 4, IOWA 2 (CLASS AAA)

This wasn't quite how Ryne Sandberg envisioned his first season as Iowa manager starting off. Iowa (0-4) collected just seven hits for the third straight day as Nashville completed a four-game sweep. The Cubs were held to three runs or less in all four games.

Jason Dubois hit his second home run Sunday and Micah Hoffpauir had an RBI double. Dubois (2-for-4) was the only Cubs player to finish with two hits, but Bryan LaHair (1-for-3) singled and has now hit safely in three starts at first base.

Casey Coleman (0-1) made his first career Triple-A start and lasted six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out four and did not allow a walk. Blake Parker threw two scoreless innings in relief despite allowing two hits and two walks.

TENNESSEE 4, MISSISSIPPI 1 (CLASS AA)

Four Tennessee (4-0) pitchers combined for a six-hitter as the Smokies won their fourth straight to open the season. Hung-Wen Chen (1-0) could use more outings like the one he had Sunday given his struggles in Double-A a season ago. He overcame a shaky first inning to settle down and pitch five innings, allowing one run and four hits.

Alex Maestri threw two scoreless innings in relief and Ryan Buchter and Jake Muyco each threw one scoreless inning. Dating back to last season at Peoria, Buchter has allowed just one run over his last 18 relief appearances – a span of 28 2/3 innings.

Brandon Guyer (1-for-3, walk) and Blake Lalli (1-for-4) both had doubles and Robinson Chirinos (2-for-3, walk) led the team in hits. Guyer is 6-for-14 and has hit safely in his first four games this season after batting just .190 in 57 games at Double-A a season ago.

DAYTONA 10, BREVARD COUNTY 5 (CLASS HIGH-A)

A plethora of Cubs prospects had their best day at the plate as Daytona (2-2) collected a season-high 13 hits. Josh Vitters (3-for-5) led the way with three run-scoring hits, including two RBI doubles, and Brett Jackson (2-for-4) collected his first hits of the season to break a 0-for-12 start. He also drew two walks and now has five in four games.

D. J. LeMahieu (3-for-6) collected a season-high three hits and also recorded his first extra-base hit of the season, a double to start the sixth inning.

Christopher Archer made his first start of the season and went four innings, allowing two runs and four hits in a no-decision. He struck out five and walked one. Aussie Ryan Searle (1-0) got the win in relief with two runs and three hits allowed in four innings.

Chris Huseby allowed one run in the ninth inning but closed things out. The run allowed by Huseby was only the third in his last 20 games dating back to last season.

PEORIA 2, BELOIT 0 (CLASS LOW-A)

Peoria (2-2) pitchers combined on a five-hitter in Kenneth McNutt's Midwest League debut Sunday. McNutt started and went three innings, striking out seven and allowing two hits before Korean right-hander Su-Min Jung worked four innings, giving up just one hit. Steven Grife and Jordan Latham each threw one scoreless inning of relief.

One night after picking up his first hit of the season, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee (2-for-4) notched his first two-hit game and recorded his first extra-base hit, a double to start the sixth inning. Greg Rohan (3-for-4) did much of the damage in the Chiefs' lineup with a season-high three hits and two RBI. Matt Cerda (1-for-3) singled and drew his fifth walk in four games.

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