Cubs Prospect Round-up: April 14

Ted Lilly made a rehab start for Iowa as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery and back pain. Top Cubs pitching prospect Andrew Cashner turned in what may be the best outing of his 14 career Double-A starts. Daytona's Chris Huseby had his worst outing since moving to the bullpen following the 2008 season. Hak-Ju Lee picked up his second two-hit game in three starts for Peoria.

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IOWA 5, MEMPHIS 2 (CLASS AAA)

Iowa (2-5) held Memphis to three hits for their second victory of the season but the big story was Ted Lilly, making a rehab start as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery and back stiffness. Lilly threw 51 pitches, 31 strikes in four innings. He scattered one run on one hit (a solo home run) and allowed one walk while striking out four batters.

"I'd like my next stop to be (Chicago)," Lilly told the Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson after the game. "I feel like I'm ready to do that, but we'll have to see what happens. I imagine we'll talk (Thursday) when I get back to Chicago."

Jay Jackson (1-1) threw the final five innings in a piggyback start, allowing one run and two hits. He struck out four and walked one. Iowa got two hits apiece from Matt Camp (2-for-5) and Bobby Scales (2-for-3), and Chris Robinson (1-for-3) drove in two runs. Scales has hit safely in four straight games and is 8-for-16 in six games.

TENNESSEE 15, CHATTANOOGA 2 (CLASS AA)

Top Cubs pitching prospect Andrew Cashner turned in what may be the best outing of his 14 career Double-A starts. The right-hander started with six scoreless innings, facing one batter over the minimum in that span and striking out 10 batters for the second straight start. Cashner (1-0) did not allow a hit until the seventh inning when he allowed a single and a triple. He left after that and was charged with two runs.

The Smokies (5-1) offense collected a season-high 17 hits as six players, including Cashner (2-for-2), had two hits or more. Starlin Castro (2-for-6) doubled and drove in three runs. He has four multi-hit games in six starts and is batting .357. Jake Opitz (3-for-4) led the team in hits and had a three-run home run, his first since June 24 of last season.

DUNEDIN 11, DAYTONA 6 (CLASS HIGH-A)

Daytona (2-5) pitching allowed a season-high 11 runs and tied their season-high with 13 hits allowed as Dunedin complete a three-game sweep. Chris Rusin (0-2) started and recorded only one out before suffering an ankle injury. He faced five batters and was charged with two runs and four hits.

After Rusin left early, three Cubs relievers allowed combined to allow nine runs over the next 7 1/3 innings. Among them, Chris Huseby yielded four runs in only two-thirds of an inning thanks to four walks. It was the most walks and runs allowed by Huseby since moving to the bullpen following the 2008 season, and the first time he'd allowed more than one run and one walk in a single appearance since the move.

Brett Jackson (3-for-4, double) continues to swing a hot bat, picking up a season-high three hits Wednesday and extending his hitting streak to four games. He drew his eighth walk in seven games and has at least one walk in five straight contests.

CEDAR RAPIDS 8, PEORIA 4 (CLASS LOW-A)

Peoria (3-4) collected a season-high 14 hits but stranded 13 on base in the loss. Hak-Ju Lee (2-for-5, double) drove in two runs and picked up his second two-hit game in his last three starts. He got his first stolen base after recording 25 of them a season ago in 68 games at short-season Class-A Boise.

Richard Jones (3-for-5) led the team in hits, and Jesus Morelli (2-for-5) and Alvaro Ramirez (2-for-4) added two hits apiece. Justin Bour (1-for-4) tripled and has been on base in all six games this season. He's batting .318 (7-for-22).

Jeff Antigua allowed two runs and six hits in five innings in his second Midwest League start, but three Peoria relievers allowed two runs each with Andres Quezada (0-1) suffering the loss.

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