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IOWA 7, MEMPHIS 5 (CLASS AAA)
Welcome to 2010, Welington Castillo. The Cubs top catching prospect broke a 0-for-12 start to the season with two hits, including his first home run and double, part of an 11-hit showing for Iowa (3-5) off former Cubs pitcher Rich Hill. Darwin Barney (2-for-4, walk) reached base three times and now has three multi-hit games in his last three starts.
Thomas Diamond (1-0) allowed two runs and two hits in five innings for his first victory since joining the Cubs' system from the Texas Rangers in September.
TENNESSEE 8, CHATTANOOGA 4 (CLASS AA)
Tennessee (6-1) continued its hot start despite allowing a season-high 15 hits. Not that the Smokies' offense was in bad shape, either. Robinson Chirinos (3-for-4, two RBI) homered and doubled, and Starlin Castro (1-for-5, two RBI) extended his hitting streak to three games and has now hit safely in six of seven contests overall. He has six RBI over his last three games.
Jeremy Papelbon started and allowed one run and eight hits in a no-decision. Not normally a strikeout pitcher, the left-hander fanned seven and did not allow a walk in 4 1/3 innings, although he hit two batters. The seven strikeouts were the most for Papelbon since he fanned 10 in an August, 2007 start for Class-A Peoria.
Alex Maestri (1-0) earned the victory in relief, allowing an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. Ryan Buchter allowed his first run of the season in relief. The left-hander came into the game having allowed just one run over his last 18 appearances dating back to July of last season, a span of 28 2/3 innings.
DAYTONA 2, TAMPA 1 (CLASS HIGH-A)
Where did Alberto Cabrera come from? One start after throwing six shutout innings with just two hits allowed, the 21-year-old right-hander turned in another quality start, allowing one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Cabrera (1-0) struck out seven and the Cubs' bullpen threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, retiring all eight batters they faced.
Nelson Perez (1-for-3) broke a 1-for-13 start to the season by driving in the only Daytona (3-5) runs with a two-run single in the fourth inning. Brett Jackson (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to five games and drew his ninth walk in eight games. He has walked in six straight contests and is batting .300 with a .462 on-base percentage.
CEDAR RAPIDS 8, PEORIA 6 (CLASS LOW-A)
Peoria (3-5) allowed eight runs for the second night in a row, but had some promising at-bats en route to collecting 10 hits. Hak-Ju Lee (2-for-5) had two infield singles and Greg Rohan (2-for-4) doubled twice and drove in three runs. Lee has three two-hit games in his last four starts after beginning the season 1-for-12.
Justin Bour (2-for-4) doubled and drove in two runs. Tied with Matt Cerda for the team lead in batting average, Bour is hitting .346 and has reached base in all seven games.
Jonathan Nagel started and allowed one earned run and three hits in four innings. Tim Clubb (0-1) suffered the loss in relief, allowing three runs and four hits in an inning of work. Jordan Latham threw a scoreless eighth inning and has opened the season with four scoreless frames, allowing two hits and no walks to go with five strikeouts.
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