Cubs Prospect Round-up: April 27

Iowa got two solid pitching performances from their starters and some late-inning fireworks from their offense en route to the doubleheader sweep Tuesday. Starlin Castro broke a 0-for-11 skid for Tennessee. Daytona got solo home runs from two players that began the year on the disabled list. Logan Watkins picked up his first extra-base hit for Peoria.

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IOWA 4, ROUND ROCK 3 – GAME 1 (CLASS AAA)

IOWA 4, ROUND ROCK 2 – GAME 2

Iowa (9-10) got two solid pitching performances from their starters and some late-inning fireworks from their offense en route to the doubleheader sweep Tuesday.

In Game 1, Thomas Diamond threw five shutout innings, scattering three hits and a walk in a no-decision. In Game 2, Casey Coleman (1-2) picked up his first Triple-A victory, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings.

Jeff Samardzija (1-0) got the win in his second relief appearance since being sent down. He threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1, retiring all five batters he faced.

Iowa used a three-run rally in their last inning at the plate for the victory in Game 1. Brad Snyder had a game-tying two-run double and Bryan LaHair had the game-winning single.

In Game 2, the Cubs again scored three runs in their last at-bat for the victory. Bobby Scales had a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run double for the winning score.

BIRMINGHAM 5, TENNESSEE 4 (CLASS AA)

Tennessee (15-4) collected 10 hits but fell short. Starlin Castro (3-for-5) broke a 0-for-11 skid with his 12th multi-hit game in 18 starts. The Cubs' top prospect is batting .377 – third best in the Southern League – with seven doubles and 18 RBI.

Tony Campana (1-for-4) singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He is the Southern League's top hitter with a .394 average in 18 games.

Hung-Wen Chen turned in his third quality start, allowing three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five batters, a season-high, and walked one. Dustin Sasser (1-2) took the loss, allowing two runs and four hits in two innings.

DAYTONA 3, LAKELAND 1 (CLASS HIGH-A)

Daytona (8-11) made the most of their three hits Tuesday, getting solo home runs from two players that began the year on the disabled list – Rebel Ridling (1-for-3) and Matt Spencer (1-for-3). Spencer is now 10-for-31 with a hit in six of eight games. Nelson Perez (1-for-2, walk) had the Cubs' only other hit, a double.

Alberto Cabrera (2-1) started and picked up the victory, firing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed six hits and did not walk a batter while striking out six. He lowered his ERA to 1.64 through four starts.

Aaron Shafer threw 2 1/3 shutout innings in relief. The Cubs' second-round pick in 2008 has not allowed an earned run in 16 innings to open the season.

PEORIA 5, WISCONSIN 4 (CLASS LOW-A)

The Chiefs (11-8) seven hits trumped that of their opponent. Logan Watkins (1-for-4) tripled – his first extra-base hit of the season – and drove in two runs, and Greg Rohan (1-for-4) hit his second home run. He is batting .284 with a hit in 10 of his last 12 games.

Kenneth McNutt started and threw five innings of one-run ball in a no-decision. He allowed five hits and four walks and struck out five batters. The hard-throwing right-hander, who signed for $115,000 as a 32nd-round pick in last year's draft, has allowed one run or less in all four of his starts for a 1.42 ERA.

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