Prospect Round-up: Cashner Just About Perfect

Andrew Cashner's hold on the competition continued Saturday night at Iowa. Ty Wright continues to be an RBI machine for Tennessee. Rafael Dolis finally got some run support at Daytona. It was raining tennis balls in one Iowa town (Davenport) Saturday.

Follow on Twitter for more updates.


Andrew Cashner's hold on the competition continued Saturday night in his most dominant start of the season. The right-hander and top Cubs pitching prospect threw seven shutout innings, allowed just two hits, and struck out seven. He did not walk a batter and carried a perfect game bid into the fifth inning before Chris Iannetta singled with one away. Cashner threw 95 pitches, 66 strikes -- the fifth time this season he's thrown 90-plus pitches in a start. He lowered his ERA to 0.95 in three Triple-A starts, and is now 6-1 with a 2.13 mark in 55 innings overall. Cashner also leads the Cubs' farm system in both wins and strikeouts (56).

Iowa (23-18) got two hits atop the order from Jim Adduci (2-for-4), who scored the games only run, and Darwin Barney (2-for-4), who is batting .400 in May and .315 overall. The Cubs have now won five straight and 11 of their last 12.


Cubs minor league veteran Robinson Chirinos continues to hit in Tennessee's offense, but Saturday he wasn't alone. Chirinos (4-for-4) doubled three times and drove in two runs as part of a 14-hit Smokies (26-17) attack. He raised his average to .347, second-best in the Cubs' system behind teammate Tony Campana's .357 mark. Campana (1-for-4) singled and extended his hitting streak to six games. He has a hit in nine of his last 10 contests.

Ty Wright (2-for-3) hit his eighth home run -- two shy of tying his career high -- and drove in four runs. Wright's 41 RBI leads the Cubs' farm system.

On the mound, Chris Carpenter (3-1) won his second straight start, using 85 pitches in five innings. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks to lower his ERA to 3.98 in seven starts. He struck out three. Right-hander David Cales gave up his first run in relief this month after a string of eight straight scoreless outings.


Rafael Dolis (2-3) finally got some run support. He scattered six hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out six batters without allowing a walk. Daytona's offense gave him a 4-0 lead after three innings en route to pounding out 14 hits.

Dolis lowered his ERA to 2.03 -- the second best mark in the Cubs' farm system among starting pitchers behind Peoria's Kenneth McNutt.

A pair of 2009 draft picks did their part to get Dolis into the win column for the first time since April 19. Brett Jackson (2-for-4) and D. J. LeMahieu (2-for-5) were on base throughout the night, with Jackson picking up two doubles and a walk, and LeMahieu recording a double and a triple. Jake Opitz (3-for-4) led Daytona (18-25) with a season high three hits.


It was raining tennis balls in one Iowa town (Davenport) Saturday. According to Chiefs broadcaster Nathan Baliva, a ruckus started with Peoria trailing, 4-3, and batting in the eighth inning. From the Chiefs' media relations office:

"(J)onathon Mota clearly grounded a fair ball over the third base bag to tie the game. But home plate ump Rocky Craig called the ball foul and Chiefs manager Casey Kopitzke was ejected for arguing the call. As he argued, a couple of tennis balls were thrown from the crowd in the direction of Kopitzke and (Greg) Rohan standing at third. Mota eventually flew out to right after the PA asked fans to stop throwing tennis balls. Between innings, another ball narrowly missed Charles Thomas as he took his position at third and after the fans were warned that the players would be taken off the field, the incident ended."

The Chiefs (24-19) recorded 11 hits with three players finishing with three hits apiece: Hak-Ju Lee (3-for-4), Rohan (3-for-4) and Richard Jones (3-for-4). Rohan raised his average to .282 and has a hit in seven of his last eight games. His 32 RBI leads the Chiefs and is second in the Cubs' farm system to Ty Wright.

Jeffrey Antigua (1-3) started and suffered the loss. He allowed four runs and six hits in four innings, striking out five and walking three. Right-hander Larry Suarez threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA to 1.47 in 10 games.

Northsiders Report Top Stories