Blackburn, Tseng blank Hot Rods, 4/15 Recap

Kane County swept Bowling Green in a doubleheader behind right-handers Jen-Ho Tseng and Paul Blackburn, both keeping the Hot Rods off the board in the 2-0 and 1-0 twin bill. Iowa and Daytona both lost and Tennessee was rained out.

AAA—New Orleans 8, Iowa 4

New Orleans (4-9) roughed up Carlos Pimentel for seven runs to take the opening game of the series at Iowa (6-6).

At the Dish: Iowa scored all their runs in the second as Logan Watkins delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded. Pimentel added a RBI single and the final run scored on a Matt Szczur's grounder.......Chris Valaika was 2-3 with a double and a run scored.....Iowa hitters fanned 11 times.

On the Hill: Pimentel (1-2 6.75 ERA) surrendered six hits, two leaving the yard, walked five, and was charged with seven earned runs. He fanned five in his 85-pitch outing, 50 for strikes.......Yoanner Negrin allowed one run on five hits in 3.1 frames. He fanned three and threw 61 pitches, 42 for strikes.... Marcus Hatley got the final two outs of the ninth, both on strikes, and hasn't given up a run in 6 innings with 11 strikeouts.

I-Cubs Notes: A couple of former Cubs did most of the damage on Tuesday night. Brian Bogusevic was 3-5 with three RBI and Justin Bour went 2-5 with a solo homer.


Tennessee became the last affiliate to have a game canceled as the Smokies were postponed due to inclement weather as it was cold, wet and snowing prior to start time. The game with Jackson will be made up as part of a double-header on Thursday night, with the first game at 5:30 p.m. EST. Wednesday's game will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST.

High A—Dunedin 10, Daytona 3

Daytona lost for the tenth time in a dozen games as Dunedin (10-2) scored eight runs off starter Jose Rosario.

At the Dish: Daytona can't buy a hit with RISP, going 1-14 in the loss....Tim Saunders (.310/.341/.429) remained hot going 3-4 with two doubles and is 10-18 with four doubles and three stolen bases in last three games. He has five SB on the season......Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-4 with a RBI and Rock Shoulders hit his first homer of the year and was 2-4......The struggles continue for Jeimer Candelario (.186) and Daniel Vogelbach (.152), both 0-4.

On the Hill: Rosario (0-2 6.75 ERA) didn't make it out of the fifth innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and six walks. He fanned two and allowed a homer......Starling Peralta retired all eight hitters he faced, three on strikes.....Stephen Perakslis allowed two runs in the eighth, surrendering two hits and a walk.

Low A—Game 1—Kane County 2, Bowling Green 0; Game 2—Kane County 1, Bowling Green 0

First-place Kane County (9-3) swept Bowling Green (2-9) to extended their winning streak to six games behind the arms of Jen-Ho Tseng and Paul Blackburn.

At the Dish: Wasn't much offense for the Cougars but they made the most of their opportunities. GAME 1—Yasiel Balaguert was involved in both runs in the opener. While on third in the fourth, the catcher tried to pick Balaguert off but the ball hit the runner, bounced away, and he scored the first run. The Cougars added an insurance run in the sixth when Daniel Lockhart reached on a force out, went to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, and scored on Balaguert's sacrifice fly. The Cougars only managed two hits in the opener, a double by Benjamin Carhart and a single by Balaguert...... GAME 2—Kane County scored the only run of the game in the third when Jacob Hannemann singled with two outs and scored on Carlos Penalver's double into the right-field corner. The other two hits were singles by Carhart and Trey Martin. Hannemann stole his fifth base.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0 2.61 ERA) is not only showing why the Cubs paid him $1.6 million but that he belongs in the MWL. The 19-year-old blanked Bowling Green over five innings to earn his first pro win. Striking out six while walking only one, Tseng worked around six hits in his 78-pitch effort, According to KC radio announcer Joe Brand, Tseng ‘s fastball was in the upper 80s, low 90s and kept hitters off balance with his change-up. Tseng pounded the strike zone (around 66% of pitches were strikes) and after reaching his pitch count in the sixth after a fly out, was taken out......Take note Cub fans, Zack Godley is another power bullpen arm that has proven he can get hitters out. The University of Tennessee product got the final five outs of the game, sandwiched in between an infield single. He fanned four to earn his second save, including the final two hitters. Godley threw 28 pithes in relief, 19 for strikes............GAME 2—Paul Blackburn (1-0 3.60 ERA) had his best game as a pro, allowing one hit in six innings as the right hander fanned six and issued only one free pass. Last year after a good start, Blackburn struggled with his command but the right-hander has been pinpoint for KC, walking three hitters in 15 innings. According to Brand, Blackburn's fastball was sitting in the high 80s most of the night. He was efficient Tuesday night, needing only 78 pitches to get through his six innings, and retiring the side in less than 10 pitches twice. After hitting the leadoff hitter in the sixth, Blackburn set the Hot Rods down in order including a nine-pitch at-bat that ended in a strikeout to end the inning.....RHP Jose Arias fanned four Hot Rod hitters in the seventh as the game got interesting. A one-out walk and a wild pitch on a punchout put two runners on, but Arias got the next two hitters swinging to end the game and earn his first save.

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