Here's what I like to say: Everyone wins today!
Andrew Cashner made his first appearance of the year today and a couple of other promotions in the system, too.
The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds, 3-0.
Esmailin Caridad rebounded from his last start with a pretty dominating performance today. Caridad threw seven innings and allowed only three hits. He walked two and struck out five as his record improved to 3-1.
Kevin Hart and Chad Fox finished out the game by each throwing a perfect inning. Fox struck out one batter on the way to his second save of the season.
Catcher Chris Robinson provided all the runs in today's game with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. Robinson had a 2 for 4 afternoon with a double and the home run.
The Smokies skinned the Carolina Mudcats, 4-3.
Marcos Mateo got promoted to AA and had some trouble throwing strikes. Mateo only allowed one run on one hit over 3.2 innings, but walked four and hit a batter. He struck out three.
James Russell pitched out of the bullpen for the first time this season and picked up his first win. Russell did allow two runs over 3.1 innings, but both runs were a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning. Russell allowed two hits, walked nobody and struck out two.
Vince Perkins continues to be unscored upon this season. He pitched two innings without allowing a hit to record his first save of the season. Perkins walked one and struck out two.
Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Left fielder Ty Wright reached base all four times up today. He was 2 for 2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. Wright doubled, scored once and batted one in.
The Daytona Cubs caged the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5-3.
Andrew Cashner made his first appearance of the season today. Cashner allowed one run on one hit over 2.2 innings. Cashner struck out two. He walked one and hit a batter as well. Not bad for his first appearance of the season.
Henry WIlliamson got the win in relief. Williamson allowed one run over 3.1 innings. He gave up three hits and walked two--not exactly dominating. He also failed to strike out a batter.
Jake Muyco allowed an unearned run over 1.2 innings to get his first save of the season. Muyco gave up two hits. He neither walked nor struck out anyone.
DH Jovan Rosa had a big day. Rosa finished the day 2 for 4 with a double and his first home run of the season, a third inning solo blast. Rosa scored the one time and had three RBI.
First baseman Russ Canzler hit his first home run on the year too, also a solo home run. He went 1 for 4.
The Chiefs' bullpen imploded to allow three runs in the top of the ninth, but the offense came roaring back in the bottom of the inning to score three times and stun the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 9-8.
Justin Bristow made his first appearance of the season as well today. Bristow only pitched two innings and allowed two runs, both scoring on a first-inning two run home run. Bristow gave up two hits, walked two and struck out one.
Josh Whitlock got the Chiefs in trouble in the ninth inning with the three runs allowed in two innings. He gave up five hits, walked none and struck out one. Ryan Buchter got the win with a scoreless inning, although he did allow two of the baserunners inherited from Whitlock to score. Buchter gave up one hit. He didn't record a walk or a strikeout.
Shortstop Junior Lake was 3 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had an RBI. Center fielder Kyler Burke went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Tony Campana was 2 for 4 with and RBI and two runs scored. He stole his eighth base of the season, although he was caught stealing for the second time as well.
DH Josh Harrison only had one hit, but it was a walk-off triple that scored two. Harrison had a 1 for 4 day with three RBI total.