Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 18

The attendance at the Iowa Cubs game this afternoon was 4,277. I assume the Chicago Cubs beat that, but by how much?

The Chiefs game in Davenport was played under completely horrendous conditions. You can see pictures of the ballpark here. One report said there were 53 people in the stands at the start of the game.

Jay Jackson is supposed to be activated off the DL and pitch for Iowa sometime next week. Welington Castillo is also supposed to end his assignment in Dayona by then as well.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs grounded the Memphis Redbirds, 5-2.

Thomas Diamond rebounded with a strong start this afternoon, going six innings and allowing the two runs. Diamond gave up six hits and walked two. He struck out seven.

John Gaub relieved Diamond and collected the win with two shutout innings of relief. He gave up one hit and walked two. Gaub struck out three.

Scott Maine pitched the ninth inning and notched his third save. Maine allowed a one-out single, but nothing else. He struck out the final batter of the game.

The I-Cubs did most of their damage in a four-run seventh inning, where left fielder Lou Montanez cracked a two-run double. Montanez was 1 for 2 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

Infielder Scott Moore was 2 for 3 with a walk.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Carolina Mudcats, 5-4 in ten innings.

Starter Chris Rusin pitched five innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Rusin only walked one and he struck out four.

David Cales has been very good in relief this season, but he made one mistake tonight and it cost him. He gave up a one-out walkoff home run in the bottom of the tenth to take the loss. He's credited with pitching a third of an inning.

The Smokies only managed three hits tonight, and Brett Jackson's hitting streak came to an end. The Smokies made it close because one of those three hits was a three-run home run by Ryan Flaherty. The sixth-inning blast was his fourth of the season. Flaherty was 1 for 3 with a walk.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were capsized by the Clearwater Threshers, 7-4,

Nick Struck had a rough start tonight as his record fell to 1-1. Struck lasted four innings and allowed six runs on seven hits. One of the six runs was unearned. Struck walked two and struck out two.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha hit his first home run of the season, an eighth inning shot with two men on. Ha was 1 for 4.

Third baseman Matt Cerda was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Cerda is now hitting .405 on the young season.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs were robbed by the Quad City River Bandits (Cardinals), 4-2.

I'm tempted to not write this game up under the assumption that no game played under these conditions should count. But Hayden Simpson started and allowed four runs over four innings. Two of the four runs were unearned. Simpson surrendered six hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Right fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 5.

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