Cubs Minor League Wrap: May 12

Alfredo Amezaga had three RBI tonight for Iowa. Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were up the creek without a paddle against the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics), 4-3.

Casey Coleman was supposed to start tonight, but with his absence Frankie De La Cruz got the emergency start. De La Cruz surrendered three runs on five hits over four innings. He walked four and struck out one.

Frank Batista and Manuel Corpas each tossed two scoreless innings, but Esmailin Caridad walked the bases loaded with one out before giving up a game-ending single. His one out was by a strikeout.

Right fielder Alfredo Amezaga hit his first home run of the season with the bases empty in the fifth inning. He was 2 for 4 with all three I-Cub RBI.

Left fielder Jonathan Mota was 2 for 2 with a double. Shortstop Luis Valbuena was 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were pacified by the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 9-2.

Nick Struck got off to a good start tonight, but got into serious trouble in the fifth inning. Struck finished the night pitching 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on ten hits, including two home runs which accounted for three of the four runs. Struck walked one and struck out three.

Right fielder Michael Burgess was 2 for 4 with a double. First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs shut out the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 4-0.

Eric Jokisch evened his record at 3-3 with six innings, allowing just four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out five.

Ty'Relle Harris, Scott Weisman and Tony Zych each threw an inning to finish out the shutout. Only Zych allowed a baserunner: He gave up a lead-off double and then walked the next batter before retiring the next three batters to end the game. Two of the final three outs were strike outs.

DH Richard Jones hit two doubles in a 2 for 3 game. he also walked once and had one RBI.

Second baseman Rubi Silva went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Third baseman Arismendy Alcantara was also 2 for 4. Alcantara stole a base, scored twice and batted one in.

Right fielder Elieser Bonne went 2 for 3 and scored once.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs took the honey from the Burlington Bees (Athletics), 2-1.

Great start tonight by PJ Francescon, who had a no-hitter through five innings. He didn't get into any trouble before the eighth inning, when two singles and an error loaded the bases with one out, and he exited the game with the bases loaded. Francescon gave up only one unearned run and three hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Yao-Lin Wang relieved Francescon with the bases loaded. He gave up one inherited run on a sac fly, but no runs of his own as he got his first save. Wang pitched 1.2 innings and did not allow a baserunner of his own. Wang struck out one.

Second baseman Zeke DeVoss was 0 for 1 with three walks. He scored once.

Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2 for 3.

First baseman Paul Hoilman went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 24 games.

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