For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, I want to point your attention to this April 24 Iowa Cubs game against Memphis. In that game, five of the nine starters for Iowa that day were five of the nine starters for the Cubs in San Diego tonight: Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, Welington Castillo, Josh Vitters and Travis Wood. Two other starters in that game, Adrian Cardenas and Luis Valbuena, were on the Cubs bench today. Only Dave Sappelt and Edgar Gonzalez (who has gone to Japan) are not currently on the roster among the nine starters. Even reliever Jeff Beliveau is currently in the Cubs bullpen.
The Cubs went 1-2 against the Mariners tonight.
The Iowa Cubs were trumped by the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 2-1.
Frankie De La Cruz started and allowed a run over five innings. He gave up five hits. He walked three and struck out four.
The Cubs were stymied for six innings by Trevor Bauer, but they managed to push a run across in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score. But Jairo Asencio entered the game in the top of the ninth and took the loss after allowing a solo home run to Adam Eaton. That was the only baserunner Asencio allowed in the inning he pitched. He struck out two.
The Tennessee Smokies were outflanked by the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 7-6.
Lendy Castillo made a rehab start for Tennessee tonight. He gave up a run on a walk, a balk and a single in the second inning. He pitched just the two innings and those were all the base runners he allowed. Castillo struck out two.
Dae-Eun Rhee relieved Castillo and took the loss. He went five innings and allowed six runs on six hits, including two home runs. Rhee walked three and struck out two.
First baseman Justin Bour continued to tear up the Southern League as he hit his 15th home run with two on in the fifth. Bour also doubled and walked in a 2 for 4 game.
Shortstop Junior Lake made the game close with a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Lake was 1 for 3 with a walk. He now has eighth home runs this season.
Center fielder Matthew Szczur went 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. Szczur scored on Bour's home run.
Heading home to play Lakeland. The good news is that they don't have to play Dunedin again until next season.
The Peoria Chiefs were sawed in two by the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 8-6.
Zach Cates started and allowed three runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Justin Berg took the loss in relief. Berg pitched two innings and allowed three runs on two hits. One of the runs was unearned after center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen dropped a fly ball in the seventh. Berg walked one and struck out three.
Third baseman Wes Darvill was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He scored one run and drove one in with that walk.
DH Sergio Burruel was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Shortstop Timothy Saunders cleared the bases with a three-run double in the bottom of the first inning. He was 1 for 5.
The Boise Hawks threw the Everett Aqua Sox (Mariners) into the dryer, 11-7.
Justin Amlung threw the first two innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Felix Pena relieved Amlung and took the victory in relief. Pena pitched four innings and allowed four runs on five hits, although one of those four runs was unearned. Two of the five hits were solo home runs. Penas struck out five and walked two.
Nathan Dorris got his first Boise save after throwing a scoreless 1.1 innings. The only baserunner he allowed reached on an error. Dorris fanned three.
The Hawks hit three home runs tonight and allowed three home runs. The first Hawks home run came with a man on in the fifth inning off the bat of DH Stephen Bruno. It was Bruno's second home run. Bruno was 1 for 5 and scored twice.
In the sixth inning, catcher Carlos Escobar hit his first professional home run with a man on. Escobar also doubled and walked in a 2 for 3 game. He scored twice.
The final home run was a solo blast to dead center by second baseman Gioskar Amaya. It was his sixth home run of the season. Amaya went 3 for 5 and scored twice.
First baseman Rock Shoulders was 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
All nine Hawks had at least one hit.
Jorge Soler was the DH and went 1 for 4 with a walk, for those of you worried about his absence recently.