Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 10

Thearon W. Henderson

Iowa finally gets on the board with their first win of the season. Tennessee drops their home opener and Daytona blows a big lead and falls in extras.

Looks like I broke twitter tonight. I really didn't mean to, I was simply listening to the Daytona Cubs radio broadcast when all hell broke loose. I was relying on what they were telling me and I may or may not have gotten a few things wrong. But the gist of the story is correct and you can read about it in the other story. I won't be talking about it here.

But cripes. I'm in Deadspin. Along with my daughter's photo. Urgh. All because I happened to be listening to the D-Cubs game.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs won their first game of the season, 3-2 over the Round Rock Express (Rangers).

Starter Drew Carpenter allowed two runs in the second inning, but that was it over five innings as he got his first win of the year. He gave up two hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Blake Parker got the final four outs and collected his 35th career Iowa Cubs save. Parker gave up one single, but no other baserunners over the 1.1 innings. He struck out two. The 35 saves gives him the all-time team record that he had previously shared with Michael Wuertz and Jim Bullinger.

Iowa scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning off of former Cub Neal Cotts. Catcher Luis Flores led off the inning with a home run, his first of the year. Flores was 1 for 4.

Third baseman Edwin Maysonet walked and scored in the three-run fifth inning. He was 2 for 3.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies lost their home opener to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 6-2.

Dallas Beeler started and took the loss. He allowed two runs on six hit over two innings. Beeler walked one and struck out three.

The game blew open when reliever Kevin Rhoderick gave up four runs in the top of the eighth. He had retired the side in order on three ground outs in the seventh, but Rhoderick only retired one batter in the eighth and that was on a sacrifice bunt.

First baseman Justin Bour hit his first home run of the year with the bases empty in the fourth inning. Bour was 1 for 2 with two walks. Center fielder Rubi Silva was 2 for 4 with a double.

Daytona Cubs

They actually played a game tonight too!

The Daytona Cubs were chomped on by the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 14-9 in 11 innings.

Starter Ben Wells struggled as he gave up four runs on seven hits over four innings. One of the four runs was unearned. Wells had control problems as he walked four and did not have a strikeout.

After the Cubs took an 8-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, Austin Reed gave most of it back, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks over a third of an inning. But the real culprit was Luis Liria, who blew a two-run lead in the top of the ninth and then allowed five more runs in the eleventh to take the loss. Liria pitched 2.2 innings and allowed the seven runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Three Cubs hit home runs today as the wind was blowing out at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The first was third baseman Dustin Geiger's solo shot in the second inning. It was his first of the year. Geiger was 2 for 5 with two runs batted in.

Center fielder Zeke DeVoss hit his second home run in as many days when he crushed a solo shot in the third inning. DeVoss was 2 for 6.

Finally left fielder Taiwan Easterling hit a three-run home run as part of that six run fourth inning. Not only was it Easterling's first home run of the year, it was his first hit of the year. Easterling went 2 for 5 with four total RBI.

John Andreoli was 3 for 6 with a double. Andreoli has a six-game hit streak to start the season. First baseman Ben Carhart was 2 for 5 with a two-run double in the fourth. He also scored one run. Second baseman Stephen Bruno was 2 for 5 and scored a run.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars were sawed in two by the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners), 10-4.

It was very cold and wet in Kane County today and starter Tayler Scott could simply not get any sort of control. He took the loss after going 2+ innings and allowing four runs on three hits and five walks. He gave up two runs in the second and exited in the third inning after walking the bases loaded and not retiring anyone. Taylor did not have a strike out.

Although Nathan Dorris allowed two runners inherited from Scott to score, he really pitched brilliantly today. He threw four innings without allowing a run of his own on only one hit. He didn't walk anyone and struck out five.

First baseman Rock Shoulders extended his hitting streak to start the season to seven games as he went 2 for 5.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored. He also pitched the ninth inning, allowing one run on one hit and three walks.

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