Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 16

Joe Robbins

Iowa gave up a lot of hits, but they made the few hits they had count. The Smokies took the long ball to a win and the Cougars finally played and split a double-header.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds (Brewers), 4-1.

The story of this game can be told in the final line: The Sounds had one run on ten hits. The Cubs had four runs on three hits. The Cubs walked four times. The Sounds didn't walk at all.

Starting pitcher Brooks Raley got the win with six scoreless innings. He gave up six hits, all singles and struck out seven.

Catcher J.C. Boscan was 1 for 3 with a two-run double in the fourth. Right fielder Ryan Sweeney was 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI triple in the fifth.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies hit three solo home runs to orbit the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 4-3.

The win went to starter Alberto Cabrera, who allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Frank Batista pitched the ninth inning and collected the save, but not without some difficulty. Batista walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a single to the next one. After a ground ball force out put runners on first and third, a passed ball put the tying run in scoring position with only one out. But Batista got two more ground outs to end the game, although one run did score. It was Batista's second save.

First baseman Justin Bour gave the Smokies a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his second home run of the season. Bour was 2 for 4.

The Smokies extended their lead to 2-0 in the third on Matt Szczur's first home run of the season. Szczur was 2 for 3 with a hit by pitch. He also stole a base.

One inning later right fielder Rubi Silva cranked his third home run to give Tennessee a 3-0 lead. Silva was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were chum for the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 15-6.

You don't really want a recap of this game, do you? Clearwater had 27 hits and scored in all eight innings they came to bat. Starter Ryan Searle hadn't given up a run in his first 8.1 innings this season, but today he got hammered for seven runs on fifteen hits over 4.2 innings. At least he didn't walk anyone and struck out five.

Believe it or not, Daytona actually had a 5-2 lead after two and a half innings. In the third inning, shortstop Javier Baez hit his second home run of the year; a solo shot that made it 4-2. Baez went 1 for 5 with a stolen base.

Right fielder John Andreoli was 2 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases. He scored one run and had one RBI. DH Dustin Geiger went 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. He scored one run and had one batted in.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno continued his assault on the Florida State League as he was 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. He scored one run. If you're looking for a wart, he was caught stealing once. Through 12 games, Bruno is hitting .422 with a .490 OBP.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars split a double-header with the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), winning game one 4-3 and losing the second one 8-3.

In game one, Jose Arias pitched the first four innings and allowed three unearned runs in the bottom of the first, but nothing else. Arias allowed four hits. He walked three and struck out three.

Jeffry Antigua pitched the other three innings to get the win. Antigua allowed two hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Kane County scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh to win the game. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 1 for 3 with a two-run double in the sixth inning. First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Gioskar Amaya was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

In the second game, Beloit put the game away with a seven-run second inning. Starter Michael Heesch got tagged for six runs on five hits over 1.2 innings, although only two of the six runs were earned. Heesch walked one and struck out two.

Shortstop Marco Hernandez went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. He also stole a base. Left fielder Wes Darvill was 2 for 3 and batted in one run. Right fielder Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 2 with a walk.

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