Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 26

Alberto Cabrera - Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Excellent starting pitching out of all four Cubs farm teams translated to only two out of four wins tonight.

I want to give a plug for the new MiLB mobile app for iOS. Minor league baseball had a mobile app last season, but it cost something like $5 and all it gave you was news and gameday for the Triple-A teams. Not a good deal. But this year's app is free and is functionally identical to the MLB at bat app. If you have an milb.tv subscription, you can watch the Triple-A or Double-A games on your iPhone or iPad. You can also listen to gameday audio for free, although not all teams are available. For the Cubs system, Iowa, Tennessee and Kane County have audio that's available for free.

As far as I can tell, this is only available for iOS at this time.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got wet against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 5-4 in ten innings.

Chris Rusin started and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked two and had one strikeout.

Zach Putnam entered the game in the bottom of the tenth allowed three singles in the tenth inning to take the loss while retiring only one batter, and that was on a sacrifice bunt.

The Cubs were down 4-2 in the top of the ninth when pinch hitter Brad Nelson rocketed a two-run home run to deep center field. Nelson now has four home runs this season.

Earlier, in the fourth inning, Iowa got their other two runs on a home run by right fielder Ryan Sweeney. It was Sweeney's second home run in as many games and his fifth on the year.

Center fielder Brian Bogusevic went 3 for 4 and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies stuffed and mounted the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 5-3.

The Smokies got a good start out of Alberto Cabrera, who allowed one run on three hits over six innings. Cabrera walked three and struck out six as he improved his record to 3-1.

Trey McNutt pitched 1.1 innings and got his second save. McNutt struck out the first batter he faced with a man on second to end the eighth inning. He later allowed a lead-off single in the ninth and then retired the next three batters to end the game.

Most of the offense tonight came from left fielder Rubi Silva. Silva was 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the sixth inning and an RBI triple in the seventh. Silva now has four home runs on the season.

Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha batted in front of Silva and was 2 for 3 with a walk. Ha scored three of Tennessee's five runs. He also stole his sixth base of the year.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs tamed the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 7-3.

Starter Ben Wells had a no-hitter going through five innings before he gave up a hit and a run (with the help of a throwing error by shortstop Javier Baez) with one out in the sixth. He stayed in the game for two more batters after that. Wells' final line was 5.2 innings while allowing three runs, two earned, on only one hit. He did walk five batters and only struck out one.

Hunter Cervenka did not allow a hit or a run over the final 2.2 innings for his second save. He did walk three and strike out four.

Third baseman Dustin Geiger hit a two-run single in the top of the first and an RBI single in the fourth as he went 2 for 4 with three RBI.

Baez was 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the fifth inning. Baez scored once.

Catcher Chad Noble was 2 for 4 and scored twice. Center fielder Taiwan Easterling went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and one run scored.

Kane County Cougars

The Cougars allowed four runs in the ninth inning and one in the tenth to get cooked by the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 6-5.

The collapse wasted a very good start by Pierce Johnson, who allowed only one unearned run on four hits over 5.2 innings. Johnson walked two and struck out seven.

Nathan Dorris started the ninth inning and the Tin Caps got for him for four runs on three hits and a walk over only a third of an inning. Two of those runs were unearned and were the result of an error by first baseman Daniel Vogelbach.

Eddie Orozco took the loss. He allowed one runner inherited from Dorris to score and then another run of his own in the tenth to end the game. The final line on Orozco was one run on three hits over 1.1 innings. He walked two and did not have a strikeout.

Catcher Yaniel Cabezas was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Center fielder Oliver Zapata was 2 for 4 with a double. He also scored a run and knocked one home.

Left fielder Rock Shoulders was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once. Shoulders now has a hit in 16 out of 18 games this year and has reached base in 17 out of 18.

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