Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 4

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Tennessee brings home their first win of the year thanks to two top prospects. Iowa and Daytona are still looking for their first victory.

In some roster moves, Alberto Cabrera was activated and sent to Iowa. Casey Coleman was reassigned to Boise to make room.  (Which means going to Mesa at this time of year.) Judging from Coleman's comments on Twitter, he is considering his options.

Jorge Soler was put on the DL and Anthony Giansanti was activated to take his spot in Tennessee.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were thrashed by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 9-0.

Carlos Pimentel started and took the loss after he allowed four runs on eight hits, including two home runs, over five innings. He did strike out six and not  issue a walk, so there were some positives.

There were no positives for Jonathan Sanchez's Cubs debut. He couldn't get out of the sixth inning and he gave up a grand slam to Greg Garcia, which was Garcia's second of the game. The grand slam came after Sanchez walked three batters and hit one. Sanchez did retire two batters, one by strikeout.

The only Iowa Cub who managed to get a hit was center fielder Matt Szczur, who was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks and a stolen base. The rest of the Iowa lineup was 0 for 26 with three walks

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies reeled in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds), 1-0 for their first win of the season.

So far, so good for C.J. Edwards in Double-A. He pitched the first four innings and allowed only one hit. He walked one and struck out four. And since this is the first time I've gotten to watch him pitch, I can tell you he looked sharp. Very effortless motion.

P.J. Francescon got the win with three innings of scoreless relief. The Tennessee native allowed only two hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Armando Rivero threw the final two innings for the save. Rivero allowed only one hit. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

The only run of the game came on a seventh inning home run by Kris Bryant, his second in as many days. Bryant was 1 for 4.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were splashed by the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 4-3 in ten innings.

Starter Jose Rosario got into trouble early as the first four batters he faced reached base. He got out of that with only two runs scoring and then he allowed a third run in the second inning. He settled down after that. Rosario's final line was three runs on five hits over four innings.

Austin Reed took the loss when he allowed a run in the top of the tenth. Reed allowed the run on one hit and one walk. He pitched two total innings and he struck out three.

Right fielder Pin-Chieh Chen was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored one run and had another RBI.

DH Bijan Rademacher was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars game at the Quad Cities was postponed because of bad weather. They'll play a double-header on Saturday.

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