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Cubs Minor League Wrap--April 25

A lot of games today.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs got run over by the Round Rock Express, 5-1.

Jay Jackson started and got the loss, even though he didn't pitch poorly. Jackson went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Jeff Samardzija did pitch one inning of relief today. The results won't make anyone happy. He allowed two runs, both of which were unearned, on one hit. The bad news was that he walked three (one intentionally) and struck out no one.

Catcher Welington Castillo gave the I-Cubs their lone run in the fifth inning with his fourth home run of the year. Castillo was 1 for 3. Center fielder James Adduci had 2 hits in 3 ABs.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies split a double-header with the Birmingham Barons losing the first 4-3 and getting revenge in the second game, 9-7.

In the first game, Andrew Cashner had his worst game of the season, but a seven-inning complete game loss isn't really bad at all. Cashner had to pitch out of trouble most of the day, but that he only allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks is pretty good. He also threw 60 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Cashner struck out four.

DH Robinson Chirinos's three-run home run in the first inning would be all the runs the Smokies would score in game one. Chirinos was 1 for 2 with a walk.

Left fielder Ty Wright went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Center fielder Tony Campana was 2 for 4.

In game two, starter Chris Carpenter lasted only three innings, although his is coming off a DL stint and likely had a pitch count. Carpenter allowed three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Jake Muyco blew the save in the sixth inning when he allowed three runs to score--two of his own and one inherited runner. But he got the win when the Smokies came back to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Muyco ended up pitching one full inning and allowing four hits. He neither struck out nor walked anyone.

Dustin Sasser took over for Muyco with one out in the seventh and picked up the save by getting the final two batters, one by strikeout.

Chirinos finished his big day by catching in game two and going 3 for 4 with two doubles. He scored once and had two RBI. Left fielder Ty Wright was also 3 for 4 with only one double. He also scored once and had two RBI. Center fielder Tony Campana went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

In today's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" moment, Starlin Castro was 0 for 7 with a walk today.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs lost a wild one to the Brevard County Manatees, 5-4 in 14 innings.

Today's game was scoreless after nine innings. The Cubs scored three in the top of the eleventh, only to see the Manatees tie the game in the bottom of the inning. The Cubs then took a one-run lead on a Brett Jackson double in the 14th, but the Manatees struck back to score two in the bottom of the inning and win the game.

Starter Rafael Dolis had six shutout innings tonight, giving up only two hits and one walk. Dolis struck out two.

Mike Perconte was the pitcher who blew the lead in the tenth, giving up three runs in the one inning he pitched. Oswaldo Martinez got the loss. He pitched 3.1 innings in extras, allowing two runs, two hits and three walks. Martinez struck out three.

One of the runs Martinez allowed was unearned, because Chris Siegfried relived him with two on and no outs in the 14th. Siegfried then made two throwing errors on two straight bunts.

Second baseman David Macias was 3 for 5 with a run scored. DH DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 7 with two RBI. Shortstop Junior Lake went 2 for 5 and scored once.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs were swept in a double-header by the Quad City River Bandits, 3-1 and 1-0.

In the first game, starter Nick Struck took the loss. He allowed all three runs on three hits over five innings. Struck walked two and struck out three.

In the second game, Jeffry Antigua got tagged with the loss, despite giving up only one run over five innings. Antigua allowed only three hits. He walked three and struck out two.

The Chiefs only managed three hits, all singles, in the two games combined. They had two hits in the first game and only one in the second.