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Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 21

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I guess tonight belongs to The Jackson 2. Oh, the team they save may be your own.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs blasted the Albuquerque Isotopes, 9-4.

The big news was the season debut of Jay Jackson, and it was a successful one. Jackson went five innings and gave up two runs on two hits. He was really only challenged in the fourth inning, when he gave up a lead-off single and then a triple. Jackson threw 69 pitches, 45 for strikes. He walked one and struck out four.

Polin Trinidad pitched the final three innings for his first save of the season. He allowed only three hits and no runs. He didn't walk anyone and he struck out three.

The I-Cubs exploded for three runs in the second and six runs in the third inning. The big blow was by left fielder Lou Montanez, who hit a grand slam in the third inning. It was his second homer of the year. Montanez had a big night tonight, going 4 for 5

Catcher Welington Castillo also made his I-Cub debut tonight, going 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies got stuck in the Carolina Mudcats, 5-3.

Trey McNutt made his first start since his blister and the velocity was there but the command was a little off, which is to be expected. But even though he took the loss, it wasn't a bad start. He went four innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. One of the three runs was unearned. McNutt only walked one and he struck out four.

Center fielder Brett Jackson's hot start continued, as he homered for the second time in two nights. Jackson was 2 for 4 with a double and the solo home run in the eighth. He scored twice.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs won the dogfight with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5-3.

Starter Zachary Rosscup pitched 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Rosscup didn't get the win because he didn't go five, but Brett Ebinger really earned the win with 4.2 innings of shutout relief. Ebinger allowed four hits. He walked one and struck out five as he improved his record to 2-1.

Right fielder Michael Burgess clubbed his sixth home run of the season when he connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. DH Justin Bour was 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs beat the rain and the Beloit Snappers (Twins) 5-4 in a game that was called after seven innings.

Starter Robinson Lopez pitched the first four innings without allowing a run. Unfortunately, he started the fifth inning and he gave up three straight hits, all of which eventually came around to score. Lopez was credited with 4+ innings and allowing three runs on four hits. He walked two and fanned one.

Eric Jokisch relieved Lopez and he allowed the two inherited runners to score when he allowed a triple to the first batter he faced, but he got the win when the Chiefs retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Jokisch was credited with pitching two innings and allowing one run on one hit. He did not record a walk or a strikeout.

Jeffry Antigua got the save when the game was called early. He pitched one perfect inning and had one strikeout.

Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara went 2 for 3 with a triple and four RBI. Third baseman Eliot Soto was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.