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Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 18

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A couple of impressive individual performances, but overall not much good news tonight.

Tsuyoshi Wada
Tsuyoshi Wada
Dylan Heuer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were run over by the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 1-0.

It was a great start for Tsuyoshi Wada, but he took the loss anyway because Iowa didn't score. Wada allowed one run on three hits over eight innings. Wada allowed a leadoff home run to Josh Rodriguez on the second pitch of the game. The next batter, Brian Bogusevic, singled. Wada would not allow another hit until the seventh inning.  Wada walked one and struck out five.

The I-Cubs had two hits in this game Chris Valaika singled with two out in the first inning, followed by a Josh Vitters walk. Then the Zephyrs retired the next 22 batters in a row until Logan Watkins singled in his only at-bat of the game. The hit extended Watkins' hitting streak to six games.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were lit up for five runs in the ninth inning and were extinguished by the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 5-2.

Ivan Pineyro was brilliant for 6.2 innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. He struck out eight.

Ryan Searle relieved Pineyro in the seventh inning and kept the Generals off the board in the seventh and eighth, but the wheels came off in the ninth inning. Searle took the loss after he gave up five runs on five hits over 2.1 innings. He walked two and did not have a strikeout.

Third baseman Kris Bryant clubbed his fourth home run of the year with the bases empty in the sixth inning. Bryant was 2 for 4.

Tennessee's other run scored when center fielder John Andreoli stole home in the fifth inning. Andreoli was 1 for 5 with a double and, of course, a steal of home.

Shortstop Jeudy Valdez was 2 for 4.

Daytona Cubs

Daytona was postponed because of a wet field. They'll play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Kane County Cougars

The Cougars eight-game winning streak came to a crashing halt as they were eaten by the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 9-0.

Starter Juan Paniagua lost after he allowed five runs on six hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out one. Also, I normally don't mention this stat but it's worth a mention this time: The Dragons stole five bases while Paniagua was pitching.

Kane County managed five hits, all singles. Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 1 for 2 with two walks.