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Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 21

In a bit of a change, everyone but Kane County won.


Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs derailed the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 5-1.

Kyle Hendricks outdueled Scott Baker tonight to get his third win of the year. Hendricks threw six shutout innings, giving up only two hits.  He walked two, hit a batter and struck out six.

Brian Schlitter got a two-inning save. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He did not have a strikeout.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2 for 4 with his first home run of the season, a solo home run in the fourth inning off Baker.

Alcantara also stole a base as the trailing end of a double-steal of second and home with Matt Szczur. Szczur was the first I-Cub to steal home since Tony Campana in 2012. Szczur was 3 for 4 with a triple. He had one RBI.

Iowa stole five bases tonight.

Shortstop Javier Baez was 1 for 3 with a hit by pitch and a strikeout. He scored one run.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies subjugated the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 10-5.

Starter Dae-Eun Rhee had some control issues, but he got the win anyway after allowing only two runs over 5+ innings. Rhee gave up four hits and he walked five. He did strike out four.

It was a big day for center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha, who both doubled and hit his first home run of the season. The solo home run came in the sixth inning and he even hit it off his former Smokie David Cales. (It does look like Cales and Ha missed being teammates in Tennessee by a month or so.) Overall, Ha was 3 for 5, coming just a triple short of the cycle. Ha scored three runs.

Right fielder Rubi Silva also hit his first home run this year, a two-run shot that opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Silva finished the day 2 for 5 with three RBI.

John Andreoli was 2 for 6 with a triple and a stolen base. He scored two runs and had one RBI.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs reeled in the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), 6-5 in 11 innings. It was the first time this season Daytona won a game not played on Saturday.

Starter Jake Arrieta couldn't keep the ball in the park, giving up three home runs in his 5.2 innings. Other than that, he did pretty well, allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits. What was encouraging was that Arrieta struck out seven and only walked two.

Jose Rosario pitched four shutout innings and collected the win. He gave up three hits, but no walks. Rosario struck out four.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect bottom of the 11th for his first save this season. He retired all three batter with a ground out.

Catcher Chadd Krist went 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. He also walked once. Candelario scored once and had two RBI.

Right fielder Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Coming into this game, Daytona was 3-1 on Saturdays and 0-12 the other days of the week.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars came home, only to get bitten by the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 5-3.

Jen-Ho Tseng started and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one. He also balked in a run in the fifth inning.

The Cougars and Snappers went into the ninth inning tied, but an error by third baseman David Bote opened the gates to a two-run top of the ninth for Beloit. Josh Davis got the loss after he allowed the two unearned runs on two hits and a walk. Davis struck out one.

Shortstop Carlos Penalver continues to impress this young season, going 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.

Catcher Ben Carhart was 2 for 4 with a run scored.