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Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 24

A big rally carries Kane County to victory. Iowa and Daytona have easy wins as the Smokies struggled.


Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs shot down the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), 9-0.

Starter Tsuyoshi Wada got his third win of the season with five scoreless innings. He allowed five hits. Wada walked one and struck out six. He lowered his PCL-leading ERA on the season to 0.68.

First baseman Chris Valaika had a big night, going 4 for 5 with a double. He scored all four times he reached base. He had one RBI.

Left fielder Josh Vitters went 2 for 5 with a double. He had one RBI and scored once. Third baseman Christian Villanueva had three RBI on two doubles in a 2 for 5 game.

Right fielder Chris Coghlan was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored one runs and had one RBI.

Center fielder Logan Watkins singled to lead off the third inning, extending his hitting streak to ten games. He was 1 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base. Watkins scored three runs.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 3-1.

Starter Ivan Pineyro allowed a home run to the first batter of the game and Huntsville never relinquished the lead. Overall, Pineyro didn't pitch poorly, going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Second baseman Stephen Bruno went 2 for 4. He tripled in the first inning and singled and scored in the seventh.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs trapped the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 7-3.

Starter Yao-Lin Wang had some control issues. He lasted four innings and allowed three runs on three hits and four walks. Wang struck out two.

Despite all that, Wang left the game with a 4-3 lead, but since he didn't go five innings, the"W" went to Ben Wells. Fortunately, Wells deserved the win much more than Wang did. Wells pitched 3+ scoreless innings, surrendering three hits. He also had some control issues as he walked three and struck out one.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth in a non-save situation. He allowed two single and a walk to start the inning, bringing the tying run to the plate with no outs. But Vizcaino struck out the next two batters and then got a lineout to end the game.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach had his best game of the season, going 4 for 4 with his second home run. It was a solo home run in the seventh inning. Vogelbach scored two runs and had two RBI.  He was also caught stealing.

Center fielder Albert Almora was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya kept his batting average over .500 by going 2 for 3 with a walk and one RBI.

Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars scored seven runs in the eighth inning to bite the Beloit Snappers (Athletics), 10-8.

Josh Davis got knocked around a bit in his first professional start, allowing six runs on seven hits over only three innings. In his defense, there was no defense as three of the runs were unearned. Davis struck out two and walked no one.

Tyler Bremer got the win with three strong innings of relief, allowing one run on only one hit. He walked one and struck out six.

Zach Godley pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save. He had one strikeout.

Center fielder Trey Martin had a big blow in that eighth inning, hitting a two-run double and later scoring on a Danny Lockhart double. Martin was 2 for 4.

Center fielder Jacob Hannemann went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored two runs.