In case you haven't heard, the Cubs are shutting down C.J. Edwards for a few weeks as he recovers from inflammation in his shoulder. While that sounds ominous, the good news is that the MRI showed no structural damage or anything else that would require surgery.
The Iowa Cubs clobbered the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), 9-2.
Chris Rusin was very good on the way to his first win of the season. Rusin allowed only one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked only one.
Center fielder Matt Szczur went 2 for 4 with a walk and one RBI. Lars Anderson entered the game in the fifth inning for an injured Chris Coghlan and was 2 for 2 with two RBI.
Logan Watkins had a single in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. The hit streak came right after Watkins went 0-13 in the first seven games he played in this season. So the hitting streak has raised his batting average from .000 to .295
Arismendy Alcantara had a pinch-hit two-run triple.
Iowa clearly didn't get the memo that they were supposed to play the Nashville Sounds tonight.
The Tennessee Smokies were blasted into orbit by the Huntsville Stars (Brewers), 15-1.
Matt Loosen started and took the loss. He allowed three runs on five hits over 6.1 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
This game wasn't quite the rout that the score indicates, as the score was 3-1 after seven innings before Jeff Lorick and Tony Zych combined to allow eight runs in the top of the eighth. Then outfielder Anthony Giansanti pitched the ninth inning and gave up four more runs.
Don't quit your day job, Anthony.
Third baseman Kris Bryant was 1 for 2 with a walk. He was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and then scored Tennessee's only run on an RBI double by Rafael Lopez.
The Daytona Cubs harpooned the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers), 6-3.
Felix Pena pitched the first three innings and to one batter in the fourth. He gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits. Pena had control issues as he walked four and struck out one.
Starling Peralta got the win with four innings of relief. He allowed one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Zach Cates got the save with two perfect innings of relief. Cates struck out two.
In the top of the ninth inning, first baseman Dan Vogelbach flew out to center field. That snapped a streak of seven straight hits for Vogelbach. Tonight, he went 3 for 4 with a walk. He drove one run in and scored once.
Right fielder Bijan Rademacher hit his second home run in the top of the ninth with the bases empty. Rademacher was 1 for 5.
Catcher Chadd Krist was 2 for 5 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Shortstop Marco Hernandez went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars skinned the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 8-4.
Starter Daury Torrez retired the first sixteen batters he faced before giving up a single in the sixth inning. He then got into trouble in the seventh so his line doesn't show how dominant he was, Torrez allowed three runs on six hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out seven and didn't walk anyone.
Juan Paniagua relieved Torrez and went the rest of the way for his first save. Paniagua allowed one run on a solo home run in the eight. In total, he gave up three hits over 2.2 innings. Paniagua struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
Catcher Will Remillard had two doubles and three RBI in a 2 for 4 night. He also scored once.
Shortstop Carlos Penalver has been hitting well out of the nine spot all season long, so tonight he was finally moved into the leadoff spot and he went 3 for 5 with a triple. Penalver scored one run and had one RBI.
Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Second baseman Danny Lockhart was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
DH Daniel Canela went 2 for 4 with three RBI. He scored once.