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Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 30

Rain kept the schedule light again today as both the I-Cubs and Kane County were rained out in Iowa. Daytona had a rough day and the Smokies won despite facing the best pitcher in the game.

John Andreoli
John Andreoli
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Iowa Cubs

The I-Cubs were rained out again. They'll try to play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 10:05 am.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies blinded the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers), 4-3. The win gets the Smokies back to .500 at 13-13.

Ivan Pineyro got to face off against Clayton Kershaw tonight, who started for the Lookouts on a rehab assignment.  Pineyro pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out six.

Ryan Searle relieved Pineyro and got the win after the Smokies scored twice in the top of the seventh. Seale pitched 1.1 innings and did not allow a run or a hit. He did walk one but failed to strike anyone out.

Armando Rivero came in the game in the bottom of the ninth to protect a one run lead. After retiring the first batter, he gave up one of those "I got it, I got it, you got it" doubles, but a caught stealing and a strikeout ended the game.

Kershaw exited the game after five innings. Later, right fielder John Andreoli tripled to lead off the seventh inning and then scored the tying run on a Jae-Hoon Ha sacrifice fly. Two batters later, catcher Rafael Lopez put the Smokies ahead for good with a solo home run, his second of the season.

Andreoli went 2 for 4 with a double, the triple and a walk. He scored three of Tennessee's four runs. Ha went 2 for 4 with a double, with the two hits coming off Kershaw. Lopez was 1 for 4 with a walk.

First baseman Dustin Geiger will also be able to tell his grandkids he had two hits off of Kershaw, including a double. He was 2 for 2 with two walks. The double scored Andreoli in the first inning and the single scored Andreoli in the fifth.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs were mauled by the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 11-2.

It was a rough start for Yao-Lin Wang, who got off to a bad start by allowing a home run to the first batter he faced. Things didn't get much better after that, capped off by a five-run fifth inning. Wang pitched five innings and allowed nine runs on nine hits, including two home runs. Three of those runs were unearned. Wang struck out three, walked two and hit a batter.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was 3 for 4 with a double. He had one RBI and scored once. However, he did make a crucial error that led to three unearned runs in the fourth.

Catcher Chadd Krist was 2 for 4 with a double.

Kane County Cougars

Rained out in Cedar Rapids. Doubleheader tomorrow.