The Cubs, horrible copycats that they are, named Will Remillard and Tsuyoshi Wada as their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month. Those were your choices for April as well.
Kris Bryant hit two home runs and a double as the Tennessee Smokies bombed the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 12-1.
Starter Dae-Eun Rhee allowed a solo home run to Kevan Smith in the top of the second, but afterwards he cruised to an easy win. Rhee went seven innings and surrendered only three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth in his Smokies debut. He struck out two.
Bryant his his first home run with two men on in the first inning to give Tennessee and early 3-0 lead. His second one was a solo home run to right-center in the fifth inning. In the eighth inning, he just missed his third home run of the season, but settled for a two-run double off the top of the wall. Bryant's final line for the night was 3 for 4 with a walk. He scored four runs and had six RBI. It was the first multi-homer game of Bryant's career.
Second baseman Stephen Bruno has also been red hot, as he hit three doubles in a 3 for 4 night. He also walked once. Bruno scored three times and had two RBI.
Left fielder John Andreoli went 2 for 2 with two walks and two stolen bases. Andreoli scored four times.
Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 5 with two RBI.
The Daytona Cubs were sunk by the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers) 5-1.
Starter Rob Zastryzny exited this game in the fifth inning when he was hit in his pitching arm by a line drive. Before that, he pitched 4.2 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Right fielder Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars were bitten by Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers), 5-3.
Justin Amlung got the start this morning and he pitched great except for the two home runs he allowed. All three of the runs he allowed over the six innings scored on the two home runs. Those were two of the only four hits he allowed. Amlung struck out five and didn't walk anyone.
Michael Wagner made his first appearance of the season and he pitched well for two innings, keeping the Rattlers scoreless. But when he started the top of the ninth inning, he got in trouble and allowed two runs. Wagner's final line was 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked two and did not record a strikeout.
The Cougars looked to come back in the bottom of the ninth when third baseman David Bote doubled and pinch-hitter Will Remillard singled, putting runners on first and third with only one out. But both Jacob Hannemann and Carlos Penalver struck out to end the game.
Bote was 2 for 3. Hannemann was 1 for 5 with a triple and a run scored. First baseman Jacob Rogers went 2 for 4.