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Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 13

Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend Win

Logan Watkins in 2014
Logan Watkins in 2014
Dylan Heuer

Eric Jokisch was placed on waivers and claimed by the Marlins. He'll have to walk across Principal Park and join his new teammates with the Zephyrs. Giovanni Soto is apparently taking Jokisch's spot on the I-Cubs roster.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs zipped past the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 9-5.

Starter Stephen Fife was very good before exiting with an injury. He pitched 4.1 scoreless innings and gave up two hits. He walked one and struck out one. After the game, it was reported that Fife has a ribcage injury and he's expected to miss about a month.

Miguel Mejia got the win in relief because Fife didn't go five and because I have no idea why they didn't award the win to Armando Rivero. Mejia allowed three runs on four hits, including back-to-back home runs (followed by a double that just missed being a home run) in the one inning he pitched. Rivero relieved Mejia and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit, struck out two and walked no one. Yet Mejia got the win.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run to lead off the third inning, his first of the season. Alcantara was 1 for 4.

Third baseman Logan Watkins had a 4 for 4 day, with a double and a stolen base. He had three RBI and scored once.

Center fielder Juan Perez was 3 for 3 with two doubles and a sacrifice fly. He had three total RBI and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies defenestrated the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 7-3.

Starter Paul Blackburn got the win after pitching six innings and allowing four hits and no runs. Blackburn struck out six and walked no one.

The Barons got three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning when Andury Acevedo walked five batters. Starling Peralta had to come into the game with the bases-loaded and two out. Peralta threw a wild pitch to allow one run to score, but then got a strikeout to end the game and get his first save.

Right fielder Bijan Rademacher hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, his second of the season. Rademacher was 3 for 5 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was 3 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. First baseman Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. Shortstop Carlos Penalver went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Left fielder Anthony Giansanti was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and drove one run in.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were cut short by the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 4-2.

Jonathan Martinez was terrific tonight, pitching 7 innings on only 70 pitches. Martinez allowed two runs (both in the first inning) on five hits. Martinez walked one and struck out three.

James Pugliese allowed two runs in the top of the ninth inning and took the loss. He pitched two innings and allowed three hits. He struck out three and walked no one.

Second baseman Ian Happ and third baseman Jason Vosler were both 1 for 3 with a walk and a run batted in.


South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs swept the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), 6-5.

Preston Morrison pitched the first six innings and allowed two runs on four hits for his first win of the season. Morrison struck out six and walked four.

Greyfer Eregua pitched 1.1 innings and retired all four batters he faced for his first save of the seaosn. Eregua struck out one.

Left fielder Donnie Dewees has been on fire to start the season. Tonight, Dewees was 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI. He also scored one run.

First baseman Tyler Alamo was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Sutton Whiting made his season debut and went 2 for 4 with a run batted in and one scored.