Day one of the post-Giansanity era. The sun shines just a little less bright today.
The Iowa Cubs were trumped by the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 9-3.
The Cubs signed Alex Sanabia to a minor league contract yesterday and gave him the start for Iowa today. It didn't go well. Sanabia pitched just 1.1 innings and got hammered for seven runs six hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Shortstop Kristopher Negron doubled and tripled in a 2 for 4 game. He scored twice. Catcher Taylor Davis was 2 for 4 with a double.
Center fielder Albert Almora Jr. was 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Tennessee Smokies defenestrated the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 12-4.
Duane Underwood Jr. did not have a good start. He only went three innings and allowed three runs on three hits. But mostly, he walked four and hit one batter while striking out four.
Juan Paniagua got the win with three innings of scoreless relief without even allowing a hit. He struck out three and walked one.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario had a pair of doubles in a 2 for 4 day. He also walked one and scored twice.
Catcher Victor Caratini went 3 for 5. He scored two runs and drove two in.
Left fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 3 with a double and two walks. Zagunis scored three runs and drove in two.
Right fielder Billy McKinney went 2 for 5 with one run scored and one RBI. DH Kelly Dugan was 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. Dugan had two RBI.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans misplaced the Frederick Keys (Orioles), 8-5.
Jake Stinnett improved his record to 3-0 with six solid innings, allowing two runs on four hits. On the downside, he did walk four batter and hit one. Stinnett struck out five.
Catcher Cael Brockmeyer hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his fourth of the season. Brockmeyer was 1 for 4.
Left fielder Charcer Burks also hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. It was his third of the year. Burks was 2 for 3 with a walk. He scored twice.
Right fielder Jeffrey Baez was 2 for 4 with a steal and two runs scored. Third baseman Jason Vosler went 2 for 5.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres was 2 for 4 with a walk and a double. He drove in two runs and scored once. On April 17, Torres was hitting .105 on the young season. He's now up to .252.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs came unhinged against the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 7-6.
Starter Ryan Kellogg pitched four innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. He walked four and struck out just one. That's not a quality start.
Kyle Miller got the loss in relief. Miller allowed one run on two hits over 2.1 innings. He walked one and did not have a strikeout. Miller also hit a batter.
Second baseman Sutton Whiting was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Whiting had one RBI.
South Bend walked seven times today. Right fielder Eddy Martinez was 1 for 2 with a double and two walks. Martinez had one RBI and one run scored.