Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/22/10

The Chiefs have caught fire, and the Smokies have stayed hot! However, the Iowa and Daytona clubs are still looking to rap off some victories. One Cubs prospect was named a Player of the Week, while another has started his year with a bang after beginning the season on the DL. Lastly, Ted Lilly has made the trip down to Iowa and Peoria to rehab and spend some time with some Cubs prospects.

All that and more in today’s Down on the Farm Report!

AAA-Iowa Cubs – (6-8)
The Iowa Cubs added an arm to their squad on Monday when they called Marcos Mateo up from Tennessee. On the field, Ryne Sandberg’s club started off slow before going on a streak of playing good baseball. Now, they’ve returned to the losing side of things as they’ve lost two to Memphis.

On Monday the Iowa Cubs got a 4-0 win in the finale of a four game series in Nashville. With the win the Cubs took three of four from the Sounds. Micah Hoffpauir and Jason Dubois both homered to help the Iowa cause. Jay Jackson pitched a gem allowing just two hits in eight shutout innings. Blake Parker did not allow a run or a hit in the ninth. Click for full box score.

Thomas Diamond gave up only one run in his six-inning start on Tuesday. However, Marcos Mateo was hit with the blown save and loss in relief in his AAA debut. The Memphis Redbirds beat the I-Cubs 4-3. Brad Snyder crushed a solo homer in the loss … the 100th home run of his minor league career. Click for full box score.

The I-Cubs dropped another thriller when they fell to the Redbirds 6-5 on Wednesday. Brad Snyder stole the show with a 4-for-5 day including two home runs. Matt Camp added two hits and an RBI. Casey Coleman labored through 5.2 innings and was charged with six earned runs. Scott Maine, who was acquired in the Aaron Heilman trade this winter, was wild walking three of the four men he faced. Click for full box score.

On the injury front, a pair of I-Cubs outfielders have been sidelined. Sam Fuld, who is on the DL with a bruised thumb, took batting practice on Tuesday and will be evaluated daily for a possible return. Jason Dubois is day-to-day with muscle spasms.

Upcoming Games and Probable Pitchers:
*All Times CDT
Today @Memphis 7:05 (Mike Parisi)
Friday @Memphis 7:05 (J.R. Mathes)
Saturday VS Round Rock 6:35 (Jay Jackson)
Sunday VS Round Rock 1:05 (Thomas Diamond)

AA-Tennessee Smokies – (10-2)
Catcher Robinson Chirinos has been a key factor in the Smokies hot start. Chirinos was named the Southern League “Hitter of the Week” last week. His slugging percentage is .759.

Pitcher Chris Carpenter has completed his rehab assignment with the Cubs Extended Spring Training team and rejoined the Smokies. Carpenter pitched in only one game down in Mesa but his sore shoulder was feeling good enough to return.

Tennessee edged Carolina 2-1 on Monday with a run in the top of the ninth. Starlin Castro and Tony Campana had two hits apiece. Andrew Cashner worked seven innings and gave up an unearned run, but did not get any run support. Cashner ended up with a no decision and David Cales (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB) got the win in relief. Click for full box score.

The Smokies beat the Mudcats (Reds’ AA affiliate) again on Tuesday to make it four straight wins. Top prospect Starlin Castro knocked a double and a two-run homer. Blake Lalli singled, walked twice, and drove in a run. Chris Carpenter gave up one run on two hits in his three-inning season debut. Click for full box score.

The only person who could cool off the Smokies was Mother Nature, as Wednesday’s game was postponed due to rain. Today the two clubs will play a twin bill.

Upcoming Games:
*All Times CDT
Today @Carolina 4:45
Today @Carolina TBA
Friday @Carolina 6:15
Saturday VS Birmingham 5:15
Sunday VS Birmingham 1:00

Class-A Daytona Cubs – (5-9)
The Class-A Daytona roster is cluttered with big names, but the kids have yet to put it together as a team. Pitching prospects Rafael Dolis and Alberto Cabrera have led the staff with great pitching.

On Monday, the D-Cubs played a double header in Dunedin. The final score of both games was 4-2, but the teams split the pair. Dolis, who has a 1.29 ERA on the year, got the victory in the Cubs win. Brett Jackson picked up three hits including a triple and drove in three. Click for full box score. Matt Spencer, the DH, drilled a two-run bomb to account for the Daytona scoring in the loss. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up four runs on seven hits. Click for full box score.

Spencer got right back at it on Tuesday with three more hits. It was not enough as Daytona fell 6-4. David Macias drove in three with his double and Kyler Burke had three hits in four trips to the plate. Chris Siegfried and David Patton each pitched two shutout innings. Click for full box score.

The Cubs returned home on Wednesday, but the change of scenery did not change the result. The Tampa Rays beat them 4-1. Chris Archer’s ERA is now at 8.18 after his three-run outing. Aaron Shafer went three shutout innings in relief. D.J. LeMahieu got two hits and the only RBI for the baffled-looking Cubs offense. Click for full box score.

Upcoming Games:
*All Times CDT
Today VS Tampa 6:05
Friday VS Tampa 6:05
Saturday @Brevard County 6:05
Sunday @Brevard County 12:05

Class-A Peoria Chiefs – (9-5)
The Chiefs have now won six consecutive ballgames! Ted Lilly stopped in Peoria on Monday. Whenever minor leaguers get a visit from a big league star on a rehab assignment, they have the opportunity to absorb as much information as possible. It’s a nice treat for the kids to have the chance to play with a member of the Cubs. Lilly is always friendly with the prospects when he visits the Cubs farm clubs.

Lilly did it all while he was in Peoria. He worked seven innings and surrendered just one run, helping the Chiefs to a 2-1 win over Burlington on Monday. In addition, Ted reached base twice and attempted to steal a base. He was thrown out trying to swipe second. Matt Cerda went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Click for full box score.

The Kane County Cougars came to O’Brien Field to start a three game series on Tuesday. The Chiefs continued the momentum that was created by Lilly’s performance on Monday and won an 11-inning slugfest 8-7. Justin Bour went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a double. Mario Mercedes knocked in two runs. Click for full box score.

Trey McNutt fanned five and allowed just one run over the course of five innings on Wednesday. Peoria got a 4-2 win to extend their winning streak and beat the Cougars for the second straight night. Matt Cerda drove in two runs with a couple of singles. Click for full box score.

Upcoming Games and Probable Pitchers:
*All Times CDT
Today VS Kane County 6:30 (Su-Min Jung)
Friday @Quad City 7:00 (Nick Struck)
Saturday @Quad City 6:00 (Rob Whitenack)
Sunday @Quad City 1:00 (Jeffry Antigua)

Top Prospect Watch
Starlin Castro: .380 AVG, .396 OBP, 12 RBI, 11 Games at AA
Brett Jackson: .315 AVG, .431 OBP, 14 games at Daytona
Josh Vitters: .250 AVG, .300 OBP, 14 games at Daytona
Andrew Cashner: 1-0, 2.60 ERA, 17.1 IP at AA
Jay Jackson: 2-1, 2.00 ERA, 18 IP at AAA
Hak-Ju Lee: .150 AVG, .182 OBP, 5 games at Peoria
Logan Watkins: .250 AVG, .286 OBP, 5 games at Peoria
Chris Carpenter: 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 3 IP at AA
Ryan Flaherty: .188 AVG, .278 OBP, 10 Games at AA
D.J. LeMahieu: .264 AVG, .322 OBP, 6 RBI, 13 games at Daytona
*Stats accurate going into play on 4/21

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