Harry Caray used to say “The big opossum walks late”, and that certainly was the case for both Iowa and Daytona as Javier Baez and Tim Saunders each came up with big hits. The offensive juggernaut that is the Tennessee Smokies kept rolling thanks to Kris Bryant and Stephen Bruno. Meanwhile, Kane County suffered an offensive power outage as they were swept by Beloit.
For all of the thrilling details, come inside today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Editor’s Note: Monday’s report covers games from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday’s report covers games Monday through Wednesday.
Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (26-13)
Kane County made a short trip to Beloit on Monday to play a morning game and the Cougars lost to the Snappers 6-1. Tyler Skulina started for the Cougars and gave up four earned runs in five innings while striking out seven batters. Michael Wagner went the rest of the way and allowed two earned runs with four strikeouts in three innings. The only run for Kane County came in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Jacob Rogers (1-for-3 with a double) and Will Remillard (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI).
A cool, damp evening and a couple of hot pitchers made for a low scoring contest on Tuesday, and Kane County lost 3-2 to Beloit. Daury Torrez continued showing good command. Torrez walked one and limited the Snappers to three hits while recording a strikeout in six scoreless innings. Nathan Dorris relieved and yielded three earned runs while striking out three in two innings. The Cougars took the lead in the fifth after Jordan Hankins (2-for-4 with a double) led off with a double. A groundout and a sacrifice fly allowed Hankins to score. Kane County tried to rally in the ninth after Jacob Rogers (1-for-4) singled and advanced to second base on indifference. A base hit from David Bote (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) plated Rogers.
It was a series sweep for Beloit as the Snappers defeated Kane County 2-1 on Wednesday. Juan Carlos Paniagua could not get out of the fourth inning as he gave up two earned runs and struck out three in 3.2 innings. Justin Amlung ate up some innings as he went 3.1 scoreless innings and had three strikeouts. Tyler Bremer set down the side in order in the ninth. The only run of the game for the Cougars was manufactured in the first inning after Carlos Penalver (0-for-3 with a stolen base) walked with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on a groundout.
High Class–A – Daytona Cubs (12-24)
While Daytona’s offense was decent on Monday, the pitching could not hold a lead as they lost 11-5 to Charlotte. Tayler Scott had a somewhat typical outing and gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings while striking out three batters. Michael Jensen was hit hard and surrendered three earned runs in 0.2 innings. Starling Peralta held the Stone Crabs for 1.2 innings with a strikeout. But Steve Perakslis was lit up four three earned runs in an inning of work. Zach Cates finished things out with a scoreless inning. The D-Cubs had the lead several times in the game, beginning in the bottom of the first when Gioskar Amaya (1-for-4 with a home run) blasted his first homer of the season, a solo shot. Albert Almora (0-for-4) followed with a walk, and a double from Bijan Rademacher (3-for-4 with a double and an RBI) scored Almora. Daytona broke a two-all tie in the third after Amaya walked and moved to second on a single from Rademacher. Amaya scored on a sacrifice fly. The D-Cubs then opened up a two-run lead in the fourth after Rock Shoulders (0-for-3) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. A single from Marco Hernandez (3-for-4) and a wild pitch allowed Shoulders to score. Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) drilled a triple and plated Hernandez.
The D-Cubs broke out of their slump big time on Tuesday and defeated Charlotte 12-0. Zeke DeVoss (2-for-3 with a double and an RBI) led off the game with a single and scored on a double by Albert Almora (3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI). Bijan Rademacher (1-for-5 with an RBI) drove in Almora with a base hit. With one out in the second, Daytona loaded the bases when Rock Shoulders (1-for-3) singled, Jeimer Candelario (1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) walked, and Marco Hernandez (2-for-4 with an RBI) had a base hit. DeVoss drew a walk to force in Shoulders, and Albert Almora doubled in Candelario and Hernandez home. The Cougars scored single runs in the third and fourth innings. Chadd Krist (0-for-3) was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by Candelario. DeVoss was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on an error. The fifth inning began with walks to Krist and Shoulders, with both runners advancing on a groundout. A wild pitch allowed Krist to score, and a single from Hernandez brought in Shoulders. DeVoss singled and a base hit by Gioskar Amaya (1-for-3 with an RBI) plated Hernandez. DeVoss scored on a double by Almora. Daytona then added a run in the eighth after Dan Vogelbach (0-for-4) reached on an error and later scored on another error.
Ben Wells was dealing as he not only got six groundouts with his sinker, but struck out eight in six scoreless innings. Austin Reed continued to keep the Stone Crabs off the board by striking out three in two innings. Andrew McKirahan set down the side in the ninth to complete the shut out.
Daytona completed their second win in a row in dramatic fashion as the D-Cubs beat Charlotte 6-2 on Wednesday morning. Yao-Lin Wang looked better than in his past two outings. Wang gave up two runs (one earned) and struck out four in 4.2 innings. Starling Peralta took over and recorded three strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings. Zack Godley went the rest of the way with two strikeouts. Godley shut out the Stone Crabs in his first win for the D-Cubs.
Trailing 2-0 for five innings, Daytona finally broke out in the sixth inning after Zeke DeVoss (0-for-3 with a stolen base) walked and stole second. Albert Almora (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) then launched his second home run of the season to tie the game. It remained 2-2 until the eighth inning when Dan Vogelbach (2-for-3) and Gioskar Amaya (1-for-2) reached on two out singles. Rock Shoulders (0-for-3) walked to load the bases. Tim Saunders (2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI) stepped up and crushed a Grand Slam home run to provide the winning margin.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (23-16)
The Smokies suffered a heartbreaker on Monday as a late inning pitching collapse led to an 8-6 loss to Jackson. Dae-Eun Rhee kept it close and by allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings with three strikeouts, he was in line for the win. But Austin Kirk was rocked for four earned runs in the eighth inning. Kirk went two innings and struck out three batters. Red hot Rubi Silva (2-for-4 with a home run) got Tennessee on the board for the first time in the second inning with a solo home run. The Smokies capitalized on some of the Generals’ gaffes in the fourth inning after Stephen Bruno (0-for-3) was hit by a pitch and Kris Bryant (0-for-4) reached on an error. Rafael Lopez (1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) then delivered a three-run homer. Charles Cutler (1-for-4 with a double) followed with a double and scored on a single by Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-3 with an RBI). Jeudy Valdez (2-for-4 with a double, triple, and an RBI) just missed a home run, had to settle for a double that plated Ha.
Tennessee’s offense gave run support for a “bullpen day” on Tuesday as the Smokies beat Jackson 10-7. Rehabbing major leaguer Jose Veras pitched the first inning and set down the side in order. Arodys Vizcaino worked around a hit to strikeout the side in the second. Regularly scheduled starter Pierce Johnson was next out of the pen, but seemed thrown off his game. Johnson walked six and allowed four earned runs in 2.2 innings. Middle reliever P.J. Francescon continued to do his job and he held the Generals to an earned run while striking out four in 2.2 innings. Armando Rivero made things interesting in the final two innings. Rivero gave up two earned runs and fanned three in 1.2 innings.
The Smokies exploded for six runs in the third after Taylor Davis (3-for-5 with two doubles, triple, and two RBI) ripped a one out triple and John Andreoli (0-for-4) walked. A double by Stephen Bruno (4-for-5 with a double, triple, and two RBI) drove in Davis. Kris Bryant (2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI) then delivered his 11th home run of the season. Dustin Geiger (0-for-2) drew a two out walk and scored on a double from Rubi Silva (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI). A single by Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-5) scored Silva. Andreoli coaxed another walk in the sixth and scored after singles by Bruno and Bryant. Jeudy Valdez (1-for-5 with a triple) started the eighth inning with a triple and scored on a double by Davis. Davis scored after a wild pitch and Stephen Bruno single. Tennessee added a run in the ninth when Geiger led off with a walk and eventually came around on a double from Davis.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (20-16)
It was a tense pitcher’s duel on Monday as Iowa received some late inning heroics and defeated Nashville 2-1 in 10 innings. Tsuyoshi Wada had only one blemish. He gave up a solo home run in the second inning. For the game, Wada struck out eight in seven innings. Marcus Hatley continued his fine season by recording four strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Eduardo Figueroa worked a perfect tenth inning with a strikeout and picked up his first win of the season.
The Iowa offense was a no-show until the ninth inning when Lars Anderson (1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI) tied the score at one with a solo home run. One out singles by Matt Szczur (1-for-5) and Logan Watkins (1-for-5) in the tenth inning put a runner on third for Javier Baez (1-for-5 with an RBI). Baez delivered the game winner with a base hit.
In his first start since throwing a no-hitter last week, Chris Rusin found the going a little rougher as Iowa lost 8-0 to Nashville on Tuesday. Rusin gave up a single to the Sounds’ first hitter in route to allowing five runs (four earned) while striking out six in six innings. Alberto Cabrera took over for Rusin in the seventh. Cabrera surrendered two earned runs and struck out a batter in two innings. Jeffry Antigua let in another run in the ninth. The I-Cubs managed two hits for the game. Rusin picked up one of the hits and pinch-hitter Logan Watkins doubled
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned RHP Joel Pineiro to the Tennessee Smokies from extended Spring Training.
The Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Ivan Pineyro on the 7-day disabled list.