Farm Report: Pitchers Dueling

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Posted Apr 28, 2012


Mother Nature forced the cancellation of Iowa's Friday night contest, but Tennessee, Daytona and Peoria were each in action. Northsiders Report files the details from Friday's action in this Farm Report.

Mother Nature forced the cancellation of Iowa'S Friday night contest, but Tennessee, Daytona and Peoria were each in action. Northsiders Report files the details from Friday's action.

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Triple-A -- Iowa Cubs

Cubs, Sound Rained Out

Next Nashville @ Iowa, Saturday -- 7:05 _____________________________________________________________________

Double-A -- Tennessee Smokies

Generals Shut Down Tennessee Jackson: 3, Tennessee: 0

Tennessee had no answer for a strong Jackson pitching performance. Taijuan Walker (W, 3-0) worked six scoreless innings, then the Generals' bullpen allowed two hits in the final three innings, leading them to a 3-0 win over the Smokies. Tennessee mustered just eight hits in the loss.

Trey McNutt (ND) worked just three innings, allowing three hits, but was removed early. Ryan Searle (L, 1-2) worked 4.2 innings of relief work, allowing three runs, though all were unearned. He was tagged with the loss. The Smokies were just 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base.

Next: Tennessee @ Jackson, Saturday -- 7:05

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High-A -- Daytona Cubs

Threshers Rally Past Daytona Clearwater: 4, Daytona: 3

Clearwater DH Christopher Duffy doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, then closer Hector Neris closed down the Cubs. The Threshers earned a 4-3 win over Daytona. Eric Jokisch did not factor in the decision, despite his seven innings of work. Reliever Larry Suarez (L, 0-2) was tagged with the loss.

Daytona had rallied to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning. Ronald Torreyes hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Dustin Harrington. Then, Nelson Perez knocked in Matthew Szczur on a fielder's choice. Cubs 1B Greg Rohan added a pair of hits and a RBI. His average has now risen to .305.

Next: Lakeland @ Daytona, Saturday -- 7:05

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Low-A -- Peoria Chiefs

Strong Pitching Leads Peoria Past Lake County Peoria: 3, Lake County: 0

Patrick Francescon (W, 2-1) worked six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight batters, then Bryce Schafer (H) and Andrew McKirahan (S, 2) helped seal a 3-0 win for Peoria. The Captains finished the game with just four hits in the contest.

Paul Hoilman put Peoria on top in the first inning with a two-run home run, his second of the season. The Chiefs struggled offensively, though, finishing 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 runners on base. Pin-Chieh Chen and Oliver Zapata each chipped in with a pair of hits in the win.

Next: Peoria @ Fort Wayne, Saturday -- 4:05

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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