Daytona 3, Palm Beach 1
Daytona (14-12) got strong pitching from Ben Wells and Eduardo Figueroa while Benjamin Carhart delivered two-run double as the Cubs swept Palm Beach (13-13) in the four-game series.
At the Plate: Carhart extended his hitting streak to seven games with a pair of doubles, the second breaking a 1-1 tie, scoring Jorge Soler and Dustin Geiger. Anthony Giansanti tied the game with a RBI single in the fifth, one of two hits on the day. Stephen Bruno (.354) played in his first game since April 21 after being hit by a pitch on his wrist. He was 1-3. Jorge Soler (.275/.351/.435) doubled and scored a run. Javier Baez did not play.
On the Mound: Ben Wells (3-1 3.31 ERA) is in a groove. The right-hander allowed three hits and a run in seven innings, his longest outing of the season. He only threw 70 pitches getting nine ground ball outs in a game that lasted 1:49. Wells has only allowed four hits in his last 12.2 IP. RHP Eduardo Figueroa (0-1 2.45 ERA) earned his first save of the season tossing two scoreless innings. He loaded the bases in the eighth on two hits and a walk with two outs but got a strikeout to end the threat and retired the Cardinals in order in the ninth.
Cubs Notes: Zeke DeVoss leads the FSL with 22 walks and John Andreoli is third with 18…..Ben Carhart is tied for second in the FSL with 10 doubles….Andreoli, DeVoss and Javier Baez all have 2 triples, second best in the FSL…...Baez is also second in homers (5) and tied for fifth in runs (17)…..Dustin Geiger is third in RBI with 23…..Tim Saunders is tied for the SB lead with 9
Kane County 5, Bowling Green 4
Daniel Vogelbach delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th and Pierce Johnson had his best pro game as Kane County (10-13) beat Bowling Green (18-7).
At the Plate: The Cougars faced LHP Blake Snell Tuesday night, the 52nd player selected in the 2011 draft and one of the Rays supplemental picks. Pin-Chieh Chen opened the game with a single and Gioskar Amaya walked. Chen stole third and scored when third baseman Tyler Goeddel couldn't handle the throw. Kane County added two more runs in the third after loading the bases. A RBI groundout by Vogelbach and a run-scoring single from Jeimer Candelario scored two runs. Rock Shoulders delivered a two-out double to score Amaya, who led off the fifth with a double. Chen led off the 10th with a double, went to third on Amaya's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Vogelbach's game-winning single.
On the Mound: Pierce Johnson (1-1 2.92 ERA) had the best start of his career working into the 7th inning. The right-hander shut the Hot Rods down for six innings, retiring nine straight at one point, before allowing a two-out RBI triple in the seventh. It was the first earned run he had allowed since the first inning of an April 9 start, over 21 innings. He got 11 groundball outs and his final line was 6.2IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 4K. Eduardo Oroczo (1-2 6.14) fanned two in his inning of relief but walked two and gave up a hit. Jeffry Antigua couldn't close the door as the Hot Rods scored three runs in the top of the ninth on five singles. The lefty (2-1 2.45) retired the side in order in the tenth and got the win.
Round Rock 1, Iowa 0
Iowa's Chris Rusin turned in seven quality innings but was out pitched by Round Rock's Josh Linbloom as the Express scored the game's only run in the fifth.
At the Plate: Logan Watkins was 3-3 with a walk but the I-Cubs could only mange one other hit, a single by Ryan Sweeney.
On the Mound: Rusin (1-3 4.33 ERA) fanned five in seven innings but allowed a double and a RBI single in the fifth for the game's only run. The Express got four other hits and didn't walk. Rusin pounded the strike zone as 65 of his 85 pitches were strikes. LHP Hisanori Takahashi (0-0 2.08) tossed a scoreless inning and Zach Putnam (0-1 5.23 ERA) added a shutout frame with 2K.
Mississippi 3, Tennessee 0
Mississippi (15-10) held Tennessee (14-10) to just two hits in a rain shortened win spoiling the rehab start of Cub pitcher Matt Garza
At the Plate: OF Rubi Silva (.298) and C Rafael Lopez (.208) had the only hits of the game for the Smokies and were the only base runners.
On the Mound: The Cubs' Matt Garza finally made his first rehab start throwing 42 pitches, 25 strikes, in 2.2 innings. His fast ball was clocked by the stadium gun at 87-90 mph but Jason Cole of LonestarDugout.com, who was at a game in Mississippi recently, said the stadium gun is about 4-5 mph low. He walked the first two hitters of the second inning and one scored on a single. Garza was lifted after retiring the first two hitters in the third. Kevin Rhoderick (0-0 9.72) walked two in 1.1 scoreless innings. Matt Loosen (0-0 3.86) got two outs in the bottom of the fifth but allowed a walk, two hits and two runs before rain stopped the game.
Kane County's Pierce Johnson, pictured, is showing why the Cubs drafted him with the 43rd pick last year, Daytona swept the Cardinals, while Iowa and Tennessee were shutout. Cubs pitcher Matt Garza made a rehab start for the Smokies.