Game 1—Iowa 8, Round Rock 5: Game 2—Iowa 5, Round Rock 4
Ian Stewart blasted three homers and knocked in all eight runs in the opener and Brent Lillibridge homered in the second game as Iowa (27-24) swept Round Rock (35-28).
At the Plate: Ian Stewart was the offense. He hit a three-run shot in the second and cleared the fence in the fourth with a two-run blast. After the Express tied the game in the top of the eight, the left-hander launched his second three-run homer of the game. The I-Cubs walked six times, four of them leading to runs.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins (0-4 BB), Bogusevic RF (0-4), Jackson CF (0-3 BB), Nelson (0-4), Clevenger (0-2 2R 2BB), Lake 3B (0-2 2R BB), Sappelt (1-3 BB), Stewart (3-4 3HR 8 RBI), Lillibridge 2B (2-4 2B)
On the Mound: Nick Struck (3-4 6.24 ERA) gave up seven hits and four walks as the Express scoring four earned runs. He fanned two and allowed a homer, throwing 92 pitches before leaving with two outs in the seventh. Alex Burnett (1-0 3.86) got charged with a blown save but ended up with the win. His line was (1.1 IP, 3H 1ER, 0BB 1K). Casey Coleman (1-0 2.35) got his second save allowing a hit in a scoreless ninth.
At the Plate: Brent Lillibridge gave the I-Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run homer scoring Logan Watkins. Junior Lake doubled, stole third and scored on Darnell McDonald’s single to put Iowa up 3-0. After the Express cut the deficit to 3-2, Iowa added two needed insurance runs in the fourth on RBI singles by McDonald and Brett Jackson.
Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (1-3 R H BB), Lillibridge LF (1-3 R HR 2RBI) BB), Jackson CF (1-4 RBI), Nelson (0-4), Stewart (0-4), Lake (3-4, 2R, 2 2B), Murphy SS (1-4 R), McDonald (2-4 2RBI), Boscan C (1-4)
On the Mound: RHP Barret Loux (3-2 6.03 ERA) went three innings in his first game back off the DL for a sprained ankle. It was the second time he has gone on the DL with the ankle issue. He allowed two hits and an earned run with two punchouts and no walks, He threw 38 pitches, 27 for strikes. Jeffry Antigua (1-1 3.86 ERA) picked up his first AAA win even through he surrendered two runs on three hits and two walks. Marcus Hatley (1-0 8.10) and Hisanori Takahashi (0-0 2.61) both got credit for holds while the I-Cubs survived two errors from 3B Junior Lake in the ninth as Brian Schlitter (0-0 1.29) go the final out for his first save.
Cubs Notes: Junior Lake went 3-4 in the second game and is hitting .462 (6-13) in his four games back from a rib injury.
Mobile 3, Tennessee 2—10 innings
Tennessee (31-30) pitcher Kevin Rhoderick hit Justin Greene with the bases loaded to force in the winning run for Mobile (33-28).
At the Plate: The Smokies only runs came in the seventh when catcher Rafael Lopez smacked a two-run homer, scoring Arismendy Alcantara. Tennessee had seven hits but were 1-7 with RISP.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (0-5), Torreyes (0-5), ALcantara (1-4 R 2B), Wright LF (0-4), Lopez C (2-4 R HR 2RBI), Villanueva 3B (2-4 2B), Silva (1-4), Mota 1B (1-3 1B), Hendricks P (0-1), Giansanti PH (0-1).
On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (6-2 2.14 ERA) allowed four hits and two walks in six innings and left with a 2-1 lead. He fanned six and threw 68 pitches. Trey McNutt (2-4 4.74) earned his fourth hold with a perfect seventh but Zachary Rosscup (1-0 1.40 ERA) blew his second save allowing the tying run in the eighth. He pitched a scoreless ninth and Rhoderick couldn’t hold Mobile in the tenth. He allowed two hits and after an intentional walk, hit the next batter.
Daytona’s game with Brevard County at Jackie Robinson Ballpark was postponed and the two teams will play a twin-bill tomorrow beginning at 5 P.M. EST.
Kane County 15, Cedar Rapids 1
Kane County (28-31) unloaded 18 hits off Cedar Rapids (37-23) pitching staff, including homers by Albert Almora, Dan Vogelbach, Gioskar Amaya and Jeimer Candelario.
At the Plate: Albert Almora hit his first MWL homer, a three-run shot in the fifth, as the 2012 first-round pick went 4-5 with four RBI and is hitting .435 in his first 15 games. Jeimer Candelario gave KC a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo shot, his third of the year. The switch-hitting third baseman went 3-4 with two walks and has a eight-game hitting streak (15-34). They scored six times in the third as Amaya led of with his second blast of the season and Wilson Contreras and Oliver Zapata both delivered two-run doubles. Rock Shoulders and Marco Hernandez each had 2 RBI and Reggie Golden went 2-4 and is hitting .346 in his first seven games. Vogelbach launched his 10th homer of the year in the fourth with the bases empty. Kane County was 7-14 with RISP and they drew eight walks.
Cougars Lineup: Amaya (1-5 2R, HR RBI BB), Almora CF (4-5 2R, HR 4RBI), Vogelbach 1B (1-6 R HR RBI), Candelario 3B (3-4 2R, HR RBI 2BB), Shoulders (1-5 2B 2RBI, BB), Contreras C (2-6 R 2B 2RBI), Zapata LF (2-4 2R, 2RBI BB), Golden RF (2-4 2R BB), Hernandez SS (2-3 2R 2B 2RBI 2BB)
On the Mound: Michael Heesch (3-4 3.73 ERA) was the beneficiary of the big offensive night and the left-hander pitched into the seventh, pounding the strike zone as he allowed eight hits and one earned run. He fanned three and got 11 fly ball outs. Ian Dickson (2-2 6.88) tossed 1.2 innings of shutout ball and Lendy Castillo (0-4 7.40) struckout the side in the ninth.
Cougars Notes: C Wilson Contreras was taken off the inactive list and C Neftali Rosario was sent back to extended spring training.