Cubs April 9 Minor League Recap

Josh Vitters off to hot start.

Tennessee won its season opener as a two-run double by C Rafael Lopez provided the difference in the 3-1 win. Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters both homered to lead Iowa to a 6-1 win over Nashville. Daytona got swept in a twin-bill and Kane County fell in extra innings.

AAA—Iowa 6, Nashville 1

Iowa's bats came to life Wednesday night at Principal Park led by homers from Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson in the 6-1 win.

At the Dish: Vitters showed no ill-effects of leaving Monday's game with a knee injury as he smacked a two-run homer in the 7th and walked. Jackson launched his solo blast in the sixth....Javier Baez was 2-4 (2B, R) raising his average to .136 while Chris Coghlan added two hits and a RBI.

On the Hill: Carlos Pimentel fanned a career-high 10 Nashville hitters in six innings as the right-hander earned his first win. He also helped his own cause with a RBI single, also a career first. He surrendered one run ( a homer) on three hits and a walk in his 85-pitch effort, 58 for strikes......Zac Rosscup earned his first hold, tossing two scoreless frames, allowing one hit while fanning four...... Marcus Hatley closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, adding two more K to Iowa's total of 16.



AA—Tennessee 3, Chattanooga 1

Tennessee (2-4) won its season opener scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth behind a two-run double from C Rafael Lopez in the 3-1 win over Chattanooga.

At the Dish: The Cubs didn't muster any offense until the sixth when Kris Bryant singled and took second on a throwing error on a grounder to short. Lopez doubled down the right field line and scored when the throw got past the third baseman. Lopez and Stephen Bruno had two hits......The Smokies had seven hits but are hitting .201 as a team.

On the Hill: C.J. Edwards made his second AA start, throwing 95 pitches in 5.2 innings. The right-hander allowed an earned run on five hits and four walks. He fanned four and faced 26 hitters. Edwards didn't have his best stuff but did a good job of pitching out of trouble.....RH P.J. Francescon (2-0) got the final out of the sixth and then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.....LH Jeffrey Lorick got two outs in the eight, one on strikes but was lifted after allowing a hit......RH Armando Rivero got the final out of the 8th and then struck out the side in the 9th with a fastball in the upper 90s.

Smokies Notes: Jake Arrieta makes his second rehab start for the smokies on Thursday morning at Smokies Park. Dae-Eun Rhee will relieve Arrieta after he reaches his pitch limit.



High A—Game 1—Dunedin 1, Daytona 0; Game 2— Dunedin 6, Daytona 4;

Dunedin swept a doubleheader at Jackie Robinson Ballpark as Daytona fell to1-5 on the season.

At the Dish: GAME 1—Four Dunedin pitchers blanked the D-Cubs on just four hits, two doubles coming off the bat of Albert Almora. Pin-Chieh Chen and Marco Hernandez both singled. Daytona had runners on base but were 0-7 with RISP. GAME 2—Dan Vogelbach (.182) hit his first homer of the season, an opposite field three-run shot in the sixth. D-Cubs only got five hits as Marco Hernandez singled and scored on a RBI double by Pin-Chieh Chen.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Felix Pena (0-2 1.50 ERA) tossed six strong innings, allowing one run on five hits. He fanned five and recorded seven fly ball outs. It was his second strong outing, tossing six innings of one-run ball in the season opener.....Michael Jensen pitched the 7th, putting the Blue Jays down in order. GAME 2—Jose Rosario took the loss as the right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks in five innings. He fanned four and faced 22 hitters, getting eight ground outs....Starling Peralta started the sixth but only got one out as three hits and an error plated four runs, two earned.....Andrew McKirahan got the final two outs of the sixth and pitched the seventh, fanning three.

D-Cubs Notes: Cubs Director of Player Development Jaron Madison was in Daytona to catch the doubleheader Wednesday night. Madison was the director of amateur scouting for the Cubs last season after spending spending three years in the Padres organization as the scouting director.



Low A—Fort Wayne 5, Kane County 4

Fort Wayne homered in the top of the ninth to tie the game and then took advantage of an error in the 10th to add three more for a 7-4 win over Kane County.

At the Dish: Jacob Hannemann tripled to lead off the first and scored on Benjamin Carhart's sacrifice fly and then Jacob Roger's first homer of the season tied the game at 2-2 in the second. Shawon Dunston delivered a two-out, two-run single in the sixth with the bases loaded for his first two RBI of the season, and a 4-2 Cougars lead. Every starter except Carlos Penalver had one hit.

On the Hill: The only blemish of Paul Blackburn's day was a two-run homer in the second as the right-hander gave up one two hits in five innings. He fanned four and walked two......RH James Pugliese worked two scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the eighth, allowing two walks and a single before his day ended. He finished with a line of 2.1 IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 1K.......LH Nathan Dorris got the final two outs of the 8th bu t allowed a RBI groundout....Jose Arias (0-1) surrendered a solo homer in the 9th as the Cougar bullpen surrendered another ninth inning lead. A dropped fly ball by Hannemann opened the door for three runs as a RBI single and two-run double followed.

Cougars Notes: Kane County concludes its with Fort Wayne at 11 a.m. start on Thursday against Fort Wayne. Tyler Skulina is the starting pitcher for KC.

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