Game 1—Daytona 5, Lakeland 1; Game 2—Daytona 7, Lakeland 4—12 innings
Daytona (19-20) snapped a four-game losing streak in grand style sweeping a doubleheader at Lakeland (15-25).
Jorge Soler and Dustin Geiger went a combined 8-8 to lead the offense and Yiper Castillo shut down the Flying Tigers with a complete game win.
At the Plate: Dustin Geiger continued his hot hitting with runners in scoring position, delivering a RBI double in the first with two outs. Geiger ripped a double down the third base line as Jorge Soler showed his speed scoring from first to make 2-0 in the third. Soler drilled a line drive homer (6) over the fence in left field for a 3-0 Cubs lead. Dustin Geiger made it four extra base hits in a row with a two-run double in the sixth, scoring Javier Baez and Jorge Soler. Soler showed his speed on a baltimore chop to third with an infield single for his fourth hit. With his four RBI Geiger took the lead in the FSL with 34.
Cubs Lineup: Andreoli LF (0-3 BB), DeVoss CF (0-2 R BB), Baez SS (1-4 R), Soler RF (4-4 3R HR RBI), Geiger 1B (4-4 3 2B, 3B, 4RBI), Carhart 3B (0-3 BB), Krist DH (0-3 BB), Noble C (0-3), Saunders 2B (1-3).
On the Mound: Yeiper Castillo, 24, made his third start and it was the first time he had pitched since May 5. After the first two hitters reached in the first, Castillo (1-0 2.33 ERA) was helped out when a liner headed to left field was snagged by a diving Javier Baez and turned into a double play. The right-hander was impressive mowing down the Flying Tigers (7 IP, 4H, 1ER 1BB 2K). He allowed a singled with one out in the second and retired the next 14 hitters until a leadoff homer in the seventh ended the shutout and snapped Castillo’s 21-inning scoreless streak. Castillo began his pro career in the Red Sox organization signing in 2005 and was acquired by the Cubs in Dec. of 2012 as a free agent.
Taiwan Easterling delivered a two-out two-run double in the bottom of the 12th to give the Cubs the win.
At the Plate: The daily of double of Soler and Geiger picked right up in game two as Soler led off the second innings and scored on Geiger’s fourth double of the day. Ben Carhart had a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 4-2. Daytona tied the game in the sixth on a wild pitch scoring Baez and a RBI single from Chadd Krist. In the 12th, Baez tripled and walks to Geiger and Carhart loaded the bases. With two outs, Easterling doubled home a pair and Taylor Davis followed with a single to plate another run.
Cubs Lineup: Andreoli CF (0-5), Davrill 2B (0-6), Baez SS (2-5 3R 3B BB), Soler RF (3-6 R 2B), Geiger 3B (3-4 2R 2B RBI 2BB), Carhart 3B (0-3 RBI 2BB), Krist C (2-6 RBI), Easterling LF (2-6 2B 3B 2RBI), Davis DH (1-6 RBI).
On the Mound: RHP Eduardo Figueroa made his first start of the season, after pitching in relief the first eight games. The right-hander allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in three innings. The bullpen was outstanding with nine shutout innings. Austin Reed (0-0 6.00) gave up 11 earned run in three games early in April. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last six games (10IP 5H 6BB 5K) as the righty worked two shutout innings. Sheldon McDonald (0-1 2.37) went a season-high four innings yielding two hits and a walk with a strikeout. McDonald has gone over 10 innings without allowing a run, spanning five games. Frank Del Valle got the win (1-0 2.12) tossing three scoreless innings with two hits and three strikeouts.
Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 3
At the Plate: The Smokies scored all four of their runs in the second as Ty Wright led off with led off with a walk and Rafael Lopez followed with a single. Christian Villanueva, who had three hits, doubled home Wright. A wild pitch on a strikeout by Rubi Silva allowed Lopez to score and Silva got first base. After a walk loaded the bases, Ronald Torreyes plated a pair with a two-out single. Villanueva is 15 for his last 36 and has raised his average to .259.
Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (2-5), Torreyes 2B (1-5 2RBI), Alcantara SS (0-4), Wright LF (0-3 R BB), Lopez (1-4 R), Villanueva 3B (3-4 R 2 2B, RBI), Silva RF (0-4 R), TOrres (1-2 2BB), Hendricks P (0-3), Mota PH (0-1)
On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (3-2 2.82 ERA) continues to impress in the Southern League as the right-hander threw 92 pitches over seven innings allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk. He fanned three and got 12 ground ball outs in the win. Tony Zych (0-2 4.24 ) tossed a scoreless eighth for his second hold and Zach Rosscup (1-0 1.45) earned his first save of the season striking out the side in the ninth. The lefty has 22 Ks in 14.2 innings with six walks.
Cedar Rapids 4, Kane County 3—12 innings
Cedar Rapids (28-12) scored on a RBI single in the bottom of the 12th to beat Kane County (19-20).
At the Plate: Bijan Rademacher scored the Cougars first run of the night with a one-out double and went home on a throwing error. SS Marco Hernandez (7 for last 12) keeps ripping the ball delivering a two-out RBI single in the seventh scoring Jeimer Candelario, who led off the inning with a double. Daniel Vogelbach tied the game in the eighth with a two-out single scoring Rademacher all the way from first base.
Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (0-5), Rademacher RF (3-5 2R 2B), Vogelbach 1B (1-5 RBI), Canderlario 3B (2-5 R 2B), Shoulders 3B (0-5), Contreras C (0-5), Hernandez SS (1-5 RBI), Amaya 2B (2-5), Zapata CF (1-5).
On the Mound: RHP Dillon Maples made his second start for the Cougars since joining the team on May 12 from extended spring training. A lead off double in the third turned into a run when a fastball went off the glove of Wilson Contreras and was ruled a wild pitch. The Kernals also scored on a RBI triple, one of two hits allowed by Maples. The 2011 draft pick threw an unofficial 66 pitches, 46 for strikes, and fanned five with a walk and a hit batter. Maples has pitched 10 innings in his two starts with eight hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Byron Buxton went 0-3 against Maples with a strikeout. Lendy Castillo followed Maples for the second straight game yielding an earned run in five innings on five hits and three walks. Nathan Dorris (1-1 2.08) took the loss allowing leadoff walk in the 11th and the game-winning single after a sacrifice bunt.
Cougars Notes: Kane County play-by-play announcer Keaton Gillogly interviewed the Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator Derek Johnson. Johnson said he was impressed with Maples’ first start at Clinton. He added the Cubs’ young hurlers need to learn how to become professional pitchers and go through the highs and lows.
Tucson 9, Iowa 8
Tucson (22-19) outslugged Iowa (15-23) Friday night at Principal Park.
At the Plate: Iowa bashed out 18 hits but left 11 runners on base. Brett Jackson raised his batting average to .265 going 4-5 with a double while Josh Vitters (.280) went 3-3, scored twice, and drove in a run. Brent Lillibridge, Save Sappelt, Darnell McDonald and J.C.Boscan all had two hits. Logan Watkins blasted his third homer.
On the Mound: RHP Guillermo Moscoso (2-0 2.14 ERA) fanned eight in five innings but allowed nine hits and four runs, two earned. RHP Esmailin Caridad (3-2 7.16) took the loss yielding three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning. RHP Casey Coleman (0-0 4.70) worked 1.2 innings giving up four hits and two runs. LHP Hisanori Takahashi (0-0 4.50) tossed a scoreless ninth.