Down on the Farm: May 18
James Russell is a guy on [Tennessee] we just moved up. [He's] from last years draft and the son of Jeff Russell, the closer. Very, very advanced for where he is at coming out of the draft. He’s a left hander that has three pitches and really really can pitch. It will be interesting to see how quickly he tracks through the system.
– Oneri Fleita, Cubs VP of Player Personnel
Tennessee took advantage of Montgomery’s miscues and the Smokies bullpen was lights out as Tennessee snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory.
LHP James Russell (W 1-0, 3.10) 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
? 1B Matt Craig reached base in all four plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk … he raised his season average to .389 and his on-base percentage to .577.
? RHP Tanner Watson (2.0 IP) and RHP Grant Johnson (0.2 IP) both picked up holds, combining to throw 2.2 scoreless innings while allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two.
? RHP Michael Cooper earned the four-out save, his fourth of the season … he has not allowed a run in eight of his nine relief appearances this season.
The I-Cubs and Round Rock played another tight game until late, but the Express broke it open with a seven-run eighth inning, winning 9-1.
LHP Randy Keisler (L 3-4, 3.26) 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
? LF Matt Murton went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk and a run scored, finishing a homer shy of the cycle … Murton raised his average to .359 and his on-base percentage to .468.
? Starter Randy Keisler turned in his fourth quality start if the season, tying his season high with nine strikeouts over 7.0 innings pitched, his longest start of the year.
? RF Josh Kroeger, who went 2-for-4, plated the I-Cubs lone run with his two-out single up the middle in the first… it was his 20th RBI of the season, tying him with IF Bobby Scales for third on the team.
Daytona Cubs (A+): 22-21 Overall
East Division Tied 2nd Place (-4.0)
Daytona overcame Clearwater’s four-run fourth inning, coming back to take the first game of the series, 7-5.
RHP Marco Carillo (W 2-3, 3.08) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
HOMERS – Yusuf Carter (2)
? CF Yusuf Carter led the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, three RBI and a run scored … he put the Cubs in front for good with his two-run double in the fifth.
? 2B Jonathan Mota went 3-for-5 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot … he is now hitting .338 in 19 games since being called up from Peoria.
? LHP Casey Lambert struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his eighth save of the year.
Peoria pulled within one in the eighth, but could not complete the comeback against Beloit, falling to the Snappers, 5-4.
RHP Kevin Kreier (ND 0-0, 6.43) 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
? 3B Jovan Rosa was 2-for-4 with a double … he has doubled in each of his last three games and leads the Midwest League with 17.
? 1B Luis Bautista went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored … he is 6-for-11 (.545) over his first three games with the Chiefs.
? RHP Jordan Latham threw 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one … he lowered his season ERA to 1.27 (4 ER/28.1 IP), and has fanned 27 in 28.1 innings pitched