Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/6/15

Tennessee secured both games of a doubleheader, and Myrtle Beach was able to salvage a split with a victory in its second game of the day. Iowa and South Bend both dropped games on Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (12-14)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa’s bats were silenced in a 6-0 loss to the Nashville Sounds.

  • 3B Chris Valaika (.238) tallied two of Iowa’s five hits, going 2-for-4.
  • LHP Joe Ortiz (3.09) tossed a scoreless frame. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last three games (4.0 IP).

Tennessee Smokies (15-11)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.5)

GM 1: Tennessee ended a two-game skid with a 2-1 victory at Pensacola.

  • CF Albert Almora (.313) went 2-for-3.
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed his third straight quality start, giving up no earned runs in 6.0 innings of work. He’s holding opponents to a .176 average (19-for-108) this season.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (0.90) earned his third save of the year with a scoreless seventh inning.

GM 2: Tennessee scored four runs in the top of the seventh to sweep the doubleheader with a 4-1 win.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.358) went 3-for-4 and had a three-run double in the seventh to lift the Smokies.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.231) went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.
  • RHP C.J. Edwards (1-2, 3.55) tossed a scoreless inning to earn his first victory of the year.
  • RHP Michael Jensen (0.71) worked a scoreless seventh inning to record his first save of the season.

Myrtle Beach (16-10)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

GM 1: Myrtle Beach had its five-game winning streak snapped in a 5-4 loss to visiting Salem.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.271) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double.
  • C Victor Caratini (.231) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.260) and 2B Wes Darvill (.190) each walked twice.

GM 2: Myrtle Beach avoided a doubleheader sweep with a 4-2 win over visiting Salem.

  • 2B Wes Darvill (.217) went 2-for-4 with a first-inning solo home run.
  • DH Mark Zagunis (.272) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • RHP Zach Cates (1-0, 0.00) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to earn the win.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (0.90) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save of the year.

South Bend (14-13)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-3.0)

Visiting Great Lakes scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to beat South Bend 4-3.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.341) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases (8).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.228) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double (4).
  • 2B David Bote (.282) and 1B Gioskar Amaya (.177) each had one RBI.

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