The Cubs affiliates split their games today. Iowa and Peoria won their games while Tennessee and Daytona lost theirs. Here are some of the highlights...
Iowa 5 - Albuquerque 1
- Casey Coleman started and threw well but had to leave the game with an apparent injury. Nothing is known at the time of this writing but I'll update it when I have more information. As for the game, Coleman pitched well despite some occasional command problems. He went 5 innings, gave up 3 hits, 3 walks and 1 run. He struck out 3. He also pitched in with 2 hits and an RBI.
- Veteran LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith came in and looked sharp in 3 scoreless innings in which he walked none and struck out 3. His ERA is 1.93 in the early going.
- Blake Parker is continuing to pitch well after impressing this spring. He threw a 1-2-3 inning in which he struck out one.
- The offense pounded out 10 hits and drew 4 walks.
- Welington Castillo was the main star going 3 for 3 with walk. He hit a HR and a double. He also scored 3 runs. He's at .357 for the year. On defense he saved Brett Jackson a throwing error but also dropped a pop-up in foul territory.
- Josh Vitters continues to hit well. He was more aggressive today, swinging early and often, but the results were good. He had 2 singles and a sacrifice fly to drive in 2 runs. He's batting a robust .450.
- Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo did not partake in the fun. Both went hitless although Jackson drew a walk. Jackson has actually scuffled in the last 3 games and his average has dropped to .286.
- Tony Campana got 2 more hits including a perfectly placed drag bunt single.
- Adrian Cardenas played SS today and is still locked in at the plate. He got his 6th extra base hit of the year with a triple. He now has4 doubles, 1 triple, and 1 HR. He's batting .320 overall.
Jackson 2 - Tennessee 1
- I have my full scouting report of the 3 pitchers who threw today (McNutt, Antigua, Rhoderick) on miCubs.com. Click here to read them. The 3 pitchers combined to strike out 12 batters.
- Trey McNutt threw 4 scoreless innings although it wasn't always pretty. He gave up 2 hits and walked 3. When he was on, he showed 3 above average pitches. His fastball velocity and movement was very good, his curve ball had tremendous sharp break, and his change-up was the best I'd ever seen him throw. He used it as an out pitch on two separate occasions. McNutt had 5 strikeouts in all.
- LHP Jeffrey Antigua came in and was impressive. He mixed speeds and threw strikes. Antigua went 3.1 innings and gave up just one run. He struck out 4.
- Kevin Rhoderick took the loss when he gave up a HR in the 9th inning. His slider has wicked downward movment. The best way I can describe it is it looks like he's throwing a whiffle ball up there. He pitched 1.2 innings and struck out 3.
- Logan Watkins and Jae Hoon Ha laid down consecutive bunt singles while Michael Burgess also had a single.
Dunedin 7 - Daytona 1
- LH finesse pitcher Eric Jokisch threw 7 innings but had less than mediocre results. He have up 5 runs (4 earned). He gave up 7 hits, including 2 HRs and walked 3.
- Hard throwing Larry Suarez struggled in his one inning of work. He gave up 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs to put the game way out of reach.
- Matt Szczur was hitless but it was encouraging to see him draw 2 walks. He seems to have made a concerted to get on base and now has 4 walks on the season. He has a .333 OBP despite hitting just .182 so far.
- Ronald Torreyes went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
- LF Rubi Silva supplied almost the entire offense today. He had 3 hits, including the team's only extra base hit (a double) and scored the only run. He's at .476 to start the year.
Peoria 5 - Quad Cities 3
- Michael Jensen had his second straight strong outing although it didn't start off that way. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in the very first inning but then settled down to throw 5 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball to give his team a chance to come back and win the game.
- Yao-Lin Wang looks dominant in his new role as a reliever. He pitched 2 perfect innings in which he struck out 3.
- LH Closer Andrew McKirahan got the save despite giving up 2 hits in the 9th. He did not give up a run, however.
- 2B Zeke DeVoss had 2 hits, including a double. He has held his own with a .280 average so far. He and Paul Hoilman (who was drafted as a college senior) are the only 2011 draftees in the everyday lineup.
- DH Hoilman had a double and a walk, but has struggled so far at .182.
- Wes Darvill, who impressed a couple of our readers with his approach in a spring training game, is off to an encouraging start. He played SS today and went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .318. He also drew a walk.
- Reggie Golden had a single and a walk, but the raw prospect is still adjusting to more advanced pitching. He's off to a .182 start.
- 1B Ryan Cuneo is in his second year at Peoria and had the big hit of the day, a 3-run HR in the 6th that put the Cubs up 5-3.