Barrett Loux and Iowa took their lumps. The Smokies offense failed to support a strong pitching performance, and Kane County won it's first game as it looks like their offensive is beginning to wake up. They pounded out 13 hits, though none of them came from their 3 and 4 hitters.
- Barrett Loux got the start and the Round Rock Express just rolled right over him with 6 runs in the first. Loux didn't help himself with uncharacteristic wildness, walking 3 hitters in his one inning.
- The next two pitchers didn't do much to slow down the Express. Jaye Chapman was also wild, walking 3 batters of his own over 2.2 innings and allowing 3 runs. Then came Cory Wade, whose control was fine, but hitters seemed to have no trouble picking up on his stuff. He allowed 8 hits and 5 runs in just 3 innings of work.
- Blake Parker finally stopped the bleeding with 1.1 scoreless innings in mop up duty.
- Logan Watkins is going to have Cubs fans pleading for his arrival if he keeps this up. He's been an on-base machine as usual and today he added some pop with a double and a home run.
- Brett Jackson snapped out of his early season funk with a double, single, and 2 RBI. He did strikeout once and now has 7 Ks in 22 PAs for a 32% K rate.
- New acquisition Donnie Murphy started at SS and contributed a double and single. He also scored a run and drove in another.
- RF Bryan Bogusevic is still hitting and chipped in with a pair of singles, a run scored, and an outfield assist when he nailed a runner trying to take 3rd.
- Dae-Eun Rhee may not ever be the pitcher Cubs fans once hoped he would be before a shoulder injury robbed him of mid 90s velocity, but he still has a good change-up and a good idea how to use it. It may not be as pretty but it was effective for 4 innings. He had given up just one hit and one walk at that point, but e ran into trouble in the 5th. He lost control of the strike zone, started falling behind hitters and walked two of them. In all ,he lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing just 2 hits and one run before giving way to veteran Brian Schlitter, who ultimately took the loss on an unearned run.
- Zach Rosscup may only be 90-92 mph with his fastball, but it may as well be 5 mph faster when you watch hitters repeatedly swing late on it. Once he gets to two strikes -- which can be a struggle with his wavering command, he uses a big, sharp breaking curve to put them away. He gave up a bloop double (on a late swing, of course) and then struck out the side. 8 of his 9 outs this season have come via the strikeout.
- Trey McNutt doesn't need any kind of deception to be overpowering. He just plain throws hard and complements with a sharp, sweeping slider that is a legit out pitch. McNutt came on to keep the game at 2-1 to give the Smokies one last chance at a comeback. He did his job with an easy 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout.
- Matt Szczur continued his hot start as an OBP guy with 2 more singles and another walk. He has a .480 OBP in the first 5 games.
- Arismendy Alcantara isn't going to walk his way on much, but he has a knack for making hard contact and finding holes. He did it twice today with a pair of singles.
- If you don't know you got the Smokies RBI, then you haven't been paying attention the past couple of years. It was Justin Bour and he did it with a deep sac fly to the opposite field to score Matt Szcur.
Daytona had the day off.
- Lendy Castillo was sent down all the way to Class A to start -- which I think is a great idea. He lost a lot of development time last year and he never really developed his secondaries. Starting will give him the chance to work on all his pitches and allow him more innings to improve his command. That will serve him well even if he does end up in the bullpen again, which is the most likely scenario. He pitched well, going 5 innings and allowing just 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4.
- LHP Brian Smith pitched 2 scoreless innings, walked one and struck out one.
- Justin Amlung closed out the game and pitched the last 3 innings. He struggled with his command in his first outing and this time he had trouble with the long ball. He gave 2 of them and a total of 4 runs.
- Gioskar Amaya had a much needed good day on offense. He had 2 singles, a triple, and a stolen base. He raised his average on the season to .238.
- Rock Shoulders got his first start at 1B while Dan Vogelbach DH'd today. Shoulders remained red hot, getting 2 hits in 5 ABs but actually saw his average drop to .455. Vogelbach did not get a hit but he did drive in 2 runs, one of them with a sac fly.
- The Kane County team has the unusual luxury of having two good catchers. In fact, Wilson Contreras and Chadd Krist may be the two best catching prospects in the system. Krist got the start and the team didn't miss a beat as he doubled twice and singled. He scored 2 runs and had 2 RBI.
- With Oliver Zapata moving to CF to replace the injured Trey Martin (who replaced the injured Albert Almora), Bijan Rademacher is getting the starts in RF. He made good today with 3 hits and 3 RBI. Rademacher was selected in last year's draft as a hitter even though many teams preferred him as a pitcher.
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