Cubs Minor League Report: 4/11/16

Iowa picked up its first win of the season while Myrtle Beach and South Bend each claimed victories in walk-off fashion Monday. Tennessee’s offense was there, but it couldn’t secure the win. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (1-4)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-3.0 games back)

Iowa claimed its first victory of the season, cruising past visiting New Orleans, 9-1.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson (0.00) pitched three scoreless innings, striking out five and giving up two hits.
  • In his first rehab appearance, 3B Javier Baez (.333) went 1 for 3 with a solo homer (1) in the fifth inning.
  • C Willson Contreras (.474) went 4 for 5 with a double (2) and four RBI (4). He has hit safely in all five games this season (9-for-19).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.421) finished 3 for 4 with a walk, a double (2), a run scored and an RBI (5).
  • RF John Andreoli (.263) reached base three times and scored three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks, an RBI and a stolen base (1).
  • RHP Felix Pena (2 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) and RHP Brandon Gomes (2 IP, 2 SO) each tossed two scoreless frames.

Tennessee Smokies (2-3)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Tennessee out-hit Mobile 15-7 but dropped the rubber game of the five-game set, 5-4.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (0.00) pitched three scoreless innings, fanning four. He had to exit the game early after getting hit with a line drive.
  • 2B Chesny Young went 2 for 4 with a walk and his second homer of the season, a solo shot.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.333) went 3 for 4 with a double (2).
  • CF Bijan Rademacher (.500), RF Billy McKinney (.235) and 1B Victor Caratini (.214) all tallied multi-hit efforts. Rademacher has started the season 6 for 12.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-2)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach rallied for three runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by an Ian Happ two-run, walk-off double, to defeat Winston-Salem, 5-4.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.211) went 1 for 5 with the walk-off two-RBI double in the ninth inning.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.389) reached three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks.
  • The Pelicans collected 11 walks, but just six hits.
  • RHP Dave Berg (1 IP) collected the win, tossing a scoreless top of the ninth inning.

South Bend Cubs (2-2)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-Fourth Place (-0.5)

RF Eloy Jimenez hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift South Bend to a 7-6 victory.

  • CF Eddy Martinez (.375) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer (1) in the fourth inning, his first professional home run. He has three multi-hit efforts in four games this season.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.353) went 2 for 5 with a double (1) and two RBI (3).
  • SS Bryant Flete (.625) went 2 for 3 with a double (1) and two runs scored. He has gone 5 for 8 in his first three games.
  • All nine starters either reached base or scored a run.

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