Cubs April 10 Minor League Recap

Tyler Skulina earned first pro win.

Tyler Skulina, the Cubs 2013 fourth-round pick out of Kent State, earned his first pro victory Thursday afternoon as Kane County beat Fort Wayne 7-5. Javier Baez blasted his second homer and Kyle Hendricks tossed seven strong innings as Iowa beat Nashville 5-1. Tennessee got shutout by the Lookouts and Daytona got blasted by Dunedin 12-2.

AAA—Iowa 5, Nashville 1

Kyle Hendricks tossed seven solid innings and Javier Baez blasted his second homer of the season as Iowa won its second straight over Nashville to conclude the home stand at 4-4.

At the Dish: Javier Baez (.154) took a 0-2 pitch over the right centerfield wall in the sixth inning, his second homer of the season. It wash is only hit of the game in four at-bats.....Chris Valaika (.263) went 2-4 with 2 RBI while Josh Vitters (.364) continued his hot start, going 1-2 with two runs scored.....Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara (.280) is also starting to heat up as the 22-year-old was 2-4 with a double and two runs scored. He has fanned eight times in 25 at-bats.......Leadoff hitter Matt Szczur (.233) recorded his second multi-hit game, stole a base, and scored once.....Iowa is hitting .206 as a team.

On the Hill: After struggling in his first outing, Hendricks bounced back on Thursday afternoon, holding the Sounds to one run over seven innings. The right-hander threw 87 pitches, 51 for strikes, allowing five hits and one walk. He fanned five and got 11 ground ball outs of the 25 hitters he faced......Neil Ramirez and Blake Parker slammed the door, as they each tossed a scoreless frame, Ramirez fanning one with Parker putting two down on strikes.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa heads on its first road trip as Eric Jokisch gets the start at Memphis on Friday night.



AA—Chattanooga 1, Tennessee 0

For the second time this season Tennessee (2-5) was shutout as the Smokies managed only four hits off four Chattanooga (3-4) hurlers

At the Dish: The Smokies drew seven walks, had four hits but were 0-10 with RISP as they left nine on in the shutout. Stephen Bruno doubled for the only extra base hit while Zeke DeVoss, Dustin Geiger and John Andreoli all singled. Kris Bryant was 0-2 with two walks. The Smokies are hitting .193 as a team.

On the Hill: Jake Arrieta threw 66 pitches in his second rehab outing and he looked good with plenty of late movement. He worked 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 6.2 frames....Lendy Castillo relieved Arrieta in the fourth, and after a walk, got the final out..... Dae-Eun Rhee took the loss surrendering the only run of the game in the ninth. The right-hander worked 4.2 innings, yielding four hits and a walk with three punchouts.....Tony Zych came into the game with runners on first and third in the ninth with two outs but allowed a RBI single.

Smokies Notes: Corey Black gets the start on Friday night, Ivan Pineyro takes the ball Saturday, and Matt Loosen toes the rubber on Sunday afternoon in the final three games of the series.



High A—Dunedin 12, Daytona 2

Dunedin (6-1) hammered Daytona (1-6) pitching for 18 hits as they scored in six different innings.

At the Dish: Cubs knocked out seven hits but still struggled getting the timely hit, going 1-7 with RISP. Bijan Rademacher went 3-3 and all the D-Cubs hits were singles......Daytona got both of their runs in the third on RBI from Oliver Zapata and Tim Saunders.

On the Hill: Tayler Scott didn't miss many bats matching a career-high for hits allowed (11). The right-hander only lasted three innings as the Blue Jays scored eight times, four earned. He walked three and fanned two......Austin Kirk was solid in relief for three innings but didn't make it out of the seventh, getting charged with two runs on two hits. He fanned two and walked one hitter......Austin Reed entered in the 7th and worked 1.2 frames, yielding two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout........Arodys Vizcaino continues to dominate FSL hitters working his third straight scoreless inning. According to Sean Kernan of the Daytona Beach News-Journal he sat 96-97 hitting 98 one time. He walked one and had one strikeout.

D-Cubs Notes: The Cubs have not said who will get the ball in the Tampa series that starts Friday night....Gioskar Amaya left the game in the top of the second after making a diving play on a grounder behind second.



Low A—Kane County 7, Fort Wayne 5

Kane County (4-3) held a 6-0 lead after two innings and hung on for the win over Fort Wayne (2-5) in the final game of the series.

At the Dish: Kane County got on the board early as Daniel Lockhart and Carlos Penalver led off the game with singles and scored on a RBI groundout by Yasiel Balaguert after a throwing error. Balaguert added a two-run single in the four-run second while Trey Martin ripped a RBI single and scored on a wild pitch. Jacob Rogers added a RBI single in the 8th, scoring Penalver, who had doubled.......Penalver, moved from ninth in the order to second, responded going 2-5, scoring three times, and swiping his third base......Lockhart hit leadoff for the first time and was 2-5 with a pair of runs.

On the Hill: Tyler Skulina's final line wasn't impressive but the right-hander kept Fort Wayne in check for five innings, got some balls up in the sixth, which resulted in four runs. He ended the day working 5.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and a walk. He fanned six and earned his first pro win. He worked around base runners in the first three frames and after allowing a homer to leadoff the fourth, retired six straight before a leadoff double in the sixth. After a strikeout and a groundout, Skulina allowed three straight hits, a double and two singles, before being pulled......Justin Amlung only allowed one hit in 2.1 innings but that was a two-run double to the first hitter he faced in relief of Skulina. He earned his first hold, with a walk and a strikeout.....Tyler Bremer recorded his first save working around a pair of singles. He fanned one and got the final two hitters to pop out.

Cougars Notes: Skulina has looked good his first two starts, especially with his command, two walks in 11.2 innings. If he continues on this path, the 6-foot-5 right-hander won't be in Kane County for long and by the end of the year, could be considered one of the Cubs top prospects.......Another pitcher to keep an eye on is Daury Torrez, who gets the start Friday night against Great Lakes, the Dodgers affiliate. The 20-year-old tossed five strong innings against Quad Cities (5H, 1ER, 3BB, 4K) and had 49 K and 5 BB in 49 IP last year in the Arizona Rookie League. His command wasn't a fluke walking four in 74.2 innings in the DSL in 2012. He also shows great composure, one of the reasons he's skipping Boise. The MWL will be quite a test for a 20-year-old who's also learning the lifestyle of a new country, something pitching coach David Rosario is keeping an eye on as he realizes the struggles of young Latin America players in their first full season stateside.......If you live near Kane County or any MWL city the Cougars play at this year, I suggest you go see a game, all six of the KC starters are legitimate prospects.

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