The Iowa Cubs were rained out.
Kyle Hendricks got the start and lasted only 2 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 3 runs while walking a batter. He didn’t strike out anybody. The Smokies bullpen would throw the next 9 innings (extra innings game) and they allowed only 2 hits and no runs.
Kevin Rhoderick and Marcus Hatley did walk 5 over 3.2 innings and struckout 3, but got away with it because they didn’t allow any hits. Tony Zych, Trey McNutt and Frank Batista threw the remaining 5.1 innings and walked a batter while striking out no one.
Arismendy Alcantara was 3-4 with a walk. Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-4 with 2 walks and Justin Bour was 1-3 with 3 walks. Matt Szczur pinch hit later in the game and ended up going 1-3.
In PJ Francescon’s first start of the season he gave up a hit, walked a batter and struckout 5 over 5 innings. That’s been the only decent start of the year for him. His last two he has combined to give up 16 hits and 13 runs over 8 innings including last night’s 3 inning, 8 hit, 7 run performance.
Eduardo Figueroa threw 3 innings, allowed 3 hits and 2 runs, but walked 4 and struckout only 2. Austin Reed gave up 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 walks over 1.2 innings. Sheldon McDonald threw 1.1, didn’t give up any hits or runs, but walked and struck a batter out.
As a team the Smokies walked 11 and struckout just 7.
Zeke DeVoss was 2-4 with another walk and another time getting picked off. That’s 3 games in a row. That’s got to stop.
Javier Baez was 2-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. Jorge Soler returned to action last night and got a hit and walk in his first 2 plate appearances. He finished 1-3 with a walk.
Stephen Bruno was 2-5 with a double and 3 strikeouts. Ben Carhart was 2-4 with a walk and Chad Noble was 3-4 with a walk.
Lendy Castillo can’t even pitch well in A ball. He pitched 4 innings, gave up 7 hits, a one run, 5 runs in total and walked 2 while striking out 6. Hard to imagine this guy was given a shot at MLB last year.
Justin Amlung gave up 3 hits and 3 runs over 3 innings. Steve Perakslis gave up a couple hits and a run in 2.1 innings.
The top 6 in the Cougars lineup combined for 12 hits and all 8 of the Cougars runs scored.
Gioskar Amaya was 2-5 with 2 doubles. He struckout twice. Marco Hernandez continues to be hot. He was 3-5. Dan Vogelbach was 2-5 with a strikeout. Jeimer Candelario was 2-5 with a double. Rock Shoulders was 1-3 with 2 walks. Willson Contreras was 2-4 with a home run and a walk.