Chris Rusin had a very good start. He went 7 innings, allowed 6 hits and a run. He walked none and struckout 5. Hisanori Takahashi struck a batter out and allowed a hit in the 8th. Zach Putnam struckout 2 and allowed a hit in the 9th.
Logan Watkins was 3-3 with another walk. He’s struckout a little too much this year and it should come down. Otherwise, he’s had a fantastic season so far. He’s hitting .279/.436/.465 and has 9 extra base hits. Two of them were home runs. He’s walked 20 times and struckout 27 times.
The only other hit for the I-Cubs belonged to DH Ryan Sweeney who was 1-4 with a strikeout. Josh Vitters is back and he was playing LF because Ian Stewart is busy sucking at AAA. Vitters was 0-3 with a walk.
Matt Garza got the start in this 5-inning rain-shortened game. He had a fantastic evening. He allowed a hit, walked 2 and struckout none. Remember, stay positive! Don’t be a fake Cubs fan.
Kevin Rhoderick threw 1.1 innings, walked 2 and struckout 1. Matt Loosen pitched 0.2 innings, gave up a couple hits and a walk. He gave up 2 runs.
The Smokies had only 2 hits. All of the position players were 0-2 with the exception of Rubi Silva and Rafael Lopez. Each of them were 1-2.
Ben Wells is off to a great start at a league I wasn’t sure he was ready for. He’s proving me wrong. He threw 7 innings, allowed 3 hits and 1 run. He walked a batter and struckout 3. Wells’ walk to strikeout ratio is a bit concerning. He’s struckout only 18 in 32.2 innings and he’s walked 12. Even for an extreme groundball pitcher, I’m not sure those numbers are going to work.
Eduardo Figueroa pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 3.
Jorge Soler doubled in 3 plate appearances. He also stole a base, his 2nd of the season. Ben Carhart was 2-3 with 2 doubles. Anthony Giansanti was also 2-3. The other Cubs hit belonged to Stephen Bruno.
Taiwan Easterling had 2 outfield assists.
Pierce Johnson is putting together a very nice season in A ball so far. He started for the 5th time last night and threw 6.2 innings, allowed 4 hits and a run while walking 1 and striking out 4. He’s been very good in his last 3 starts, pretty good in his 2nd start and pretty bad in his opening start this year. He gave up 6 hits, a walk and 5 runs in 2.1 innings in that start.
On the season he’s thrown 24.2 innings, allowed 24 hits, walked 7 and struckout 25.
Eddie Orozco pitched an inning, allowed a hit and 2 walks while striking out 2. Jeffry Antigua threw 2.1 innings, allowed 5 hits and 3 runs. He didn’t walk anybody and struckout 4.
Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-5 with a double and 3 strikeouts. Gioskar Amaya hasn’t had many good games this season, but he did last night. He was 2-3 with a double and a walk. He was picked off once.
No other Cougar had more than 1 hit. Dan Vogelbach was 1-5 with 2 strikeouts. Jeimer Candelario and Rock Shoulders were each 1-4. Shoulders doubled. Willson Contreras was 1-3 with a walk.