Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4-7-13

Iowa Cubs 3 @ Albuquerque Isotopes 7

Nick Struck walked none, but only struck out 1 and scattered 8 hits across 4 innings en route to a 4 ER performance. Casey Coleman picked up where Struck left off, surrendering 2 ER in 2 IP on a 2-R HR by Scott Van Slyke. Jensen Lewis gave up a home run in the 8th to complete the damages.

Offensively, Logan Watkins was held hitless but drew a walk. Brett Jackson's new approach yielded a 1-4, 1 SO performance. He ended up scoring a run. The big day, though, belonged to Ryan Sweeney. He went 2 for 3 with a walk and a home run. For the most part, Iowa's bats were silent, though they did draw 4 walks as a team.

Tennessee Smokies 4 @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5

Kyle Hendricks made his debut today and it…wasn't pretty. He gave up 5 earned in 5 pitched, the brunt of it coming on a 3-run HR in the 5th  innings. He also walked 2 and punched 5. The other pitching prospect in on the team, Tony Zych, came in relief and went 1.2 scoreless with a walk and K. AJ Morris did the same as Zych in 1.1 innings and hopes to become something.

Christian Villanueva got the day off and his replacement, the eminently fungible Tim Torres, went 2 for 3 with a walk. Arismendy Alcantara had an 0-fer in 4 AB. Matt Szczur drew a walk and had a hit. He also stole a base. No one else had a performance worth noting, though the team as a whole had a nice 5 BB/5 K ratio.

Daytona Cubs 9 @ Brevard County Manatees 0

P.J. Francescon got the start and was awesome. He surrended a single hit and a single walk and stranded them both. He also struck out 6. Yeiper Castillo, Luis Liria, and Austin Reed all relieved in the game and similarly dominated the Manatees. All told, the Cougars pitching staff punched 9, walked one, and allowed just 4 hits.

Javier Baez had a really rough day. He was hit by a pitch and stole a base, but he also struck out once, went 1 for 4, and committed two errors. Baez is hitting just .188 on the season. Jorge Soler hit his 2nd HR of the season and added another hit and walk (and SO) to provide the lion's share of offense. Daytona also walked an impressive 8 times, led by 2 each from Zeke DeVoss (1-4, 2 RBI) and John Andreoli (2-3, 1 3B). Micah Gibbs also had a longball in his only hit of the day. The Daytona Cubs have been as good as advertised thus far.

Quad Cities River Bandits 3 @ Kane County Cougars 1 (13 innings)

Michael Heesch took the bump and went 6.1 very strong innings. Heesch walked 2, struck out 5, and allowed only one hit, good for a single run. Felix Pena came out in relief and went another 5.2 innings (and was similarly dominant, with 5 punchouts and a single walk amid 3 hits). After the first 12 innings resulted in a 1-1 deadlock, Eduardo Orozco finally obliged the Bandits with a single inning of 2 hit, 1 walk, 2 ER baseball.

The Cougar bats were largely silent. Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez went 0-6 with 2 K and 0-5 with 1 K, respectively. Jeimer Candelario and Dan Vogelbach both went 1 for 6 with no walks or strikeouts. The only successful offensive day was Rock Shoulders, who went 2-3 with a walk. The Cougars have looked very bad this year.