Chicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 20

Right-handed Chris Kachmar was sent back to Tennessee after one game at Iowa. It appears Kachmar will be on the Des Moines/Knoxville shuttle all year long, as this is the second time this season he has gone from Tennessee to Iowa and back.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs trapped the Louisville Bats (Reds) in their cave, 4-1.

Riley Thompson got Iowa off to a good start with four no-hit and scoreless innings. Thompson walked two and struck out three.

Daniel Palencia pitched the next two innings and took the win despite one run on two hits. (Iowa took the lead when Palencia was on the mound – the win wasn’t because Thompson didn’t go five innings.) Palencia struck out two and walked one.

Cam Sanders, Brad Wieck And Carl Edwards Jr. all gave the I-Cubs one scoreless inning to end the game. Edwards collected his second save. He walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a single to bring in the tying run with no outs, but then Edwards retired the next three batters to end the game . He didn’t strikeout.

Iowa scored three runs in the fifth inning and one of them came on an RBI single by catcher Curt Casali. Casali was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk.

Third baseman BJ Murray Jr. hit an RBI double and scored on Casali’s single in the fifth. Murray went 1 for 2 with a double and two walks. He also stole a base and scored twice.

Midfielder Pete Crow Armstrong went 0 for 4 at the plate, but he made the play in the field.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were served by the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), 7-1.

Richard Gallardo kept the Biscuits off the board for three innings, but everything fell apart in the fourth and fifth. Gallardo was handed the loss after giving up six runs, four of them earned, on eight hits over four innings. Gallardo had two strikeouts and one walk.

Michael Arias had two innings of relief without allowing a run or a hit. He walked one and struck out one.

The only Smokies run of the game came on a home run by center fielder Kevin Alcantara in the third inning. He was 2 for 4 with a walk.

The Jaguar’s taco home run.

South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs were grounded by the Beloit Sky Carp (Marlins), 10-7.

Beginner Luis Devers gave up only one hit and no runs over four innings. He walked four batters while striking out four.

Angel González had a tough game in relief. He allowed two hereditary runners, and one of his own, in the sixth inning. He then came out for the seventh inning and was charged with four more runs and the loss. The finish for Gonzalez was five runs, four earned, on two hits in one inning. Gonzalez walked four batters and struckout two.

Right fielder Parker Chavers was 2 for 3 with two walks and four RBI. Chavers scored one point.

Second baseman Revaj Garcia was 2 for 5 with one run scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were tied 3-3 in the 12th inning when the game was halted due to rain and lightning.