*** Chicago Cubs Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
IOWA CUBS - With the postponement of Saturday's matchup against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the two teams squared off in a double-header on Sunday. In the first game of the afternoon the Cubs were unable to rebound from a five- run fourth inning by the Sky Sox, falling by a score of 6-4. The only bright spot in the contest was Russ Johnson, who was 3-for-4 at the plate after opening the season just 2-for-24. On the back end of the double-header, the Cubs brought the lumber as they hammered the Sky Sox, 10-3. Pitcher Glendon Rusch shut down the Sox, pitching five strong innings, allowing three runs, while striking out six batters. He also used his bat to help the cause, going 2-for-3 from the plate, smacking two home runs while driving in an impressive six RBI. First baseman Donny Leon also contributed in the second contest going 2-for-4 with two runs, one home run and two RBI. The Cubs are currently 10-8 and tied with the Sky Sox for first place in the Central Division of the Pacific Coast League. The two teams will meet on the diamond for two more games before Iowa heads to Albuquerque for a four-game set.
WEST TENN DIAMOND JAXX - After weather caused their series with Huntsville to be postponed, the Diamond Jaxx finally got back to action when they squared off against Chattanooga over the weekend. West Tennessee could only muster eight runs in the three contests, dropping two of three to the Lookouts. The Diamond Jaxx have now lost five of their last seven games and currently sit in fourth place in the West Division of the Southern League with a 6-8 mark. Coming into the weekend Micah Hoffpauir was batting a team-high .389, but after going just 1-for-9 against Chattanooga, the first baseman's average dropped to .340. Second baseman Richard Lewis fared much better against the Lookouts, after posting just two hits in 16 at-bats in his previous four games, Lewis rebounded by going 6-for-12 with three runs scored, one triple, two home runs and four RBI over the weekend. As for the pitching staff, both Ricky Nolasco and Carmen Pignatiello threw well against Chattanooga. Pignatiello raised his record to 2-0 on the season after pitching six innings and allowing three runs while striking out five, and Nolasco also dominated, pitching six strong innings while allowing just one run. On the season, Nolasco has a 1.02 ERA in three starts, allowing just two runs in 17 2/3 innings, while striking out 18 batters.
DAYTONA CUBS - The Cubs saw their modest three-game win streak come to an end over the weekend as the squad dropped two of three to Palm Beach. With the two losses, Daytona is currently 6-12 on the year and in the basement in the East Division of the Florida State League. Despite the two losses, outfielder Adam Greenberg continues to have a hot bat, going 5-for-13 over the weekend with two runs scored and one RBI, raising his average to .333. He is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak. Third baseman Casey McGehee also continues to stroke the ball, notching five hits in 14 at-bats over the weekend, raising his batting average to a team-high .343. The bullpen struggled the last couple of games, recording a pair of losses while allowing three runs and seven walks in 7 1/3 innings of work.
LANSING LUGNUTS - The Lugnuts struggled mightily over the weekend in dropping three straight contests, bringing their season record to 9-8, which has them in second place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League. Lansing had trouble getting anything going, posting just four runs in three games. Despite a 0-for-4 performance at the plate on Sunday, catcher Jake Fox continues to lead the squad with a .346 batting average. However, the team as a whole has a meager .225 average. Despite three straight losses, the starting pitching staff was phenomenal, throwing 18 innings and allowing just two earned runs.