4/8 Minor matters – UPDATED

* Christian Villanueva hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth to back Tsuyoshi Wada and lead the Iowa Cubs to a 4-1 victory over Nashville on Monday. Wada retired 20 of the 24 Sounds hitters he faced, struck out eight and walked one over 6 2/3 innings. He did serve up a second inning home run to Eugenio Velez.

Nashville starter Ariel Pena took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Iowa finally scored. Brett Jackson snapped an 0-for-12 start with a triple and he scored on Eli Whiteside’s single. The Iowa Cubs rallied off reliever Kyle Heckathorn with two outs in the sixth. Matt Szczur walked and Chris Coghlan singled to set up Villanueva’s first home run.

Blake Parker struck out two in the ninth for the save. The I-Cubs stole four bases. On Tuesday, the two teams square off again as Chris Rusin makes his second start against Mike Fiers.

* Michael Lorenzen struck out seven over seven scoreless innings as Pensacola beat Tennessee, 3-2. Lorenzen had a perfect game through four, and Dustin Geiger broke up the no-hit bid with a single to start the fifth. Geiger also hit a home run in the ninth. Smokies starter Matt Loosen gave up three runs on six hits over five innings.

* Rock Shoulders had two hits, including a double, and two RBI but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost 5-4 to Brevard County. Jeimer Candelario also had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI.

2 Comments

Who is the best hitter at Iowa these days?………..Josh Vitters……353 avg.
And Baez is hitting .071………….

It’s early in the season as some would say.

ya i think after 16 or 17 plate appearances we all understand that it doesn’t paint a whole picture. Baez has started off slow and had some pretty bad luck with some bad K’s….. meanwhile Vitters has had some good luck but I honestly don’t see him going below 300 this year because he has had roughly 600 PA in AAA and has played rather well. He just struggles when he gets the bump up as shown at prettty much every level he has played at. He struggles for a few months then starts to adjust and starts playing well. I think Vitters just needs the time to work thru it at the next level. Maybe this is the year to have Vitters do that in the bigs. Especially if Lake falls on his face bc Vitters is not a 3B

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