Friday, April 8, 2011

Minor League Opening Day Recaps

The Cubs made some roster moves today, officially placing Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells on the disabled list. Casey Coleman will be added to the roster before he starts on Sunday. Jeff Stevens has been recalled from Triple-A and will pitch out of the bullpen.

Last night was minor league opening day throughout the organization. The Cubs had some successful openers throughout the organization. All teams in the organization are wearing the number ten patches.

The Iowa Cubs beat Round Rock 12-9 last night. Today, the made a roster move called Polin Trinidad up from Double-A to take Stevens' spot on the roster. Louis Montenez and Ty Wright each had three hits and three RBIs in the win. Wright and Bryan LaHair both homered in the win. Bill Dancy was managed his first game in Iowa after being named the Southern League Manager of the Year at the Double-A level last season.

The Chattanooga Lookouts were the victims of the Tennessee Smokies opening day hit parade. Tennessee won the game 12-4. Matt Spencer and Josh Vitters each had three hits, while Spencer and Rebel Ridling both homered. Chris Rusin pitched five inning and picked up the victory.

In Class-A Advanced action, the Daytona Cubs stared their season with a 3-2 win over Brevard County. Michael Burgess homered in the fifth to put the D-Cubs on the scoreboard. Matt Cerda delivered the big blow, a two run double in the seventh to put Daytona on top.

The Peoria Chiefs were the only Cub affiliate to drop its opener. They fell 7-3 at home against Cedar Rapids in a game that was suspended yesterday in the seventh and finished up today. Greg Rohan went 2-for-4 with two doubles. The Cubs first round draft pick last June, Hayden Simpson, made his organizational debut on the mound. He struck out seven in 3.2 innings, allowing only a solo homer. Jeffry Antigua struggled in relief and was hammered with the loss.

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