Saturday April 16, 2011
Posted: 9:40 p.m.
CUBS Tennessee AA
Brett Jackson continued his torrid start to the season Saturday in helping pace Tennessee to a doubleheader of sweep of Montgomery at Smokies Park. Jackson got hits in both ends of the twin bill as the Smokies ran their winning streak to four games with 11-7 and 3-1 victories, respectively.
Jackson went 2-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and a pair of walks, pushing his batting average to .467. While Jackson has been scintillating, he did have some help. Ryan Flaherty had two homers and five RBIs in the opener. Josh Vitters added a homer and three RBI.
It all made it easier for Alberto Cabrera, who picked up his first victory after allowing three runs in six innings.
The nightcap was a bit tighter with Ty Wright connecting for a solo homer. Josh Vitters also added a hit and is batting .367. Ryan Buchter earned the win, pitching a scoreless sixth inning before David Cales tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
The I-Cubs rallied for three seventh-inning runs Saturday night with what would prove to be the winning run scoring on a wild pitch in a 4-3 victory over Memphis at Principal Park.
Fernando Perez capped the rally by scoring when Victor Marte uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Bryan LaHair had three hits for the I-Cubs, pushing his average to .406.
The Iowa bullpen tossed three shutout innings with Justin Berg 2-0 earning the victory. J.R. Mathes started and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six.
The Cubs began the season with a six-game winning streak but on Saturday night they lost their fourth in a row, dropping a 9-6 decision to Lakeland at Joker Marchand Stadium.
Brent Ebinger 1-1 was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in his three innings. He allowed five runs in the second inning and the Cubs could not recover. Matt Cerda had three hits for the Cubs, including a homer and two RBIs. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and an RBI. Both he and Cerda are hitting .400.
Peorias Saturday afternoon game against Wisconsin at Fox Cities Stadium was rained out and will be made up when the Timber Rattlers visit OBrien Field in either May 24-26 or June 14-16. The Chiefs and Wisconsin will play a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1:05 to make up Fridays game, which was also rained out.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons split a doubleheader with visiting Chattanooga, taking the opener, 2-0, before dropping the nightcap, 3-2.
Charlie Leesman pitched six innings of one-hit ball in the opener, striking out six and walking two. He took a no-hitter into the fifth before allowing a leadoff single. Greg Infante pitched the seventh to pick up his second save. The Barons collected only three hits, one of which was a Justin Greene two-run homer in the fifth.
Brad Coons RBI double in the top of the seventh snapped a 2-2 tie in the nightcap. Shane Lindsay took the loss. Justin Edwards had started and allowed a run on two hits over five innings. Andrew Garcia had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI for the Barons.
Matthew Heidenreich got hit hard early Saturday night at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium and Kannapolis never recovered, dropping a 9-5 decision to Hickory.
Heidenreich 0-1 allowed six runs and never made it out of the first inning, giving up four hits and walking one. Paul Burnside then allowed three runs in 5 13 innings, giving Hickory a lead from which the Intimidators couldnt recover.
Kannapolis managed only five hits with Ryan Hamme collecting one of them. He had two RBIs. Ross Wilson drew three walks for the Intimidators.
Justin Tooles two-run double highlighted a three-run 11th inning, lifting Kinston to a 5-2 victory over the Dash at BB&T Park Saturday night. It was just the second victory in 23 games at Winston-Salem for the Indians.
Orlando Santos surrendered all three runs and took the loss. Andy Wilkinshad a pair of hits for the Dash.
The Knights and Tides were rained out Saturday at Harbor Park. No makeup date has been scheduled.
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