The Chicago Cubs had an off-day on Thursday as they prepared to celebrate the 1920’s decade at Wrigley Field with a three-game series against NL Central rival St. Louis.
At the minor league level, the Iowa Cubs split a doubleheader against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) with Tsuyoshi Wada earning another win while Carlos Pimentel and reliever Yoanner Negrin could not hold onto a 6-2 lead in the third. Negrin took the loss, which snapped Iowa’s seven-game win streak.
Matt Loosen allowed three runs and just one run in a 7-2 victory for Double-A Tennessee over the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers). The Daytona Cubs were rained out and will have a doubleheader tomorrow and the Kane County Cougars dropped a doubleheader 5-2, 5-4 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins). The Cougars finished April with an 18-7 record, their best start in franchise history.
Around the league, the head of MLB’s Investigations unit have been dismissed in the wake of how the Biogenesis scandal was handled, the Atlanta Braves and Chris Johnson agreed to a three-year extension while Reds’ left-hander Tony Cingrani was placed on the 15-day DL after he pitched four innings against the Cubs.
Chicago Tribune: Rough stretch coming for the Cubs
ESPN Chicago: Ignore record: April wasn’t a bad month
Cubs.com: Cubs to celebrate 1920s with throwback homestand
NBC Sports: In the wake of Biogenesis, Major League Baseball shakes up its investigative arm
CBS Sports: Chris Johnson, Braves agree to three-year contract extension
FOX Sports: Reds put LHP Tony Cingrani (shoulder) on 15-day DL