Down on the Farm: C.J. Edwards return; Victor Caratini, Jonathan Martinez debut


C.J. Edwards, the Chicago Cubs top pitching prospect, returned to the mound for Double-A Tennessee while recently acquired Victor Caratini and Jonathan Martinez made their debut for Class-A Kane County in the Cubs’ minor league action Saturday.

Iowa Cubs
Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 6, Iowa 2

The Storm Chasers jumped on starter Dallas Beeler for four runs in the third inning as Iowa fell 6-2.

Beeler took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Josh Vitters hit his 11th home run of the season, a solo shot, in the sixth. Vitters has hit homers in back-to-back nights and was 1-for-4 with a walk.

Matt Szczur led off the game with a double and was 2-for-5 while Kris Bryant was 1-for-2 with two walks a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds) 2, Tennessee 1

Tony Zych gave up a solo home run in the seventh to the Wahoos to spoil C.J. Edwards return for the Smokies.

The homer was the only hit Zych allowed, he walked one and struck out none over 1 1/3 innings.

Edwards allowed one run on two doubles, striking out five and walking two over 3 1/3 innings. The run scored after Edwards exited and Jae-Hoon Ha overran a fly ball in right field.

Christian Villanueva drew a bases loaded walk in the first for the Smokies’ only run. He was 1-for-3.

Daytona Cubs
Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays) 10, Daytona 0

Daytona were no-hit in a rain-shortened 5 1/2 inning game by Blake Snell of the Stone Crabs.

Tyler Skulina started and gave up three runs on three walks and one hit. He also hit a batter and threw two wild pitches.

Gioskar Amaya walked twice.

Kane County Cougars
Kane County 8, Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros) 2

Victor Caratini hit two RBI singles and a knocked in another run while Jonathan Martinez allowed only one run on three hits in the duos Kane County debut.

Caratini was acquired from the Braves for James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio in Thursday’s trade and Martinez from the Dodgers in the Darwin Barney trade.

Martinez gave up a solo homer in the third for his only run, he struck out two and walked none to improve to 8-5 this season.

Caratini had three RBI and was 2-for-4.

Ben Carhart was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, and Shawon Dunston was 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. He also scored one run.

Jacob Rogers was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and RBI. Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI and scored a run.

Boise Hawks
Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays) 5, Boise 4 in 10 innings

Alberto Diaz entered in the seventh and pitched three scoreless innings, but he loaded the bases with no outs in the tenth after hitting two and giving up a double. Diaz walked in the go-ahead run and took the loss.

Diaz allowed one run on three hits, striking out four and walking one over 3 1/3 innings.

Boise starter Erick Leal gave up two solo homers and another run for three on the night. He allowed nine hits, striking out three and walking none.

Justin Marra tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a three-run home run, his seventh home run of the season. He was 1-for-4. Danny Canela was 2-for-4 and he scored one run.

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