Down on the Farm: May 11

Iowa Cubs (AAA): 18-18 Overall
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Northern Division 1st Place (+0.5)

Game 1: Behind a strong I-Cubs pitching performance and timely hitting, Iowa blanked Portland, 3-0.
LHP Rich Hill (W 1-1, 1.69) 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K

LHP Rich Hill tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking four, and fanning eight … he owns a 1-1 mark with a 1.69 (2 ER/10.2 IP) in two starts with Iowa.

? C Koyie Hill was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI, recording his first multi-RBI game of the season.
? CF-LF Andres Torres saw his 24-game hitting streak come to an end, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts … the streak ranks fourth-longest in I-Cub history.

Game 2: Portland got on the board first, but Iowa prevailed with a three-run fourth to top the Beavers, 3-2.

RHP Justin Berg (ND 0-2, 11.81) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

HOMERS – Josh Kroeger (3)
? RF Josh Kroeger steered Iowa’s offense with his one-out, two-run home run in the fourth … he is hitting .500 (7-for-14) with a double, two homers, and six RBI over his last four games.
? The I-Cubs ‘pen combined to toss 4.0 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits, while walking none and fanning four.

Transaction: INF/OF Jake Fox has been reassigned to double-A Tennessee.

Tennessee Smokies (AA): 15-22 Overall
smokies.gifNorth Division 5th Place (-11.0)

Huntsville’s bats proved red hot once again as the Stars beat the Smokies, 7-2 … Huntsville out-hit Tennessee, 15-5.

LHP Donnie Veal (L 2-2, 2.82) 4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

RF Ryan Harvey and 1B Fox plated Tennessee’s lone runs on a pair
of RBI-singles in the third … Harvey’s 15 RBI on the season, rank
tied for the team lead with Tyler Colvin.
?RHP Michael Cooper
(1.0) and RHP Jim Henderson (1.0) combined to pitch 2.0 innings of
shutout relief … both pitchers have yet to surrender an earned run
this season (Cooper 6.2 IP and Henderson 4.0 IP).

Peoria Chiefs (A-): 13-23 Overall
Midwest League (A) 8th Place (-13.0)

Despite both teams connecting for 13 hits in the contest, Clinton pushed across more runs, defeating the Chiefs, 12-4.
LHP Zach Ashwood (L 0-5 5.40 ) 2.2 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

? 1B Jovan Rosa reached base safely in each plate appearance, going 3-for-3 with a walk.
? LF Elvis Lara was 2-for-3 with three RBI, raising his season average to .378.

Suspension: Chiefs manager Ryne Sandberg served his second of a three-game suspension after a verbal altercation with Clinton manager Mike Micucci that led to Sandberg being ejected. This is Sandberg’s second suspension and seventh ejection since taking over as Peoria’s manager last season.

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