Down on the Farm: July 1

Iowa Cubs (AAA): 51-36 Overalliowa cubs.gif
Northern Division 1st Place (+5.0)

Iowa scored seven runs in the fourth inning on their way to blowing out Omaha, 10-4.

RHP Kevin Hart (ND 1-1, 3.06) 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

HOMERS – Bobby Scales (11), Felix Pie (5)

? 1B Micah Hoffpauir went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI, raising his average to .319 … it was his sixth multi-RBI affair in his last eight games, over which he plated 16 runs.
? CF Felix Pie homered in his return to Iowa after a short rehab stint in Mesa … he finished the day 2-for-4 with the homer, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.
? 3B Casey McGehee was 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI … he extended his hitting streak to eight games, batting .583 (14-for-24) with four doubles, two homers, six runs scored and eight RBI.

Tennessee Smokies (AA): 10-4 Overallsmokies.gif
North Division 1st Place (+2.5)

After seven straight losses to the Stars, the Smokies finally solved Huntsville, winning 6-4.

RHP Mitch Atkins (W 8-6, 4.03) 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

? C Mark Reed keyed the Smokies offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI … he has gone 4-for-11 (.364) with a homer, three runs scored and five RBI in his first three games since his promotion from Daytona.
? CF Sam Fuld hit safely in his ninth straight game, finishing 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI … he is hitting .341 (14-for-41) with five doubles, seven runs scored and 11 RBI over that stretch.
? Starter Mitch Atkins matched season-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts, fanning eight over 7.0 innings while allowing three earned runs on eight hits without a walk to earn his eighth win.

Daytona Cubs (A+): 5-6 Overalldaytona.gif
East Division 5th Place (-2.5)

Daytona played their third consecutive extra-inning contest, defeating St. Lucie in walk-off fashion, 7-6 in 10 innings.

RHP Hung-Wen Chen (ND 0-0, 4.50) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

HOMERS – Steve Clevenger (1), Robinson Chirinos (1), Jonathan Mota (2)

? DH Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and an RBI … he is 4-for-10 with a double, a homer, three walks, four runs scored and an RBI in two games with Daytona.
? C Steve Clevenger was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two runs scored and an RBI … he is hitting .371  (26-for-70) with six doubles, a homer, 14 RBI and 15 walks in 20 home games this year.
? RHP Hung-Wen Chen struck out a career-high nine batters in his first appearance at Daytona … he tossed 6.0 innings of six-hit, three-run ball but did not factor in the decision despite the quality start.

Peoria Chiefs (A-): 8-5 Overall
chiefs.gifWestern Division Tied 3rd Place (-1.0)

The Chiefs scored four in the fourth on their way to an eighth straight victory to climb within one game of the division lead.

LHP Kevin Kreier (ND 3-2, 3.49) 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

? C Luis Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI … he has hit in seven straight, including six multi-hit games during that span.
? RHP Jordan Latham tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four to earn the save … he has allowed just 54 baserunners while fanning 53 in 52.2 innings of work.

Boise Hawks (A-): 8-7 Overall

boise.jpgEast Division 3rd Place (-3.0)

Boise jumped ahead with a five-run fourth inning and held on to defeat the Dust Devils, 5-3.

RHP Mike Perconte (ND 1-0, 3.09) 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

? SS Ryan Flaherty was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI … it was his fourth multi-hit game in 10 contests so far this year.
? CF Kurt Calvert went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to raise his average to .308.
? RHP John Muller struck out the last six hitters of the game to earn his fourth save … he has fanned 15 batters in just 9.0 innings of work.

Mesa Cubs (R): 3-5 Overall
mesa.gifArizona League 8th Place (-2.0)

Mesa fell into an early hole and never got on track in a 9-2 loss to the Padres.

LHP Rich Hill (L) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

HOMERS – Jericho Jones (1)

? LF Jericho Jones had the lone multi-hit game for the Cubs, going 2-for-3 with a homer, a run scored and an RBI.
? RHP Eric Allen tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief, yielding two hits and striking out one.

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