Down on the Farm: July 9
Game 1: Iowa erased two Round Rock leads, but dropped game one of the twin-bill, 3-2 in eight innings.
LHP J.R. Mathes (ND 6-3, 3.41) 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
HOMERS – Felix Pie (6)
? CF Felix Pie tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo shot, his sixth homer of the year … he finished the game 1-for-4 with the dinger, a run scored and an RBI.
? 2B Bobby Scales hit in his 10th straight game, going 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored … he is hitting .421 (16-for-38) with eight walks, four doubles, three homers, 16 runs scored and six RBI over that span.
Game 2: The I-Cubs built a 5-0 lead on four homers for Jeff Samardzija, who went the distance, as Iowa earned the split, beating the Express, 5-2.
RHP Jeff Samardzija (W) 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
HOMERS – Jason Dubois 3 (16), Matt Craig (1)
? LF Jason Dubois hit three home runs, a two-run shot in the first and solo shots in both the third and fifth innings … he leads the team with 16 roundtrippers and is batting a season-high .336 (37-for-110).
? Starter Samardzija held the Express scoreless through the first six frames of his seven-inning complete game performance … in the end, he yielded two runs on seven hits, walking none while striking out seven.
The Smokies defeated West Tennessee by a score of 5-2 for the second straight night … Tennessee has won seven of its last eight meetings with the Diamond Jaxx.
RHP Esmailin Caridad (W 3-1, 4.13) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
HOMERS – Shane Reynolds (7), Nate Spears (2), Sam Fuld (2)
? 2B Nate Spears was 2-for-4 with a homer, a run scored and three RBI … the three RBI match a season high, achieved twice before.
? CF Sam Fuld reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, a homer, a run scored and an RBI … he has walked in nine of his last 21 plate appearances.
? Four Smokies have been named to the updated Southern League All-Star roster: Spears, OF Doug Deeds, LHP Donnie Veal and RHP Mitch Atkins.
Daytona erased Dunedin’s 2-0 lead with a run in the fifth and five more in the seventh to clip the Blue Jays, 6-2.
RHP Marcos Mateo (ND 1-2, 4.21) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
HOMERS – Yusuf Carter (10), James Adduci (1)
? RF Yusuf Carter belted his 10th home run of the year to cut Dunedin’s lead to one … he finished the game 3-for-4 with the homer, two runs scored and an RBI.
? CF James Adduci picked a good time for his first home run of the year, as he broke the 2-2 tie with a two-out, seventh-inning grand slam … the slam was the first of the year for Daytona.
? RHP Todd Blackford picked up his second win of the year, tossing 3.0 innings of scoreless relief, yielding two hits and a walk.
Peoria shrugged off a first-inning run, shutting out Kane County the rest of the way and beating the Cougars, 5-1 … it was the Chiefs’ fifth straight win over the Cougars, catapulting them into first place.
RHP Kevin Kreier (W)
? 1B Luis Bautista went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored … it marked his 19th multi-hit affair in 43 games with Peoria, raising his average to .368.
? Starter Kevin Kreier threw 5.0 innings, giving up just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four … he has allowed just one earned run in his last three starts, spanning 14.2 innings (0.61 ERA).
? RHP Stephen Vento tossed 2.0 scoreless innings allowing one hit and fanning two to earn his 10th save.
The Hawks scored six runs over the first four innings on their way to a 7-3 win over Eugene.
RHP Josh Whitlock (ND 0-1, 5.94) 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
HOMERS – Josh Vitters (2), Ryan Keedy (1)
? 3B Josh Vitters went 2-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI … he tied his season high with the three RBI and recorded his eighth multi-hit affair in 21 games.
? LHP Jeffrey Beliveau hurled 2.0 scoreless innings, yielding three hits while fanning five.
? RHP John Muller earned the win, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit.
Mesa Cubs (A-): 9-6 Overall
Arizona League 2nd Place (-1.5)
Mesa overcame deficits of 2-0 and 6-2 to earn its fifth straight win, an 8-7 decision over the AZL Athletics.
RHP Chris Carpenter (ND 0-0, 18.00) 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
HOMERS – Sean Hoorelbeke (2)
? CF Kevin Soto went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI … the three hits and two RBI were both season highs.
? RHP Julio Pena picked up his first win of the year, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings of two-hit, one-walk relief, fanning four … he has allowed just one run in four appearances this year spanning 16.2 innings (0.54 ERA), yielding just eight hits and four walks while striking out eight.