Down on the Farm: July 9

Iowa Cubs (AAA): 57-38 Overall
iowa cubs.gifNorthern Division 1st Place (+5.0)

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.



Tennessee Smokies (AA): 15-7 Overall
smokies.gifNorth Division 1st Place (+3.0)

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 Cubs (A+): 11-8 Overall
daytona.gifEast Division 2nd Place (-0.5)

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 Chiefs (A-): 13-7 Overall
chiefs.gifWestern Division 1st Place (+0.5)

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.


Boise Hawks (A-): 12-10 Overall
boise.jpgEast Division 3rd Place (-4.0)

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
mesa.gifArizona 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.

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