Down on the Farm: July 20
Iowa won its first series of the second half, taking the rubber match with Nashville, 2-1.
RHP Jeff Samardzija (W 4-1, 3.13) 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
HOMERS – Andres Torres (10), Casey McGehee (11)
? CF-LF Andres Torres extended his hitting streak to five games with a solo shot in the first frame … he is 8-for-20 (.400) with two doubles, two homers, five runs scored and seven RBI over the stretch.
? 3B Casey McGehee drove in the game-winning run with his homer in the fourth frame.
? Starter Jeff Samardzija extended his winning streak to four games when he pitched his fifth quality start with the Cubs … he is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) and a complete game in three starts at Principal Park.
The Smokies snapped their brief three-game losing skid with a 7-3 win over Huntsville.
RHP Mark Holliman (W 1-3, 4.91) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
HOMERS – Sam Fuld (3), Blake Lalli (2), Jake Fox (10)
? C Jake Fox was 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and an RBI … he is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, a homer, three runs scored and two RBI over his last three games.
? CF Sam Fuld added a two-run long ball as part of the Smokies four-run third inning … he ended the night 2-for-4 with a walk, the clout, two runs scored and three RBI.
? RHP Jose Ceda converted his seventh consecutive save, tossing 2.0 hitless innings, walking two and fanning one … he boasts a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) at home compared to a 1.80 road ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP).
Daytona posted five runs in the seventh and its all the offense the club needed, as the Cubs beat the Reds, 5-1.
RHP Marco Carrillo (ND 6-6, 3.07) 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
HOMERS – Robinson Chirinos (3)
? C Robinson Chirinos connected for his first home run since July 3, a two-out, two-run roundtripper in the seventh.
? RHP Todd Blackford tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief en route to this third win of the season, yielding one hit, walking none and fanning two … he has yet to surrender a run over his last five outings (10.2 IP).
? RHP Blake Parker shut down the two batters he faced in the ninth, earning his fifth save of the season … he extended his scoreless innings streak to 5.0 (five appearances).
Peoria evened the series at one game apiece with its 7-1 victory over the Loons … the Chiefs look to take the rubber match and their third straight series with this morning’s contest.
RHP Kevin Kreier (W 5-3, 3.25) 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
? CF Jonathan Wyatt recorded his third four-hit affair of the season, going 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI … he has hit safely in his last 11 games, going 16-for-41 (.390) with seven walks, two doubles, two roundtrippers, 10 runs scored and four RBI over the stretch.
? 1B Rebel Ridling drove in three Chiefs for the third time since joining the club … he was 2-for-4 with the three RBI … he is hitting at a .333 (7-for-21) clip at O’Brien Field.
Boise returns to a season-high seven games over .500 with its 9-6 win over the AquaSox.
RHP Justin Bristow (ND) 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
HOMERS – Kyler Burke (3)
? CF Kurt Calvert was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and two RBI … he has a .315 (17-for-54) when hitting second in the lineup.
? RF Andrew Rundle picked up his sixth multi-hit contest over his last seven games, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.