Down on the Farm: July 24

Mesa Cubs (R): 16-10 Overall
mesa.gifArizona League 3rd Place (-2.5)

Mesa returned to its winning ways, needing just six hits to pull out a 6-5 victory over the AZL Athletics.

RHP Andrew Cashner (ND 0-0, 0.00) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

HOMERS – John Contreras (8), Nelson Perez (8), Sean Hoorelbeke (5)

? Cubs’ first round pick RHP Andrew Cashner made his first professional appearance, allowing one unearned run on one hit while fanning two.
? 3B John Contreras and CF Nelson Perez hit back-to-back home runs leading off the second inning … they share the Arizona League lead with eight long balls apiece, three ahead of their closest competitors including 1B Sean Hoorelbeke.

Iowa Cubs (AAA): 63-43 Overall
iowa cubs.gifNorthern Division 1st Place (+4.5)

Iowa put up four-run innings three times on its way to a 15-7 pasting of the Sidewinders in Tucson.

RHP Mitch Atkins (W 3-0, 3.79) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

HOMERS – Micah Hoffpauir (12), Andres Torres (11)

? 1B Micah Hoffpauir launched a second-inning grand slam to give the I-Cubs an early 8-1 lead, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk, a double, the slam, two runs scored and four RBI … he is 12-for-25 (.480) with four doubles, three homers, seven runs scored and 15 RBI in his last five games.
? LF Andres Torres went 2-for-5 with a walk, a triple, a homer, three runs scored and three RBI … he has slugged .813 with two doubles, two triples and three homers in his last eight games. 
? CF Felix Pie fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a walk, a double, a triple, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base … he has hit .413 (26-for-63) in 16 games since July 4th, raising his average from .219 to .276.

Tennessee Smokies (AA): 19-14 Overallsmokies.gif
North Division 1st Place (+1.0)

Tennessee cut into a 5-0 deficit with a four-run fourth inning, but neither team scored the rest of the way as the Biscuits held on to defeat the Smokies, 5-4.

LHP James Russell (L 4-6, 5.31) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

HOMERS – Blake Lalli (3)

? C Blake Lalli provided the offense for the Smokies, going 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a run scored and four RBI … he is hitting a combined .321 (102-318) with 11 homers and 59 RBI in 88 games this year between Peoria, Daytona and Tennessee.
? RF Doug Deeds raised his team-leading batting average to .354 with a 2-for-4 day including a walk, a double and a run scored … he is still second in the Southern League batting title race behind Huntsville’s Mat Gamel (.361).
? LHP Casey Lambert logged his third straight scoreless outing, yielding one hit while punching out three in 1.1 innings of work … he has struck out 12 in 12.1 innings pitched with Tennessee.

Daytona Cubs (A+): 18-12 Overall
daytona.gifEast Division 1st Place (+0.5)

Daytona improved to 8-2 in its division and took over first place by a half-game with a 3-1 humbling of Vero Beach.

LHP Rich Hill (W 1-1, 5.79) 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K

? Starter Rich Hill walked five, but allowed just one hit over 5.0 innings, striking out seven to earn the victory … he has walked 13 while fanning 24 over four starts (18.2 IP) between Mesa and Daytona.
? LF Ty Wright logged his third straight two-hit game, going 2-for-5 … marked his 29th multi-hit game of the year.
? RHP Blake Parker yielded one hit in 1.0 inning of shutout ball to record his sixth straight save … he has not allowed a run in any of those six appearances, a span of 6.0 innings pitched.

Peoria Chiefs (A-): 21-12 Overallchiefs.gif
Western Division 1st Place (+2.5)

Peoria nearly came back after trailing 5-0, but the Chiefs’ ninth-inning rally fell short, as they dropped their second straight at Dayton, 6-5.

RHP Julio Castillo (L 0-2, 2.86) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

? SS Nate Samson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three stolen bases … he continues to hit Dayton pitching well, as he has gone 8-for-18 (.444) with a walk, two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI in five games against the Dragons this year.
? CF Jonathan Wyatt was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, raising his average to .317 … marked his 14th multi-hit game in 38 appearances with Peoria.

Boise Hawks (A-): 24-13 Overall
boise.jpgEast Division 2nd Place (-4.0)

Boise rode a five-run first inning to a 12-4 triumph and a five-game sweep of the AquaSox.

RHP Josh Whitlock (ND 0-1, 4.76) 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

? C Carlos Perez had a season-high four hits as part of a 4-for-6 day, including a double, two runs scored and three RBI … he is hitting .382 (26-for-68) in his last 16 games after going 1-for-18 in his first five games.
? DH Josh Harrison went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base to raise his average to .351 … he is 22-for-53 (.415) with seven walks, 13 runs scored and 19 RBI over his last 13 games.
? 1B Michael Brenly delivered his fifth multi-hit performance in his last eight games, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and two RBI, raising his average to .377.

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