Down on the Farm: Aug. 22

Iowa Cubs (AAA): 78-54 Overall
iowa cubs.gifNorthern Division 1st Place (+8.0)

Oklahoma lead 2-0 through four innings, but Iowa scored the last five runs of the game to seal the 5-2, come-from-behind victory, lowering its magic number to wrap up the Northern Division to four with 12 games left.

LHP Jason Stanford (W 3-0, 4.33) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

HOMERS – Felix Pie (9)

? 2B Bobby Scales hit in his ninth straight game, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored … he is 15-for-33 (.455) with four walks, three doubles, three homers, eight runs scored, nine RBI and a stolen base over the streak.
? DH Jason Dubois went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI … marked his fifth multi-hit game in August, and he is hitting .340 so far this month.
? LHP Jason Stanford tossed 6.0 innings, yielding two runs on five hits and a walk while punching out five to move to 3-0 with the I-Cubs.



Tennessee Smokies (AA): 30-29 Overall
smokies.gifNorth Division 2nd Place (-7.0)

After Montgomery tied the game in the seventh, Tennessee pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth to cook the Biscuits, 2-1.

LHP Donnie Veal (W, 5-9, 4.13) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K   

? Starter Donnie Veal dominated Montgomery over 7.0 innings of one-run, four-hit ball, walking just one while fanning eight … the eight strikeouts were just one off his season-high, and helped him earn his first victory in over two months (6/17 vs. Mobile).
? LHP Casey Lambert tossed 0.2 innings to earn his first save, recording the final two outs via the strikeout to preserve the victory.
? CF Sam Fuld went 1-for-5 and scored the game-winning run … he singled, advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt and scored on a second Montgomery error, when 1B Rhyne Hughes was unable to handle RF Matt Camp‘s smash.


Peoria Chiefs (A-): 27-32 Overall
chiefs.gifWestern Division 7th Place (-10.5)

Peoria scored first, but could not weather the Kernels’ offense, as Cedar Rapids handed the Chiefs a 6-2 defeat.

RHP Robert Hernandez (ND 1-3, 5.16) 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

HOMERS – Dylan Johnston (12)

? DH Dylan Johnston put the Chiefs ahead 1-0 in the third inning, leading off with his 12th home run of the year … he finished the day 2-for-3 with the dinger, a run scored and an RBI.
? LF Cliff Anderson logged the only other multi-hit affair for the Chiefs, going 2-for-4.
? RHP Jon Mueller tossed 2.0 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.


Boise Hawks (A-): 36-27 Overall
boise.jpgEast Division 2nd Place (-7.0)

Facing a six-run deficit, Boise scored four in the sixth and one in the eighth to cut Spokane’s lead to one, but could not complete the comeback, falling to the Indians, 7-6.

RHP Ryan Searle (L 0-1, 1.65) 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K   

HOMERS – Josh Vitters (5)

? 1B Ryan Keedy went 2-for-5 with a run scored … marked his 24th multi-hit game of the season, and his 15th in his last 23 contests.
? A day after his 25-game hitting streak was snapped, 3B Josh Vitters went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, a run scored and an RBI … Keedy (.367) and Vitters (.341) rank second and third respectively in the Northwest League batting race.
? RF Kyler Burke logged his second straight two-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and two RBI … he has reached base in six of his nine plate appearances so far this series.


Mesa Cubs (R): 12-9 Overall; First Half: 18-10 Overall
mesa.gifArizona League 4th Place (-4.5)

After the AZL Angels scored three times in the top of the third, Mesa responded with five runs in the bottom half and two in the fourth on its way to an 8-3 victory. 

RHP Larry Suarez (ND 0-1, 2.29) 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K   

? 1B Jericho Jones went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI to raise his average to .336.
? SS Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI … he has gone 16-for-37 (.432) with four doubles, three triples, eight runs scored and seven RBI over his last 10 games.
? RHP Julio Pena improved to 5-1, hurling 4.0 innings of scoreless ball, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out five.

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