Minor League Notebook: May 18

On a day when all but six major league teams had the night off, the minor league circuits remained busy as usual.

AAA-Iowa Cubs

DES MOINES, Iowa - Rain postponed Monday's game between the Iowa Cubs and Sacramento River Cats. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Game one begins at 11:30 CT and will feature left-hander John Koronka going for the Cubs, with game two starring 26-year-old Shawn Sedlacek. The Cubs are 21-17 on the year, a 1/2 game ahead of the Albuquerque Isotopes, who beat AAA-Edmondton Monday.

AA-West Tennessee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Sunday saw the Diamond Jaxx 10-game winning streak come to an end and Monday saw the start of what is now a two-game losing streak begin, as West Tenn fell to the Montgomery Biscuits, 4-3.

After left-handed prospect Sean Marshall dropped his AA debut in Montgomery Sunday (6 R, 6 H, 10 H, 3 IP), the Jaxx offense came up short the following night despite a valiant effort led by OF Dwaine Bacon. Bacon reached base in all five plate appearances, recording three singles and two walks to go with a stolen base.

RHP Bobby Brownlie struggled somewhat, giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings of work, while shortstop Josh Arteaga put together a good night in Alabama. Arteaga went 2-for-2 with an RBI, bringing his season average to .269 for the season. All 10 Diamond Jaxx hits were singles.

PROSPECT WATCH: Dwaine Bacon is aging, but at 25 and in his first year above Class-A ball, he is hitting .275 with a league-leading 25 stolen bases on the year. Bacon also leads the Jaxx with 27 runs scored and has been the most patient hitter this season with 24 walks in the leadoff spot.

ON DECK: The Jaxx will travel to Kodak, Tennessee on Tuesday to begin a four-game set with the Cardinals AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. The Jaxx swept the Smokies in Jackson just last week. LHP Renyel Pinto will be shooting for his fourth win of the year. The Jaxx are 21-16 on the year, a game ahead of the Birmingham Barons for first place.

Class-A Daytona Cubs

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Cubs swept a scheduled doubleheader from the Clearwater Phillies on Monday. Game one saw a lot of fireworks on offense, as the Cubs squeezed out eight runs on only five hits to beat the Phillies, 8-7.

First baseman Brandon Sing and left fielder Keith Butler homered for the Cubs as LHP Nick Martin picked up his first win of the year, pitching two innings in relief of starter Rocky Cherry, who went four innings and gave up six runs on eight hits. RHP Thomas Atlee picked up his fourth save, working a scoreless seventh inning.

Game two was a more clear-cut win for the Cubs, who dominated the Phils for a 5-0 shutout victory as a trio of Cub relief pitchers combined to pitch the seven-inning victory Daytona. 22-year-old right-hander Federico Baez picked up the victory, teaming with LHP Ryan O'Malley and right-hander Chris Mowday for the shutout.

Nic Jackson (above) assumed the role of designated hitter in his fifth rehab assignment since being injured while at Iowa earlier this season. Jackson went 3-for-4 on the day with a double, a triple, and a homerun to finish just a single shy of the cycle. Meanwhile, shortstop Ryan Theriot (pronounced "TERRY-O") also added a homer for the Cubs. Cub pitchers held Clearwater hitters to just five hits on the evening.

PROSPECT WATCH: Nic Jackson has hit very well during his rehab assignment from AAA. In the five games Jackson has played in, he has managed a .533 average with a 1.000 slugging percentage. Four of his eight hits have been for extra bases, which are complimented by five RBIs and four walks.

ON DECK: The Cubs will face the Phillies again Tuesday night at 6:00 CT in Daytona. Top pitching prospect Angel Guzman will make his second start of the year. Guzman will be on a pitch count of 60 for the evening. The Cubs are now 20-19 and over .500 for the first time all year, good enough for third place in the Eastern Division of the Florida State League. Congratulations go out all around to the Cubs, who dropped seven of their first eight games to start the season.

NOTES: On a programming note, CubsTalk publisher Steve Holley met with Cubs prospect Angel Guzman Tuesday. An exclusive interview conducted by Mr. Holley with the 22-year-old right-handed phenom will be available on Wednesday for all CubsTalk Ivy Ticket Holders.

Class-A Lansing Lugnuts

CLINTON, Iowa - Clinton Lumberking pitchers must have Lansing Lugnut hitters figured out. The LumberKings once again blanked the Lugnuts for the second day in a row on Monday, winning 6-0. RHP Randy Wells went for the Lugnuts and struggled through a rough third inning, giving up four of five runs allowed on the evening.

A homerun by Rangers prospect Ian Kinsler helped doom Wells, although the Lugnuts only managed five hits throughout the game. Second baseman Robinson Chirinos had a pair of those hits including a double, and all but one of Lansing's five came from the 7-8-9 hitters in the order.

PROSPECT WATCH: 21-year-old Weston O'Brien has been extremely effective in relief for the Lugnuts this season in 13 2/3 innings. O'Brien has allowed just two runs while striking out 17 and earning one save.

ON DECK: The Lugnuts will close out their four-game series with Clinton on Tuesday at 7:00 CT before an off day Wednesday. 20-year-old right-hander Ronald Bay will aim for his fourth win of the season.

NOTES: Mark Prior will be making his first official rehab start of the 2004 season in Lansing on Thursday night at 6:05 CT against the Fort Wayne Wizards. Tickets are currently available. The Lugnuts are 22-16 on the year, still two games back of South Bend.

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