MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kevin Witt hit a 3-run homer off starter Ricky Nolasco to help the Memphis Redbirds down the Iowa Cubs 6-5. Nolasco, 2-3, gave up all six Memphis runs on ten hits in five and a third innings of work. Redbirds starter Jason Simontacchi, 3-4, picked up the win lasting six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits, most notably Bill Selby's solo homerun to lead off the sixth inning.
Gookie Dawkins came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit homerun in the ninth inning off Al Reyes to bring the Cubs to within a run. Russ Johnson then walked with two outs to bring the go ahead run to the plate, but Jason Dubois grounded to third where IF Scott Seabol threw to second to retire Johnson for the game-ending force out.
The loss snapped Iowa's three game win streak. The Cubs have won 6 of 8, and lead the Albuquerque Isotopes by 5.5 games in the Central division of the Pacific Coast League. The Cubs are 5-2 against the Cardinals AAA club this season. Brendan Harris did not start in the loss. He has an 11 game hitting streak.
The Cubs announced Monday that RHP Todd Wellemeyer will join the team on Monday, July 5 for a minor league rehab assignment. Wellemeyer has not pitched in the month of June but posted a 2.08 ERA in 13 relief appearances with the big league club.
AA-West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
MOBILE, Ala. - Angel Guzman pitched well in his second start at AA West Tennessee, but fell victim to a lack of run support as the Jaxx fell to the Mobile BayBears 5-0. Guzman, 0-2, served up just one run on two hits in six innings of work. His only mistake was a solo homerun to top Padres prospect Josh Barfield in the fourth inning after the right-hander fell behind 3-0 in the count.
The 22-year-old Guzman set down the first 11 batters he faced before allowing the homer to Barfield, his 10th of the season. Guzman's only other hit allowed was to Mobile starter Steve Watkins, who carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Watkins, 4-3, gave up a leadoff single to first baseman Matt Creighton for the only Jaxx hit of the night.
Watkins also flirted with a perfect game until the seventh inning when he walked second baseman Richard Lewis. He had set down the first 19 batters he saw up until that point.
Class-A Daytona Cubs
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - One night after pounding out 15 runs on 17 hits, the Daytona Cubs showed no signs of letting up Monday in a 14-7 win over Fort Myers. Felix Pie, who hit for the cycle and finished 5/6 in a 15-14 thriller over the Miracle Sunday, added a pair of hits but it was first base All-Star Brandon Sing who was almost Pie's clone at the plate Monday, belting a 3-run homer and an RBI double in addition to a 2-out single as part of a 4-RBI night at the plate. Sing has reached base in 13 of his last 14 games.
Left-hander Carlos Vasquez made his fourth start since coming off the DL earlier this month and worked five and a third innings while allowing five earned runs on ten hits. Since returning to action back on June 10, Vasquez is 1-1 with a 6.69 ERA.
Class Mid-A Lansing Lugnuts
LANSING, Mich. - Billy Petrick started and tossed six innings of work, and Lugnuts manager Julio Garcia tossed a base—literally. The Lansing skipper was ejected following the seventh inning after he was ruled to have interfered on an out at home plate that resulted in a Clinton Lumberkings 6-4 victory Monday. Garcia was serving as the team's third base coach. After being ran, he walked back toward third and hurled the base further into the infield.
LumberKings starter Brian Mattoon held the Lugnuts to three runs on seven hits in as many innings. Petrick also pitched well, allowing three runs on three hits. Brian Dopirak doubled twice and scored the game's first run on an RBI two-bagger down the left field line in the first inning. Dopirak has hit safely in 26 of his last 27 games.
Class Low-A Boise Hawks
BOISE, Id. - Brent Burnham hit a 3-run homer for the Eugene Emeralds, former Class-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, in a 13-8 victory over the Boise Hawks Monday night. Third baseman Lachlan Lyle added an RBI double and Matt Thayer contributed with two run-scoring singles to hand the Hawks their second straight loss.
Uriak Marquez, recently demoted from Daytona, drove in six runs with a 3-run homer, 2-run single and RBI sacrifice fly. Left-hander Ed Campusano, 0-2, made his third start and allowed seven runs in four and a third innings pitched. Of those seven runs, only one was earned as three Boise errors in the first four innings led Eugene to its fourth victory in 11 tries this season.