Bacon Sizzles, Helps Jaxx Sweep Twinbill

Dwaine Bacon only recorded one hit in the Diamond Jaxx doubleheader sweep of Montgomery Thursday, but it was his patience at the plate and quick speed on the base paths - two quality markings of a true leadoff hitter - that would help propel West Tennessee to much-needed victories.

AAA-Iowa Cubs

OMAHA, Neb. - Todd Wellemeyer and Sergio Mitre provided a little big league spark to a minor league audience Thursday night as the Iowa Cubs snapped a brief two-game losing streak by defeating the Omaha Royals, 5-3. Wellemeyer made his second rehab appearance this week, pitching the game's first two innings and allowing only one hit before Mitre (2-1) came on to toss five solid innings for the win.

The Cubs got off to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. Russ Johnson got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single to left scoring Jason Dubois to make it 1-0 Iowa. After a Calvin Murray RBI single made it 2-0, Dubois grounded out scoring Casey Kopitzke to make it 3-zip. An inning later Donny Leon added a homerun, his tenth of the year, to make it 4-0.

Right-hander Jason Szuminski worked the ninth for his eighth save since re-joining the Cubs from the San Diego Padres organization. Szuminski made things interesting by loading the bases with two outs before striking out Aaron Guiel with the heart of the Omaha order due up. Royals shortstop Mendy Lopez homered twice and drove in three runs. Lopez' two-run shot off Mitre in the sixth accounted for the only Omaha runs against the Cub right-hander.

NOTES: Brendan Harris went 0-for-4 to snap a twelve game hitting streak. The 23 year old Queensbury, New York native has still hit safely in 29 of his last 33 games, though. Szuminski has allowed just four earned runs in 20.1 innings with the Cubs, who are now 36-0 when leading after eight innings. They remain five games ahead of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for first place in the PCL Central. Game two of the four-game series is Friday night with left-hander Jimmy Anderson making his second start back from the big league club.

AA-West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Jaxx swept both ends of a doubleheader with the Montgomery Biscuits Thursday by winning a pair 1-run games at Pringles Park. In game one of the twinbill, it was Dwaine Bacon who stole the show—literally. With one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, Bacon walked, stole second, proceeded to steel third, and then scored the winning run on Richard Lewis' RBI single back up the middle to give the Jaxx a 5-4 victory. Bacon also showed great patience at the plate, walking four times in the game.

Carmen Pignatiello started and went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs while striking out six and walking only one. The left-hander had managed to work his way out of several jams until the seventh inning. He walked Amado German to open the inning and then allowed a double to third baseman Juan Salas. Two batters later, a passed ball from catcher Geovany Soto led to a run before Pignatiello gave up back-to-back singles with two outs.

Eventually, Ryan O'Malley, pitching for the third Cubs affiliate this season, got the win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief. O'Malley (1-0) was perfect with the exception of a leadoff walk to Biscuits starter Fernando Cortez to start the 10th. Following a sacrifice bunt from DH Dan DeMent, O'Malley proceeded to retire the next five hitters on groundball outs for the victory.

In the nightcap, it was Bobby Brownlie who stole the show, striking out six in as many innings of work while allowing just two hits. Brownlie (7-5) sat down 10 of the last 12 batters he faced and Jermaine Van Buren finished things off in the seventh with his 16th save of the year.

NOTES: Van Buren gave up his first run since May 28 with a solo homerun to first baseman Eric Reese to lead off the seventh. Bacon has reached base safely in all but three of his last 14 games. Former Cubs prospect John Webb made a relief appearance in game one of the doubleheader, walking three batters in an inning. Webb was claimed off waivers by the Devil Rays in February after the then 24-year-old suffered a broken leg while walking his dog. It was only his third appearance with Tampa's Double-A affiliate this season. After game one of the DH lasted over three hours, game two was a quick 1 hour and 41 minute affair. The doubleheader sweep brings the Jaxx record to 4-4 on the second half of the Southern League season.

Class-A Daytona Cubs

JUPITER, Fla. - Somehow or another, Logan Kensing and the Jupiter Hammerheads figured out a way to silence the red-hot Daytona Cub bats Thursday in a 3-1 pitchers duel at Roger Dean Stadium. Kensing (3-5) held the Cubs to two hits in seven innings. He and closer Ross Wolf combined to strike out nine and hold the Cubs' three hottest hitters of late - first baseman Brandon Sing and outfielders J.J. Johnson and Felix Pie - hitless in three at-bats.

Kensing at one point set down 11 straight hitters, and he allowed just one base hit from the first inning through the sixth. Adam Greenberg recorded the Cubs' only hits through the first seven frames. Greenberg's RBI single in the eighth off Wolf scored Daytona's only run. The Cubs had tallied a whopping 72 runs in their seven-game winning streak prior to Thursday's loss.

NOTES: Sing had reached base safely in 15 of his last 16 starts before going 0-for-3 Thursday. Johnson had hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games. Right-hander Anderson Tavarez made his third start since coming off the DL and went 3 2/3 innings in limited action before giving way to Jared Blasdell in relief. The Cubs face Jupiter against Friday before heading back to Brevard County on Saturday.

Class Mid-A Lansing Lugnuts

LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing offense had to do without Kevin Collins Thursday, and it showed. The Lugnuts slugger, out at least three weeks with a separated shoulder, sat things out and watched as Clinton starter Ed Volquez (3-3) tossed six shutout innings en route to a 5-1 Clinton Lumberkings victory over Lansing. Right-hander Ronald Bay (5-6) started for Lansing and also went six innings but gave up two runs on seven hits. Kevin Richardson and Josh Kruezer both homered for the Lumberkings, who took three of four from the Lugnuts in the series.

The lone Lansing run came in the seventh when shortstop Carlos Rojas tripled with one out and then scored on Chris Walker's RBI sac fly. Left-handed reliever Clay Rapada, who like Collins was a Midwest League All-Star this season, worked the final inning and a third for the Lugnuts without allowing a run.

NOTES: First baseman Brian Dopirak made it 30 for 31 Thursday. The 20-year-old has hit safely in all but one of his last 31 games, batting a team and season-best .312 on the year now. Catcher Jacob Fox was back behind the plate but went hitless in four at-bats. He and Alan Rick, a fourth round pick in the 2002 draft, have been alternating playing time behind the plate recently. The Lugnuts are back home for July 4 but must first travel to Peoria, Ill. for two days and two games with the St. Louis Cardinals' Class-A affiliate.

Class Low-A Boise Hawks

SPOKANE, Wash. - Four singles, a walk, and a hit batsman led to a five-run fourth inning by the Spokane Indians, who defeated the Boise Hawks by a final of 5-2 Thursday. Kevin Mahar and Jim Fasano each hit back-to-back RBI singles before Hawks catcher Oscar Bernard butchered a suicide squeeze as part of a five-run Spokane rally in the fourth.

Right-hander Chris Shaver made his Boise debut, working three innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three. The Cubs drafted the 6'7" left-handed giant in the fourth round of this year's draft from William & Mary, also home to Iowa's Brendan Harris.

The Hawks and Indians meet against Friday at 8:30 CT.

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