Jerome Williams made his Cubs minor league debut on Tuesday night. Iowa (23-29, 4.5 GB) lost 9-2 after giving up seven runs in the final two innings in a 9-2 loss to Oklahoma.
Williams was long gone by then, however.
The right-hander acquired in the LaTroy Hawkins trade with San Francisco on Saturday went six innings and gave up a season-low two runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out four and did not allow a walk for the first time all season.
Not much happened at the plate ... at least as far as Iowa was concerned. Veterans Trenidad Hubbard and Cody Ransom drove in the Cubs' only runs. SS Ronny Cedeno collected two hits and has hit safely in 10 of his 13 games since rejoining the team from the major league squad.
LHP Rich Hill (4-3, 3.28 ERA), minor league baseball's strikeout leader, was promoted from Double-A and will start the second game of the RedHawks' series on Wednesday night.
West Tenn Notes
RHP Jae-Kuk Ryu won his fifth start as West Tenn (36-16, 1st place, 1.5 up) beat Tennessee 6-4. Ryu (5-2) went seven innings for the second straight start, allowing two runs and tying a season-low four hits on Tuesday night. He has held left-handed hitters to a .220 average in 28 1/3 innings and has a first inning ERA of 7.20 this season.
3B Matt Craig hit three doubles and drove in two runs to pace the Jaxx offense. Craig had last recorded three extra base hits in one game on June 1, 2004.
OF Dwaine Bacon also had three hits and is 5-for-12 since being sent back down from Triple-A. He stole his 15th base of the year on Tuesday night.
RHP Matt Weber was overly solid, but received no run support, again, as Peoria (25-27, 5 GB) fell 5-1 to Southwest Michigan. Weber (3-6) allowed two earned runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He finished May with a 1.99 ERA but only a 3-3 record.
2B Eric Patterson finished 0-for-3 to snap a 14-game hitting streak. He was 25-for-62 in the streak with seven extra base hits and 11 RBI.
CF Sam Fuld collected two hits for the second straight night and has seven hits in his last four games. Fuld finished May with a .279 batting average, some 107 points higher than his April clip. He has not walked in his last four games, but has drawn 18 for the season with only 13 strikeouts.
1B Alberto Garcia drove in the Chiefs' only run and now has 20 RBI for the year. The first baseman turns 22 on Sunday. He is batting over .400 (11-for-27) against left-handed pitching this year.