Chiefs Close Out First Half

In Monday's ITI Minor League Notebook, Peoria closes out the first half of their season; Renyel Pinto's domination at West Tenn continues; Bobby Brownlie back from the DL at Iowa.

Iowa Notes

In Nashville Sunday, Iowa fell 3-2 in another one-run contest—their fourth in the past week. Kerry Wood made his second start on rehab with the Triple-A squad, pitching four innings and surrendering two runs on four hits to go with six strikeouts. He faced 20 batters, walking three before leaving the game with a no-decision. RHP Bobby Brownlie made his first appearance since being activated from the DL with arm soreness. He pitched two innings in relief, allowing one hit and facing eight batters total while amassing two strikeouts. Jon Leicester took the loss, giving up a run in two innings while facing nine batters. In terms of his tenure at Iowa this season, Sunday marked the first time all year that Leicester (0-2) did not yield multiple runs in any outing in which he had been charged with an earned run. OF David Kelton collected two hits to pace the sluggish offense, which is tied for dead last in the Pacific Coast League with a .260 team batting average. After a slow start to the month, Kelton has three straight two-hit games and has hit safely in six consecutive starts.

West Tenn Notes

In Pearl, Miss., on Sunday, West Tenn fell for the third straight day. And for the fourth consecutive game, the final score was 2-1. LHP Renyel Pinto did not allow a run for the second start in a row, going six innings and allowing three hits to go with eight strikeouts. Pinto has surrendered only two earned runs over his last four starts for a 0.72 ERA and 3-0 record since June began. Since being sent down from Triple-A in early May, he has held opposing hitters to a .183 average while averaging six innings per start. On offense, the Jaxx left eight on base and have stranded a total of 26 runners in their last three games. C Jose Reyes again provided the team's only run with his 22nd RBI. Reyes already has more RBIs this year than he did all of last season at Daytona. He finished with four hits in the series, the most for Reyes in any series since he recorded four against the Tennessee Smokies in early May at Pringles Park. Reyes was also the only player to record more than one hit in Sunday's game. 3B Casey McGehee recorded a hit for the third straight game and is batting .339 for the month. McGehee has walked six times in his last five games and in seven of his last eight overall.

Peoria Notes

In Peoria, the Cubs' Mid-A affiliate closed out the first half of the season with a 15-7 loss to Quad Cities on Sunday. Starter Chris Shaver was roped in four innings of work, allowing a season-high seven earned runs on eight hits. Shaver (3-6) has allowed 14 earned runs in his last four starts for a 5.64 ERA in that span. The left-hander also surrendered his third home run in his last three starts on Sunday after yielding only three in his first nine. OF Ryan Harvey doubled to record his 20th extra base hit, driving in two runs for his 38th and 39th RBIs of the year, respectively. OF Luis Montanez hit his seventh home run and became the first Chiefs player to reach 40 RBIs for the season. Montanez is two home runs and 19 RBIs shy of tying his career-high's of nine and 59, respectively. The 2005 Midwest League All-Star game is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. from O'Brien Field in Peoria. Harvey is one of six Peoria players named to this year's prestigious squad. He will join Shaver, 2B Eric Patterson, 1B Alberto Garcia, RHP Sean Gallagher and RHP Matt Weber as the six Peoria players selected. The Chiefs (35-35) closed out the first half with a .271 team batting average, good for fourth overall in the league, and a 4.19 staff ERA, which placed ninth. Patterson's .366 batting average is still tops for the league. The second half of league play begins Thursday.

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