In Des Moines, Iowa's bats came alive to fuel a 13-6 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday. OF David Kelton tallied four hits and SS Ronny Cedeno finished with three. Cedeno now has five multi-hit games in the past week while Kelton has overcome his slow start to the month with 13 hits in his last 33 at-bats. Veterans Ben Grieve, Scott McClain and Calvin Murray all drove in three runs as every Iowa starter recorded at least one hit. Coupled with the offense, LHP Ryan O'Malley's five innings in relief was enough to get the job done. O'Malley (3-2) scattered three runs and six hits. He has allowed a home run in each of his last five outings and has given up at least one earned run in all seven of his Iowa appearances this season. Jon Leicester started the game and allowed three runs (one earned) and three hits in 2 2/3 innings. Leicester has allowed 12 runs in his last 14 2/3 innings at Iowa for a 7.36 ERA.
West Tenn Notes
In Jackson, LHP Sean Marshall picked up a no-decision in his 2005 Double-A debut, as West Tenn fell 5-4 to Jacksonville in 11 innings on Wednesday. Marshall, another Class-A all-star at Daytona who was promoted to West Tenn for the start of the second half, surrendered three runs in five innings, striking out two and walking two. In seven starts at Double-A dating back to last year, Marshall is 2-2 with a 5.82 ERA. (Fellow Florida State League all-stars Carlos Marmol and Randy Wells, both right-handers, were also promoted recently.) Ultimately, it was LHP Jon Connolly (2-2) who took the loss, allowing the game-winning run to score in his third relief appearance of the season. OF Adam Greenberg hit his third home run as one of three hits on the afternoon. Greenberg picked up his first back-to-back multi-hit games since May 4-6. 1B Brandon Sing launched his 13th home run, and his first since June 3, to up his RBI total to a team-best 38.
In Palm Beach, Fla., Daytona officially kicked off the second half with a 7-4 win over the Cardinals' Class-A affiliate on Wednesday. Six players recorded an RBI, including OF J.J. Johnson, who hit his seventh home run as part of a three-hit game. Johnson has seven multi-hit games this month and is batting .375 (21-for-56) since June began. 1B Brian Dopirak also tallied three hits and upped his average to over .300 for the month. For the year, Dopirak is now batting .260 for the first time since May 8. 2B Enrique Cruz, a new name to the Inside The Ivy minor league notebooks, finished with a two-run home run and his first two-hit night as a Cub. The 23-year-old Cruz has just three hits in 24 at-bats since coming over from the Yankees. RHP Anderson Tavarez started and went six innings, allowing two runs and four hits to go with four strikeouts and one walk. Tavarez (3-5) picked up his first back-to-back wins since last August. RHP Jason Wylie, who underwent shoulder surgery last season, made his second appearance out of the bullpen and allowed a run and two hits in one inning of work.
In Everett, Wash., four Boise pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout as the Hawks blanked the Everett AquaSox 3-0 on Wednesday. Starter Andy Santana allowed two hits in four innings of work before departing. (Santana pitched in 10 games a season ago at Mesa and went 3-2 with a 1.61 ERA.) The win went to RHP Roger Evenson, the Cubs' 15th round pick in this year's draft. Evenson (1-0) pitched two innings and faced eight batters without allowing a hit. Boise pitching combined for 14 strikeouts in the game. Offensively, the Hawks recorded only five hits but made the most of them by taking advantage of three Everett errors in the first three innings. Only C Mark Reed was credited with an RBI. The Cubs' third round pick in 2004 went 1-for-4 and picked up the 10th hit of his ‘05 season between Boise and Peoria. CF Davy Gregg, the 24th round pick from the University of South Carolina earlier this month, stole three bases and now has four SB's in his first two games. LHP Luke Hagerty is scheduled to make his highly anticipated 2005 debut in game three of the series.
Mesa Cubs Notes
In Mesa, the Cubs' rookie affiliate kicked off the Arizona League schedule with a 9-3 loss to the Angels. Scott Williamson started the game as part of his rehab assignment and surrendered six runs (two earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Williamson faced 10 batters, notched three strikeouts, and walked one. The Cubs hope Williamson can return to big league action by either late July or early August. Meanwhile, RHPs Felin Santana, 21, and Jose Pina, 19, pitched the final 7 2/3 innings in relief, allowing three runs and eight hits combined. At the plate, 1B Russ Canzler, a 2004 draft pick out of high school in Pennsylvania, drove in two runs despite a 0-for-3 performance at the plate. 3B Nikolaus Crouch, a mid-round pick from Vanguard University in this year's draft, and LF Victor Liriano, the Cubs' 18th round pick from El Paso Community College, were the only rookies to record two hits. CF Randy Brown, a draft-and-follow out of Jonesboro HS in Arkansas last year, recorded the team's only double. Liriano and 2B Eduard Serrano each tripled.