Iowa won their sixth in a row on Saturday night, downing Omaha 9-5. SS Ronny Cedeno clubbed his seventh home run, the most for any full season in his minor league career. Cedeno collected three hits and now has 15 in his last six games. He is batting .381 for the month and also .381 for the year. All but three of Cedeno's 20 extra base hits this season have come at home. LHP Raul Valdez picked up his seventh win of the year, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four. Valdez (7-2) won back-to-back starts for the first time since May 12 and 17.
West Tenn Notes
Renyel Pinto's Double-A dominance continued in Mobile as the Diamond Jaxx won 5-2. Pinto ran his record to 4-0 since rejoining the team that he led the Cubs' farm system in strikeouts with last season. He fanned 11 on Saturday night and has held opposing hitters to a .173 average over his last five starts. Brandon Sing started in left field and hit his 14th home run. Sing is batting .298 against right-handers this season as opposed to .232 against southpaws.
OF Chris Walker's season-high four hits weren't enough to stop Daytona from losing 8-7 to St. Lucie. Walker homered and doubled twice to break out of a recent 2-for-15 slump. He scored four of the team's seven runs on Saturday. OF Kevin Collins had three hits and upped his average to .397 over his last 19 games. RHP Juan Mateo allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings for his first loss since April 26. Mateo (5-2) has made four consecutive starts after finishing 11 straight games in relief to open the year. He is 4-1 in relief with two saves and a 3.00 ERA in 16 at-bats. As a starter, he is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA.
The Hawks dropped their third straight on Saturday, falling 6-2 at Everett. The team committed three errors one night after totaling four in Friday's 6-4 loss. LHP Jesus Yepez threw 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs and one hit. He struck out seven and walked one. RHP Roger Evenson took the loss in his second decision of the series, allowing four runs in one inning of work. The pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts in the loss and finished the five-game series with 47 in all. C Mark Reed was the only Hawks player to total two hits in the game. He has three two-hit performances since joining the team.