Third Round Pick Debuts; Another on a Roll

On Monday night, Boise saw the debut of a recent third round draft pick, and the resurgence of one from a year ago.

West Tenn Notes

West Tenn lost a late one-run lead to fall 2-1 at Mobile on Monday. LHP Sean Marshall was solid in his second start at Double-A since being promoted from Daytona earlier this month. Marshall held his opponents scoreless in six innings, notching six strikeouts without allowing a walk to lower his ERA to 2.70 for the year. He gave up six hits and has now started six games this season in which he left without surrendering an earned run. The loss went to RHP Andrew Shipman (1-4, 3.03 ERA), whose two runs in two-thirds of an inning elevated his ERA above three points for the first time since April.

RF Adam Greenberg continued his recent hot hitting, tallying another three hits for his fourth multi-hit game in the past week. He is now batting .272 for the year with 11 hits in his last 27 at-bats. Greenberg also swiped his 11th base in the loss and has been thrown out twice this season. 1B Matt Craig drove in the team's only run on an RBI double, his 14th of the year. Craig also drew a season-high three walks to reach base in all four plate appearances. He is batting .268 after entering the night with one hit in his last 16 at-bats.

Daytona Notes

Daytona was held to six hits in a 7-2 loss to Vero Beach on Monday. CF Chris Walker collected his ninth hit in the past three games and is now batting .301 for the year. On the base pads, Walker stole his farm system best 31st base of the season and his ninth of the month. RHP Anderson Tavarez suffered his sixth loss, allowing three runs and six hits in five innings. Tavarez (3-6, 5.60 ERA) struck out seven and did not allow a walk. He also did not allow a home run for the fourth straight start despite leading the team with 11 this season.

Peoria Notes

RHP Sean Gallagher won his eighth of the year on Monday, guiding Peoria to a 6-2 win over Cedar Rapids. Gallagher (8-2, 1.43 ERA) hurled seven shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and notching five strikeouts. It marked the second time this season that Gallagher had went seven innings in back-to-back starts. He now has the best record in the Midwest League and continues to lead the league with a 1.43 ERA in his 15 starts this season. All six Chief runs were driven in by a different player. LF Luis Montanez hit his fourth home run in his past six games to tie RF Ryan Harvey for the team lead with 10. Montanez has hit safely in seven straight games and ranks fourth in the league with 34 extra base hits this season. CF Sam Fuld went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a season-high nine games.

Boise Notes

Hawks pitching combined to two-hit Eugene on Monday in a 5-0 shutout win. RHP Mike Billek, the third round, fourth overall pick in this year's draft, got things started with three no-hit innings in his professional debut. The University of Central Florida alumnus was added to the Hawks' roster over the weekend and faced 10 batters in Monday's victory, notching three strikeouts and walking one. He went 4-3 with a 4.07 ERA in his junior season with the Golden Knights. RHP Andy Santana (1-0, 0.00 ERA) got the win with three solid innings in relief, allowing the only two hits of the game for the opposing team. RHP Scott Koerber, a non-drafted free agent from Michigan State University last year, worked the final three innings for his first professional save.

On offense, C Mark Reed added another two-hit night to his Boise resume and now has four in six games with the Hawks. He hit the first home run of his 2005 campaign and drove in two runs. Reed is 9-for-21 since joining the club and has already notched more hits with the short-season affiliate than he did in a full month at Peoria back in April. CF Davy Gregg also collected two hits for his first multi-hit night of the year. Gregg stole his league-best ninth base and is 4-for-21 in the young season.

Mesa Cubs

The rookies fell 7-6 to the Padres in Arizona League action on Monday. Cubs pitching surrendered 15 hits in the loss, 11 of which were allowed by RHP Felin Santana, who gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings. LHP Ryan Chambers (0-1) took the loss in three innings of relief despite a much more impressive one-run, two-hit performance. The 40th round pick in this year's draft from BYU was making his second relief appearance with the team this season after being listed as a pitcher on Day 2 of the draft; Chambers spent most all of his senior season with the Cougars as the team's starting center fielder. 2B Eduard Serrano hit his first home run, and 1B Russell Canzler and RF Deryck Lewis each collected three hits.

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