Three Months in the Books

The first three months of farm system play are in the books. First-half champions have long since been crowned, and short-season affiliates are now in full swing. On Thursday night, several Cub prospects closed out the month of June on a high note; some did not.

Iowa Notes

Iowa got another solid pitching performance in a 3-0 shutout win over Oklahoma. LHP John Koronka worked eight innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven without issuing a walk in his longest outing of the season. Koronka (6-6, 4.44 ERA) is now 5-3 over his last eight starts with a 3.39 ERA. Thursday marked the first time all year that he did not walk a batter. At the plate, 1B Micah Hoffpauir picked up two hits to end a 0-for-10 slide. Hoffpauir is batting .269 for the year and closed out June with only a .213 average. The I-Cubs have won nine of their last 10.

West Tenn Notes

Three hits apiece from 2B Ryan Theriot and CF Adam Greenberg headlined a Jaxx offense that totaled 15 hits for a 9-6 win over Huntsville. Theriot, snubbed from this year's Southern League all-star game, recorded his second straight three-hit night and is batting .313 through his first 69 games. In addition, the LSU product is hitting .371 against left-handers as opposed to .266 versus right-handers. Meanwhile, Greenberg picked up his third three-hit night in his past eight games and is hitting .276—his highest average since May 28. RHP Carlos Marmol started but left the game with an undisclosed injury after 2 1/3 innings. Marmol faced 15 batters and allowed a run and three hits. He walked five batters and notched two strikeouts. LHP Ryan O'Malley got the win relief with 3 2/3 innings from the bullpen. O'Malley (3-0, 4.55 ERA) allowed four runs on five hits and has given up one earned run or more in each of his last nine outings dating back to May 22 (just before his promotion to Triple-A). RHP David Aardsma recorded his second save in his last three outings with a scoreless ninth inning, retiring all three batters he faced to close things out. Since joining the Cubs' Double-A affiliate, Aardsma is 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 appearances.

Peoria Notes

Burlington edged Peoria 9-8. CF Sam Fuld tied a season-high three hits to extend his hit streak to 12 games in the loss. Fuld closed out June with a .321 batting average for the month to go with 11 extra base hits. He entered the month batting .227 and is now hitting a season-best .264 overall. RF Ryan Harvey added two hits to close out the month with seven hits in his last 21 at-bats. The Cubs' first round pick in 2003 is hitting .256 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. He spent most all of June hitting in the .250's. Starting pitcher Chris Shaver allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings for a no-decision. He surrendered his eighth home run of the season and has now given up at least one in five straight outings. The loss went to LHP Tim Layden, who coughed up the eventual game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning. Layden (1-1, 2.42 ERA) suffered his first defeat and has allowed more than one earned run in a relief outing only once since joining the Chiefs in early May.

Boise Notes

Boise was held to five hits in a 2-1 loss to Eugene. CF Davy Gregg again tallied two hits for the fourth straight game. He was caught stealing for the third time and is 11-for-14 in stolen bases on the young season. C Jake Muyco drove in the team's only run with an RBI single, the first run-scoring hit of his rookie season. Muyco is 5-for-10 in his first four games this season. Starter Roger Evenson allowed only one hit in three innings as Hawks pitching held opposing batters to five hits as well. RHP Victor Ramos (1-1, 3.68 ERA) suffered the loss with two earned runs on two hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. You might say it was "two-che."

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