Brownlie strong from 'pen; Hagerty not

In Iowa, Bobby Brownlie was strong again from the bullpen; a rae of hope for Brian Dopirak; July is Ryan Harvey's month; Luke Hagerty's struggles continue.

Iowa beat Omaha, 3-2

It has taken Jason Dubois only two games at Triple-A to do something he hadn't done all year in Chicago: record back-to-back multi-hit games. Dubois added two hits and is now 5-for-8 in his first two games since being sent down from the big league club. He has started in his usual cozy left field spot, which had been previously occupied by recently released veteran Trenidad Hubbard.

One has to soon begin to wonder why Richard Lewis is good enough for Iowa and Ryan Theriot isn't. Lewis finished 0-for-4 and has three hits in 13 at-bats since being sent back up from Double-A. His .329 average in an MVP season at West Tenn last season suddenly seems like a distant memory by his current .191 mark at Iowa.

Rich Hill struck out 10 more in an already career year between Iowa, West Tenn and Chicago. Hill went seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He did not pick up the win, which went to Bobby Brownlie in his seventh consecutive bullpen appearance. Since joining the ‘pen on June 19, Brownlie (4-4, 5.03 ERA) is 2-0 with one run allowed in 10 innings. He has also yet to allow a home run in that span after yielding seven in his eight starts. For Hill, he has now surrendered nine homers at Iowa—one in every start with the club.

West Tenn rained out

West Tenn's scheduled post all-star break opener with Mississippi was postponed and a twi-night doubleheader is set for Saturday. When the Jaxx take the field, look for Luis Montanez somewhere in the outfield. Montanez was promoted above Class-A for the first time in his professional career since being drafted with the third overall pick in 2000 by the Cubs. In Spring Training, Montanez spent most all of March working with the "West Tenn" squad.

"We're not going to hold where he played last year against him," director of player development Oneri Fleita said at the time.

Montanez was batting .305 in 82 games at the time he was promoted from Class-A Peoria. He had already eclipsed his previous career high in home runs and was leading the team in that category before Ryan Harvey caught fire recently.

Left-hander Renyel Pinto was Friday's scheduled starter with Ricky Nolasco originally slated for Saturday.

Daytona edged Sarasota 8-6 in 12 innings

Scott Moore finally had the breakout night he'd been searching for since the second half began. Moore added four hits and drove in three runs to pace Daytona's offense and hand the all-star third baseman arguably his best showing since the second half began. Moore entered the night with just three hits in last 23 at-bats and a .195 average for the month.

Brian Dopirak is still looking for a breakout point period, and he may have gotten the spark he needed by clubbing a two-run game-winning homer in the 12th inning to give Daytona the win. Dopirak now has nine homers for the year and only three since June began. He is still looking for his 10th hit of the month after a 9-for-48 start to July.

One prospect who got off to a slow start that has come on strong ever since is Jake Fox. Fox hit his fifth home run and recently upped his batting average above .300 before lowering it to a modest .296. He has 11 hits over his last 31 at-bats.

Randy Wells made only his second start of the year, surrendering four runs on a season high seven hits in four innings. Wells was used only as a starter last season at Lansing, but was converted to a reliever this year in an all-star season. Left-hander Clay Rapada tossed his fifth straight scoreless game in relief after giving up 16 earned runs in his first 17 innings. He has struck out at least one batter in every outing this season. The win went to Nate Sevier (3-0, 4.64 ERA), who now has two victories in his last three outings.

Peoria fell 9-5 to Burlington

July must be Ryan Harvey's lucky month. The sixth overall pick in 2003 hit his third homer in his last four games, in which he is 7-for-18 with 10 RBIs. Harvey already has five homers in July, which ties the most for any month this season. A season ago at Boise, he launched seven homers and drove in 22 runs in his best month there. He is batting .261 for the year with a team-best 15 home runs.

Grant Johnson dropped his third straight start. Johnson (1-4, 5.23 ERA) has gone less than five innings in all three of those outings, in which he has given up 11 earned runs, including four on Friday night.

Boise beats Tri-City 8-5

Jake Muyco is giving the Cubs plenty of reason to be excited about another up and coming catching prospect. Muyco hit a rare three-run homer to pace the offense and now has a hit in all but one of his 11 starts behind the plate.

Center fielder Davy Gregg is just doing it all right now for the Hawks. He picked up two hits and stole three bases on Friday night to bring his season average to .311, and his stolen base total to 19. If only he could pitch, too …

On that note, Mitch Atkins (1-2, 4.94 ERA) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings. He allowed four walks to go with three strikeouts and a home run for his first win of the season.

The bullpen allowed only four hits the rest of the way, but Luke Hagerty's nightmares continued. The left-hander walked two more and has walked multiple batters in five of his six outings with the Hawks. All in all, he has 16 free passes to just two strikeouts with the team.


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