With Jason Dubois traded to the Indians for OF Jody Gerut on Monday, the I-Cubs were forced to look for run production in other areas. They found very little, managing only five hits, two of which were courtesy of veteran Calvin Murray. Dubois had driven in six runs in his four games back with the club; the team was 3-1 in those games.
David Kelton has now hit safely in 10 straight games, highlighting an otherwise slow news period for the Triple-A club. He is having his best month of the year offensively with a .452 average through his last 12 games. For the year, Kelton is batting .299.
Raul Valdez hadn't lost since June 3 until Monday. He surrendered three runs and actually gave up fewer runs than in any of his last six starts entering the day. Valdez (5-3, 4.50 ERA) has an ERA of over six points at Principal Park this year with a 2.43 mark on the road.
West Tenn wins 7-0
Carlos Marmol was practically unhittable against Tennessee. Marmol (8-4, 3.24 ERA) allowed just two hits to go with a season-high 12 strikeouts in seven innings for his eighth win of the season. It was his longest outing since April 25 at Daytona when he went 7 2/3 innings against St. Lucie.
The offense rebounded from Sunday's two-hit showing against Mississippi with a 10-hit night. Ryan Theriot had three hits and drove in three runs to pace the league's best hitting team for average. Theriot, who recently became a father, has gone five games without a strikeout. With 28 walks to just 25 K's on the year, he is bidding to make it three straight seasons with more walks than strikeouts.
Daytona sweeps doubleheader
Cubs pitching dominated a twinbill sweep of Sarasota. In the first game, J.R. Mathes allowed two runs and six hits in five innings for the win. Mathes (7-5, 3.29 ERA) has picked up the decision in 10 straight starts since May 18. Juan Mateo started the finale and turned in 5 2/3 innings of scoreless two-hit ball to finish off the sweep. It was Mateo's eighth straight appearance in the rotation, and the first time he did not walk a batter in any of those starts. Clay Rapada's streak of at least one strikeout in every appearance came to a close. He faced only one batter while recording his first save since August 12 of last year at Lansing.
Offensively, Kevin Collins hit his 18th home run, now 15 shy of his 2004 total with Lansing. J.J. Johnson has been relatively quiet this year in his second season on the Class High-A circuit. He finished with three hits on the day to increase his average to .275. Jake Fox now has five RBIs over his last five games and has 12 hits in his last 37 games.
Peoria wins 15-4
Ryan Harvey added three more RBIs to his season total (65). He also hit his 16th home run, moving into first place in the Midwest League in that department. Harvey has seven hits in his last four games.
It was Bo Flowers that headlined the night. Flowers hit two homers and drove in five runs, both career best's for one game. He had not homered since May 14. Anthony Granato also drove in five runs, a career feat for him as well. He is batting .273 with the Chiefs.
Starter Sean Gallagher became the first pitcher in the Cubs' farm system to reach 10 wins this season. He continues to lead the league in ERA with a 1.95 mark through 19 starts. Gallagher scattered three runs on six hits over six innings while tying a season-high 10 strikeouts. He has three 10 K games this season.
Boise blows 10-run lead, loses 14-13
You read it right … Brandon Taylor and Chris Gaskin each drove in three runs. For Gaskin, his 21 RBIs are second in the league, one behind the league's leader. He has three multi-hit games in his last five starts. Taylor's three RBIs tied a season best for one game. He has scored a run in four straight games and six of his last seven overall. Davy Gregg picked up another three stolen base night to bring his total to 22 for the year. It's the fourth three-SB game for Gregg this season. He picked up two hits to bring his average to .301.
The comeback wasn't mounted until after starter Matt Avery had departed. Avery gave up two runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He left with his team leading 11-2 lead in the fifth inning. Nick Thompson gave up six runs in relief and Kyle Holden allowed five. Of the 11 runs allowed by the two, only four were earned. The Hawks' defense committed seven errors, three of which were charged to shortstop Scott Hode. Jonathan Hunton was the losing pitcher. He walked in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 10th inning.