Monday Notebook: Rookie Hyle Sparkles Again

Rookie Michael Hyle sparkled again in Boise; J.R. Mathes did not give up an earned run for the sixth start this season; struggling Chiefs get a boost.

Iowa Notes

Iowa routed Oklahoma 12-2 as every starter recorded a hit—even Corey Patterson, who snapped an 0 for 16 slump. David Kelton picked up another hit and has reached base safely in 14 of his last 16 games. Kelton's .297 average this season is second on the team behind Calvin Murray.

Todd Wellemeyer gave up a run and two hits in two innings--including his first homer of the season in Triple-A. All nine of his appearances at Iowa this season have been starts. Russ Rohlicek threw his third straight scoreless outing in relief. Despite a 7.56 ERA in his last 8 games, opponents are batting just .207 off the left-hander in that period.

West Tenn Notes

West Tenn was shut out 9-0 in Montgomery, though not because of Casey McGehee's efforts. McGehee's three hits led the way for both teams and gave the all-star 26 hits for July to eclipse his previous best of 25 for any month this season. The all-star has struck out just once in his last seven games.

Luis Montanez also continued his hot hitting, extending his hitting streak to four games and notching his eighth hit in his last 15 at-bats. Dwaine Bacon could not piece together another strong showing following his 3-hit night on Saturday. Bacon, who has only four hits in his last 38 at bats, was hitless in four tries at the top of the Jaxx lineup. His average dipped to its lowest point of the season last week.

Jae-Kuk Ryu struck out eight in six innings but surrendered three runs on six hits. He gave up as many earned runs on Sunday than in his previous three starts put together. In the bullpen, Federico Baez had his worst outing of the season. He surrendered five runs and six hits in an inning and two thirds.

Daytona Notes

J.R. Mathes did not give up an earned run for the sixth start this year, holding Dunedin to six hits over six innings in a 6-0 win. He improved his record to 8-5 for the year, including 5-1 at home with a 2.17 ERA there. Clay Rapada added two more strikeouts to his season total, which now stands at 40 in only 30 1/3 innings. He has tossed eight straight scoreless outings after giving 16 runs in his first 10 appearances.

Getting it done at the plate were two unlikely sources of power--Robinson Chirinos and Issmael Salas. The two each hit solo home runs while J.J. Johnson drove in two runs for his first multi RBI night since June 11.

Peoria Notes

Peoria recorded twice as many hits as the Cubs' former Midwest League affiliate and scored five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-6 loss to Lansing. Eric Patterson led the way with four hits, reaching base five times. Patterson has now hit safely in eight straight games, three of which he has recorded three hits or more in. Ryan Harvey hit his league best 17th home run, a three-run shot. A pair of struggling Chiefs picked up two hits to boost their '05 resumes. Alan Rick started behind the plate for just the eighth time this month and recorded his second triple of the season and only his sixth two-hit game. He has hit below the Mendoza line in every month this season. Shortstop Joe Simokaitis made his first appearance since July 13, picking up two hits. He is 8 for 43 in 14 games since being drafted out of Nebraska in the 10th round.

Boise Notes

Hawks pitching shined in a 4-1 win over Yakima. Starter Michael Hyle gave up one run and two hits through four innings. After beginning the year 0-3, he has surrendered only one earned run in his last five starts en route to winning the Northwest League's Pitcher of the Week award last week. Andy Santana got the win with three scoreless innings from the bullpen. He has allowed four earned runs in 17.2 innings with the club. The save went to Jonathan Hunton, his second with the Hawks after being demoted from Peoria.

Shortstop Jonathan Mota drove in two runs for the first multi RBI game of his season. Mota has five hits in his last four games, but is still below .200 at .185. OF John Defendis added two hits and now has 9 total in his first 24 at-bats since being called up from Mesa. OF Jesus Valdez joined Defendis with two hits; Valdez is batting .207 despite an 11 game hitting streak. He recorded two extra base hits in one game for the first time all season.

Arizona League Notes

First round draft pick Mark Pawelek struck out six more in his seventh start with the Mesa Cubs. He allowed one earned run (just his second of the year) on two hits in four innings and has amassed 28 strikeouts to 9 walks. Second round pick Donald Veal made his second appearance with the team on Saturday; he worked three innings and allowed one run on one hit to 10 batters faced.

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