Rich Hill was back at Triple-A, and back to his old tricks after consecutive bad outings with the big league club. He struck out 10 and ran his record to 4-1 at Iowa, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings on Monday. He walked one and did not allow a home run for the first time at Triple-A all season and upped his season strikeout total between West Tenn and Iowa to 162 -- his new career-best for one season.
What Hill couldn't finish as a starter, right-hander Talley Haines finished off at the end in relief. Haines retired all five hitters he faced in the final 1.2 innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.11 since joining the team in early July and has 23 strikeouts to three walks in that span. His first walk with the club didn't come until August 7, ending a span of 13 straight games without a free pass to open his Iowa stint.
Oh, yes, and the offense. Ronny Cedeno collected three hits and drove in two runs while scoring three more. He is batting .368 (7-for-19) in his first five games since returning from Chicago. Scott McClain is running away with the team lead in RBIs after adding four more to his total. He, too, collected three hits – two of which were doubles to bring his RBI total to 85. Jerry Hairston, rehabbing his left elbow, tallied three hits and scored three runs as well. He is 4-for-15 in his first three games with the team.
Peoria lost 5-4
Eric Patterson drove in two runs to pace the scoring in an otherwise slow night for the rest of the team's offense on Monday. He now has six two-hit nights in his past eight games in addition to his league-best .332 average. Anthony Granato drove in one of the team's only other runs and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. He is batting .330 since July 1 and .282 for the year with Peoria. Struggling catcher Alan Rick was hitless in a pinch-hit appearance. He has yet to hit above .200 for any month this season and has yet to record a hit through all of this month (0-for-10).
Jesse Estrada tied John Koronka for the second most losses in the farm system with his 10th defeat. He surrendered five runs and seven hits, walking four and striking out only one. Rookie right-hander Michael Phelps pitched another scoreless outing in relief, however. Phelps has eight scoreless outings in 10 games with the team and has 15 strikeouts to two walks. He has held opposing hitters to a .200 average for a 1.80 ERA.
Boise lost 11-4
Mitch Atkins was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings en route to his fourth straight loss on Monday. He has now surrendered 15 runs in his last three starts for a 10.22 ERA in that span. Five Hawks pitchers combined to give up eight extra base hits in the loss.
Davy Gregg picked up four hits to help break out of his recent skid. He was batting .158 over his last 13 games entering the night and .281 overall this season.
"About two weeks ago, I hit a skid and it seemed like I couldn't get a hit to save my life," Gregg told Inside The Ivy. "Whenever I'd hit a ball hard, it wouldn't fall, or I'd hit it right to someone. Every pitch the pitcher made seemed to be perfect."
OF Carlos Quinones extended his season long hitting streak to six straight games, in which he is 10-for-22.