Change of Pace: Leicester Wins, Pinto Loses

Notes from Monday's games on the minor league circuit.

Iowa beat Memphis, 3-2

Jon Leicester (2-7, 5.38 ERA) won his first game in almost two months, tossing seven innings and allowing two runs and six hits. Leicester's ERA remains above five for the year, although in his last five starts, he has a 3.18 ERA. Left-handers continue to slaughter him to the tune of a .343 average this season in 14 starts, and 8 relief appearances. Ronny Cedeno collected two hits and drove in his 36th run. He has hit safely in four straight games, batting .298 since being sent back down from the major league club. Jermaine Van Buren notched his 24th save after setting a new club record for most saves in one season on Saturday night.

West Tenn shutout 6-0 by Mississippi

Renyel Pinto (9-3, 2.62 ERA) had perhaps his worst outing since joining the Jaxx from Triple A in May. He gave up a season high eight hits Monday, allowing five runs for the second time in three starts to snap a four game winning streak. Opposing hitters were batting .212 against him entering the night. The loss was Pinto's first on the road since joining the team. (He entered the night 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA in eight starts away from home.) The offense managed only five hits. Brandon Sing picked up a hit and drew two walks while on defense committing two errors—his 11th and 12th of the year. Adam Greenberg was back in uniform with the team and went 0-for-1 in one plate appearance. He took over in right field with Sing moving to first base in the sixth inning.

Daytona lost to Palm Beach, 11-2

J.R. Mathes (9-8, 4.74 ERA) was rocked for the fourth time in five starts on Monday. He gave up eight runs on ten hits in four innings for the loss. Over his last four outings, the left-hander has surrendered 26 earned runs for a plus-13 ERA in that span. Right-hander Anderson Tavarez didn't help things in relief, giving up three runs and walking six batters in four innings. He also struck out six. No Cub player finished with more than one hit. Jeff Culpepper hit his first home run since making the journey up from Boise. He has hits in six of his last seven games and is still batting above .300, including .377 over his last 17 games.

Boise lost to Vancouver, 5-2

Jesus Yepez finally took one on the chin, allowing a season high five earned runs on Monday. He was 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA in ten starts entering the night. Yepez allowed three hits, including his 12th home run of the season. Struggling rookie Kyle Holden tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief to hose out the fire. Opponents were batting .375 against the right-hander in 15 previous appearances with the club. On offense, Johnny Defendis, Davy Gregg and Carlos Quinones each recorded three hits. Defendis has 11 hits over his last 7 games for a .349 average.


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