Cubs Minor League Notes

Iowa swept by Albuquerque ... Weber express abruptly derailed ... Harvey hits fourth home run ... Atkins makes it seven straight.

Iowa Cubs
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
Record: 7-9

In Albuquerque, N.M., Iowa was swept by the Isotopes and former Cubs prospect Renyel Pinto, 8-1, on Friday. Pinto went just enough innings to qualify for the win and out-duel Jae-Kuk Ryu, who gave up five runs on six hits in five innings. Ryu is winless through four starts and has a 4.91 ERA. The I-Cubs have dropped 11 of their last 12 at the Isotopes home park.

With OF Felix Pie out of the lineup for the first time all year, the team mustered just five hits. Catcher Geovany Soto was hitless in three at-bats and is currently in a 2-for-18 slump while hitting .250 in his first 14 games. Soto also committed his fourth error behind the plate, which is tied for the most by any catcher in the Pacific Coast League.

OF Matt Padgett made the most of his first at-bat with the team, hitting a home run for the Cubs' only run. Padgett was signed to a minor league contract to coincide with the promotion of OF Michael Restovich to Chicago.

West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
Double-A Southern League
Record: 10-5

In Chattanooga, Tenn., West Tenn's scheduled contest with the Lookouts was postponed after the third inning due to rain. Both teams entered the night tied for first place in the Southern League's Northern Division.

Daytona Cubs
Class-A Florida State League
Record: 5-10

In Vero Beach, Fla., Daytona blew a five-run lead and lost, 7-5, to the Dodgers. Starter Matt Weber was cruising after allowing just one hit through five innings before the floodgates opened. In the sixth, Weber was charged with five runs off of four hits: three singles, a wild pitch, a walk, and then a grand slam. RHP Angelo Burrows suffered the loss in relief. Burrows has yielded nine runs in his last three outings, a span of 4 1/3 innings.

One night after hitting his first double of the year, OF Ryan Harvey connected for another home run. Harvey is batting .216 with four of his 11 hits this season of the home run variety. For the second time in the past week, OF Sam Fuld came up with a sharp throw from center field to gun down an opposing runner at home plate. Fuld has two assists and 28 putouts in 15 games.

Peoria Chiefs
Class-A Midwest League
Record: 6-9

In Peoria, Mitch Atkins helped snap a three-game Chiefs losing streak with his first victory of the season. Atkins was sound in his third start, going five innings again and tossing his second consecutive shutout with just two hits allowed as Peoria beat Burlington, 2-0. He struck out five and walked three. In his last seven starts dating back to last season at Boise, the seventh-round pick from 2004 is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA.

1B/DH Alberto Garcia went 0-for-2 at the plate to snap a six-game hitting streak in which he was 10-for-25. Third baseman Brandon Taylor finished 0-for-3 and has just three hits in his last 24 at-bats for a .203 average in 15 games. OF Matt Ciaramella, acquired for Jermaine Van Buren in the trade to Boston last off-season, is batting .143 in 13 games, but has hits in four of his last five contests, including an RBI triple on Friday night.

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