Cubs Minor League Notes

Around the Farm System: Iowa pitching continues to rise. Scott Moore's hot hitting continues. Daytona on fire. Ryan Harvey update.

AAA: Iowa beat Fresno, 4-1

Jerome Williams got his first win of the season, beating his former team in the process. He only went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and walking five batters to lower his ERA to 5.60 in five Triple-A starts.

The bullpen was impressive as usual, allowing one hit in the final four innings. As the Iowa Media Relations Office points out, Cub pitchers have allowed four runs in the last 40 innings overall. The bullpen has gone 17 2/3 innings without giving up a run. Furthermore, Iowa pitching has a combined ERA of 3.73 this season, fifth best in the Pacific Coast League.

Fresh up from Double-A, Micah Hoffpauir hit his farm system best 11th home run and finished with two hits. Felix Pie had a rough 0-for-5 night at the plate after back-to-back multi-hit games. He's batting .272 for the year, but .358 with runners on base and .478 with RISP/2 outs.

AA: West Tenn lost to Mobile, 5-3

Chris Shaver gave up four fourth-inning runs en route to his third loss. He fanned six to bring his season-to-date strikeout total to 47, which ranks fourth highest in the farm system. He gave up a season-high five runs all told. Rocky Cherry threw his eighth straight scoreless outing in relief to lower his ERA to 1.03. He has a perfect zero ERA in 11 2/3 innings this month.

Scott Moore's hot hitting continued at the plate. He has five multi-hit games in the past week, including four home runs, and is batting .343 in May. Moreover, he has 10 doubles in his last 19 games and leads the farm system with 16 total. Eric Patterson also has five multi-hit games in the past week and is hitting .355 for the month. He and teammate Chris Walker share the farm system lead in stolen bases with 15 apiece.

Class High A: Daytona beat Tampa, 2-1

With seven straight wins, Daytona is the hottest team in the Cubs farm system and the Florida State League. Justin Berg improved to 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in his last two starts. After opening the year with three losses in as many starts, Berg hasn't been defeated since April 17, a span of six outings since then. He has a 4.40 ERA in nine starts total.

In relief, Adalberto Mendez continues to plead his case for his first extended call-up above A-ball. He picked up his sixth save and lowered his ERA to 0.79 in 22 2/3 innings. He has thrown 10 straight scoreless outings and has not been scored on in 16 of 17 appearances this season.

Matt Craig picked up one of the team's four hits on the night and has hits in 12 of his last 13 games for a .345 May average. Ryan Harvey was out of the lineup for the fifth straight night. He has been plagued by lower back soreness and is listed as day-to-day, per Cubs officials.

Class Mid A: Peoria lost to West Michigan, 4-3

Mitch Atkins was in line for his fourth win, but a bullpen letdown prevented it. He went six innings, struck out seven and allowed two runs on three hits. In his eight starts, Atkins has yielded two earned runs or less seven times.

Jeff Teasley's nightmarish month continued. After closing out April with a 0.63 ERA in eight appearances, he has allowed nine runs in eight innings this month to raise his ERA to 4.03.

Mark Reed extended his hitting streak to five games and upped his season average to .366 in 71 at-bats. He was back behind the plate after making appearances at DH and third base earlier in the week.

Davy Gregg's struggles continued in a 0-for-5 performance atop the lineup. He has one hit in his last 17 at-bats. Ryan Norwood was 0-for-4 to snap an eight-game hitting streak.

Slated for Boise ... Mark Pawelek, the Cubs' first-round pick in last year's draft, is currently in Extended Spring Training in Arizona and slated to make his 2006 debut at Low A Boise when short-season play begins next month, per Cubs officials. Pawelek was named the Arizona League's top prospect by Baseball America in 2005. He had a 2.72 ERA in 14 appearances for the Mesa Cubs, and struck out 56 in 43 innings. He posted a .170 average against.

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