Close Calls

If Friday and Saturday laughers on the South Side had you reeling for the return of close ballgames, not to worry: the trusty ol' farm system had you covered.

AAA: Iowa lost to Fresno, 7-6

Iowa's bullpen had not been scored on in the last 17 2/3 innings entering the weekend. That streak was snapped on Saturday as David Aardsma had his worst outing of the season with four runs allowed in one-plus inning. He gave up a walkoff home run, his first of the year at Triple-A as his ERA was raised from 0.56 to 2.65.

Ryan O'Malley made his fourth start and lowered his ERA to 3.41. He was struggling in relief prior to his first start back on May 5, but has a 1.59 ERA since joining the rotation. He went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. He has 18 strikeouts to one walk since joining the rotation.

Micah Hoffpauir hit two more home runs to bring his season total to a farm system best 13. He has already eclipsed his previous career high for homers in a season (11 in 2004). He finished with three hits and is 5-for-9 since being called up from Double-A. Hoffpauir was batting .268 in 40 games prior to the promotion. His last two-homer game had been on April 6, 2003.

AA: West Tenn beat Mobile, 1-0

Two eighth-inning hits were all the Diamond Jaxx would need. In today's Nelson Muntz "Ha! Ha!" moment, the Jaxx were being no-hit through the first 7 1/3 innings before Adam Greenberg reached base on a bunt single and later scored the winning run. He scored only his second run since April 18 and is batting .175 between Iowa and West Tenn.

Bobby Brownlie had his finest outing to date this season with four shutout innings. He relieved starter Juan Mateo, who lasted only two frames before exiting. Brownlie surrendered three hits and struck out five. He'd been scored on in 11 of 13 appearances between West Tenn and the Triple-A club for a combined plus-10 ERA entering the night.

Clay Rapada notched his 12th save. He has seven straight outings without allowing an earned run and at least one strikeout in 18 of his 20 appearances this season. Thomas Atlee threw two innings for the win, his second in relief this year. He has surrendered just one run and five hits in his last 15 innings.

Class High A: Daytona beat Tampa, 6-4

Daytona won their eighth in a row behind ace starter Sean Gallagher. The 20-year-old improved to 4-0 after going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He has allowed three earned runs or less in all nine of his outings this season.

Michael Phelps yielded his first earned runs in relief since April 28. He gave up two hits and a walk to four batters faced for only his second free pass in 15 1/3 innings since being promoted from Peoria. He has a 1.76 ERA in 13 appearances with the High A club.

Sam Fuld extended his hitting streak to eight games atop the order and is batting .373 since May began. He has a .399 on-base percentage and at least one run scored in each of his last six games.

Class Mid A: Peoria beat Beloit, 2-1

Donald Veal won his fourth straight decision and struck out a season-high 10 in six innings. The second round pick allowed one walk and now leads the farm system with 59 strikeouts. Veal has not lost since April 11 and is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last four starts, spanning 21 innings.

Ed Campusano also saved his 12th game, lowering his ERA to 0.95 in the process. The left-hander has saves in 10 of his last 11 outings and has finished all 16 of the games he has appeared in this season, holding opponents to a .134 average against in 19 innings.

Jesus Valdez pushed his hitting streak to 12 games and drove in one of the team's two runs. Davy Gregg drove in the only other run in spite of another hitless night at the plate. Gregg hasn't had a hit since May 7 and is hitless in his last 18 at-bats.

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