In three short hours, Felix Pie was able to raise his batting average an even 20 points Tuesday. He tied a career-high with five hits, part of a 16-hit brigade by the team all told. Pie had previously totaled five hits in a game three times in his career, most recently on June 1, 2005 at Double-A. He is batting .283 after scoring a season-high three runs.
Jae-Kuk Ryu had no quarrels with a three-hit performance, even if it resulted in three runs allowed. He struck out five and walked one in eight innings, his longest start of the season. He's 2-3 with a 3.24 ERA in eight starts for the Triple-A team.
AA: West Tenn beat Carolina, 3-1
Nic Jackson had cooled off slightly upon entering play Tuesday night, but picked up three hits, including a pair of doubles for his first two extra base hit game of the year. He is 12-for-31 against left-handers this season. Chris Walker had two hits atop the lineup and stole his farm system best 16th base. He's batting .279 with a .307 mark in May.
J.R. Mathes picked up his fifth win and lowered his ERA to 3.53 in 10 starts. Despite 26 hits allowed in his last five outings, he is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA in that span. Clay Rapada notched his 13th save and finished his 18th game, which ties his career high in completed games for any one season.
Class High A: Daytona beat Dunedin, 10-8
Sam Fuld was said to have the best strike zone discipline in the Cubs' farm system by Baseball America entering 2006. He's not had any problem living up to the hype. Quietly having the best season by a Cubs leadoff hitter, Fuld picked up his fourth consecutive two-hit night to extend his hitting streak to 11 games Tuesday.
This month alone, the Stanford product is batting almost .400 (.395) with eight extra base hits and a .473 on base percentage. All told, he's batting .331, his best average since Game 3 of the season.
Carlos Perez had spent all of last season at Class A Delmarva as a starter in 27 appearances, but made only his second start with Daytona Tuesday after he gave up 14 runs in 11 2/3 innings from the bullpen. Perez, acquired with teammate Nate Spears from the Orioles for Corey Patterson, tossed four shutout innings and allowed three hits.
Class Mid A: Peoria beat Beloit, 1-0
Jesus Yepez continues to struggle with walks (26 of them to 23 strikeouts), but he had arguably his best outing to date this season Tuesday when he tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings. He yielded five hits and four free passes and has a 0.87 ERA in four starts at home, where the Chiefs have won 16 of 23 this season.
Out of the bullpen, Ed Campusano notched his 14th save and lowered his ERA to 0.86. He has not allowed a run in his last 17 innings. Matt Avery also tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for his second win in his last two appearances. The 2005 ninth-round pick from the University of Virginia has held opposing hitters to a .163 average against and has allowed two runs in his last 11 outings.
(Updated statistics and organizational leaders will be available soon.)