Iowa now has 10 hits or more in their past three games. Unfortunately, they've lost two of them. Luis Montanez hit his third home run of the season Wednesday and his first since joining the Triple-A team a week ago. He's batting .377 against southpaws this season.
Quietly having his best month since he was traded to the Cubs in the Sosa trade with Baltimore, Mike Fontenot recorded two hits and has 11 in his last 21 at-bats for a .373 May average. Fontenot has been used sporadically throughout the batting order, but has experienced most of his success in the lower half of the lineup, where he's batting .429 (27-for-63) in the seven through nine spots.
Angel Guzman, he of the plus-five ERA, allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He's posted better numbers in his last two starts since coming back from Chicago, having allowed five runs in 12 2/3 innings (3.68 ERA). Prior to the call-up, he had allowed 13 runs in 16 1/3 innings.
AA: West Tenn lost to Carolina, 3-0
Zero for 27. That's how Jaxx hitters fared Wednesday when you factored out shortstop Carlos Rojas, who had the team's only two hits on the evening. Jaxx hitters struck out 13 times en route to their fourth shutout loss this season, although Scott Moore did reach base with three walks – the first time all year that the third baseman had multiple walks in a game.
Carlos Marmol tossed six shutout innings, allowing four hits. It's the fourth time in his 10 starts this season that the right-hander has not allowed a run. He has won only one of those starts. Thomas Atlee gave up all three of the opposing team's runs in relief, marking the first time all year that he had served up more than one earned run in any appearance.
Announced attendance for the game was only 752 as the Jaxx played another Wednesday night home game. General Manager Jeff Parker said he likes to schedule as many days games as possible on hump day.
"We have a lot of people in the area that regularly attend church services on Wednesday night," Parker reasoned earlier this season. "We try not to conflict."
Last year, the Jaxx played most every Wednesday home game in the afternoon as part of their "Wrigley Wednesday's" promotion, an effort to prepare their players for the influx of day games at the parent club.
Class High A: Daytona lost to Dunedin, 6-2
The hits were a little easier to come by for Daytona, who had eight total and lost for only the second time in their last 12 games. With Sam Fuld in the lineup, it's easy to see why. Fuld collected three hits Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and raise his May average to .407. He has a .480 on-base percentage in that span.
Justin Berg lost for the first time since April 17, a span of six straight starts without a defeat entering the night. He gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings. Berg leads the farm system in wild pitches with 12. He has 45 strikeouts to 26 walks in 51 innings and has a 4.24 ERA in 10 outings.
Jerry Blevins' rude welcome to 2006 continued for the second time in as many nights since joining the team. After yielding five runs on Tuesday, he served up three more Wednesday and has allowed eight hits and a walk to 16 batters faced.
TOP ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMERS THROUGH 5/24
*Minimum 25 IP/100 ABs