Pie Healthy upon Return

DES MOINES – Felix Pie has looked healthy since returning to Class AAA Iowa this week.

Pie was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Later that night, he walked in his first at-bat before hitting an opposite field home run in the third inning. He then added an RBI single in the fourth in a 2-for-4 night.

Pie was 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in a 15-inning victory over Omaha on Wednesday, but threw out a runner at home in the 6-5 win.

He was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb on June 24 and was sent to the Cubs' spring training complex in Mesa to receive treatment. He appeared in one Arizona Rookie League game, going 2-for-3 with a grand slam.

Pie is batting .226 through 38 games with Iowa. After going 3-for-40 over his first 10 games with the club, he has rebounded to hit .283 with 22 RBI and 10 doubles since.

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At Des Moines, 3B Casey McGehee drove in four runs Wednesday to bring his RBI total to 12 in the past week. McGehee also extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games and raised his average to .283 this season, including .343 since June 1.

Iowa (52-36) used five pitchers in the marathon, including RHP Justin Berg, who started and lasted five innings. He surrendered one run and four hits, walking six. RHP Jesse Estrada (2-0, 4.42 ERA) tossed five innings in relief for the win, striking out six.


At Sevierville, OF Doug Deeds tied a season-high four hits Wednesday for Tennessee (38-47) to raise his average to .335 through 72 games. He hit his seventh home run and extended hit hitting streak to 10 consecutive games.

LHP Donald Veal turned in five innings for a no-decision, allowing four runs and a season-high nine hits. RHP Rocky Roquet (3-1, 3.70) picked up his second win in relief over the past week with one scoreless inning.


At Daytona Beach, RHP Marco Carrillo (5-5, 2.98) scattered two hits over eight shutout innings Wednesday in his best outing of the season for the Cubs (41-41). Carrillo extended his scoreless innings streak to 15 consecutive innings in the win.

OF Ty Wright had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs to raise his average to .294 through 74 games this season.


At Appleton, Wis., the Chiefs (39-43) extended their win streak to nine games Wednesday. OF Brandon Guyer picked up a season-high four hits and drove in two runs. 3B Marquez Smith hit his farm system-best 13th home run in a 2-for-4 showing.

RHP Robert Hernandez (1-0, 5.22) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings for his first win of the season. He struck out five batters and walked two.


At Pasco, Wash., 3B Josh Vitters extended his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games Wednesday by going 1-for-3. Through 15 games, Vitters is batting .356 (21-for-59).

The Hawks (8-8) used five pitchers. RHP Marcus Hatley (0-2, 4.61) started and suffered the loss, allowing a season-high six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.


At Mesa, Matt Cerda began his pro career by drawing two walks and finishing with two RBIs for the Cubs (4-5). Cerda, the Cubs' 2008 fourth-round draft pick from Oceanside High School in California, came to contract terms with the organization just recently. 3B John Contreras finished 1-for-4 with his third home run to extend his hitting streak to eight games to open the season and is 12-for-31 (.387) with 11 RBIs.

RHP Chris Huseby's struggles continued Wednesday. Huseby started and recorded just one out, hitting the first three batters he faced and walking one while throwing a wild pitch. He has failed to make it out of the first inning in three starts this season.

--Combined Reports

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