Cubs Prospect Round-up: April 23

J.R. Mathes turned in his best start of the season for Iowa. Ty Wright had a career night for Tennessee, while Starlin Castro picked up his seventh straight multi-hit game. Brett Jackson continues to take his walks for Daytona, as does Justin Bour for Peoria.

IOWA 6, MEMPHIS 0 (CLASS AAA)

Matt Camp (4-for-5) had a season-high four hits as part of a 15-hit Iowa (7-9) showing Friday. Camp has three straight multi-hit games to raise his average to .351 in 16 games. Darwin Barney (2-for-4) also had two hits – both doubles – to snap a 1-for-18 slump.

After three clunkers, J.R. Mathes (2-2) turned in his best outing of the season. He threw eight shutout innings, allowing five hits. Mathes had three starts a season ago at Iowa in which he pitched eight innings and did not allow an earned run.

TENNESSEE 16, CAROLINA 7 (CLASS AA)

The Smokies scored a season-high 16 runs on 15 hits for their seventh straight win. At 13-2, they have the best record in all of minor league baseball. Friday they built a 9-0 lead in their first three innings at bat and added seven more runs between the fifth and sixth innings.

Ty Wright (3-for-5) led the way with his first career two-homer game and a career-high seven RBI. And Starlin Castro? All the Cubs' top prospect did was pick up his seventh straight multi-hit game and extend his overall hitting streak to 10 games. He finished 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBI. He is batting .426 with a homer, six doubles, four triples and 15 RBI in 14 games.

Craig Muschko (1-0) earned his first Double-A victory, allowing five runs (all in the third inning) on six hits. He struck out a season-high six batters and walked one.

TAMPA 11, DAYTONA 3 (CLASS HIGH-A)

After two straight scoreless outings, things couldn't have gone much worse for left-hander Brooks Raley (0-1) in his third start. The sixth-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2009 was tagged for 11 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings Friday.

Luke Sommer pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Converted from the outfield to pitcher in 2008, he has allowed one earned run in seven appearances spanning 10 innings this season after posting a 2.13 ERA in 51 games a season ago at Daytona.

Brett Jackson (0-for-3) drew his fifth walk in his last three games and now has 14 walks in 16 games overall. The Cubs' first-round pick from California in 2009 is batting .300 with a .432 on-base percentage and has reached base in all but one game this season.

Matt Spencer (2-for-5) had another multi-hit game, his third in five starts since joining the team after starting the season on the disabled list. He is 8-for-20 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI through five games. The Cubs got Spencer and pitchers Ronny Morla and Jeff Gray in a trade from Oakland for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles.

QUAD CITIES 5, PEORIA 1 (CLASS LOW-A)

The Chiefs (10-6) were held to three hits as their winning streak was snapped at seven games. Hak-Ju Lee (1-for-4) singled and has a hit in eight of his last nine games. He is batting .267 through 14 games. Justin Bour (0-for-2) was hitless but drew two more walks to extend his consecutive on-base streak to 14 straight games to open the season. He is batting .340 with 11 RBI and nine walks on the season.

Robert Whitenack (2-1) allowed four runs and six hits in four innings for his first loss. He walked four batters and struck out four. Larry Suarez made his 2010 debut and pitched two innings in relief, allowing an unearned run and two hits.

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