Cubs Prospect Report: April 30

J.R. Mathes turned in his second straight quality start, but Iowa's offense sputtered and managed just four hits behind him. Chris Carpenter got his first Double-A victory for Tennessee. Josh Vitters had his best game of the season, collecting a career-high four hits for Daytona. Nicholas Struck threw the Cubs farm system's first no-hitter of 2010.

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OMAHA 3, IOWA 1 (CLASS AAA)

J.R. Mathes (2-3) turned in his second straight quality start, but the Cubs (9-12) offense sputtered and managed just four hits behind him. Mathes, in his fourth Triple-A season, allowed three runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out four batters and walking two – the first time this season he walked more than one batter in a start.

Matt Camp (1-for-3), Jim Adduci (1-for-3, walk) and Marquez Smith (1-for-2, RBI, walk) all singled for Iowa, who did not record an extra-base hit in the loss.

TENNESSEE 8, CHATTANOOGA 4 (CLASS AA)

The Smokies (16-6) snapped a three-game losing streak with 12 hits and a solid start from pitcher Chris Carpenter (1-0), who got his first career Double-A victory. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits over five innings, striking out four and walking two.

Matt Spencer (2-for-3) made his first Tennessee start and drove in four runs. He doubled and homered, and is now 12-for-39 with three home runs and eight RBI in 11 games between Tennessee and Class High-A Daytona after starting the season on the DL.

Tony Campana (1-for-4) singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the Southern League. He is batting .380 (30-for-79) in 20 games and is tied for second in league in batting average.

Starlin Castro (1-for-3, walk) drove in his 19th run and is batting .352, with a hit in 16 of 21 games. He is second in the league in hits with 31, and third with 12 extra-base hits.

CLEARWATER 4, DAYTONA 3 (CLASS HIGH-A)

Josh Vitters (4-for-5) had his best game of the season, collecting a career-high four hits. Vitters picked up his seventh double and 12th RBI. He is batting .281 in 22 games.

Brett Jackson (3-for-4, walk, double) tied a season-high with three hits and drew his 17th walk to up his on-base percentage to .422. He is batting .298 and has reached base in 20 of 22 contests.

Kyler Burke (2-for-5, double), Marwin Gonzalez (2-for-5) and Nelson Perez (2-for-4, two doubles) all had two hits apiece as Daytona (8-14) collected 14 hits total.

Dae-Eun Rhee (1-3), in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, started and turned in another clunker, allowing four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four with no walks. Rhee has failed to make it out of the fifth inning in three of four starts and has a 5.31 ERA in 20 1/3 innings total with a .272 average against.

PEORIA 4, CLINTON 0 – 5 INNINGS (CLASS LOW-A)

Nicholas Struck (2-2) threw the first no-hitter in the Cubs' system for 2010. Struck, a 39th-round Cubs draft pick in 2009 from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., threw five scoreless innings in a rain-shortened game, allowing one walk and facing the minimum 15 batters in that span. He struck out a career-high five batters.

The Chiefs (14-8) improved to 10-0 at home, collecting seven hits total. Greg Rohan (1-for-2) hit his third home run, and Richard Jones (2-for-2) hit his first after totaling nine in 45 games a season ago. Jonathan Mota (2-for-2) had two hits and scored two runs. He is 6-for-13 in four starts at catcher since being called up from extended spring training.

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