IOWA 8, LAS VEGAS 4 (CLASS AAA)
Iowa (16-17) won its fourth straight thanks to a 12-hit attack Thursday. A pair of veterans, Chad Tracy (4-for-5) and Bryan LaHair (3-for-4), led the team in hits with Tracy picking up two doubles and driving in three runs. It was his second four-hit game since being sent down from Chicago. LaHair hit his fourth home run and sixth double, and Welington Castillo (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to three games and picked up his 12th RBI in 19 games. Castillo has thrown out six of 12 opposing base-runners. That 50 percent is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead.
Thomas Diamond (2-0) gave up a season-high three earned runs but managed to pick up his first victory since April 15. He threw five innings and allowed seven hits. Jay Jackson, making a rare relief appearance, threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings despite allowing three hits.
CAROLINA 5, TENNESSEE 3 (CLASS AA)
Four errors and nine runners left on base helped befall the Smokies (21-13) Thursday. Tennessee got 13 hits, including two apiece from Tony Campana (2-for-4), Blake Lalli (2-for-4) and Ty Wright (2-for-5), and a season-high three hits from Nate Samson (3-for-4). Campana's 14th multi-hit game this season raised his average to .344 in 32 games, the second highest average among active Southern League players. Josh Vitters (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to five games since being promoted from Daytona.
Hung-Wen Chen (3-3) started and suffered his third straight loss, allowing a season-high five runs (three earned) in seven innings. He scattered eight hits, also a season-high. The right-hander and 2007 free agent signee from Taiwan has had an ERA under 3.00 all season (2.95 in seven starts). David Cales threw two scoreless innings in relief and retired all six batters he faced to lower his ERA to 3.09 in 13 games. He has thrown 9 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to May 1.
BRADENTON 3, DAYTONA 2 (CLASS HIGH-A)
Daytona (13-21) managed just six hits and lost in the bottom of the ninth inning when reliever Jeff Beliveau (0-1) hit a batter with the bases loaded. Chris Archer started and gave the Cubs five shutout innings, allowing one hit and three walks. It was Archer's second straight scoreless outing and the third straight start that he did not allow an earned run. He lowered his ERA to a season-low 3.72 in seven outings. Aaron Shafer threw two scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA to 0.70 in 25 2/3 innings. He has been not been scored on in nine of 11 outings, and has 22 strikeouts to four walks.
Ryan Flaherty (2-for-4) was the only Cubs player to finish with two hits. He is 8-for-21 with four doubles in six games since joining the team from Tennessee.
PEORIA 7, BURLINGTON 1 (CLASS LOW-A)
The Chiefs (20-15) tallied 12 hits in the victory with three coming from Matt Cerda (3-for-5), who hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning, his second this season, and had a season-high four RBI. Justin Bour (1-for-4) hit his second home run, and D.J. Fitzgerald (1-for-4) singled to extend his hitting streak to five games.
Trey McNutt (2-0) turned in another solid start, allowing five hits and two walks over six scoreless innings. He tied a season-high with seven strikeouts. The right-hander, who signed for $115,000 as a 32nd-round pick in the 2009 draft, lowered his ERA to 2.18 in 33 innings and has allowed one run or less in six of his seven starts.