IOWA 9, RENO 2 (CLASS AAA)
Andrew Cashner kept rolling Monday. In his second Triple-A start since being promoted from Tennessee, the right-hander and top Cubs pitching prospect again went six innings and scattered one run on six hits. He struck out only one batter -- a season-low -- but allowed just one walk to improve to 5-1 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts overall. He threw 70 pitches, 44 strikes, and opened the game with five scoreless innings.
Cashner isn't the only one streaking. Iowa (19-18) got 12 hits, including three from Darwin Barney (3-for-5), to go back above .500. Barney has 10 multi-hit games this month and is batting .403 in 16 games in May, and .307 in 36 games overall.
TENNESSEE 9, HUNTSVILLE 2 – GAME 1 (CLASS AA)
TENNESSEE 8, HUNTSVILLE 3 – GAME 2
Josh Vitters did his part in both games of a doubleheader, finishing the day with four hits total after a pair of two-hit games. The Cubs' top third base prospect has a hit in seven of eight games since being promoted from Daytona and is 11-for-28 (.393). Monday, he hit his first Double-A home run and drove in three runs in the two games.
The Smokies (24-14) hit five home runs in the two games with Vitters, Matt Spencer, Russ Canzler, Ty Wright and Blake Lalli all going deep. Wright had five RBI in Game 1 to run his season RBI total to 34 – second in the Southern League. The outfielder has hit safely in six straight games and is batting .299 in 38 games.
On the hill, right-handers Craig Muschko and Chris Carpenter turned in solid outings. Muschko (2-0, 3.64 ERA) allowed two runs -- both on solo home runs -- and three hits in five innings, and Carpenter (2-1, 4.05) scattered two earned runs and six hits in six innings.
ST. LUCIE 5, DAYTONA 2 (CLASS HIGH-A)
Rafael Dolis suffered from a lack of run support again. The right-hander gave Daytona (14-24) 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and three hits, but dropped his third decision in eight games. In his three losses, Dolis (1-3) has not allowed more than two runs. He lowered his ERA to 2.31 in 39 innings Monday.
The Cubs managed just five hits in the loss with Rebel Ridling (2-for-4) the only player with a multi-hit game. Brett Jackson was 0-for-3, but drew his 24th walk in 32 games. The Cubs' first-round 2009 draft pick is batting .322 with a .438 on-base percentage.
PEORIA (CLASS LOW-A) WAS IDLE