IOWA 6, RENO 1 (CLASS AAA)
Iowa (20-18) took advantage of two of the more hitter friendly parks in the Pacific Coast League (Las Vegas and Reno) to complete a 7-1 road trip Tuesday. The Cubs improved to a season-high two games over .500 with a 14-hit attack. Sam Fuld (3-for-5) tied a season-high with three hits atop the order and picked up his third double and third triple.
Right-hander Thomas Diamond ran his record to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.08 (fifth best in the Pacific Coast League) by holding Reno to one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out six batters and did not allow a walk.
Iowa outscored Reno, 27-7, in the four-game series.
HUNTSVILLE 2, TENNESSEE 1 (CLASS AA)
Right-hander Hung-Wen Chen turned in another quality start, but was victimized by a lack of run support en route to his fourth straight loss. Chen (3-4, 2.96 ERA) allowed only two runs and two hits in six innings, but the Smokies (24-15) offense managed just six hits. Tony Campana (1-for-4) singled and is now third in the Southern League in batting average (.340) among active players.
DAYTONA 4, ST. LUCIE 1 (CLASS HIGH-A)
Chris Archer was the storyline for the Cubs (15-24) Tuesday. The right-hander made his longest start of the season, going six innings and allowing one run and two hits. He struck out a career-high 10 batters and for the first time all year did not allow a walk. Archer (2-1) lowered his ERA to 3.34 in eight appearances spanning 35 innings. Ryan Flaherty (2-for-3, RBI, walk) led Daytona in hitting and is 13-for-39 with five doubles in 11 games since being sent down from Tennessee.
WISCONSIN 14, PEORIA 1 (CLASS LOW-A)
Nelson Perez's third-inning double saved the Chiefs (22-17) from being no-hit in Appleton Tuesday. Peoria was out-hit, 13-1, and fell behind 10-0 after the fourth inning as Chiefs starter Robert Whitenack (2-3, 7.57) was tagged for 10 runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. It was the second straight start that the Cubs' eighth-round 2009 draft pick surrendered 10 runs and 10-plus hits.