Cubs Minor League Notebook: June 19

J.R. Mathes made a little bit of history and pitched to 18 straight batters without allowing a hit for Iowa. Ty Wright had three hits and extended his lead in RBI in the Cubs' system for Tennessee. D.J. LeMahieu tied his career high in hits and RBI for Daytona. Hak-Ju Lee extended his hitting streak to 11 games at Peoria. Boise was shutout in its season opener.


I-Cubs (37-31) veteran J.R. Mathes made a little bit of history on Friday. The left-hander, in his fourth Triple-A season, moved into second place on the team's all-time wins list by turning in his third straight quality start. He gave up a run in the first inning, but went on to retire 12 straight batters at one point, and did not allow a hit against 18 straight batters. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattering three runs on five hits for his sixth win of the season and 37th in his career at Iowa.

Brad Snyder had three hits and was a home run shy of hitting the second cycle of the week in the Cubs' farm system after Brett Jackson did it Monday at Daytona. Matt Camp, the team's hottest hitter in June, picked up two hits. He is batting .375 this month in 16 games.


Ty Wright had another nice game for Tennessee (41-26), picking up three hits and an RBI to extend his Cubs farm system lead in RBI to 49. He places seventh overall in the Cubs' system in batting average (.296 through 67 games). Tony Campana, who leads the system at .336, had two hits atop the lineup and scored the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth inning thanks to two balks from the Mobile bullpen.

The Smokies' bullpen, meanwhile, combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings, with Luke Sommer pitching two scoreless frames to earn his first Double-A victory. The lefty reliever has not allowed a run through his first eight appearances (a span of 10 innings) since joining the Smokies from Daytona at the beginning of June. David Cales earned his seventh save and has allowed just three runs in his last 22 appearances, a span of 28 innings.


D. J. LeMahieu had a stellar night at the plate, tying a career high with four hits and four RBI as part of a 16-hit Daytona (32-34) attack. He hit a three-run triple, his fourth this season, to raise his average to .278 in 63 games. He also stole his ninth base in 11 attempts.

Brett Jackson added two hits atop the order, hitting his 14th double and seventh triple to raise his average to .295, eighth highest in the Cubs' system. He also walked, giving him 42 base on balls in 60 games and tying him for the Florida State League lead in walks.

Brooks Raley started and pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits. He struck out five without allowing a walk. The left-hander and 2009 sixth-round Cubs draft pick won for the first time since May 25 after allowing 14 runs and 18 hits in his two previous outings.

Aaron Shafer threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to close out the game. He lowered his ERA to 1.02 in 22 appearances and has not been scored on in six appearances in June.


Three Chiefs (37-30) pitchers combined on a three-hitter with starter Ryan Searle turning in six quality innings. He allowed just one earned run and three hits, striking out four and walking one while tying his season high for innings pitched. Steven Grife and Frank Batista combined for three scoreless, no-hit innings in relief. The two right-handers sat down the last eight Quad Cities batters they saw.

Logan Watkins and Nelson Perez had two hits apiece, and Hak-Ju Lee singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Lee raised his average to .277, its highest clip since April 20. Perez now has seven hits including four doubles in his last four games to go with a .300 average in 21 games. He did not strike out for the first time in 12 starts.


The Hawks (0-1) fell behind 6-0 after four innings and were held to five hits in their season opener. Wes Darvill, the Cubs' fifth-round 2009 draft pick, started at second base and led the Hawks with two hits.

Boise used five pitchers with left-hander John Mincone starting and allowing four earned runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

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