Cubs Minor League Notebook: June 20

Iowa played its longest game of the season. Chris Carpenter turned in a solid start for Tennessee, but was a little wild. Brett Jackson continued his hot hitting while Dae-Eun Rhee overcame a rough start. Aramis Ramirez rehabbed in Peoria. Boise earned its first victory.


The I-Cubs (38-31) played their longest game of the season in a 14-inning victory Saturday. Jim Adduci provided a walk-off, pinch-hit RBI single up the middle for the victory. Marquez Smith, back in the lineup after two days off, tied a season high with three hits and collected his ninth double. He is 10-for-29 in 10 games since returning from Double-A Tennessee.

Thomas Diamond started and turned in his sixth quality start of the season in 14 outings. He allowed two runs on four hits in six innings and punched out six. The Cubs' bullpen combined for eight scoreless innings of relief. Jeff Samardzija needed just 49 pitches in four shutout frames. He allowed two hits and lowered his ERA to 1.59 in 19 appearances.


Tennessee's loss in the bottom of the ninth inning was overshadowed by the news that the Smokies (41-27) had clinched the first-half Southern League North Division championship by virtue of a West Tennessee loss earlier in the evening.

Just the same, Ty Wright, the Cubs' farm system leader in home runs and RBI, had three hits for the second straight night (his fourth straight multi-hit game) and contributed his ninth assist from the outfield, putting him three behind Mobile's Collin Cowgill for the league lead.

Chris Carpenter turned in a solid start, but was a little wild. He went five innings, allowed only one earned run on five hits and struck out five, but walked two batters, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. The right-hander has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last eight outings, a stretch that dates back to May 12.

Alex Maestri suffered the loss in relief with an outing eerily similar to his appearance on Thursday in the series. In each outing, he allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out two, and threw 30 pitches, 17 strikes. The right-hander has allowed five runs over his last six appearances and has a 5.35 ERA for the season, well above his career high.


Brett Jackson continued his hot hitting with another multi-hit game, his fifth in the last six nights. He picked up two doubles to raise his season total to 16 and collected his 33rd RBI while also stealing his 12th base. After entering the month with 16 RBI for the season, he has 17 already this month.

Mark Reed had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning. He lifted his batting average over .200 for the first time since May 3. Rebel Ridling picked up three hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and now has three straight multi-hit games. He has six doubles and nine RBI in that span to raise his average to .286 on the season.

Dae-Eun Rhee's early inning struggles continued. The right-hander allowed two runs in the first inning, but he settled down to work six innings and allowed just three hits total. He struck out five, walked one, and did not allow a hit to 13 straight batters at one point. He has a 7.17 ERA in the first two innings of games this season versus a 2.30 mark the rest of the way. Rhee lowered his overall ERA to 4.28. He hasn't won since May 5.

The Cubs (33-34) bullpen combined for five shutout innings. Marco Carrillo pitched three perfect innings, recording five flyouts, two groundouts, a strikeout and a popout. James Leverton earned the win in relief with a scoreless frame in the 11th. His sixth victory ties him with Casey Coleman, Trey McNutt, J.R. Mathes, and Andrew Cashner for the most in the Cubs' system.


The Chiefs welcomed Aramis Ramirez to town on a rehab assignment, but the Cubs' third baseman was 0-for-3 with two groundouts, a strikeout looking and an intentional walk.

"This is the first time I've hit in two weeks," Ramirez told reporters after the game. "I feel good. (Sunday) I'll get two to three more (at-bats)."

For more on Ramirez's rehab stint, see: Ramirez Rehabs in Peoria

Chiefs (37-31) pitching, meanwhile, couldn't hold a 3-1 lead and gave up six runs in the last two innings. Larry Suarez suffered most of the damage, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. After beginning the season with a 1.47 ERA in his first 10 games, he has allowed a run six of his last seven appearances and has a 4.50 ERA.

Jeffrey Antigua started and tied a season high with six strikeouts in four innings. Four of his six strikeouts were on swings. He allowed five hits, but yielded just one run.

Hak-Ju Lee was 0-for-5 atop the lineup to snap an 11-game hitting streak, the Chiefs' longest this season. Justin Bour, D.J. Fitzgerald, Nelson Perez and Francisco Guzman all had two-hit games. Bour hit his sixth home run, most on the team. Four of his home run have come in June.


The Hawks (1-1) built a 5-0 lead by the fourth inning thanks to Yakima errors and hung on for their first win. Brandon May, George Matheus and Jesus Morelli all had RBI singles for Boise. Morelli had two hits -- including a double -- as did May.

Boise used five pitchers in the victory with Marcus Hatley starting and going two innings. He retired six of the seven batters he faced and did not allow a hit. He recorded one strikeout and five groundouts.

Juan Yasser Serrano earned his first career victory despite allowing two runs in relief. The right-hander, who defected from Cuba and signed for $250,000 this past March, pitched a game-high four innings and struck out four batters in his professional debut.

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