Cubs Minor League Notebook: June 22

Mitch Atkins had a brutal outing Monday at Iowa. John Gaub's day wasn't much better in relief. Blake Parker in middle relief and the I-Cubs' offense were bright spots. Austin Kirk made his 2010 debut at Boise. Jose Guevara had a solid day at the plate but a rough outing behind it.


"The Isotopes are winning? To the bandwagon!" --Homer Simpson.

Mitch Atkins was jumped on quickly Monday. He allowed a season high nine runs on eight hits in four innings. He came into the day with a 2.37 ERA in seven previous starts since moving into the rotation on May 9, but gave up five runs in the third and three in the fourth.

John Gaub's day wasn't much better. The lefty reliever suffered his worst outing of the season, allowing four runs in the eighth inning as Albuquerque charged back to score seven unanswered runs off Iowa's bullpen to close out the game. Former I-Cub Michael Restovich highlighted the comeback with a grand slam in the eighth off Brian Schlitter, who relieved Gaub.

Blake Parker, normally used in late-inning situations, pitched three scoreless innings in middle relief, retiring all nine batters he faced and recording two strikeouts. The right-hander has seen more than one inning of work a lot lately and has pitched 9 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his last five appearances to lower his ERA to 3.18 in 25 outings.

Darwin Barney picked up two hits, one of six Iowa (38-33) players with multi-hit games. The shortstop has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and has been a solid table-setter early in games with a .351 average (20 for 57) in the first inning this season.

Marquez Smith continued his hot hitting since coming back up from Double-A. He doubled twice Monday and is 12-for-36 in 12 games since the promotion to raise his overall average to a season high .257.

Iowa's hottest hitter this month, versatile INF/OF Matt Camp, had three hits to up his June average to .368. He started the day at second base, his third position in three games.

Iowa collected 17 hits total.


Austin Kirk made his 2010 debut and was done in mostly by the two home runs he allowed on back-to-back pitches leading off the fourth inning. The left-hander pitched four innings, surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Carlos Rojas was the first pitcher to relieve him and pitched three innings in relief, allowing an unearned run and three hits. He struck out the side in the seventh inning.

Jesus Morelli extended his hitting streak to four straight games to open Northwest League play, reaching base with an infield single and a walk. Jose Guevara suited up behind the plate and was 1-for-2 with a single and a walk, but he yielded five stolen bases, committed a throwing error and was charged a passed ball.

Boise fell to 2-2 on the season.



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