Cubs Minor League Notebook: June 23

For the second straight start, Jay Jackson suffered a first-inning beating at Iowa. Josh Vitters committed his ninth error and was 0-for-4 at Tennessee. Rebel Ridling had a 12-game hitting streak snapped at Daytona. Jeff Vigurs made the most of his first career start at Boise. Casey Lambert made his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery, getting a start in the Arizona League.


For the second straight start, Jay Jackson suffered a first-inning beating. He gave up four runs on three hits in the first, including a three-run home run as Omaha built a 4-0 lead. But the right-hander settled down afterward and made it through six innings total, allowing just two hits after the early barrage. Jackson struck out six and walked five, retiring 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. He is winless since May 21.

Iowa (39-33) used a pair of two-run home runs from Jim Adduci and Micah Hoffpauir as part of a five-run third inning to claw back into the game and take their first lead. The home run for Hoffpauir was his eighth of the season. Despite a .225 average, he leads the I-Cubs with 42 RBI through 66 games.

Welington Castillo had two hits as his average continues to climb. He has seven hits in his last four games to raise his average to .252 in 38 contests. He also has an RBI in four straight contests. Brad Snyder keyed a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning. He is second on the team with 38 RBI. Brian Schlitter earned his first win in relief.


Tennessee (43-27) used its bench to rally for a come-from-behind victory. Steve Clevenger hit a pinch-hit go-ahead double in the eighth inning after Russ Canzler provided a two-run home run in the seventh to erase a 3-1 deficit. Canzler's home run was his eighth of the season.

Marwin Gonzalez had three hits for the second time in four games and raised his average to .242 in 36 games -- his highest clip since being promoted from Daytona in early May.

Josh Vitters committed his ninth error (throwing) and was 0-for-4 at the plate. He is hitless in his last 10 at-bats and is batting .227 in 37 games since being called up from Daytona.

On the mound, Alberto Cabrera had perhaps his best Double-A start since being promoted in May. The right-hander scattered one run on three hits (the fewest he's allowed since the promotion) in 5 1/3 innings and struck out a season high eight batters.

Ryan Buchter earned his fifth win in relief. The left-hander has not lost since being traded to the Cubs from the Washington Nationals in November, 2008, for minor league pitcher Matt Avery.

David Cales needed just nine pitches in the ninth inning for his ninth save in 10 chances. He lowered his ERA to 2.27 and since May 1 has allowed only three runs in 29 2/3 innings.


Chris Archer and two relievers combined for a four-hitter in the opener of the twinbill. Archer pitched 5 2/3 innings (his second longest outing of the season) for his sixth straight winning decision. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.12 by allowing just one run and four hits. He struck out three batters and walked one.

Right-hander Aaron Shafer closed things out in relief for his fourth save. A Florida State League All-Star in his first season as a reliever, Shafer lowered his ERA to 1.00 and has not been scored on in seven straight outings, totaling seven innings.

Mike Brenly hit his third home run, a fourth inning blast that proved to be the game-winner. He has a hit in five of his last six games and an RBI in three straight contests.

Rebel Ridling was 0-for-3 to end a 12-game hitting streak.


Chris Rusin's second start in a week against the Flying Tigers wasn't as successful as the first. One start after pitching a season high seven innings and holding Lakeland to one earned run in his best outing of the season, the left-hander allowed four first-inning runs Tuesday and lasted just four innings. He yielded six hits, including a three-run homer.

Rusin got a no-decision, however, as Daytona (34-35) scored two runs in the second and two in the third thanks to run-scoring hits from Ridling, D. J. LeMahieu and Smaily Borges.

David Patton suffered his second straight loss in relief, allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander who spent last season in Chicago has 17 walks and only 13 strikeouts through 17 games this season.

Brett Jackson, the Florida State League Player of the Week for the week ending June 20, started both games of the doubleheader (one in center and one at DH) and was a combined 2-for-7 on the day. He has a hit in seven of his last eight games and is having his best month at the plate, batting .329 in 18 games in June.


The Hawks (3-2) scored in each of the first five innings and totaled a season high 11 hits. Richard Jones and Alvaro Ramirez both had two hits and launched their first home runs of the season.

Catcher Jeff Vigurs made the most of his first career start, totaling a game high three hits. He contributed an RBI single and a stolen base. Brandon May had an RBI double in the first inning for his team best sixth RBI.

Chris Huseby, normally a pitcher, made the most of his first career start at DH, going 1-for-2 and roping a leadoff double in the second inning. Huseby began the year at Daytona, but was sent to extended spring training in Arizona, where he garnered a handful of at-bats.

"All of our pitchers take batting practice anyway because we are an NL team," Cubs Farm Director Oneri Fleita said. "Chris has shown the ability to swing the bat so why not let him? Maybe we can convert a pitcher to hitter?"

Tarlandus Mitchell started and pitched four scoreless innings. Despite allowing four walks, he yielded just one hit and recorded nine of his 12 outs on ground balls.

Marcos Perez earned the win with four innings of relief. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four. He did not allow a walk, but threw two wild pitches.


Casey Lambert made his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery late last season and pitched two scoreless innings, yielding two hits. The left-hander struck out the side in the first inning.

The Cubs (0-1) held a one-run lead in the ninth inning, but Taiwanese right-hander Tzu-An Wang was roughed up for three runs in his professional debut as the Angels rallied for the victory. Wang allowed two singles, a triple, a walk and a wild pitch in the ninth while suffering the loss.

Dustin Harrington, the Cubs' 34th-round pick from East Carolina in the 2010 draft, and catcher Sergio Burruel totaled a team high three hits apiece for the Cubs.

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