IOWA 5, OMAHA 4 (CLASS AAA)
One night after Sam Fuld put on a defensive clinic in centerfield by throwing out Alex Gordon at home plate to end an Omaha rally and earn a standing ovation from the crowd, he put on a hitting display for Iowa (40-34) Thursday.
Fuld was 4-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. He reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances and now has 10 hits in his last six games. Outside of Fuld, the rest of the Cubs' lineup contributed just three hits.
Thomas Diamond made his 15th start, but didn't have his best stuff. The right-hander gave up four runs and a season high eight hits, pitching six innings and striking out six.
Justin Berg threw two scoreless innings in relief for his third victory in 12 games since joining the team from Chicago. Despite his 2.75 ERA, the right-hander has allowed 10 walks and 17 hits in 19 2/3 innings.
TENNESSEE 2, CAROLINA 1 (CLASS AA)
Tennessee (45-27) used solo home runs from Nate Samson and Russ Canzler to win its third straight to open the second half of Southern League play. Samson's home run in the third inning was his first this season, while Canzler hit his ninth in just 52 games.
Despite a shaky start that saw him load the bases with no one out to begin the game, Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched five innings, allowing one run and three hits in a no-decision. He lowered his ERA to 3.63 in 14 starts after a pair of recent tough outings.
The Smokies' bullpen combined for four shutout innings. After catcher-turned-pitcher Jake Muyco threw two scoreless frames, left-hander Ryan Buchter pitched the eighth inning for his league-leading 10th hold in 25 games.
David Cales worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 tries and lowered his ERA to 2.22. He issued his first walk since June 8, snapping a string of eight consecutive outings without allowing a free pass.
DAYTONA 6, DUNEDIN 1 (CLASS HIGH-A)
Brett Jackson hit his second home run in as many days and added a run-scoring triple to finish with three hits atop the order. It was his 12th multi-hit game in 20 games this month, as he raised his average to .305 on the season. Jackson leads Daytona (35-36) with six home runs.
D. J. LeMahieu and Ryan Flaherty were equally impressive. LeMahieu picked up three hits while Flaherty had two hits, including a home run in the first inning, his second this season.
Two Cubs pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Brooks Raley started and pitched five innings, allowing one run on two hits despite four walks. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 5.07 in 14 starts and has allowed one run on five hits over his last two starts (11 innings total).
Marco Carrillo threw four scoreless innings in relief, yielding just one hit and striking out four. The right-hander retired the first nine batters he saw and struck out the side in the seventh inning. He lowered his ERA to 1.76 in 15 relief appearances and has now thrown 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his last four outings.
BOISE 10, SALEM-KEIZER 7 (CLASS LOW-A SHORT SEASON)
Two big innings at the plate to open the game propelled the Hawks (4-3) to victory. Boise scored five runs in the first and three in the second on a three-run Brandon May home run to build an 8-1 lead.
Chris Huseby made another start at DH and had two run-scoring hits. He is 3-for-10 with a double in three games at DH this season to go with a zero ERA in three innings on the hill.
Boise used five pitchers (Huseby not included) in the victory with Carlos Rojas getting the win in relief. He pitched two innings and allowed one run on three hits. Corey Martin recorded a five-out save.
CUBS 5, ANGELS 0 (ARIZONA LEAGUE)
Pierre LePage, the Cubs' 13th-round 2010 draft pick from Connecticut, had two hits and was caught stealing in his professional debut. Catcher Sergio Burruel added two hits and threw out a runner at second base. Xavier Batista had a two-run single as part of a four-run Cubs third inning.
The Cubs (1-2) used four pitchers with Luis Liria and Brent Ebinger combining for five no-hit innings to start the game. Liria started and pitched four innings, striking out seven and allowing two hits.
Drew Rundle, converted to pitcher from the outfield, made his debut on the mound and allowed the Angels' first hit in addition to two walks. Jadel Mendez pitched 2 2/3 innings to close out the game and was awarded the victory. He allowed two hits and struck out four.
The Cubs held the Angels to four hits.
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