Cubs Minor League Notebook: July 3

Casey Coleman got a win for an early birthday present Friday. Chris Archer won his sixth straight start in his Double-A debut. Mike Brenly socked his fourth straight multi-hit game at Daytona. Greg Rohan reached the 50 RBI plateau at Peoria. Tarlandus Mitchell had a rough start at Boise, as did Casey Lambert in the AZL.


Casey Coleman got a win for an early birthday present and fared better than he did in his last start on June 25. In that start, also against Omaha, Coleman allowed a season high eight runs and nine hits in five innings.

The right-hander, who turned 23 Saturday, gave up just one run on four hits for his seventh victory Friday. Coleman lowered his ERA to 4.29, but tied a season high with four walks for the second straight start.

"It could be me coming out of my turn too soon," Coleman said of his walk totals. "It could be a few different things."

Micah Hoffpauir had another multi-hit game -- his third in the last four games -- and drove in three runs. He hit his 10th home run, doubled twice, and overtook teammate Ty Wright for the Cubs farm system lead in RBI with 54.


Brett Jackson was 1-for-3 with two walks in his sixth game at Tennessee (48-32) since being promoted from High-A. He raised his on-base percentage to .484 in the six games.

Tennessee scored all nine runs in the fourth through sixth innings and finished with 16 hits total. Matt Spencer hit his 11th home run, tying him with Iowa's Jason Dubois for the most in the Cubs' system. Spencer hit 19 home runs in the A's system a season ago.

Russ Canzler had two hits and launched his 10th home run. Six of his homers have come since June 5. Blake Lalli and Marwin Gonzalez had three hits apiece, tying a season high for both players.

Chris Archer won his sixth straight start in his Double-A debut. He pitched into the sixth inning, allowing three hits in 5 2/3 scoreless frames. The right-hander has allowed one earned run or less in six of his last seven starts dating back to May 28 at Daytona. He was promoted to Tennessee on Monday.

Marcos Mateo made his return from the DL and pitched 1 1/3 innings. He has not allowed an earned run through 7 1/3 innings with the team.


Mike Brenly had two-run scoring hits, including an RBI double in the seventh inning. He has four straight multi-hit games to raise his average to .291, its highest mark since opening day.

Chris Siegfried made a spot start and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and fanned five of the 12 batters he faced, a season high in strikeouts.

Alex Maestri suffered the loss in relief, allowing four runs in the fourth inning courtesy of one hit, two walks and three errors (one by Maestri).

Earlier in the day, the two teams completed a suspended game from the previous night. The Cubs (39-40) lost, 4-3, in 14 innings.


Greg Rohan started at his third different position in as many nights (third base) and had a team high two hits while driving in the only Chiefs (41-36) run for his 50th RBI. He is only the second player in the Midwest League to reach 50 RBIs this season and has a hit in nine of his last 10 games to raise his average to .290.

Shortstop Elliot Soto, fresh up from the Arizona League after hitting safely in all four of his starts there, made his Peoria debut and was 1-for-4 with a leadoff single to start the game. He later scored the Chiefs' only run. Soto was 6-for-16 in the Arizona League.

Robert Whitenack struggled on the mound. The right-hander and eighth-round Cubs draft pick a year ago allowed four walks in three innings to reach his pitch count early. He allowed two runs and two hits and now has a 6.11 ERA in 15 starts.


Tarlandus Mitchell faced seven batters and recorded only one out. He gave up four walks and two singles en route to allowing five first-inning runs. The 20-year-old right-hander has allowed 12 walks in his three starts, a span of 7 2/3 innings.

Brandon May drove in both Hawks (8-7) runs. He hit his third home run in 50 at-bats and has been on base in eight straight contests, batting .288 through 14 games.

Catcher Micah Gibbs, the Cubs' third-round pick out of LSU last month, was 1-for-4 with a single to lead off the seventh inning. He was charged with two passed balls and threw out one of three opposing baserunners.

Pitcher turned hitter Chris Huseby made another start at DH and was 0-for-3 with three groundouts. He is 4-for-21 in seven starts and hasn't pitched since June 23.


Casey Lambert made his third start since coming back from Tommy John surgery and allowed a season high four runs, all in the second inning. He pitched 1 2/3 innings total, yielding five hits -- three singles, a double and a triple.

Lambert was replaced by Cam Greathouse, the Cubs' eighth-round draft pick last month. The left-hander threw one scoreless inning in his professional debut. He allowed two singles and threw a wild pitch.

Three Cubs (3-6) relievers combined to hold the Indians to three hits over the final 8 1/3 innings. Venezuelan right-hander Eduardo Figueroa struck out nine of the 14 batters he faced in four scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and a walk.

Vismeldy Bieneme led the Cubs with three hits and a walk, scoring three runs in his first start of the season at third base. He reached base on a bunt single to start the 11th inning and scored the go-ahead run.

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