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Iowa lost 10-7 Box Score


CF F. Pie 3/5, 2 R

2B M. Fontenot 2/5, R, RBI, 2 2B (24)

3B C. McGehee 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B (19)

RF M. Restovich 1/5, R, RBI, HR (17), K

SS/RF B. Coats 1/4, RBI, HBP

1B M. Hoffpauir 2/4, BB, RBI

C G. Soto 1/4, R, RBI, HR (3), K

SP R. Wells 4 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2/3 K/BB, 4 HR, 3-7 GO-FO


West Tenn lost 3-0 Box Score


CF C. Walker 2/4, K, PO (1B), Assist (3B)

2B E. Patterson 0/3, BB, K

3B S. Moore 1/4, 2 K

1B B. Dopirak 0/4, 2 K

RF B. Sing 0/3, BB, Assist (3B)

PH M. Negron 0/1, K

SP C. Shaver 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3/6 K/BB, HBP, 5-5 GO-FO

RP I. Pavlik 2 scoreless, 1 H, 1/0 K/BB, 4-1 GO-FO


Daytona lost 8-4 Box Score


CF S. Fuld 2/4, 2 R, 2 2B (18), K

2B J. Simokaitis 1/4, RBI, CS (6)

1B M. Craig 2/4, R, 2 2B (28)

RF R. Harvey 0/4, 3 K

SS J. Mota 0/4, 2 K

SP D. Veal 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 9/3 K/BB, HR, Balk, 1-5 GO-FO


Peoria lost 10-0 Box Score


CF D. Gregg 0/3, HBP

2B R. Chirinos 0/4, K

LF J. Valdez 1/4, K

1B R. Norwood 1/3, BB

3B R. Malone 1/4, K

RR Y. Carter 0/4, 2 K

SS K. Reynolds 1/4, 2 K, E (9, throw)

DH A. Garcia 0/3, BB, K

C M. Reed 1/4, K

SP J. Yepez 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5/3 K/BB, HR, WP, 5-7 GO-FO

RP M. Avery 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1/1 K/BB, HBP, 1-1 GO-FO


Boise won 9-4 Box Score


CF M. Camp 1/4, BB, R, K

LF T. Colvin 1/5, R, K

3B J. Lansford 2/5, R, 2 RBI, HR (2)

1B R. Canzler 0/5, K

RF A. Joseph 1/4, R

DH DJ Lewis 1/4, K, PO (1B)

2B S. Clevenger 1/4, R, RBI, 2B (4)

SP M. Billek 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1/0 K/BB, 7-7 GO-FO

RP A. Francisco 4 scoreless, 3 H, 5/0 K/BB, 2-5 GO-FO


Mesa with an off day.



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Probable Starters:


Iowa: LHP Ryan O'Malley (5-6, 4.05 ERA, 97.2 IP, 63/21, 1.36 WHIP) @ LHP Mike Bacsik (9-0, 2.21 ERA)

West Tenn: LHP Chris Shaver (5-6, 2.51 ERA, 104 IP, 93/40, 1.26 WHIP; overall: 5-6, 2.31 ERA, 112.2 IP)

Daytona: LHP Donnie Veal (3-1, 1.03 ERA, 35 IP, 32/20, 1.11 WHIP; overall: 8-4, 2.15 ERA, 108.2 IP)

Peoria: LHP Jesus Yepez (4-5, 3.27 ERA, 99 IP, 50/49, 1.39 WHIP) @ RHP Burke Badenhop (9-2)

Boise: RHP Mike Billek 1-1, 7.20 ERA, 25 IP, 11/7, 1.76 WHIP: overall: 5-7, 6.89 ERA, 78.1 IP)

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PCL Notebook[/url]"]Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs):


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The I-Cubs have gone 9-4 since the All-Star break -- winning four in a row, then losing four straight before winning their last five. The I-Cubs are 53-49 overall, good for second in the American North Division, three games behind first-place Nashville.


WHO'S HOT/WHO'S NOT: 1B Micah Hoffpauir has hit .344 in his last 10 games with a homer, four RBIs and two runs scored. ... 2B Mike Fontenot has batted .316 in his last 10 contests with a homer, eight RBIs and six runs. ... IF Casey McGehee has hit just .207 in his last nine games and begins this week in a 1-for-9 funk.


KING OF THE HILL: LHP Rich Hill continues to dominate PCL hitters, allowing just one hit in 7 1/3 innings in his July 22 start against Memphis. Hill, who has not lost for the I-Cubs since May 25, is 7-1 with a 1.80 ERA this season. Hill also has struck out 14 batters in each of his last two starts to give him a PCL-leading 135 whiffs this season.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Right now, it's a short-term deal. It's just going to be a situation where who knows what happens after five days. If [Mike Quade] stays, I stay. If he comes back here, then nothing's changed. Over the next week to 10 days, I'm just going to try to keep everything as status quo." --I-Cubs interim manager Bobby Dickerson told the Des Moines Register after Quade was promoted to Chicago to become a Cubs coach. When asked about his pro career Dickerson, a Minor Leaguer in the Baltimore system, said, I'm one of the 13 shortstops Cal Ripken retired."


SL Notebook[/url]"]West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Chicago Cubs):


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Their 3-1 effort for the week left the Diamond Jaxx with a 16-14 record and in a tie for second place in the North.


WHO'S HOT, WHO'S NOT: All-Star pitcher Chris Shaver's record dipped to 5-6 on Wednesday in a loss to Montgomery. While the Diamond Jaxx were being two-hit, Shaver dropped to 1-2 in his last six starts.


A GATE ATTRACTION? The Diamond Jaxx draw an average 1,536 fans per home game at Pringles Park, lowest in the SL. Team officials, according to an article in the Friday edition of the Jackson Sun, are hoping that when the new West Tennessee Healthcare Center Sportsplex, located adjacent to Pringles Park, is completed next month, it will help West Tenn's attendance. The new $13 million complex will have a youth baseball and softball facility that "supporters have said will draw 3,000 to 5,000 players and family members to weekend events.'' The Diamond Jaxx, whose current lease runs through the 2008 season, plan to stage a number of cross promotions. "I hope it impacts us, but who knows?," assistant general manager Dave Jojola told The Sun. "If it attracts what they say it will attract, it will help. But I have to rely on baseball. I can't rely on secondary business.''


PLAYER TO WATCH: Sean Gallagher, a 12th-round draft pick in 2004, is having an interesting season. Besides being successful, the right-hander has had a decision in each of his first seven starts with the Diamond Jaxx, but had only four decisions in 13 starts with the Daytona Cubs earlier this season. He improved to 5-2 in seven starts with West Tenn by defeating Montgomery with a solid effort on Tuesday that included giving up one run over 5 2/3 innings. He was 4-0 at Daytona. In his three professional seasons he's a combined 24-9 with a 2.67 ERA.


PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: The Diamond Jaxx had lost six of seven games. On Wednesday night, they'd been two-hit by Montgomery ace Andy Sonnanstine. They were about to face Jason Cromer, a young left-hander with an ERA of 1.06. So West Tenn manager Pat Listach sat three of his best hitters, replaced them with right-handed batters and the result was a 5-3 win in which Cromer was raked for four runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. "It all worked out," Listach told The Jackson Sun.


FSL Notebook[/url]"]Daytona Cubs (Chicago Cubs):


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Right now the FSL East is a two-team race between the Cubs (18-9) and St. Lucie (16-11). But the Cubs, who hold a two-game lead over the Mets and are 6 1/2 games up on third place, can ill-afford another week like the past one. They were 2-3, rained out twice and have scored just seven runs in their last four games. "If you look back earlier in the second half, we won some games 1-0,'' manager Buddy Bailey told the Daytona Beach Journal-News. "It's not like we've got a powerhouse offense. It comes down to we have to play defense and we have to pitch good.''


WHO'S HOT, WHO'S NOT: RF Ryan Harvey wrapped up a marvelous series against Palm Beach on Monday, bringing his four-game totals against the Cardinals to 7-for-14 with nine RBIs (seven on Sunday, July 16), six runs scored, two doubles and two homers. He raised his average from .214 to .227. ... While Alan Rick will never be mistaken for Mike Piazza, the Daytona C/DH says he's finally beginning to feel comfortable at the plate. He demonstrated that on Monday by driving home four of his team's runs in a 5-4 win over Palm Beach at Jackie Robinson Park in Daytona. A fourth-round draft pick in 2002 with a career .235 batting average and 18 homers in 790 at-bats coming into 2006, Rick had been in an 0-for-17 dive when he unloaded with a 3-for-3 effort that included a pair of doubles, a single and a sacrifice fly. A day earlier he'd gone 3-for-7 in a doubleheader after working with Daytona's batting coach Richie Zisk, and in just two days elevated his timid batting average from .188 to .213. "Richie said I was looking slow with the bat,'' Rick told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "So we opened up my stance a little, and good things started happening.'' Rick also used a lighter bat that paid off in the sixth with a double that produced the tying and go-ahead runs. "He hit the ball with authority, like a real man,'' Cubs manager Buddy Bailey said. "I would say he has increased his value to this organization.'' Trouble is, about one-third of Rick's at-bats are as a DH, and there is no DH in the National League. Rick went 0-for-2 on Thursday.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Paul Schappert, placed into the closer's role when he moved from Double-A West Tenn in the Southern League to Daytona in late May, had eight saves in 11 appearances. He'd given up eight hits, walked three and struck out seven in 11 2/3 innings, and finished all 11 games in which he appeared. Signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2004, Schappert was 5-0 with a 3.47 ERA in 24 games for West Tenn, including going 1-0 in three starts.


PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: If Donnie Veal hadn't struck out nine in five innings and had a pitch-count of more than 90, the budding left-hander might have been given a chance to complete a no-hitter in the works at Clearwater on Thursday. But Cubs manager Buddy Bailey took no chances with the 6-foot-4 prospect and turned over the no-hitter to the bullpen, which wrapped a three-hit, 3-1 win in the second (seven-inning) game of a doubleheader. Veal is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six starts since moving up from the Midwest League. In 35 innings he has given up 19 hits, struck out 35 and shown a touch of wildness by walking 20.


MWL Notebook[/url]"]Peoria Chiefs (Chicago Cubs):


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Chiefs made scant headway in a 4-2 week, remaining three games out but tied for third in the Western Division.


WHO'S HOT/WHO'S NOT: SS Kyle Reynolds was 5-for-16 (.313) and RHP Mitch Atkins was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts. C Olin Wick was 1-for-14 (.071).


CATCH SAMARDZIJA: RHP and Notre Dame wideout Jeff Samardzija made started Friday night at O'Brien Field against Dayton. Samardzija, the Cubs' fifth-round pick, was 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in five starts with Class A Short-Season Boise. He lost at Lansing, 4-0, in his Chiefs debut Sunday, Samardzija pitched five innings and retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced after allowing three runs in the first.


NO-RUN DIET: With his 7 1/3 scoreless innings to beat Lansing, 3-0, on Thursday night, Mitch Atkins (9-3) moved to within one victory of Cedar Rapids' Nick Adenhart and Stephen Marek for the league lead. Atkins' 2.56 ERA ranks fifth.


HAVE MUELLER, WILL TRAVEL: With all the injuries to Cubs pitchers, RHP Jon Mueller has bounced from extended Spring Training to Double-A West Tenn to Triple-A Iowa to Class A Peoria -- all since the beginning of June. A 16th-round pick last year out of the University of Minnesota, Mueller was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four appearances for West Tenn, and 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in nine games for the Chiefs. In his only game with Iowa, he allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I finally have an apartment. I finally have my own room. It's great not sleeping on a couch or an air mattress anymore. I haven't flown anywhere in two weeks. That's also good." --Mueller told the Peoria Journal Star.


NWL Notebook[/url]"]Boise Hawks (Chicago Cubs):


THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Hawks have been hot since starting 2-8, going 5-1 last week to bring their record to 19-14, first in the East division.


WHO'S HOT: SS Steven Clevenger has been unstoppable lately, hitting .484 in his last 10 games, including one home run and three RBIs. LF Tyler Colvin has kept his hot bat going, connecting on 17 of his last 43 attempts, while driving in 16 runs. Collectively, the team has hit .312 in its last 10 games.


WHO'S NOT: P Mike Billek has given up 14 earned runs and 23 hits in 9 2/3 innings, going 0-1 through that span. He's only walked four, but he's only struck out two. SS Matt Matulia has had a little trouble connecting lately, recording a hit in just three of his last 20 attempts.


PLAYER TO WATCH: SS Joshua Lansford has been hitting quite well in his last 10 games, going .375 with six RBIs and five runs scored. Five of those RBIs have come in his last five games.


PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: P Jeff Samardzija earned his first professional win Minday, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out four over five innings as Boise topped Everett, 4-0. Samardzija walked two.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The red-hot Hawks wrap up at home against Yakima before hitting the road for a three-game set at Spokane.


I hope the West Tennessee Healthcare Center Sportsplex can help the Jaxx sagging attendance figures, very interesting.

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PCL American North
Nashville  56-47 .544   -
Iowa       53-49 .520  2.5


SL North
Chatanooga*  18-13 .581   -
Tennessee    17-14 .548  1.0
West Tenn    16-13 .516  2.0


FSL East
Daytona     20-9  .690   -
St. Lucie*  17-13 .567  3.5


MWL North
Kane County^  20-11  .645   -
Quad Cities   18-12  .600  1.5
Beloit        17-14  .548  3.0
Peoria*	    16-15  .516  4.0


NWL East
Boise     20-15  .571   -
Tri-City  17-18  .486  3.0


*First-half division winner.

^First-half wild-card winner.

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The Don is HOT HOT HOT HOT right now.


3 scoreless, 1 H, 1 BB...and 6 Ks!


And a balk. :x


The 4th hasn't been as hot...runners at the corners with 1 out after a solo homer...


But Donnie gets 2 Ks to strand the runners!


4 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks


Daytona up 2-1 in the middle of the 4th.

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Jaxx are scoreless through 3. Shaver: 3 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB's, 2 K's.


Daytona now leads 3-1 after 4.


Peoria down 4-0 after 3 1/2. Yepez having a rough start: 3 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER's, 2 BB's, 3 K's, and he allowed a homer. Chiefs have only mustered 2 hits through 4 innings.

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After 6, Daytona now trails 6-4. Veal was done after 5: 4 hits, 1 run, 3 BB's, and 9 K's. Teasley came in for the 6th and cost Veal the win: 4 hits, 5 ER's, 1 BB, and 1 K :x


Jaxx down 3-0 in the 6th. Shaver: 5 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER's, 6 BB's, 3 K's. The Jaxx offense looks anemic once again as they only have 2 hits through 6. Walker and Moore have the lone hits.


Peoria down 4-0 in the bottom of the 7th.

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The Jaxx offense looks anemic once again as they only have 2 hits through 6. Walker and Moore have the lone hits.


As posted, Nic Jackson is on the DL. Negron isn't in the lineup tonight after being pulled from the game last night. Hope he's not injured.

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The Jaxx offense looks anemic once again as they only have 2 hits through 6. Walker and Moore have the lone hits.


As posted, Nic Jackson is on the DL. Negron isn't in the lineup tonight after being pulled from the game last night. Hope he's not injured.


Well you said that the announcers last night were convinced that he was traded when he came out which IMO would mean there was no apparent injury...maybe there was some sort of family emergency?

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Jaxx lose 3-0. Shaver's final line: 5 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER's, 6 BB's, 3 K's. Pavlik pitched 2 innings allowing 1 hit and struck out 1. Brownlie pitched an inning and allowed 1 hit and struck out 1. Chris Walker was 2/4 and had 2 of the 4 DJaxx hits. Scott Moore had a single and Tony Richie had a double.


Daytona lost 8-4. Veal's final line: 5 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB's, 9 K's. Teasley was charged with the loss as he allowed 5 hits, 6 runs, 2 BB's, and struck out 1 in just an inning and 2/3's. Layden pitched 2 and a third allowing 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB's, and struck out 1. Sam Fuld and Matt Craig were each 2/4 with two doubles. Alan Rick was 3/4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Simokaitis and Sprowl were 1/4 with an RBI apiece.


Peoria lost 10-0. Yepez's final line: 6.0 IP, 9 hits, 4 ER's, 3 BB's, 5 K's. Koerber pitched an inning allowing 2 hits, 2 ER's, 0 BB's, and struck out 1. Avery pitched an inning and allowed 3 hits, 4 ER's, 1 BB, and struck out 1. Peoria only had 5 hits tonight and no extra-base hits. Kyle Reynolds, Jesus Valdez, Ryne Malone, and Mark Reed were all 1/4. Ryan Norwood was 1/3 with a BB.


Boise is scoreless through 2 1/2.


Iowa already leads 1-0 in the 1st on a leadoff single by Felix, followed by an RBI double by Fontenot.

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Boise's game is scoreless in the 3rd. Clevenger's double is Boise's only hit so far; Lewis reached on an error but got picked off. So far Billek has gone 2IP 1H (a double) 1K. Hopefully he can keep this up and get back on track.
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Boise won 9-4. Billek went 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 0 BB's, and struck out 1. Francisco got the win as he pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB's, and struck out 5. Lansford was 2/5 with a homer, 2 RBI's, and 1 run scored. Matulia went 1/3 with 1 HR, 4 RBI's, 1 walk, and 2 runs scored. Canepa was 2/4 with 2 runs scored. Clevenger was 1/4 as he added a double and a single. Camp, Joseph, and Lewis were all 1/4. Colvin was 1/5 with a run scored and a K. Canzler was the only player to not get a hit tonight.


Iowa down 10-7 in the 7th. Unfortunately, Randy Wells did not have that great of a start. He only went 4 innings, allowing 10 hits, 5 runs, 3 BB's, struck out 2, and allowed 4 homers. Brandom Emanuel was not any better as he allowed 5 hits, 5 runs, 1 BB, and struck out 2 in an inning and a third. Pignatiello is pitching right now. Restovich hit his 17th homer of the season in the 4th. Soto hit his 3rd homer in the 6th. Fontenot has added a pair of doubles tonight and an RBI. McGehee and Hoffpauir each have 2 singles and 1 RBI apiece. Felix is 2/4 with 2 runs scored. Buck Coats is 1/3 with an RBI and Deardorff also has a single and a walk.

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man, felix is on fire lately! 3/5 tonight so far, and his average up to .272! I think he will be up in the bigs come september. I still think he needs about half a season in AAA before he can start in the bigs though, as he is only 21.


I hope the cubs do not rush him up to start in center next year, that would be a mistake.

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Curse IowaCubs.com for listing O'Malley as the starter even though my notes had Wells. :x


Yikes, in garbage time, Avery had a really bad outing.


What do you expect from a site that is MiLB-operated now? I've really hated the merging of team sites into MiLB's control, they're too generic and lack info now.

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