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Prospect Round-up: May 25
SALT LAKE CITY 1, IOWA 0 (CLASS AAA)
Salt Lake City pitching put a halt to Iowa's win streak Monday. The Cubs (24-19) were held to six hits in the shutout loss, as the Bees snapped Iowa's six-game winning streak. Chris Robinson (3-for-4) led the Cubs' offense with three singles.
Thomas Diamond (3-1) suffered his first loss despite allowing only one run in six innings. He surrendered five hits and struck out a season-high eight batters.
Iowa had won 12 of its last 13 prior to the loss.
TENNESSEE 3, JACKSONVILLE 2 (CLASS AA)
The Smokies (27-18) found some walk-off magic Monday. Tennessee sent six batters to the plate in the ninth inning to erase a one-run deficit, scoring the winning run on Marwin Gonzalez's RBI sac fly. Matt Spencer (2-for-3), who started the rally with a leadoff single, finished with a game-high two hits. Tony Campana (1-for-3) singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Josh Vitters (0-for-3) had his fourth straight 0-fer, but got down a key sacrifice bunt in the ninth to move Spencer into scoring position.
After a rocky beginning in Double-A, Alberto Cabrera righted the ship in his third Tennessee start and kept his team in the game by throwing six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision. He allowed four hits and two walks and struck out three batters. Ryan Buchter (2-0) earned the win in relief with a perfect ninth inning.
DAYTONA 4, BREVARD COUNTY 2 (CLASS HIGH-A)
Ryan Flaherty (2-for-4) hit a three-run home run, and Chris Rusin (1-2) turned in his best outing of the season to help the Cubs (20-25) win their third game. Flaherty's home run came in a four-run Daytona fourth and was his first since joining the team from Tennessee. Mark Reed (3-for-4) led the Cubs with a season high three hits.
Rusin, a fourth-round pick from Kentucky in 2009, started and tossed a season high five shutout innings. He struck out six batters and allowed just two hits.
Daytona has won six of its last seven.
QUAD CITIES 8, PEORIA 7 – 10 INNINGS (CLASS LOW-A)
Peoria (25-20) got 11 hits, but squandered a 6-1 lead en route to the loss. Three hits from Matt Cerda (3-for-4) paced the Chiefs' offense, and Jonathan Mota (2-for-4) hit his first home run of the season. Nelson Perez (2-for-3) drove in three runs.
James Leverton (5-1), who is second in the Cubs' farm system in wins, suffered his first loss in relief. He allowed three runs and four hits in the final 1 2/3 innings. Leverton, the Cubs' eighth-round 2008 draft pick from Texas Tech, had allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings prior to Monday's loss.
--Darwin Barney was 0-for-3 for Iowa to snap a six-game hitting streak. He is batting .318 in 42 games, and .398 in May.
--Diamond's ERA fell to 2.01 despite getting the tough-luck loss. He has the second best ERA of any starting pitcher in the Cubs' farm system behind only Peoria's Kenneth McNutt (1.91). He's also second in the system in strikeouts with 45 in 49 1/3 innings.
--Campana is 14-for-31 in his eight-game hitting streak, which has pushed his average to .360 through 43 games. He leads the Cubs' organization in batting average.
--Vitters is 0-for-13 in his last four games to bring his average to .265 in 15 games at Tennessee since being promoted to Double-A from Daytona.
--Cabrera had allowed 10 runs in his first two starts at Tennessee before his quality start Monday.
--Brett Jackson was 0-for-3 for Daytona, but drew two walks. He has 28 walks to 35 strikeouts in 150 at-bats and is batting .300 in 39 games.
--Flaherty is batting .349 in 17 games with Daytona and has a seven-game hitting streak.
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