7/17 Minor matters
Jeff Samardzija gave up two hits and walked four over five innings in Iowa’s 4-0 win over Oklahoma City on Friday. Former Cubs pitcher Rich Harden started for the RedHawks in a rehab outing and gave up four runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. Samardzija struck out three and won for the first time since June 15. His ERA now is 2.85. Bryan LaHair hit his 11th homer in the win. Sam Fuld and Darwin Barney each had two hits.
Chris Carpenter threw four shutout innings in Tennessee’s 8-6 win over Chattanooga. Josh Vitters had three extra-base hits, including his seventh home run, and five RBIs. “That’s what he’s capable of doing,” Smokies manager Bill Dancy said of Vitters, who was moved up to the middle of the order.
Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to 15 games in Daytona’s 7-3 loss to Fort Myers. Brenly is batting .421 during his streak. Junior Lake hit his fourth home run in the loss.
Ryan Searle gave up six runs on six hits over four innings and struck out eight in Peoria’s 10-8 win over Dayton. Hak-Ju Lee went 5-for-5 with three RBIs and Nelson Perez had three hits.
Matt Szczur had two hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games in Boise’s 3-2, 11-inning loss to Salem-Keizer. Austin Kirk threw five scoreless innings of relief in the game.
— Carrie Muskat