Bees shut out 51’s 4-0
Dustin Moseley and two relievers combined to hold Las Vegas to four hits, and Tommy Murphy had four hits to lead the offense and snap the Bee’s three-game losing streak.
Moseley, a one-time first round pick of the Reds acquired for Ramon Ortiz last year, is off to a fast start this season. After having to shut it down in July last year because of shoulder trouble, the righty has allowed only two runs through 11 innings in winning his first two outings of 2006. Perhaps most important is that Moseley has struck out 11 while only walking two. Last year, he struck out only 38 and walked 30.
Jason Bulger, another former first rounder acquired from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Alberto Callaspo during spring training, pitched two innings of hitless relief with three strikeouts. He has allowed only one hit in 4.1 innings while striking out seven.
Murphy, coming off the best season of his career in 2005, had a triple among his four hits on the night and scored a pair of runs. In six starts so far, he has four multi-hit games. Last year, it took him almost three weeks to hit that mark.
On a night when Erick Aybar went hitless for the first time this year, Kendry Morales launched a solo home run and Howie Kendrick a pair of singles.
Travelers rally for 5-4 win over Wranglers
For the second night in a row, a late-inning home run by Matthew Brown helped Arkansas to a victory over Wichita. The comeback took starter Daniel Davidson off the hook after a mediocre start.
Brown, who also had a pair of singles in the game, has hit in six games to start the season, and now has an average of .400. Brown, who had a hot start in Rancho Cucamonga last year, will hope to avoid the same mid-season slide he experienced in the Cal League. After posting a.312 average through April and May, he then hit only .236 over the next three months.
Davidson gave up all four of the Wranglers’ runs in 5.2 innings, surrendering nine hits and a pair of walk along the way. The lefty has allowed 22 runners to reach base in 11 innings of work so far this season.
Closer Bob Zimmerman picked up his first save of the year for the Trav’s, surrendering only one walk in an inning of work. Shortstop Brandon Wood was 0-for-3 on the night.
Quakes pound Mavericks 12-3
Rancho Cucamonga posted four runs in each of the first two innings of the game to bury High Desert on the way to a 12-3 victory. With the offensive output, Nick Green cruised to his second victory to open the season.
Freddy Sandoval, who hit a pair of homers, and Sean Rodriguez, with a triple and homer, combined for six RBI to pace the offense. Rodriguez, who was 3-for-5 on the night, has hit in every game of the season and has a .458 average so far.
Green went 6.2 innings pitching with a big lead and allowed only two runs on four hits. The righty with the nasty changeup struck out seven and allowed one walk, taking his totals to 12 and one on the year.
Catcher Mike Collins, one of the young Australians in the Angels system, had a pair of hits. Although he has hit in six straight games to open the season, it was his first multi-hit effort of the year.
Kernels top Peoria 7-3
Jordan Renz, who was 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts entering the game, had a double, homer and four RBI to lead Cedar Rapids to their second consecutive win over the Chiefs.
Renz, the club’s fourth-round pick in 2002, returns to the Midwest League after a disastrous 2005 season when he hit just .198/.267/.303. His hits were Cedar Rapids’ only extra-base hits on the night.
Nick Adenhart, who was dominant in his first outing of the year against Beloit, ran into trouble in the fourth when he opened the inning with a hit batter and a walk. The short fit of wildness bit him later in the inning when Chiefs’ right fielder Jesus Valez launched a three-run homer to left field. The lefty came back after that to retire seven of the last eight batters he faced.
Leadoff hitter Brad Coon continued his early-season aggressiveness on the basepaths, swiping his third base in four attempts. Coon stole 17 in his professional debut with Orem last year.