Salt Lake opens series with 4-2 victory over Tucson
Dustin Moseley continued his hot start for the Bees, giving up just three hits and one earned run in six innings to earn his third victory of the year. The righty started last year with a pair of victories as well, but then fell apart and didn’t get his third win of the season until June. The one run Moseley surrendered was an Alberto Callaspo homer.
Rightfielder Nick Gorneault had a three-run homer off righty Enrique Gonzalez in the second to provide Moseley all the support he would need on the night. Gorneault also had a pair of singles, for his first three-hit night of the season.
Utility man Brian Specht, starting at third base for the third time in a week, had a pair of hits and a stolen base. Specht, who now has four steals, is well on his way to surpassing his season total of 12 last year.
Greg Smith picked up his first save of the year with a scoreless inning of work. He hasn’t surrendered a run in four of his five outings, but has allowed opponents to hit an alarming .318 against so far.
Drillers shut down Arkansas
For the second consecutive game, Tulsa shut down the Travelers’ offense, scattering six hits through the 5-1 victory. Matt Brown collected two of those knocks and scored the lone Arkansas run in the game.
Steven Shell pitched solidly while working into the eighth inning, but got no support from his teammates. Over seven and two thirds, he gave up three runs on nine hits. He allowed no walks and struck out 4. It was the first outing this year in which he did not allow a free pass, a feat he only accomplished twice in 27 starts last year.
Mike Eylward continued his hot hitting with an RBI double in two at-bats. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt and was hit by a pitch. Ten of his 17 hits have gone for extra-bases on the year.
Brandon Wood had a single, but struck out three more times on the night. He has now fanned 12 times in his last 27 at-bats.
Quakes stymied by Storm, fall 4-2
Freddy Sandoval slashed a single as Rancho’s second batter of the game and then came around to score on three consecutive walks. The Quakes, however, couldn’t capitalize from there, and wouldn’t get another hit until a one-out homer from Matt Pali in the ninth. In the interim, four Storm pitchers combined for eight strikeouts and limited them to just two balls hit out of the infield.
Pali took two very different paths to his pair of RBI on the night. In the first, he drew a five-pitch walk to force in the run. In the ninth, he launched a ball over the 30-foot wall in right field off of new Storm closer Neil Jamison.
Nick Green, who had allowed just one walk through his first two starts, gave up three free passes while working just four innings against the Storm. He threw 80 pitches on the night, and 30 were balls. His fastball sat in the mid-80s, with his change moving around 75 miles per hour.
Sean Rodriguez, who had sat out four straight games with a sore knee, returned to the lineup. He had a walk in four plate appearances and also stole his third base of the season.
Cedar Rapids down Whitecaps 4-1
Nick Adenhart threw six and two thirds innings of shutout ball, limiting West Michigan to just three singles against eight strikeouts to lead the Kernels to victory. The 19-year-old righty continues to impress, lowering his season ERA to 1.94. Opposing hitters have managed just a .141 average off of him and he has struck out 19 against only five walks in 18.2 innings of work.
Catcher Brett Martinez had his first three-hit night of the year to lead the offense. The native of Redlands, Calif., is hitting .333 so far. A pretty good runner for a catcher – Martinez entered the year with 20 stolen bases over three years – he swiped his second bag of the year in the second, but was also caught in the eighth.
Bradley Coon extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of singles and an RBI. He has reached base in all but one game this season.