Bees split impromptu double-header
Salt Lake’s game at Tacoma was suspended due to rain after just one inning Saturday night, so the teams took the field on Sunday to pick up that contest where they left off, then played the game already on the schedule. Along the way, Jered Weaver became a reliever for one day, Nick Gorneault had a pair of multiple-hit games, and the clubs played an extra-inning game that went eight frames.
After Dustin Moseley started on Saturday, Jered Weaver – Sunday’s scheduled starter – relieved him and recorded 12 strikeouts and yielded only two hits through the seventh inning, but surrendered a double and single to open the eighth before giving way. Before the inning was over, the Rainiers had scored four runs on their way to a 4-2 victory.
The second game of the day was supposed to be a seven-inning affair. While the Bees held a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the final frame, a two-out error by Dallas McPherson - who had just moved to first base - allowed the tying run to score. It was McPherson’s second error in four games at first base, a position he hadn’t played prior to this season. McPherson redeemed himself in the top of the eighth however with an opposite-field solo homer to clinch the win.
Right fielder Gorneault had a single and double in the first contest, then came back with a pair of hits and a run scored in the nightcap. The back-to-back efforts lifted his average on the road to .224, 44 points above the stats he had to start the day.
Hooks outlasts Arkansas
The Travelers’ bullpen gave up leads in both the ninth and tenth innings, and then lost the game in the 12th as the Travs fell to Corpus Christi 9-8.
First baseman Greg Porter was part of all three of Arkansas’ scoring innings. He got the team on the board with a solo homer - his second of the year - in the second, had a single and scored the first of five runs in the seventh, then had a hit in the middle of the Trav’s two-run 10th inning. The 2005 season finale was the only previous time in 144 Double-A games Porter scored at least three.
Relievers Bill Edwards, Bob Zimmermann and Tim Bittner surrendered five runs over the final 4.1 innings of the game. Zimmermann, who yielded only a .160 average against in the second half of 2005, has seen opponents hit .347 at Double-A. The righty, who gave up a pair of runs Sunday, has given up runs in five of his last six outings.
Matt Brown had a pair of hits and a walk to extend his hitting streak to six games. It was his 11th multi-hit game in 25 appearances this year.
In the first of three match-ups between the league’s two most error-prone teams, each club committed two. For Corpus, they were the 33rd and 34th miscues in 24 games. Arkansas is two off their pace.
Rancho bombs JetHawks
After they were shut out on Saturday night, Quakes hitters came back with a vengeance Sunday, pounding out 17 runs to cruise to a victory at Lancaster.
Shortstop Sean Rodriguez, continuing his breakout start in advanced Single-A ball, paced the attack as he fell just a triple shy of the cycle. He was 4-for-5 with a walk, drove in four and scored four more.
While his teammates were raking at the plate, starter Jose Arredondo held Lancaster scoreless through 5.2 innings of work. The right-hander yielded just three hits while striking out eight, but for the second straight outing he walked four. The wildness came after he surrendered only three free passes in his first 15 innings. Although he lowered his ERA to 2.13 in five starts on Sunday, Arredondo earned just his first win on the season.
Ryan Leahy, who had reached base just three times in 16 plate appearances since his promotion from Cedar Rapids, had a pair of singles, drew a walk and was hit by a pitch in five trips to the plate Sunday.
Kernels getting healthy against South Bend
A day after snapping a five-game losing streak, the Kernels topped the Silver Hawks 10-5 on Sunday, earning starter Stephen Marek a win for his poorest outing of the season.
Dallas Morris, playing second base for the second consecutive game, had a pair of hits in the two-hole for Cedar Rapids and scored a pair of runs. A 24th-round pick last year, Morris got off to a rough start this season after hitting .302 at Orem in 2005. Even though he has hit in three straight games, the right-handed hitter is still at just .169 for the season.
Patrick Reilly continued his hot start, going 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs and two runs scored. Although the University of Arizona alum entered the season with no three-baggers in 120 career at-bats, he now has four in 21 games in the Midwest League. The left fielder is hitting .325 on the season with a .530 slugging percentage.
The team got something of a make-up win for Stephen Marek, who was a hard-luck loser his time out. The righty made it through five innings, surrendering three earned runs on 10 hits and a walk, stranding seven runners in his work. The game was just the second time on the year Marek didn’t make it into the sixth inning and also matched his season-low three strikeouts. The righty also became the answer to a trivia question when he surrendered Justin Upton’s first professional home run in the first inning.