Bees and Travs win; Rancho, Kernels stymied

Kendry Morales had his first career triple

Salt Lake and Arkansas both slugged their ways to wins, but the Quakes and Kernels managed just eight hits between them on the night. Tommy Murphy keeps up the progress on the mound for the Kernels, but got no support at all.

Salt Lake rides big inning to win
The Bees scored six times in the sixth inning and rode Joe Saunders' second straight good start to a 9-5 win over Las Vegas

Five different Salt Lake batters had a pair of hits on the night, led by Nick Gorneault who had a pair of doubles and scored two. The big rightfielder is seven for his last 15, including three doubles in that span.

In the fifth inning, Kendry Morales had his first triple in 460 career at-bats to drive in a run. Morales was the designated hitter for the second time in three games, after making just two of his first 21 starts in the same role. He is 5-for-16 as a DH on the year.

Saunders gave up just one earned run in six innings on seven hits and three walks. The performance was his fourth quality start in six outings this season and lowered his home ERA by more than a run to 4.08. The lefty has allowed just two earned runs over his last 20 innings of work in three starts.

Travelers pound out four homers in win
Arkansas used four solo homers and another strong outing by lefty Daniel Davidson to down Corpus Christi for the second straight night.

Mike Eylward paced the offense with homers in back-to-back at-bats. The first baseman last had a multi-homer game last July 31 against Wichita. Aaron Peel had his first homer of the year, while third baseman Matt Brown launched his sixth.

Davidson gave up two runs in eight innings on just six hits. Even though it was his first victory of the season, he has now turned in three consecutive quality starts. The 2003 draft pick needed 15 starts last season to reach the same total.

Reliever Rich Thompson picked up his first save since opening day for the Travs. The Aussie, who signed as an 18-year-old in 2002, has a 2.70 ERA on the year, a run-and-a-half below his career mark.

Quakes nearly no-hit
For the third time in seven games, Rancho Cucamonga was held scoreless Tuesday night. This time, Modesto's starting pitcher Ryan Mattheus almost kept them out of the hit column as well as the Nuts won 8-0.

Through seven innings, the Quakes had reached base just twice, on a hit batsman and a fielding error. They had hit just one ball to the outfield in that time. But in the eighth, with two outs, Baltazar Lopez hit a clean single to left, before Nate Sutton struck out to end the inning. In the ninth, shortstop Sean Rodriguez had a two-out double to chase Mattheus, but nothing came of it.

Lopez was back in the lineup for the first time since taking a Mike Ekstrom fastball to the helmet last Thursday. The lefty first baseman is hitting .250 against righties after his single tonight.

Micah Posey lost for the second time in three starts for Rancho. The lefty lasted just three innings, surrendering five earned runs on six hits. In 12 innings since moving into the rotation, he has given up 11 runs.

Kernels shut down by South Bend
For the second straight night, Cedar Rapids pitching held the Silver Hawks scoreless for nine innings. Unfortunately for Tommy Mendoza and Chris Howell, the Kernels' offense was no more effective, and the team wound up losing 3-0 in 10 innings.

Howell collapsed in his third inning of work, giving up back-to-back homers with two outs in the 10th. It was the second straight outing where Howell was asked to come back out for a third inning of work and got hit hard. His ERA through two innings of work per appearance this year is just 1.32.

Shortstop Hainley Statia had two of the Kernels' six hits in the game. The 20-year-old from Curacao has seven multi-hit games on the year and has hit in three of his last four.

Four Cedar Rapids hitters finished the game with a season average under .200. Outfielder Madison Edwards is just two for his last 23 at-bats, while backup infielder Larry Infante has six hits in 45 trips to the plate this season.

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