Salt Lake used a balanced offensive attack and a rare accomplishment on the mound to down the Rainiers 8-2.
Starter Dustin Moseley continued his strong season, throwing the first complete game by a Salt Lake pitcher since August, 2004. The righty gave up two runs on just five hits while striking out six. In seven starts this year, the former Reds prospect moved his record to 5-1 in seven starts and now sports a 2.92 ERA. He has been particularly effective at home, limiting hitters to a .203 average in 20 innings. After a difficult first year in the system, the righty is back showing the form that made him a first round pick in the 2000 draft.
Catcher Jeff Mathis was 1-for-4 in the contest, scoring a run but also striking out twice. In three games since he was demoted from the big-league squad, Mathis is 4-for-12 with three runs scored.
Utility man Casey Smith had two hits in 15 at-bats since his promotion from Arkansas coming into the game. Sunday however, he had a pair of doubles among his three hits, raising his average 130 points to .263. At Double-A, he hit only .179 in 28 at-bats.
Travelers top Corpus
Arkansas jumped out to a lead in the first five innings then cruised to an 8-3 victory of the Hooks to open their series Sunday afternoon.
Rightfielder Jason Aspito hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, one of three hits on the game. The knock was his fourth blast of the season. The 27-year-old lefty has now hit 13 in 250 at-bats since returning to the Travelers at the end of last June from a year-long injury rehab.
Second baseman Eric Rodland hit his first home run of the year and singled to drive in a pair. Don't expect to see too much power from the left-handed hitter though. He now has 10 round-trippers in 281 career games. Although he is now 4-for-11 on the current home stand, his average at Ray Winder Field still sits more than 100 points below his road average at .283.
Right-handed reliever Aaron Pullin relieved starter Jesse Smith with two outs in the seventh inning and stranded two runners. In the eighth however, he surrendered two hits and a walk on the way to giving up a run. He has now allowed at least one run in seven of his last eight outings.
Quakes go extra innings to down Bakersfield
After giving away unearned runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to tie the game, Rancho finally pushed across the winning score in the 13th.
Cody Fuller walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored the deciding run on a groundout. The walk was his first in 9 games and just his sixth on the year. Despite going 0-for-5 on the day, the righty – who is still hitting .355 – scored a pair of runs for the second straight game.
Miguel Gonzalez threw 2.1 scoreless innings for the Quakes, lowering his season ERA to 1.99. The righty has gone at least two innings in six of his last seven appearances, holding his opponents to a .133 average in that span.
For the second straight night, Michael Collins had three hits. The slugger is 8-for-15 in Bakersfield this series, raising his road average to .417 for the year.
Kernels hold on for victory
After dropping a pair of close games to Wisconsin, Cedar Rapids jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 6-5 win over the Timber Rattlers.
Flint Wipke, appearing as a DH for the second straight game, extended his hitting streak to eight with a pair of singles. Since the streak started, he has raised his average from .229 to .313. After going 1-for-12 in his first three games as a designated hitter, he is 3-for-in the role against the Rattlers.
Robert Mosebach remained undefeated this season, giving up two earned runs in six innings on his way to his third victory of the year. The 9th-round pick from last year's draft now sports a 1.77 ERA, good for sixth in the Midwest League. The right-hander has three quality starts in a row and four overall.
Outfielder Stantrel Smith made his first appearance with the Kernels, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. The 22-year-old swiped eight in 64 games for Orem last season. After playing centerfield in all but three of his games with the Owls, he began his Midwest League career in left field.