Olenberger leads Bees to victory
Kasey Olenberger pitched six shutout innings while his offense plated one run in five of the first six frames to help Salt Lake to a 5-2 win to open their series in Omaha.
In his fourth start of the season, Olenberger posted his longest outing while giving up just three hits. Although he walked three, the righty also fanned a trio and left runners in scoring position in each of his final four innings. He has allowed just four runs in his last 17.2 innings to lower his ERA to 2.91.
Jeff Mathis is doing his best to get everything worked out after his demotion from the big league team. After struggling to stay above .100 in the majors, Mathis had a pair of doubles Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to all five games he has played in at Triple-A.
Erick Aybar had a double to extend his own hitting streak to five. In that stretch, he has scored eight runs and swiped four bases. The recent hot streak has moved him into a tie for the PCL lead with 12 stolen bases, and he remains second with 28 runs scored.
Travelers held in check by Corpus Christi
Arkansas fell behind in the first inning and never got back into their game with the Hooks Tuesday evening, dropping their second straight contest, 4-1.
Rightfielder Jason Aspito hit his second homer in three games for the Trav’s lone run. After a rough April, the left-handed hitter has posted a .304 average so far in May.
Starter James Holcomb was responsible for all four Hooks runs, although one scored after he had left the game. The righty has lost each of his four decisions this season, throwing just two quality starts in seven appearances. He has had a particularly rough go of it at Ray Winder Field, where his ERA dropped to 5.24 with today’s outing.
Brandon Wood punched a double and drew a walk in the game. For the first time all year, he also completed his second straight game without a strikeout. After whiffing 31 times in his first 82 at-bats, he has reduced the pace to 11 in his last 45 at-bats.
Visalia drops Quakes in series opener
Rancho Cucamonga returned home Tuesday night, but fell to the Oaks 8-5
For the fourth time in five starts, Nick Green was unable to make it through six innings. In his five innings of work, the righty surrendered seven runs on 11 hits and a walk. After giving up only two homers through his first six starts, Green gave up a pair to Shaun Cumberland Tuesday.
Hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time this year, second baseman Nate Sutton had a pair of hits and scored a run. It was the third time in four games he had a pair of knocks.
Michael Collins singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to eight. In the stretch, he has raised his average to .351, good for fifth in the Cal League.
Everything goes right for Kernels
Starting pitcher Nick Adenhart was nearly unhittable and the offense pounded out seven extra-base hits as Cedar Rapids downed Dayton 9-0.
Adenhart had his most impressive outing in a stellar debut season. The righty allowed just four hits in seven innings, holding his opponents without an earned run for the third time in five outings. The teenager struck out a season-high nine strikeouts on the way to tying the league leaders with 5 victories. Adenhart now has a 1.65 ERA through 43.2 innings.
Manager Bobby Magallanes flipped Hainley Statia and Brad Coon in the lineup to good results. Statia, leading off for the third time this year, was 2-for-4 with a walk, while Coon had a double and triple to score a pair of runs in his first appearance in the two-hole.
Warner Madrigal hit one of three homers for the Kernels in the contest, a solo shot in the eighth inning. Although he has struggled at home, the third-time Kernel is now hitting .309 on the road this year.