Bees pound out victory
Continuing his push for a major league job, Jered Weaver delivered another solid outing while the Salt Lake offense pounded out 16 hits for a 13-1 Bees victory.
Weaver lowered his season ERA to 2.79 by throwing seven shutout innings. The tall righty had only four strikeouts on the day, but allowed just four hits and didn’t issue a walk. He has surrendered just three runs over his last 19 innings and leads the PCL with 50 strikeouts on the season.
Veteran outfielder Curtis Pride had four hits to pace the Bees’ offense, his highest hit total in one game since July of 2004. After going two weeks without an extra-base hit, the lefty has now had a double in back-to-back games in Omaha while raising his average almost 50 points.
First baseman Kendry Morales had his first three-hit game of the season as well, driving in a pair and scoring two runs of his own. After a rough April, the Cuban defector is hitting .306 with four multi-hit games in May.
Quakes set down Oaks again
For the second consecutive night, the Quakes got a stellar performance from a starting pitcher, relying on Jose Arredondo for a 4-1 victory.
Arredondo yielded just one run on seven hits and a pair of walks in six innings. With eight strikeouts in the game, the former shortstop extended his lead in the Cal League with 57 Ks in 37.1 innings for the season. The contest was the second consecutive outing in which Arredondo went six innings and the sixth time in seven starts he has given up fewer than three runs.
Reliever Miguel Gonzalez has been just as impressive out of the pen. After completing two shutout frames Thursday, the righty has yielded just one run over his last nine outings – a span of 20 innings. Working toward the back of the pen, seven of his last eight outings have been for at least two innings.
A night after ending his eight-game hitting streak, Michael Collins had three hits and an RBI to re-take the team batting average lead. Although his double was only his second extra-base hit in 15 games, the Aussie is hitting .417 in May.
Kernels bounce back over Dragons
Playing the only game in the Midwest League that didn’t get rained out Thursday, Cedar Rapids beat Dayton by the same 6-4 score by which they lost the night before.
Starter Stephen Marek held the Dragons scoreless over five innings of work, allowing just one hit while striking out six hitters. The performance, which extended his record to 3-1, was Marek’s second shutout outing of the season. He has been particularly impressive on the road, allowing just a .147 average against and 1.21 ERA away from Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Bradley Coon seems to enjoy hitting in the second spot. A year after hitting .346 in that role, he had exclusively led off until earlier this week. With another multi-hit game Thursday - when he was 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored - the speedster is now hitting .276 on the season, up from .247 just 10 games ago. He also swiped his tenth base of the season.
Reliever Tim Didjurgis, who has dominated opponents all season, was tagged by Dayton for four runs in the sixth inning. In his first nine games of the year, the righty had allowed just two earned runs total. After retiring the first two batters he faced, he gave up two walks and three hits for all the scoring with two outs.
Arkansas has two straight days off before resuming their schedule Saturday evening in Tulsa.