A night after putting together 16 hits, the Salt Lake offense was held to just a pair of runs Friday, dropping their series finale to the Royals 4-2. With the loss, the clubs split their four-game match-up in Omaha.
For his second consecutive outing, Dustin Moseley entered the eighth inning having surrendered only two runs. But this time he committed a balk and two errors to allow another pair of runs – only one earned – to cross the plate, and failed to make it out of the inning. Despite taking the loss and failing to become the first PCL pitcher to six wins, Moseley gave up just eight hits and no walks in 7.2 innings of work. This was the seventh time in eight starts that Moseley has given up three runs or fewer.
Catcher Jeff Mathis continued his strong performance back at Triple-A with one of the Bees' two extra-base hits on the night. The righty has hit in each of the team's eight games since he was demoted, slugging five doubles in that span.
Moseley's two errors were matched by shortstop Erick Aybar, who twice threw the ball away on grounders. Aybar now has 10 errors, the second-highest total in the Pacific Coast League.
Rancho scratches out win
Baltazar Lopez doubled to open the seventh, moved up on a sacrifice and then scored the winning run on a Cody Fuller bouncer to lead the Quakes to a 4-3 series-opening victory over High Desert.
Lopez had two hits on the night and has now hit in 12 of 14 games in which he has appeared. The first baseman has nine hits in his last 18 at-bats to raise his season average to .333. He has been particularly effective with runners on base, hitting .462 and driving in six on the year.
Reliever Kevin Lynch picked up his first win of the season by retiring the only two batters he faced after entering with the go-ahead run on base in the eighth inning. Lynch has yet to allow a run in 11 games this for the Quakes this season. In 15.2 innings, he has allowed only eight hits while striking out 16. Drafted out of Florida State University last year, the righty has allowed opponents a .221 average as a professional.
Freddy Sandoval was 3-for-3 on the night to push his average back over .300 for the year. The third baseman also stole third base in the first inning, his team-leading tenth of the season. He has hit in five of six games, including four contests with at least two hits.
Cedar Rapids fall to Lumberjacks
Coming into Friday's contest, Robert Mosebach was the reigning Midwest League pitcher of the week and Clinton had the second-lowest run total on the circuit. So, of course, the Lumberjacks jumped on him and handed the Kernels an 8-7 loss.
Mosebach, who had given up just five runs over his last 29.2 innings, was pounded for six runs on 11 hits and three walks in six innings. Lumberjack hitters were 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position, far surpassing the .175 batters had posted against him in such situations coming in.
Jordan Renz had a two-RBI double to key the Kernels' six-run uprising in the fifth inning. The righty has driven in 10 over the last eight games, a time in which he also has played defensively seven times. He appeared as a designated hitter in all but three of his first 20 games.
Leftfielder Stantrel Smith scored a pair of runs in his third game with the Kernels, swiping his second base in the process. The 22-year-old had 12 stolen bases in 101 professional games coming into the year. With three steals overall tonight, the Kernels extended their Midwest League leading total to 51, but they were also thrown out three more times, another category in which they lead.
The Travelers open a four-game series in Tulsa Saturday evening.