Salt Lake relied on the strong right arm of Kasey Olenberger and an early offensive outburst to down the Cubs 6-0 Sunday.
Righty Olenberger went seven scoreless innings, his second consecutive shutout performance. He yielded just five hits and two walks to the Cubs, striking out four. After starting the year in the bullpen, Olenberger has given up only two earned runs in 21.2 innings since moving into the rotation.
Kendry Morales continued his recent surge with a 4-for-5 performance Sunday. The switch-hitter has multiple hits in each of his last four contests, a span in which he has gone 11-for-19 and raised his season average 48 points to .289.
Ryan Budde, who appeared as a designated hitter for the second time in the week, was 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored. The 2001 draftee has now hit in five straight appearances raising his season average to .218. His seven bases on balls put him on a much higher pace than he has ever shown previously.
Tulsa drills Arkansas
The Travelers were badly out-pitched and out-hit by Tulsa on the way to a 10-1 drubbing in the second game of their series.
Starter Daniel Davidson was tagged for seven runs – five earned – in 4.2 innings. The left-hander has lost four of his past five starts and has given up 14 runs in 10.1 innings in the last two appearances.
Dwaine Bacon was one of six Travs held hitless on the day. The victim of a strike out in three of his four at-bats, he has now whiffed at least once in each of the last 15 games, a time in which he has drawn just three walks. While the former-Cub continues to lead the Texas League with 12 stolen bases, he has managed just a .296 on-base percentage.
Reliever Allen Buckley also had his second straight poor outing. Yielding three hits and three walks while recording just four outs, he not only gave up three earned runs, but allowed both inherited runners to come around as well.
Quakes double up High Desert
Rancho Cucamonga got enough pitching and some timely hitting to outdistance the Mavericks 8-4.
Bouncing back from a pair of mediocre starts, Quakes starter Nick Green went seven innings and gave up only two earned runs on six hits. The contest was just the second time in eight starts that the right hander has made it through seven frames.
Sean Rodriguez, who has been held hitless as many times – three – in the last week as he had over the first month of games, had a two-out, bases-loaded double as part of a six-run uprising for the Quakes in the fourth inning. The shortstop came in just 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Reliever Miguel Gonzalez earned his first Cal League save, pitching 1.2 innings and whiffing three. The righty out of San Fernando has gone more than one inning in eight of his last nine appearances, giving up just one run in the process. He has been particularly devastating at home where he now sports a 0.48 ERA on the year.
Kernels again helped by Adenhart
Cedar Rapids got a two-out RBI double from Warner Madrigal in the second inning, then never looked back as Nick Adenhart became the first pitcher in minor league baseball to earn six wins on the year.
Adenhart went seven innings, giving up just one run on seven hits while striking out eight. The teenager has delivered a quality start in all but one of his performances this year, and now sports a league-best 54 strikeouts. He has worked over 40 innings since allowing his last home run.
Madrigal was one of two Kernels with multiple hits in the game, the eighth time this season he has gone for a pair. Having shifted from right to left field on the current road trip, the right-hander continues to love hitting on the road this year, where his .303 average is more than double his home stats.