Jered Weaver turned in another strong performance for the Bees, but his six shutout innings weren't enough as the bullpen faltered and the team took a 4-1 loss to close out their road trip.
Weaver gave up only four hits while striking out eight through six innings, but left the game having thrown 98 pitches. The 2004 first-round pick has now thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings, lowering his season ERA to 2.45. He has whiffed at least eight batters in half of his games this year and has yielded just one run or less in five of eight appearances.
Kendry Morales kept up his recent surge with a double and home run in three at-bats. He also walked once. It was the first baseman's five extra-hit game in six days. In 14 May games, he is hitting .375 with a .554 slugging percentage.
Jonathon Rouwenhorst lasted only one third of an inning in taking the loss for the Bees. The lefty gave up four runs on six hits and a walk to take his third loss of the season. He hadn't given up an earned run on the road in his previous seven outings.
Arkansas loses another one to Tulsa
In what has become a recurring theme, the Travelers dropped Tuesday night's contest against to the Drillers 9-4 – their eighth loss in nine games against a team that is three games under .500 against the rest of the Texas League.
Rafael Rodriguez had another tough outing, allowing six runs on six hits and five walks. He also surrendered his ninth home run in 22.2 innings of work at Double-A. After starting the year dominating the Cal League, the 21-year-old has been torched for a 10.72 ERA in five starts at Double-A.
Centerfielder Dwaine Bacon, who was just 1-for-17 in the series, had a single, double, drove in three and swiped two bases. The switch-hitter, who has hit well away from Ray Winder Field all year, has extended his league lead with 14 stolen bases. The speedster led the Southern League in 2004 was fifth in 2005 while playing in the Cubs system.
Closer Richard Thompson entered to a non-save situation for the third time in his last four appearances, but was sharp. The Australian struck out three in 1.1 innings of work, stranding a runner when he came in.
San Jose tops Quakes
Rancho Cucamonga took their second consecutive loss at the hands of the Giants, falling 7-3. Perhaps of more concern to the Angels is whether they lost starting pitcher Jose Arredondo as well.
Arredondo, the Cal League strikeout leader, gave up a run on three walks and a groundout in the second inning then failed to come out for the start of the third inning. The converted shortstop has had no previous injury concerns and the team did not immediately release information on his condition after the game.
Righty Daniel Hawkins followed Arredondo and gave up six runs in only two innings of work. The final two runs charged to him came after he issued a walk and hit batsman to start the fifth and was replaced on the mound. The 2005 undrafted free agent has given up a run in half of his 10 appearances with the Quakes after posting a 1.74 ERA in Cedar Rapids earlier this season.
Shortstop Sean Rodriguez had a pair of RBI singles for the Storm. Although he has at least one RBI in each of the last six games, he has seen has average plummet 70 points since the start of the month. In May, he has hit only .220 with a slugging percentage of .305. The Miami native has been streaky throughout his tenure in the Angels' system, posting three months with an average over .360 and three others below .225.
Cedar Rapids opens with win over Swing
Relying once again on strong starting pitching and some timely hitting, the Kernels won 7-2 to move within one game of .500.
Stephen Marek gave up two runs – just one earned – in seven innings. The righty allowed only five hits and a pair of walks, while he struck out seven. He has yet to give up more than three runs in a game this year and lowered his ERA to 2.25 in 48 innings with tonight's performance. He has struck out 42 in 48 innings while giving up just 12 bases on balls.
Second baseman Marco Albano had three hits in the game, matching his career high from last season in Orem. The 2005 draftee scored a run, drove one in and stole his second base of the year. He has been particularly effective against righties, hitting .300 in 20 at-bats.
Stantrel Smith had a bases-loaded triple as part of the Kernels' five-run fifth inning. In just his seventh game of the season, Smith had multiple hits for the first time and set his career high for RBIs. Smith also swiped a base, helping to extend the team's Midwest League lead with 59 stolen bases on the season.