Zephyrs’ big inning blows Salt Lake away
New Orleans sent ten men to the plate and scored five against a pair of Bees relievers in the seventh inning on their way to a 7-5 victory.
For the second time in three outings, reliever Jonathon Rouwenhorst was beaten up and failed to make it through an inning of work. The lefty was tagged for five earned runs on four hits and a walk while retiring just two hitters. More than half of the 17 runs the Biola University alum has allowed this season have come over the last two innings of work as opponents have moved his average against this month to .368.
Continuing his strong performance with the Bees, catcher Jeff Mathis knocked three singles in the game for a pair of RBIs. He has hit in 16 of 18 games since his demotion for a .329 average. He’s been particularly effective with runners in scoring position, hitting at a .400 clip after going just 1-for-14 in such situations at the big league level.
Chris Bootcheck, making his fourth appearance on a rehab assignment, followed Rouwenhorst to the mound and allowed both inherited runners to score before righting the ship and retiring four outs. On his current assignment, the big righty who strained his hamstring during his first appearance of the year with the major league team has allowed five hits and one earned run in 4.1 innings, striking out three.
Trav’s take no offense on the road
A night after they scratched out just one run, Arkansas’ offense could not even match that paltry feat as they fell to Frisco 6-0 for their 13th loss in the last 15 contests.
After an earlier three-game personal winning streak, Travelers starter Jesse Smith now has dropped three in a row after Tuesday’s four-run – three earned – performance. The 25-year-old allowed seven hits and one walk over six innings while striking out three. He has compounded the trouble from his .303 overall average against by allowing a .369 mark with runners in scoring position, including a 2-for-7 line Tuesday.
Shortstop Brandon Wood’s fourth inning double was the Trav’s only extra-base hit of the contest. It was just the double for the slugger in his last 11 games, a span in which he hasn’t hit a home run either. With a .197 average in May, he has seen his overall numbers drop to .244/.342/.470. While he has cut down on his strikeouts, the right-handed hitter still has 55 whiffs through 43 games after adding one more tonight..
With Aaron Peel out of the lineup for the second straight day following a run-in with manager Tyrone Boykin, David Gates had the rare opportunity to start back-to-back games in the field. The 2001 draftee has struggled throughout the year for the Travs, posting just a .200 average through 75 at-bats.
Buckner holds Quakes in check again
For the second time in 10 days, High Desert pitcher Billy Butler gave Rancho Cucamonga more than they could handle as the Mavericks downed Rancho 6-3 Tuesday night.
First baseman Cliff Remole, one of the few Rancho hitters who is hot, extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of singles and a double in five at-bats. The 11th-round pick from 2004 posted a line identical to Monday’s with a run scored, one RBI and a strikeout to raise his average to a season-high .328. It’s not coincidence that his latest streak started just as the Quakes prepared to leave the Epicenter. The lefty is hitting .406 on the road, 146 points higher than his mark at home.
Starter Micah Posey lost his fourth straight decision, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings. He has now walked at least two in all but one start this season and last struck out more than he gave a free pass at the end of April. The lefty, who had yielded just three home runs over his first 29.1 innings of work this year, also compounded his wildness by giving up a pair of two-out blasts in the game.
Making his first appearance at third base this month, Ryan Leahy continued his offensive slump, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. He was hardly alone with the whiffs as all but one Quake starter had at least one K and the team totaled 13 in the contest. Leahy, who was promoted from Cedar Rapids a month ago, is just one for his last 17 with seven strikeouts, though he has drawn four walks in that time. He has particularly struggled on the road, where he has hit just .150.
Cougars sweep Cedar Rapids
The Kernels were able to score more on Tuesday than they had through the first three games of their series against Kane County, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 6-5 to close out a four-game sweep at the hands of the club with the best record in the Midwest League.
Starter Tommy Mendoza delivered his strongest performance since the second of this month, giving up three earned runs on just three hits, but five walks in six innings. The free pass total was the highest of his professional career after allowing no more than no more than two in any contest this year. The teen-aged righty had lost his last three starts, but was in a position to get the win before the bullpen struggled for Cedar Rapids.
Jordan Renz, who had been relatively quiet since his record-tying performance in Clinton, launched his tenth homer of the season to drive in a pair. In his second stint with Cedar Rapids, the corner outfielder leads the Midwest League with 38 RBI’s and is second with 10 homers. He remains a real threat on the road where his .659 slugging percentage is more than 200 points higher than any teammate’s.
Reliever Tim Didjurgis’s May struggles continued as he yielded a pair of runs in just two thirds of an inning to take the loss. After giving up just one earned run in all of April, the righty now owns a 7.84 ERA for May. The biggest change in his success has been a loss of command. After walking just five against 20 strikeouts last month, he has now walked nine and retired just six on strikesin May.