Bees win slugfest
In a game that lasted almost four hours, featured 34 hits and saw five home runs, Salt Lake pounded out a 15-14 victory over Tacoma to open a four-game series.
Corey Myers, making his second appearance with the Bees, had a pair of singles and a walk while scoring three runs. A former first-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Myers was signed earlier this spring and worked out in Mesa until his assignment to Salt Lake. The big righty has struggled to make consistent contact since he was taken with the fourth overall pick, but provides some flexibility for a team which has already sent seven players to the majors this season.
Reliever Greg Jones blew his sixth save of the year by allowing an inherited runner to score in the eighth on a wild pitch and then gave up a run of his own in the ninth, but wound up with the win when the Bees rallied in both frames. Frighteningly, his line – which included a solo homer – was the best of the night for Bees pitchers. Starter Kasey Olenberger allowed six runs in 5.2 innings before he was relieved by Nate Bland who matched his run total in just 1.2 innings of work.
Maicer Izturis made his second consecutive start on a rehab assignment, After playing shortstop Monday, he got a night to focus on his work at the plate, knocking a single and double as the Bees’ designated hitter. After his work was pushed back a few days from the original plan, it is likely that he will get another 12 to 20 at-bats before rejoining the big league club.
Travelers drop both ends of a double-header
Arkansas’ brutal performance in May continued Monday afternoon as the Travs dropped both ends of their double-header against Frisco, 5-3 and 14-3. The team has now lost 19 of 27 games this month and sits in last place in the Texas League.
Michel Simard, starting the nightcap because James Holcomb was held back with a back strain, recorded just four outs while allowing nine hits and six earned runs. In two starts on the year, opponents have hit .480 against him as he has surrendered nine runs in just five innings. The Canadian righty has struggled mightily at home with a 9.00 ERA at Ray Winder Field.
Aaron Peel, back in the lineup for the first time since his run-in with manager Tyrone Boykin on May 21, was 1-for-5 while playing left field in both games Tuesday. The 23-year-old stole a base in the second contest, his fifth in his last 18 games. Peel over-ran a single in the fifth inning in the same game, his third error of the season.
Shortstop Brandon Wood had two of the club’s five extra-base hits over 14 innings including his first triple since his brief stint with Salt Lake at the end of last season. Matt Brown was the only other Traveler with a hit in both games.
Rancho comeback not enough
The Quakes dropped their fifth straight match-up with Lancaster, falling back to the .500 mark on the season with a 5-4 defeat Tuesday.
Michael Collins had a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in another, collecting multiple hits for the third consecutive night. Both of his hits on the night came without a runner in scoring position. With runners on second or third, he’s been particularly effective this year, hitting .431 – and adding another 50 points to that mark when there are two outs.
Francisco Rodriguez had his roughest outing in nearly a month, surrendering five earned runs on eight hits over five innings. The righty avoided walking anybody and struck out five – his season high - but still owns a ratio of just 21-to-16 in 44.1 innings of work. While righties have jumped on him for a .337 average on the year, but it was switch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio who knocked three hits against him to lead the JetHawks’ offense.
Kernels outlast rain, Lumberjacks
Long after start Nick Adenhart left another outing having not allowed an earned run – and even longer after a 90-minute rain delay, Cedar Rapids plated three runs in the top of the 13th inning, then held on to beat Clinton 5-4.
Adenhart, who moved his May ERA to a microscopic 0.84, gave up just five hits and three walks in seven innings of work, but was charged with a pair of unearned runs. In the first, a two-out Brett Martinez passed ball allowed a run to cross the plate, while the second run scored after Hainley Statia made an error to allow a leadoff runner to reach in the sixth inning. The latter rally could have been worse but Statia snared a liner later in the inning and doubled off Clinton’s Freddie Thon at third base to end the inning. Adenhart has now gone at least seven innings in six straight outings and leads the Midwest League with 73 strikeouts.
Statia had had a rough night until the 13th inning. In addition to the error, he was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but in the final frame he lashed an RBI triple to center field and then came on to score what would turn out to be the deciding run on a Bradley Coon sacrifice fly. The switch hitter now owns a .307 average from the left side.
Flint Wipke had a pair of triples himself Tuesday, taking his season total to five. He and Bradley Coon now pace the Kernels, whose 24 on the year are tops on the circuit. No other squad has more than 20.