Bees cruise to win over Fresno
For the second day in a row, a Salt Lake pitcher dominated the Grizzlies as Kasey Olenberger led the Bees to a 7-1 victory over Fresno Sunday.
Olenberger, who had given up 19 earned runs in his last 15 innings of work, gave up just a one-out single in the fourth inning against the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate. Although he walked a season-high four batters, he spaced them out and never allowed a runner to reach third base. The 28-year-old righty has been very good when he is on this season, shutting out his opponents three times, but has also been touched for ugly run totals in four outings. Most of his success has come on the road, where his 1.69 ERA is six-and-a-half points below his mark at Franklin Covey Field.
Nick Gorneault extended his league lead by driving in a pair of runs with two hits on the night. The slugging righty now has 48 RBI on the year, well ahead of his pace when he set a career high last year with 108. It was the 12th time this season he had multiple RBIs in a game.
We try not to keep reporting on the same players in our wrap-ups, but Howie Kendrick just keeps coming up with ways to get his name in there. Today he had a double and homer in five at-bats, driving in a pair and scoring two as well. It was the sixth time in seven days he posted multiple hits, moving his slugging percentage since he returned to Salt Lake to .676.
Arkansas wins back-to-back games
For the second day in a row, the Travelers bullpen almost cost the team a game, but Aaron Peel hit the club’s second walk-off homer of the year to secure an 8-7 victory.
Reliever Kyle Edens, making his second innings-eating appearance in four days, escaped trouble in the seventh and eighth innings, but gave up a pair of solo homers in the ninth. All three runs he has given up for Arkansas have come in his third inning of work. In the Reds’ organization, he worked more than two innings just three times in 18 appearances this season.
Peel has been at his best in the leadoff spot for the Travs this season, and Sunday was no exception. After his homer, he owns a .268 average at the top of the lineup, with three homers in just 41 at-bats. When he hits lower in the order, he has a .243 average with one homer in 137 at-bats.
Eric Rodland stopped his recent slide with a 3-for-4 performance which included a pair of doubles and three runs scored. While he still owns a team-high .322 average, the right-handed second baseman had seen his average drop 42 points since May 21 before the start of play. Rodland has, however, remained very effective with runners on base, moving his total to .380 on Sunday.
Late inning heroics for Rancho
The Quakes came one out away from dropping their game to Inland Empire and wasting a golden opportunity to sweep the Southern Division leaders, but Pat Reilly got hold of a fastball and hit a grand slam to tie the game before the club pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the tenth.
The blast, Reilly’s second in two days and first career grand slam, moved the slugging outfielder’s average in the Cal League back over .300 for the season. After scuffling briefly, the leftfielder has now hit in eight of nine games, collecting five extra-base hits along the way. Like so many Angels prospects, the one concern is that he has struck out 30 times in 102 at-bats while drawing only five walks.
Cliff Remole hit his second homer of the season, a two-run shot against righty Ivan Blanco. The first baseman has hit in six straight games and has overtaken Michael Collins for the team lead with a .317 average. An 11th-round pick in the 2004 draft, Remole has almost matched his season at-bat total from all of 2005 already this year.
Adenhart proved human as Cedar Rapids falls
Between April 18 and May 30, right-hander Nick Adenhart allowed seven earned runs in 60.2 innings. On Sunday, he matched that total while retiring only six hitters. In the roughest outing of his career, the 19-year-old compounded his pitching trouble with three throwing errors on pickoff attempts. Although he walked just one, he also recorded a season-low with one strikeout and uncorked his team-high tenth wild pitch of the season. The performance saw his ERA soar all the way to 2.17 for the year.
Flint Wipke and Mark Trumbo combined for nine of the Kernels’ 14 hits on the night. Wipke turned in the first five-hit game of his career, moving his average up to .272. The righty has hit in five of six contests to raise his average 30 points. Trumbo had his first four-hit game behind him, including a double and homer.