Salt Lake downed by former teammate
The Bees fell to the Tucson Toros 5-4 Thursday night when former Angels prospect Alberto Callaspo hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Howie Kendrick moved his average over the .400 mark with a 3-for-5 performance that included a pair of doubles. It was his sixth straight contest with multiple hits.
Darin Erstad, who took several days off in his injury rehab efforts, was back on the field in centerfield for the Bees. With a single in the sixth inning, the big-leaguer is 2-for-19 in five minor league games as he gets his ankle ready to go.
Dustin Moseley, making his second start since missing time with back spasms, went six innings in which he threw 89 pitches. The former first-rounder gave up three runs – two earned – on four hits and three walks. With a 2.89 ERA, Moseley has moved into the top 10 in the PCL.
Drillers silence Arkansas bats
The Travelers came into the night on a four-game winning streak in which they had scored 31 runs, but the club managed just four hits against Tulsa pitching on the way to a 4-2 loss.
Jason Aspito hit his fourth homer of the week, taking his season total to 11, to plate both Travelers runs. The blast was just his third on the road however as the left-handed hitter has hit just .267 away from Ray Winder Field.
Jesse Smith tossed his second career complete game, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits. The Nebraska native surrendered a home run for the fourth straight game after giving up just two through his first nine outings. After winning three straight starts in early May, Smith has lost six straight.
Aspito’s homer was one of just four hits on the night for the Travs. All three other knocks were singles.
Rancho falls back to .500
Micah Posey followed up his scoreless outing last week with a seven inning performance in which he allowed only one earned run. But a costly throwing error and another feeble effort from the office left him with a loss in a 2-1 decision to Visalia. It was the sixth time in 10 outings since he joined the rotation that he held his opponents to two runs or less, but the other four outings have all been rough enough to send his ERA as a starter up to 4.20.
Centerfielder Josh LeBlanc, whose errant throw from centerfield on a sacrifice fly allowed the Oaks’ second run to score, plated the Quakes’ only run of the series after a leadoff double in sixth. He had two of the team’s six hits in the game.
Reliever Kevin Lynch struck out a pair in his lone inning of work in relief of Posey. He has induced 11 whiffs in his last seven innings of work. The scoreless frame lowered his ERA to 1.76 in 30.2 California League innings.
Kernels drop sixth straight
A night after they were officially eliminated in the first half of the Midwest League season, Cedar Rapids lost their sixth straight game, falling to Quad City 7-3.
Andy Hill dropped his second straight decision, giving up four runs over seven innings. While he gave up only six hits, three of them left the yard after the righty had kept his opponents in the yard through his first two starts for the Kernels. After striking out 70 in 72 innings for Orem last year, Hill has just 8 strikeouts through his first 19 innings this season.
For the second straight night, catcher Brett Martinez had a pair of hits including the club’s only extra-base hit. The 24th-round pick from 2002 who signed a year later is looking to rebound from a brutal May in which he hit just .143 in 77 at-bats.
The last six hitters in the Kernels lineup all sport averages below .230, anchored by rightfielder Madison Edwards’ .150 line. The club has slid to 11th in the league with a .236 average.