Two walk-off victories for Angels affiliates

Joe Saunders still hot

Salt Lake and Arkansas both rallied late and won with a run in their final at-bats, while Rancho and Cedar Rapids fell. Three starting pitchers turned in strong performances, but Rafael Rodriguez still can't get it going in Arkansas.

Salt Lake wins in 13 innings
The Bees scored only once in the first eight innings of their game against Las Vegas, but then plated runs in three of the next four frames to keep the game going before finally winning on a single by Howie Kendrick in the 13th inning.

Kendrick was 3-for-6 on the night with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored to raise his average back to .398 on the year. He has three or more hits in nine of his 47 games this season.

Joe Saunders started for the Bees and went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. The lefty also struck out seven. He has held his opponents to two runs or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts and has made it through at least eight innings five times over the last month.

Reliever Jon Rouwenhorst has gone more than two innings only three times this season, but he has now earned a victory on each occasion. Although he allowed one run on a solo homer in the 12th inning, he otherwise held the 51's in check, lowering his ERA to 4.71.

Travelers walk off with a victory
After watching Wichita come back to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning, Arkansas plated one in the bottom of the frame to take a 7-6 victory over the Wranglers.

Aaron Peel drove in the winning run with a bases loaded single to right to clinch the victory, the second time in the game he put the team ahead. In the seventh inning, the righty launched a two run homer to left, fourth of the month and sixth overall on the season. All six homers have come against right-handed pitching.

Once again, starter Rafael Rodriguez struggled on the night, giving up four runs in just 4.2 innings of work. He has failed to get beyond the fifth inning in five of his 11 starts in the Texas League and, with two walks Friday, has surrendered 28 free passes in 55.1 innings of work. In addition to the walks, Rodriguez uncorked three wild pitches in the contest, taking his total to eight.

Reserve catcher Brent DelChiaro doubled his runs scored on the year by crossing the plate three times. Appearing in just his fourth game this month, the Berkeley, CA, native had a single and two walks, just the second time he has reached base more than once in a game.

Mavericks hold Quakes in check
For the first time all season, an opponent put more than three runs on the board against Cal League All-Star Jose Arredondo as High Desert downed the Quakes 7-2 Friday.

Arredondo surrendered four runs - though only three were earned – in seven innings to take the loss and drop his record to 4-5. The Mavs got only five hits – two for extra bases – in the contest to put those runs on the board, using a sacrifice fly, a suicide squeeze and a ground out to push the runners across the plate. Opponents have just a .191 average against him on the year.

Sean Rodriguez opened Rancho's scoring by homering for the third straight night. The shortstop leads the club with 13 dingers, a .363 on-base percentage and a .520 slugging percentage. He also started three double plays on the night rebounding from his recent struggles with his throwing.

For the second time since returning from Arkansas, Michel Simard struggled in his inning of work. Although a fielding error behind him made two of the three runs he surrendered unearned, he compounded his trouble by walking a pair and giving up two extra-base hits.

Cedar Rapids bullpen breakdown leads to loss
Stephen Marek dominated the Beloit Snappers for six innings, but it took three relievers to get through the seventh as the club surrendered all the runs in their 5-2 loss.

Marek gave up six hits while shutting out the Snappers, his third scoreless outing of the season. Although he walked three to equal his season high, he continued to shut down righties who now have just a .181 average against him this year. Overall, he has given up 72 hits, against 78 strikeouts, in 86.1 Midwest League innings.

Marek's success was not picked up by Chris Howell, Brad Beck and Rafael Cruz Chavez. All five runs – three earned – were charged to Howell, but three crossed the plate after he left the game. He has now surrendered runs in each of his last five outings to raise his ERA to 5.19 on the season.

Shortstop Hainley Statia hit his first home run of the season for the club's second run of the game. The switch-hitter, whose game is making contact and getting on base, now has four career roundtrippers in 622 at-bats.

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