Weaver dominant for Bees
Jered Weaver knows that roster decisions are out of his control, but he made it as hard as he could for the Angels to leave him in Triple-A on Friday night, carrying Salt Lake to a 1-0 victory. The big righty went the distance to collect his second shutout of the year, giving up just two singles. He set a franchise record by striking out 14 Sacramento hitters and, for the second time this year, carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
First baseman Corey Myers scored the only run of the game after reaching on a walk to open the fifth inning. He moved up on a sacrifice bunt in front of two more walks before coming around on a groundout by Curtis Pride. Pride had singled earlier to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Arkansas falls in extra innings
The Travelers took a lead to the bottom of the eighth, but after watching Corpus Christi tie it, could manage just one hit before the Hooks won on a walk-off homer in the 12th.
Nick Green gave up a pair of homers among the three runs he allowed in seven innings, leaving with a chance to win his third game in four starts. However, Bill Edwards gave up a pair of runs in the eighth and Miguel Gonzalez allowed just his second homer of the season to give the Hooks a walk-off victory in the 12th.
Utilityman Devin Day had his best game in a Travelers uniform going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. The righty was at second base Friday, but has played all three outfield positions and everywhere on the infield but first in only 23 games. He also stole his first base since last July.
More misery for Quakes in High Desert
The Quakes dropped their 10th straight contest against the Mavericks, getting shelled 12-2 in Adelanto.
The Mavs jumped on starter Micah Posey for eight runs on eight hits and three walks in four-plus innings of work. While Posey’s total was inflated when all three runners he left on in the fifth scored, his inability to get deep into games hurt him as it has all year. The lefty has been chased before the end of the fifth in five of his 13 starts. He is now just 1-8 since moving into the rotation.
Leadoff man Josh LeBlanc had the only extra-base hit among the six the Quakes collected with a double to open the sixth inning. The lefty is now hitting .290 in June to bring his season average up to .250.
Kernels get rain-shortened win
Cedar Rapids scratched out a run in the fourth inning and then held on through the rain until the game was called after the sixth.
Josh Davies had an impressive debut in full-season ball, collecting a single in his first at-bat and then driving in the only run of the game in his next trip to the plate. The Australian, who has played all four infield positions and left field during two seasons in Arizona, started at third base for the Kernels. The righty drew a walk to complete his perfect night at the plate.
Starter Stephen Marek, who hasn’t lost since April 25, earned his eighth victory of the year with the abbreviated complete game. After allowing just one earned run in his last 18 innings of work, Marek now has a 2.14 ERA for the season, just 0.03 behind Nick Adenhart for the team lead.
Orem lays an egg in home opener
The Owlz played their first game at home tonight against the now-familiar Ogden Raptors, but couldn’t do anything to please the fans in a 7-1 defeat.
For the second time in three days, righty Felipe Arredondo threw 1.2 innings of shutout ball in relief. The 19-year-old from Mexico has yielded just one hit while striking out five. In Arizona last year, the hard thrower recorded 62 whiffs in 59 innings.
Last year’s second round pick P.J. Phillips had a single in four at-bats and has now hit in each of the Owlz four games. The 19-year-old from suburban Atlanta led his Arizona League club with a .291 average last season.
AZL Angels won’t go undefeated
In game two, the rookie league Angels were unable to find late-inning heroics and fell to the Mariners 7-5 in their first game at Tempe.
Centerfielder Jeremy Moore had a pair of hits, including a two-run triple after an 0-for-5 start to the season Thursday. The left-handed hitter from Louisiana hit .227 in 110 at-bats in the desert last summer after the Angels took him in the fifth round.
After reaching base four times in the first game, third baseman Matt Sweeney repeated the feat on Friday, including his first professional home run. He had just one other official at-bat in the contest however, as he drew a walk and was hit by a pitch twice. The lefty hit .600 in his senior season at Magruder High School in suburban Washington, D.C., slugging 11 home runs while striking out just once in 77 plate appearances.
Starter Esmerlin Jimenez had a rough U.S. debut, giving up six earned runs on eight hits in just 2.2 innings. The righty, who gave up just one home run in 105 innings over two seasons in the Dominican Summer League was touched for a three-run blast in the third inning.