Salt Lake blanked 1-0 by Sacramento (Athletics)
Jeff Heaverlo had his best start since joining the Bees at the end of May, but got the tough-luck loss when his offense could muster just six singles against the RiverCats in a role-reversal from Friday night’s game.
Heaverlo gave up the only run of the game on a homer to right-center in the third inning. In total he allowed six hits and a pair of walks in five innings while striking out four. The 28-year-old righty has given up six home runs in just 27.2 innings since signing out of the Golden Baseball League. A first round pick by the Mariners in 1999, the former Washington Huskie has never rebounded after missing the entire 2002 season with a torn labrum.
Left fielder Curtis Pride continued his torrid June with two more hits in four at-bats after having his 10-game hitting streak snapped the night before. The 37-year-old has hit .452 this month and has ten multiple-hit games in 20 June starts. After hitting just .238 in April, he is now third in the PCL with a .359 overall average.
Arkansas falls to Corpus Christi again 5-4 (Houston)
For the third time in the four-game series to open the second half of the season, the Travelers were outplayed by the Hooks.
Nathan Haynes, who was signed out of the independent leagues last week, went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored. The 26-year-old speedster also stole a pair of bases for the Travs in his third game back in the organization. Originally drafted in the first round by Oakland in 1997, Haynes was first acquired by the Angels in 1999 and played in the system until he was released at the end of the 2003 season.
Starter Christopher Hunter’s ERA nudged closer to seven as he gave up five earned runs on eight hits and four walks in just 5.2 innings of work. The righty from Utah has now walked at least that many in five of his 13 starts. On the year, he has 32 walks against only 23 strikeouts in 66 innings of work.
Quakes get a much-needed break
Rancho limped into the All-Star break after losing four straight and 16 of its last 19. They will continue play on Thursday night against first-half champion Inland Empire.
Kernels lose 7-6 in extra innings at Fort Wayne (Padres)
Cedar Rapids took a lead into the ninth inning, but a Will Venable homer sent the game to extra innings before Venable ended the contest with another blow to lead off the 13th.
Outfielder Anderson Rosario hit his first home run since last August, collecting his first RBI in 46 at-bats at two levels this season. The 21-year-old Dominican entered the year with a .247 career average in the U.S., but has hit just .152 in limited action this season.
Reliever Tim Mattison took the loss for the second time in the series, giving up the second homer by Venable in the 13th inning. The righty entered with the bases loaded and two out in the ninths and got a pop out to keep the game alive, and then gave up just two hits over the next three innings. It was the fourth time in 23 outings he has been asked to go at least three innings, and the first time he surrendered a run in those games.
Brad Coon had a single to open the game, extending his hitting streak to 18 games. If he gets a hit in the series opener at Burlington on Monday, he will tie the longest streak of the year in the Midwest League.
Orem wins 13-3 in Casper (Rockies)
The Owlz pounded out six extra-base hits in the first two innings to jump out to a 10-1 lead, then cruised to the victory behind a six inning performance by starter Trevor Bell.
Bell gave up just two earned runs on six hits in the longest outing for an Owlz pitcher in the short season. The righty from Crescenta has now struck out eight in 11 innings while walking only one. In his brief pro debut last year, the 19-year-old walked three in eight innings.
Right fielder Julio Perez may not want to leave Casper. A night after going 2-for-3 with a stolen base, the Dominican had a double and two homers with a pair of walks in five plate appearances, driving in five runs. The righty had eight extra-base hits in 119 at-bats in the Dominican League last year - his third at that level – but is already half way to that total in four games for Orem.
Center fielder Chris Pettit, a 19th-round pick out of Loyola Marymount, hit leadoff for the first time in his five games played and opened the game with a triple. Although Pettit didn’t collect another hit in the game, he did draw a walk in the third inning. Despite just a .250 average so far, he is reaching base at a .400 clip because of a good eye.
Giants pound AZL Angels 10-4
Matt Sweeney continued his career-opening hot streak, but Amalio Diaz had a rougher outing in the desert than anything he encountered in the Cal League.
Diaz, who was shipped back to Arizona after being the Quakes’ best starter during four semi-emergency fill-in starts, was cuffed around a bit in his first outing in the Arizona League. The righty gave up five runs – four earned – on seven hits in six innings. He gave up four total runs in 23.2 total innings at High-A.
Catcher Anel De Los Santos collected his first two hits of the season and scored a run. The right hander, who just turned 18 last week, also threw out the only runner who attempted a steal against him in the game. De Los Santos, a Dominican native, hit .226 in 124 at-bats in the DSL last summer in his first taste of professional baseball.
Sweeney hit his second homer in as many days for Arizona and also picked up an RBI single. He has now reached base in nine of 13 plate appearances with a 1.222 slugging percentage in his first three professional games.