Sky Sox knock off Salt Lake 8-4 (Rockies)
Colorado Springs put up three runs in the first and never looked back as they rebounded to take game two of their series against the Bees.
Starter Steven Shell had his worst outing of the year, giving up eight runs – seven earned – on 11 hits in just 5.1 innings of work. Control was not the righthander’s problem as 62 of his 88 pitches were for strikes, but he elevated a number of pitches in the zone, leading to four extra-base hits. Shell has struggled on the road in the PCL, posting a 5.40 ERA that is almost three points higher than his mark at Franklin Covey Field. Five of the six home runs he has surrendered have come as a visiting pitcher.
Mike Eylward gets the rare back-to-back mention with his second straight three-hit night. The righty collected Salt Lake’s only extra-base hit of the night with a double and drew a walk in his first plate appearance. After a somewhat slow start in Triple-A following his promotion in May, Eylward is hitting .345 in June with nearly as many walks (9) as strikeouts (10).
Missions pound Arkansas (Seattle)
The Travelers continued their struggles, falling to 1-5 in the second half of the season, while San Antonio kept up their surge to begin play after the All-Star game, winning their fourth straight.
Starter James Holcomb had trouble for the second straight outing, giving up five runs – three earned – on six hits and three walks. The righthander did not record an out in the fourth inning before he was relieved and has not made it into the fifth inning in five of his 12 starts this year.
Reliever Bob Zimmermann threw two shutout innings of relief, his longest outing since returning from the disabled list. Despite putting eight men on base in 4.2 innings this month, he has allowed just one run.
The Travs managed just three hits in the game, collecting their only run on Brandon Wood’s 17th home run of the year. The slugger has driven in five of the team’s 22 runs since the all-star break.
Quakes represent in All-Star game
Jose Arredondo started the Cal League-Carolina League All-Star match-up on Tuesday, but took the loss when he surrendered a pair of runs on three hits. The righty didn’t record a strikeout.
Sean Rodriguez and Michael Collins were both in the Cal League starting lineup and each went 1-for-2. Rodriguez played second base to make room for Reid Brignac at shortstop.
Adenhart dominates to lead Kernels over Burlington (Royals)
The Cedar Rapids offense continued to sputter, but Nick Adenhart made sure that didn’t matter by throwing eight innings of three-hit ball. The righty became the first Midwest League pitcher to 10 wins and moved back to third on the circuit in strikeouts by collecting six on the day. The performance lowered his ERA to 1.95 on the season and his road ERA to an even-more stellar 1.17.
Adenhart turned the ball over to Ryan Aldridge in the ninth, who converted his 15th save in 18 opportunities. The 2004 draftee has allowed just two earned runs over his last 18 innings of work and, by collecting two more on Tuesday, has 52 strikeouts in 36 innings of work.
The Kernels had only one hit going into the eighth inning, but Larry Infante poked a one-out single, stole second and, after a groundout moved him to third, came around on a Stantrel Smith single to right.
Owlz fall 3-2 in 13 to Ogden (Dodgers)
Orem dodged bullets all night while the Raptors left 15 men on base, but Ogden finally came up with the winning run in the top of the 13th.
Sean O’Sullivan yielded one unearned run in the first inning, but gave up just two more singles in five innings of work. The big righty has not allowed an earned run yet as a professional and has 10 strikeouts against just five hits and one walk in nine innings of work. Right-handed hitters have managed just one hit in 13 at-bats against him.
Felipe Arredondo threw 3.2 more innings of shutout ball and stranded two runners he inherited with one out in the ninth. The teenager from Culiacan struggled out of the bullpen in Arizona last year, but has given up just three hits in seven innings of work so far in the Pioneer League.
The Owlz had a chance to win it in the ninth when their first four batters reached, including Scott Knazek driving in Peter Bourjos when he was hit by a pitch. But, with the bases still loaded and nobody out, three straight Orem hitters struck out swinging to end the threat and send the game into extra innings. Only Bourjos, who led off with a single, had a hit in the inning.
AZL Angels get 2-1 victory over A’s
The rookie league Angels got three straight singles with one out in the bottom of the ninth to plate the winning run and claim their second victory of the young season.
Center fielder Clay Fuller opened the winning rally with a knock to left field, moved up on Alex Fonseca’s third hit of the game, and came around on a hit by leadoff man Jeremy Moore. Fuller is at just .150 on the season, but has a hit in three straight and also reached on a walk on Tuesday.
Brok Butcher, who began the season on the disabled list after he was drafted in the 25th round of last year’s draft, threw 3.1 innings of scoreless ball in his first start in the desert. The righty out of Camarillo gave up just one hit and struck out five, but left the game after he walked his second hitter of the day.
After going 0-for-5 through his first two professional games, Fonseca had a pair of doubles and a walk before his bunt single in the ninth. The shortstop hit .238 in 22 games as a senior for Florida Atlantic before the Angels drafted him in the 36th round.