Weaver and Marek continue hot streaks


Posted Jun 29, 2006


Weaver strikes out 11 more while Marek yields only one run again. Nick Green has been solid and very consistent for the Travelers. Jeremy Haynes gets his first professional start in Orem. If the triple is baseball's most exciting play, Hank Conger is flat-out exhilarating.

Salt Lake jumps on Colorado Springs 9-3 (Rockies)
Jered Weaver didn’t go as deep in the game as he has become accustomed, but he kept the Bees in it until their offense came to life in the late innings.

Weaver, coming off a two-hit shutout in his last outing, gave up one run on six hits in six innings while striking out 11. Three of the hits he surrendered were to the two lefties in the lineup against him. Southpaws have hit .247 against him on the season at Triple-A, nearly 50 points better than righties.

Ryan Budde collected his third homer in a week, a three-run blast that put the team ahead for good in the seventh inning. The right-handed catcher and first baseman is hitting .271 in June to raise his season mark to .223. The 12th-round pick from 2001 entered his second year at Salt Lake with a .234 career average.

Arkansas rallies for 4-3 victory over San Antonio (Seattle)
A two-out, two-run rally in the top of the ninth carried the Travs to a 4-3 victory as the club avoided a series sweep in the Alamo city.

For the third time in his five appearances in the Texas League, starter Nick Green gave up three runs in seven innings of work, this time on six hits. He had his highest totals in both strikeouts (seven) and walks (three) since his promotion. Overall, he has seven quality starts in 16 appearances this year.

Brandon Wood drove in the tying run with his league-leading 27th double of the year and then scored the winning run on Matt Brown’s second RBI single of the game. Wood was 3-for-4 with a walk to lead the offense, reclaiming the top slugging percentage in the Texas League. Wood commited his 18th error of the season with a throw in the eighth.

The club was successful on all six stolen base attempts in the game, led by Nathan Haynes’ three swipes. Haynes had a double and two walks in the game and now has a .462 on-base percentage since joining the team at the all-star break.

Quakes preparing to come back for strong second half
Rancho Cucamonga will resume play Thursday night against Inland Empire. The club has lost 12 of its last 13 games, but is 4-3 against the 66’ers on the year.

Kernels’ bullpen fails in 3-2 loss to Burlington (Royals)
For the seventh time in 10 games, Cedar Rapids failed to score more than two runs, and a late-inning collapse by the relief corps cost the team a victory.

Stephen Marek entered the eighth inning having allowed just four hits and one run, but when the Bees opened with an infield single, manager Bobby Magallenes pulled him in favor of lefty Brad Beck, who also gave up an infield hit to the only batter he faced. Tim Didjurgis then came on and had three runs cross the plate even though just one ball reached the outfield. A botched play on a sacrifice bunt and the third infield hit of the inning cost as much, if not more than, a liner to left.

Marek has surrendered only two runs in his last 25 innings of work over four appearances, yielding just a .191 average in that span. The righty has been even more difficult to hit with runners on base all year, yielding a .180 average with men on and .104 when they are in scoring position.

Flint Wipke knocked his sixth triple of the year in the eighth, but was later caught on a botched double-steal attempt. He has now been nabbed in seven of his 15 attempts on the year.

Owlz defeat Ogden 10-7 (Dodgers)
Orem jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning and never looked back as they moved to 6-and-3 on the year.

Tyler Johnson had a pair of RBI singles to drive in three on the night, extending his hitting streak to all six games in which he has played for the Owlz. The right-handed hitter has a .429 average with six RBIs since coming back down from Cedar Rapids to open the short season schedule. Catcher Scott Knazek also had a pair of singles and scored twice and is now hitting .312. The 15th round pick out of Rider University now has all but one of his hits against right-handed pitching.

Jeremy Haynes, who had come out of the bullpen in his first two appearances as a professional, started and went four innings for the Owlz. The righty gave up just one unearned run on three hits in that stint, striking out four.

Darren O’Day, signed as a fifth-year senior out of the University of Florida just before the draft, collected his third save in four outings. The righty from Jacksonville had a team-best 2.91 ERA for the Gators in his senior year, the third straight year he led the club. He was fourth all-time for Coach McMahon’s squad with 20 career saves.

AZL Angels lose to Cubs 8-7
The Cubs scored seven runs in the last three innings of the game to claim their first win of the season.

Hank Conger, who has yet to appear behind the plate as a professional, was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and has now hit in four of six appearances. The big switch-hitter was 2-for-3 from the right side and is now hitting .360 overall so far.

Angel Castillo came up a homer short of the cycle, going 3-for-5 for the second time in four games. The right-handed teenager from Caracas, Venezuela, is making an early impression in his professional debut.

After two scoreless appearances, reliever Sammy Leon took the loss for surrendering two runs on three hits in just two thirds of an inning. The 20-year-old right hander has spent the last two seasons working in relief for the Angels’ Dominican League club, posting a 2.70 overall ERA in that time.



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