Bees come back for 7-4 victory over Colorado Springs(Rockies)
After managing just a pair of runs against Rockies top prospect Ubaldo Jimenez through 6.2 innings, Salt lake got seven over the last two frames to extend their division lead to 2.5 games over Tacoma.
Mike Eylward capped off a strong game with a walk-off three run homer in the ninth. The big righty, who hit .365 in Arkansas earlier this year, has his average back to .300 since his promotion. He has hit three of his four home runs at Triple-A with runners in scoring position.
Kasey Olenberger made his second start since coming off the disabled list and gave up four hits and three runs in the first inning, but then retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. The righty missed three weeks after dislocating his non-pitching elbow. He has been very effective against left handers this year, allowing just a .223 average, but righties have pounded him for a .308 average and .523 slugging percentage.
Arkansas edges Wichita 1-0 (Royals)
Jose Arredondo didn’t miss a beat in his Double-A debut, throwing a five-hit complete game shutout for the Travelers to earn the victory. The power righty struck out eight batters, just the third time all year he had fewer strikeouts than innings pitched. Arredondo’s breaking pitches were working, helping him to induce 13 ground outs.
Dwaine Bacon scored the game’s only run in the sixth when he singled, moved up on a sacrifice bunt, then stole third and came around on a throwing error by the Wranglers catcher. Bacon was in the eight hole in the lineup for the second time this season after spending the majority of the year in the leadoff role.
Rancho Cucamonga downs San Jose 4-1 (Giants)
Behind Francisco Rodriguez’s best performance in nearly two months, the Quakes moved to 5-2 after the all-star break and evened their series against the Giants.
Rodriguez, who got just his second victory of the year, threw six innings of one-run baseball. The righty gave up four hits but also matched his season high with four walks. He mitigated those free passes with five extra-base hits. In his two victories, opponents have hit just .173, but they have a .337 mark in his other 13 games.
Right fielder Cody Fuller had a solo shot in the top of the ninth for just his second home run of the season. The former Texas Tech two-sport athlete has 11 hits in his last 27 at-bats, including six extra-base hits. He has hit over .300 when the bases are empty, but just .247 with runners on.
Kernels rally for 4-3 victory over Burlington (Royals)
For just the second time this year, Cedar Rapids came back from a ninth inning deficit and downed the Bees.
Larry Infante had a double to plate the tying run then came around to score the winner on a Brett Martinez single one batter later. The second baseman has now hit in eight straight games, scoring seven runs in the process. After a brutally slow start to the year, the 21-year-old has hit .319 since June 1.
Robert Mosebach started and went eight innings for the Kernels, giving up two runs on five hits. The righty has struck out 15 in 22 innings over his last three outings, walking just two in the process. He hasn’t lost a game in his last six outings.
Orem downs Idaho Falls 4-2 (Royals)
A late inning Chukars defensive miscue gave Chris Pettit a gift RBI triple and the Owlz a victory Wednesday night.
Trevor Bell continued his success against Pioneer League competition, allowing just one run on four hits in five innings. Last year’s top draft pick has given up just six runs through his first four starts of the season, going at least five innings in each. For the second straight outing, Bell walked two and had just a pair of strikeouts.
Pettit’s fly ball dropped in to drive in a pair on his second triple of the year. The Loyola Marymount alum, who scored a run for the Owlz earlier in the game after a single, has hits in every-other game this season and is now 4-for-9 against lefties.
Felipe Arredondo came in with two on and nobody out in the eighth inning and gave up an RBI single to tie the score before getting out of the inning to blow his first save. The righty recorded five of his six outs via strikeouts and got the win when the Owlz reclaimed their lead in the ninth.
AZL Angels pound Giants 12-6
Hank Conger and Seth Loman each hit their first professional home runs to pace the Angels in a victory over the league leaders.
Loman, a draft-and-follow signing out of Lamar Community College, has started to hit the ball with more authority after beginning his pro career slowly. After collecting a hit in each of his last three games, including a pair of doubles, the big righty made his first homer one to remember when he blasted a grand slam to right center with one out in the sixth.
Conger’s two-run homer in the eighth to finish the Angels scoring was one of his two hits in the contest. The blast came from the left side where Conger showed more power in high school and his workouts. The first round pick is hitting .356 with five extra-base hits in his first 11 professional games.
Although starter Tim Schoeninger allowed his first earned runs of the year, he also collected his first professional win. The 23rd-round pick out of University of Nevada gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in five innings of work. The righty has allowed just a .200 average against overall, but opponents are hitting .313 when runners are on base.