Bees sneak by Sacramento 7-6 (A’s)
Salt Lake got their third straight one-run victory over the RiverCats at home on Sunday, and now the two teams head to Sacramento for a four-game set there.
Utility man Adam Pavkovich collected his eighth home run of the season in the eighth inning to cap off his three-hit game. He had only gotten that many hits two other times on the year, both of which were also home games. Playing at second base on Sunday, Pavkovich has started at a different spot in each of the last four games.
Curtis Pride had only one hit in the game, but it was timely. The veteran, who had hit in seven of eight games coming into Sunday’s contest, followed Casey Smith’s double in the bottom of the ninth with a two-base hit of his own to drive in the winning run. Although he’s fallen off of his amazing pace from June, Pride still has eight RBIs in nine games this month.
Arkansas mashes with Wichita again in 9-7 victory (Royals)
In a game when the newly-acquired Terry Evans hit his second homer in three days, it was an eighth inning blast by Bobby Wilson that sealed the game for the Travelers.
Wilson was 1-for-1, but was on base three times thanks to a walk and hit-by-pitch, and also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left. Since May 1, Wilson has been the most consistent threat for the Travs, hitting .331 with 25 runs scored and 27 RBIs. He has also been a stalwart behind the plate, catching 62 of 86 games for Arkansas this season.
Nick Green earned his third consecutive victory despite giving up five runs in 6.2 innings of work. The Atlanta native has struggled on the road in the Texas League, posting a 5.12 ERA away from Ray Winder Field, nearly two runs higher than his work at home. Hitters at Double-A have hit .276 against him, down 15 points from his 11 games in the Cal League.
Quakes outlast Oaks 10-7 (Devil Rays)
Rancho Cucamonga’s offense gave their all-Canadian pitching tandem more than enough support to break out of their season-long slump at Visalia Sunday. Karl Gelinas made his longest start of the year, going eight innings in which he surrendered four earned runs. The righty from Laval, Quebec, gave up 10 hits, including a pair of home runs, and a walk while striking out four. He has allowed opponents to hit .315 this season, but has cut that to .219 with runners in scoring position.
Michel Simard, from Quebec City, relieved Gelinas and finished out the game by allowing three runs – just one earned - in the bottom of the ninth. The 2002 draftee has given up a run in six of his 11 appearances since returning to Single-A ball last month.
Cody Fuller missed out on the cycle by a single going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. The outfielder has now hit in six straight to move his batting average back up to .289 on the season. All three of his home runs have come in his last 10 games played, lifting his slugging percentage to .427.
Cedar Rapids falls 11-8 to West Michigan (Tigers)
Although their bats came alive, the Kernels dropped their second straight contest Sunday afternoon.
Dallas Morris was 2-for-4 with a walk in the contest, including a two-RBI double in the first innings. Last year’s 24th-round pick is hitting .290 this month, with seven of his nine hits going for extra bases. The righty is slugging .613 against left handers on the year, but just .297 against righties.
Chris Howell was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs – two earned – on just two hits in 2.2 innings. The Georgia native walked a pair, the first time in six outings he allowed a free pass. The defensive lapse behind him is becoming an all-too-common experience for Howell. The righty has been taken for five unearned runs in his last 9.1 innings of work.
The Owlz had the day off. They resume at home against Missoula on Monday.
AZL Angels were off Sunday and play against the Royals in Maryvale Monday.