Pali mashes, Pettit clutch in wins

David Herndon and Tim Schoeninger both turned in impressive starting pitching performances in the short-season leagues. Ryan Mount keeps the homers coming while Terry Evans is making a big splash since joining the Angels organization.

Bees start All-Star Break
Salt Lake took a three game lead in the Pacific North Division into the break. At 54-36, the Bees have the third-best record in the PCL. They resume the season in Sacramento on Thursday.

Arkansas wins third straight with 8-6 victory over San Antonio (Mariners)
The Travelers struck for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to open their series against the Missions with a win.

Matt Pali led the offense going 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored. The left-handed slugger came a triple shy of the cycle in extending his hitting streak to six games. Pali has enjoyed hitting at Ray Winder Field, where he owns a .298 average since he was promoted in early May, but has hit just .189 in the other Texas League parks.

Jose Arredondo's second outing for the Travelers didn't go as well as his shutout debut. The fireballer gave up three runs in five innings, in large part because he had trouble finding the strike zone. As he did three times in the Cal League, Arredondo walked four batters in the contest but struck out just three.

Terry Evans continued his impressive start with the club. Not only did he collect his third homer in four games with Arkansas, he short-circuited a Missions rally when San Antonio tried to test his arm from center field by sending a runner from second on a single. For Evans, it was his eighth assist on the year. Sixers edge Rancho 4-3 (Mariners)
After the Quakes plated a pair of runs to tie the game in the top of the ninth, Brad Beck and Aaron Pullin gave up the winning score in the bottom of the frame to open the series with a loss.

Francisco Rodriguez turned in his second straight solid performance as a starter, yielding three earned runs in 6.2 innings. The righty, who got his first win in nearly two months in his last start, struck out five on Monday. Rodriguez walked just one, but it was just the fourth time in 16 starts he had less than two.

Cedar Rapids down Whitecaps 6-5 (Tigers)
Hainley Statia collected a pair of hits and remains the only Kernels hitter in the every-day lineup with an average above .275. The switch-hitter has had multiple hits in eight of his last 10 games, helping to move him back into the Midwest League top 10 in average. Hitting in the third spot in the lineup - as he has frequently over the last month – has suited the 20-year-old very well. He has hit .338, but has managed only seven RBIs in 19 games in the third spot.

As he had in each of his two previous victories, Robert Mosebach surrendered four earned runs while picking up the win. The righty yielded eight hits and a walk in 6.1 innings of work. He has now allowed only 25 free passes in 118.2 innings of work this season.

Owlz walk off with 2-1 win over Missoula (Diamondbacks)
David Herndon made his longest start as a pro, tossing five innings of one run ball for Orem. The righty had allowed seven runs over his last six-plus innings, but stymied the Osprey while allowing just three hits. For the third straight game, he allowed a home run to account for the only scoring against him on Monday.

Ryan Mount collected his third homer in as many games to even the score in the fourth inning and later drew his fifth walk of the year. Last year's second round pick is now second in the Pioneer League in homers and is second on the Owlz with a .459 slugging percentage. He managed only one homer in 102 at-bats in his pro debut in Arizona last year.

Chris Pettit got a two-out single in the ninth to plate the winning run. The Loyola Marymount University product has now driven in at least one in four straight games and has 12 to lead the team. He has the top on-base and slugging percentages on the club.

AZL Angels blank Royals 4-0
Tim Schoeninger continued his dominance of less-experienced batters in the rookie league, giving up just one hit while striking out eight over six innings of work. The 21-year-old who was selected out of the University of Nevada has racked up 19 strikeouts against only 13 runners allowed in 19.1 innings of work since signing his first professional contract. Opponents have just a .191 slugging percentage against him in the hitter-friendly Arizona Summer League.

Wilberto Ortiz had three hits in just his fourth appearance in the desert. The 20-year-old, in his first taste of ball in America, has a .500 on-base percentage through his first 14 plate appearances, collecting a pair of RBIs in the process.

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