Missions nip Arkansas 6-5 (Mariners)
Terry Evans continued his impressive debut with the Angels, clubbing his fourth homer in six games for the Travs. The right-hander is hitting .333 with seven RBIs since he was traded for Jeff Weaver. Even though he has been in the Texas League for just over a month, Evans is now in the top 10 with 11 homers. Of concern, however, are his nine strikeouts and no walks in 25 plate appearances with Arkansas.
Kyle Edens' struggles continued as he took his second loss with the Travs. The right hander, acquired from the Reds in exchange for Esteban Yan earlier this year, yielded a run on three hits and has now allowed the opponent to score in nine of his 11 appearances in Arkansas. Opponents are hitting .347 against him and have drawn nine walks against just 10 strikeouts in 23.2 innings of work.
Rancho pounds Inland Empire 16-1 (Mariners)
The Quakes launched a 22-hit attack against the 66'ers and made Nick Adenhart's second victory in the Cal League a laugher.
Adenhart, who appeared in the Futures Game on Sunday, gave up one run on four hits and two walks over six innings. The righty struck out six and looked much more like the top prospect Cedar Rapids fans saw than the pitcher who earned a win his first time out for the Quakes. In his two starts against Inland Empire, the Quakes have given him 27 runs of support.
Pat Reilly came up a homer short of the cycle and was one of five Quakes hitters with at least three hits in the game. In addition, he drew two walks, matching his total from his previous 24 games. After a strong transition to the Cal League in May, Reilly had seen his production drop off steadily, but recently put together an eight game hitting streak as he has made adjustments.
Cedar Rapids downs Clinton 6-2 (Rangers)
Tommy Mendoza had his fourth straight exceptional start for the Kernels to help them to an easy win as they opened their series against the Lumber Kings.
Mendoza allowed two runs – just one earned – on six hits in six innings. While the hard-throwing righty had only three strikeouts, he issued just one free pass. He has yielded only three earned runs over his last 29.2 innings of work and hasn't lost a game in his last 10 starts. The Floridian has shown surprising control for a high school pick in his first year of full-season ball, issuing just 25 walks and three wild pitches in 122 innings of work.
Mark Trumbo collected three of the club's four RBIs as the Kings generously allowed two runs to score on errors in the contest. Trumbo launched a two-run homer off reliever Juan Carlos Garcia in the seventh. All but one of the righty's homers – and 13 of his 14 doubles – have now come off right-handed pitching. The 2004 draftee has hit in five straight, with four multi-hit efforts in the streak.
Owlz comeback falls short 5-4 against Missoula (Diamondbacks)
Orem plated three runs over the final two innings and had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, but couldn't push it across as the club dropped their second straight to the Ospreys.
Amalio Diaz was handed his second straight loss, throwing only three innings. Diaz was tagged for four runs - though only two were earned – on six hits. The righty who debuted so well in the Cal League has now allowed six earned runs in 16 innings for the Owlz. While his strikeout count is down, he has issued just two walks.
Ryan Mount continued his one-man assault on Pioneer League pitching, knocking his fifth home run of the young season, a two-run shot, to close the gap to 5-3 in the eighth inning. Mount, who has seen most of his playing time in the leadoff spot, has hit in five straight and sports an .853 slugging percentage in nine games this month.
AZL Angels pound Cubs 11-1
Behind an eight-run sixth inning and another strong pitching performance, the Angels' rookie-league club cruised to an easy victory on Wednesday.
Brok Butcher, in his longest appearance yet since he went on the disabled list in Cedar Rapids with a pinched nerve, gave up one earned run on three hits and a walk in six innings. The righty, who was re-assigned to Tempe last month, has now yielded just three earned runs over 17.1 innings of work in the rookie league. A 25th-round pick last year, Butcher will likely be promoted soon to help the club comply with age restrictions for their roster in the lowest level of the game.
Every hitter in the Angels lineup had at least one hit and eight different players scored a run in a balanced offensive attack. Catcher Anel De Los Santos paced the team with his second triple and first homer of the season. The 18-year-old, who was behind the plate after Hank Conger had to leave the previous game because of symptoms of dehydration, has hit in seven straight appearances split between catcher and designated hitter.
Conger, who appeared as the designated hitter, had one double in four at-bats and is now hitting .333 on the year.