Salt Lake holds on for 7-6 win over Fresno (Giants)
Dallas McPherson, playing first base for the first time during his rehab assignment, had a pair of hits including a two-run homer. The lefty is now 4-for-18 while rehabbing from his latest back strain and will likely stay with the Bees through their road trip.
Steven Shell, making just his second appearance in three weeks, gave up six runs on eight hits – including four for extra bases – and two walks. The former third round pick has give up 18 runs over his last three outings, causing his ERA to balloon to 4.86. The righty has struggled all year with runners in scoring position, allowing opponents to hit .429 in those situations.
Arkansas had the day off and will resume Tuesday at Tulsa
The Quakes had Monday off and will resume Tuesday hosting Stockton
Kernels down Rays 3-1 (Devil Rays)
Tommy Mendoza continued his dominance over the last month and made a few early runs stand up for a victory.
Mendoza yielded just one earned run on five hits over eight innings of work, striking out seven with no walks. The righty has not yielded more than one run in his last five outings and has now won his last seven decisions. Mendoza, who is still just 18 years old, has 105 strikeouts, good for fourth in the league, against just 25 walks in 130 innings of work.
Dallas Morris drove in all three Kernels runs with three hits on the night. The third baseman has hit in seven of eight, driving in eight runs in the process. After a brutal June in which he hit just .195, Morris is rebounding with a .315 average this month. Even with all three of his hits coming against the Ray’s right-handed starter, Morris has done most of his damage on the year against lefties.
Orem falls to Missoula 8-4 (Diamondbacks)
Even with a pair of homers by Luis Rivera, the Owlz were unable to overcome a four run fourth inning and snapped their four game winning streak.
Brok Butcher, who was called up from Arizona earlier in the day, gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in five innings of relief work. After dominating in four appearances in the desert, the Oxnard Community College product didn’t record a strikeout in his Pioneer League debut.
Rivera doubled his career home run production in the game, knocking leadoff homers in the fourth and sixth innings. The 2004 fifth round pick has hit in eight of nine games to move his average up to .284 on the year, but has also struck out at least once in each of those contests. The right-handed hitter has struck out 26 times in 22 games, keeping up the rough pace he had in his two years playing in Arizona.
AZL Angels rally for 8-5 win over A’s
The Angels put up five runs in the top of the ninth to move back over .500 on the year.
Slugging first baseman Seth Loman had the key hit of the rally with a bases-loaded double to drive in a pair. All of the big switch-hitter’s hits have come from the left side so far as a pro, though he also has 16 of his strikeouts in 46 at-bats from that side.
Reliever Pedro Herrera, in his second straight year in the Arizona League, extended his scoreless innings streak to 8.1 to begin the season while recording his fourth save. The 20-year-old has struck out eight while allowing just six hits over seven appearances. After walking 15 in 24 innings last year, the Venezuelan native has given up just one so far this season.