Salt Lake beats Grizzlies 7-6 in extra innings (Giants)
Jeff Mathis collected the Bees’ seventh double of the night to drive in Mike Eylward with the winning run as the club won its third straight in Fresno.
For Mathis, the 10th inning hit was his fourth of the night in six at-bats and his second double. While Mathis has just three homers since his demotion in May, he has knocked 24 doubles and, while his batting average is skewed by strong numbers at hitter-friendly Franklin Covey Field, 14 of those two-baggers have come on the road.
Reliever Chris Bootcheck delivered an important three innings of scoreless baseball for a club working with a short pitching staff. The big right-hander allowed just one hit while striking out two to pick up his fourth win of the season. Over his last 18 innings, he has given up only five earned runs and allowed a .188 average against. After walking 19 hitters in his first 26 innings, he has allowed just six free passes in the last 23 frames.
Dallas McPherson had an RBI double, but struck out in his other five at-bats on the night. Erick Aybar had incredibly mixed results. On the positive side, he had three hits, including a pair of doubles, three RBIs and stole a pair. On the other hand, he was caught stealing third to short-circuit a rally in the sixth inning and committed his 14th error of the season to open the fifth.
Travs get second straight over Tulsa, 6-3 (Rockies)
Arkansas used a four run inning in which they had no hits and strong pitching from Nick Green to seal their second straight game and maintain their surprising second-half lead in the North Division of the Texas League.
Green made his longest appearance for the Travs, going eight innings and allowing all three Drillers runs. The righty from Georgia moved his record to 5-1 in nine starts since his promotion while tying his high strikeout performance with seven. While opponents are hitting .282 against him, he has walked just 13 in almost 60 innings to help limit the damage.
While the Travelers had only five hits on the day – and only Greg Porter’s 21st double went for extra-bases – they used a strange sequence which involved three errors, three stolen bases and three walks in their big fifth inning. Leadoff man Nathan Haynes, who reached on a sacrifice bunt when the Tulsa catcher threw the ball away, eventually stole home on the front end of a well-executed double steal. He now has 10 steals in 25 games since rejoining the Angels organization, but has also been caught seven times.
Ports stomp Rancho 13-7 (A’s)
Sean Rodriguez came up a single short of the cycle and Nate Sutton kept up with the astounding power surge, but they were no match for the outburst from Stockton’s hitters as the Quakes lost their fourth straight games to deepen their hole in last place in the division.
Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to seven games with a three-run homer in the first inning, then knocked in two more with a double in his next plate appearance. The righty continued his assault against left-handed pitching with those two hits and now owns a .358 average to go with a .633 slugging percentage against southpaws. With his recent surge, Rodriguez has moved into the top 10 in the Cal League with a .310 batting average.
Nate Sutton, in the lineup as the Quakes’ designated hitter and leadoff batter, had two more hits including his eighth homer overall and sixth in eight games. He has now scored at least one run in 11 straight games, including three times on Wednesday.
Starter Karl Gelinas had his shortest outing of the year, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in just three innings of work. The Quebec native has given up at least 10 hits in three of his seven starts, leading to a .339 average against in 38.2 innings of work.
Cedar Rapids had the night off to travel to Quad Cities where they open a four-game series on Thursday
Owlz fall to Missoula 5-4 in extra innings (Diamondbacks)
For the second straight night, Orem successfully rallied in the ninth inning to tie the score, only to see the Ospreys push the winning run across in the 10th.
Jeremy Haynes took the mound to open the game for the Owlz and delivered his longest outing of the season. The righty from Tallahassee Community College threw 5.1 innings of two-hit ball and the only run charged to him crossed the plate after he was pulled. While he struck out only two hitters, he also didn’t walk anyone for the first time in his five starts. In his three appearances on the road, he has given up just two earned runs in 10.2 innings.
Center fielder Chris Pettit had a pair of hits including a double to extend his hitting streak to four games. While the Loyola Marymount alum is hitting .284 overall in his professional debut, he has made the most of his hits. He has a .375 average with runners on and produces at a .458 clip when those runners are in scoring position, helping him to 16 RBIs on 19 hits. Four of his last eight hits have been for extra bases.
The Owlz ran wild on the basepaths, swiping eight bases total without being caught. P.J. Phillips claimed one of those and now leads the club with nine in 11 attempts.
The AZL Angels were off on Wednesday. They play at the Mariners’ complex on Thursday.