Sidewinders finish series victory over Salt Lake 3-2 (Diamondbacks)
Joe Saunders threw eight innings in his first start back in the minors, but Tucson got to him for a pair of runs in his final frame of work to send the Bees to their third straight loss.
Saunders extended his PCL lead in innings pitched to 134 as he made his 11th start of at least seven innings. The lefty yielded three earned runs on eight hits. For the first time in a month, he did not walk a batter and he struck out four. Although Saunders continues to manage right-handed hitters better than lefties, all four doubles he yielded to the Sidewinders were by righties.
Erick Aybar had three of the Bees’ eight hits in the contest, including a double and scored a run. The switch-hitter is 14-for-34 since returning from the big leagues, lifting his average for the Bees back to .315 for the year. Aybar was caught trying to steal bases twice in the contest and has now been successful in just 65 percent of his attempts.
Arkansas gets 15-11 slugfest win over Springfield
The Travs used a 16-hit attack that included six homers to pound out their second consecutive victory over the Cardinals.
Nathan Haynes celebrated being named the Texas League Player of the Week by going 2-for-6 with a double and homer and driving in three runs. The right-handed hitter has at least a pair of hits in six of his last eight games, a span in which he has scored 12 runs at the top of the lineup. With a stolen base again Monday, Haynes has seven this month, but has been caught five times as well.
Catcher Bobby Wilson and designated hitter Greg Porter both launched a pair of homers in the contest. Wilson also drew two walks and came around to score three runs all told. It was the first time in Wilson’s career that he had multiple homers in a game and just the second time this year he has scored more than two runs.
Quakes blank Elsinore 9-0 (Padres)
Karl Gelinas turned in his best performance of season and Rancho Cucamonga put up a four spot in two different innings to cruise to a series-opening victory.
Gelinas collected the second complete game of his career, giving up just four hits. The righty had given up at least two runs in each of his eight starts coming in and had made it past the sixth inning just once. Gelinas lowered his average against by more than 30 points to .307 for the year.
Cliff Remole blasted his third homer of the season, a three-run blast in the fifth inning. While playing three different positions, the 23-year-old has 15 hits in the last nine games including four for extra bases. After a down June in which he hit just .250, Remole is back up to .375 in 10 games this month.
Kernels fall 8-4 in opener against Kane County (A’s)
Cedar Rapids collected 14 hits in the game, but couldn’t push across a run until they were already down 8-0 in the eighth inning as they dropped their third straight game.
Madison Edwards went 3-for-3 and scored a pair of runs to pace the offense for the Kernels. The lefty from Midland, Texas, now has collected a hit in his last four games, the first time all season he has accomplished that feat. Despite still carrying a .165 overall average, Edwards is hitting .257 this month and has scored nine times. He was in position to do even more damage Monday but was twice caught stealing. To add insult to injury, he also picked up his third error of the season in the outfield.
Reliever Mike Pete was saddled with three earned runs without recording an out on Monday. The lefty gave up two walks and a single after entering with a runner on first, then was relieved by Chris Howell, who allowed both inherited runners to score. Pete’s control problems followed him from the Cal League. In just five innings of work across seven appearances for the Kernels, Pete has walked eight and uncorked two wild pitches. He walked 14 over his final 12.1 innings for the Quakes as well.
Owlz top Missoula 3-2 in 10 innings (Rockies)
Orem starter Jeremy Haynes allowed a pair of runs in the first inning, then teamed with Blake Holler and Felipe Arredondo to blank the Rockies over nine more innings until the Owlz offense could finally push the winning run across in the 10th inning.
Haynes had a strange start to his night, walking two and surrendering his fourth homer of the year in the first inning, but striking out the side as well. The righty did not allow another hit, but walked five total in four innings, the second time this season he gave up that many free passes. On the year, more batters have drawn walks (16) than have gotten hits (15) against him. Haynes also matched his season high with eight strikeouts and, in just 25 innings of work, has 35 strikeouts, good for fourth in the Pioneer League.
Holler made his longest outing of the year in relief, throwing 3.2 innings of two-hit ball. The former Stanford lefty only allowed one fly ball and now has 23 ground ball outs against just seven fly outs on the year. He continues to hold righties to just a .195 average, while the left-handers who would presumably struggle against him are hitting .269.
In both the third and 10th innings, Ryan Mount drew a leadoff walk and eventually came around to score on singles by Chris Pettit. Mount, the Angels’ supplemental second round pick last year, has drawn nine walks against just 11 strikeouts this month after whiffing 14 times with only four walks in his first 10 games of the season. Not surprisingly, the lefty’s average is up more than 100 points since he began showing more selectivity at the plate with a .320 average in July.
AZL Angels had the day off. They resume against the Giants Tuesday.