Salt Lake kicked off an eight game trip through Tennessee with a comeback win over the Redbirds Tuesday night.
Closer Greg Jones converted his eighth save in his last nine opportunities, tossing two perfect innings. The righty, who gave up runs six times in a seven appearance stretch earlier this year, has allowed just four runs in the last 13 games. Opponents have hit just .191 against him in that stretch.
Nick Gorneault, playing in his fourth consecutive game since coming back from his knee injury, clubbed a two-run homer to put the Bees on the board in the fourth inning. Since coming off the DL, the righty is just 2-for-18, but both of those hits have been for extra bases and driven in runs.
Travelers fall to Cards 5-2
Rafael Rodriguez took his third consecutive loss at the hands of the Springfield Cardinals as Arkansas remained a game behind Wichita in the second half standings.
Rodriguez gave up five earned runs on nine hits in six innings of work. For the fourth consecutive game, the righty was the victim of the long ball, surrendering a two-run blast in the sixth inning. With a 5.22 ERA this month, the 21-year-old has lowered his season mark for the Travs to 7.15, still the highest among qualifying pitchers in the Texas League.
Outfielder Dwaine Bacon, who has seen his playing time cut drastically with the addition of Terry Evans and Nathan Haynes to the roster in the last month, started in left field for the third time this year and reached base three times. The switch-hitter had a pair of singles and a walk in the game and swiped two more bases. Despite playing in just 10 games in July, Bacon now has seven stolen bases and still ranks second in the Texas League with 32 overall.
Quakes lose Marek, beat Elsinore (Padres)
The Rancho Cucamonga bullpen made the best of what could have been a bad situation after Steve Marek was forced to leave the game after just two innings, and the Quakes pulled out their fifth win in six games.
Michael Collins won the game for the Quakes with a one-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning. Making his second straight start at first base and fourth appearance there in five games, Collins extended his latest hitting streak to five games, a span in which he has eight hits in 22 at-bats. The 22-year-old from Australia has put together seven different streaks at least this long on the year.
Brad Beck was the third of four relievers who held the Storm to only one earned rib over seven innings. Beck threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning to lower his ERA since joining the Quakes to 1.80. He has given up just one run in his last 6.2 innings of work giving up just five hits in that run.
Marek left the game before the third inning after straining his groin. The extent of the injury was not clear after the game, but it will be evaluated again on Wednesday.
The Kernels were rained out for the third time in five days. They will play a doubleheader against Kane County on Wednesday.
Owlz fall to Missoula 3-2 (Rockies)
Orem fell back into a tie for first place with the Idaho Falls Chukars when the Rockies handed them a defeat to snap a five-game winning streak. The first half of the season – with its spot in the post season – comes to a close on Friday.
David Herndon turned in his fourth straight strong start and left with a chance to pick up the victory. In six innings, the big righty gave up just two hits and struck out a season high seven batters. Unfortunately for Herndon, one of the hits was a solo homer in the fifth inning. Eight of the 29 hits he has allowed in his 30.2 innings of work this year have gone for extra bases, including four homers.
Second baseman Tadd Brewer played a painful type of small-ball to reach base three times in the game. In addition to a bunt pushed down the third base line for a single, he was hit by two pitches in the contest. He has now been hit five times in 19 games. The Lipscomb University product is hitting .304 for the month with a .418 on-base percentage.
AZL Angels down Giants 4-3
Warner Madrigal got his first victory as a pitcher in his effort to remake himself from an outfielder and the Angels moved back over .500.
Madrigal, who made his debut on the mound with a perfect inning last week, gave up three hits and one run. All three hits came off the bats of right-handed hitters.
Alex Fonseca was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the leadoff spot. The 36th-round draft pick has reached base in 13 of 15 games since signing. The right-handed hitter has scored nine times and has 10 RBIs in the leadoff spot since coming out of Florida Atlantic University.