Isotopes double up Salt Lake 10-5 (Florida)
The Bees fell to Albuquerque, splitting a four game series, despite an impressive performance by rehabbing Dallas McPherson.
McPherson, appearing at first base for the second time in three straight starts, had a single, double and home run in three at-bats before leaving after seven innings. The lefty is now 5-for-8 with five RBIs and three extra-base hits since coming back from his latest time sidelined with a bad back. Nearly all of his production at Triple-A this year has come at Franklin Covey Field where he sports a .327 average and 14 of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases. He has hit just .196 on the road in the PCL.
Kasey Olenberger had his second straight rough outing, giving up seven runs on 10 hits in only 4.1 innings of work. The performance was just the second time in his last 10 starts that the righty didn’t make it at least five innings, but he did still manage five strikeouts in the game. The former Long Beach State Dirtbag has been torched for a 7.23 ERA at home, but has allowed just 4.17 runs per nine innings on the road.
Travs split doubleheader with Springfield (St. Louis)
Arkansas won the opener thanks to some aggressive baserunning, then dropped the nightcap when the Cards jumped out to a quick lead and held off the home team.
Terry Evans enjoyed facing his former teammates, clubbing a pair of home runs reaching base five times in six plate appearances and scoring the tying run in game one. With the pair of blasts, Evans reclaimed a portion of the overall minor league lead with 32, including 10 in 27 contests in a Travs uniform.
Reliever Rich Thompson picked up the victory in the opener, picking up for Jose Arredondo after a three-run homer put the Cardinals ahead. The right-hander fanned four hitters in just 1.2 innings of work and now has 56 in 60.2 innings, including 13 in his last five games. He’s given up just two runs over his last 16 innings of work picking up three saves and a victory in the process.
Quakes shut out 2-0 by Stockton (Oakland)
Rancho Cucamonga was held to just five singles as Steve Marek was saddled with a hard-luck loss in the Quakes fifth loss in six games.
Pat Reilly constituted the majority of the Quakes offense, poking three singles for the second time in seven games. The lefty got all three of his hits against right-handed pitching, but has still hit 20 points better against southpaws in the Cal League this year.
Marek returned to the mound after missing leaving his last start early and skipping a start because of a groin strain and threw six innings of one-run ball. The righty gave up four hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. He has fanned 12 in 14 innings since earning his promotion from the Midwest League to take his overall total to 112 on the year.
Kernels walk off with 4-3 win over Lansing (Toronto)
Cedar Rapids started their eight game homestand on a positive note, snapping a five game losing streak on a walk-off RBI double by Brad Coon. The win was their first all season after trailing at the end of eight innings.
Coon had two doubles as part of a team-leading three hits in the game. The leadoff man has hit in nine of 10 contests continuing his near-.300 pace since the start of June. The 23-year-old was caught stealing for the 14th time in 57 attempts this year, but has improved his success rate over the last month, getting thrown out just three times in 16 attempts.
Before the late-inning heroics, starter Tommy Mendoza was on the hook for his seventh loss of the season. The righty gave up three runs in six innings, striking out seven without walking a batter. He has allowed 15 runs over his last 15.2 innings of work, lifting his ERA more than half a run, but he’s maintained his 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Owlz fall to in-state rival Raptors 4-2 (Los Angeles)
Orem stranded nine runners, including four in scoring position, as the club fell back into a tie for the South Division second-half lead.
Peter Bourjos put the Owlz ahead in the third inning when he collected his eighth double of the year then came around on a passed ball and wild pitch while Chris Pettit was at the plate. Bourjos has hit in nine straight, posting multiple hits in eight of those contests to help pull his average back up to .291 after a rough July.
David Herndon continued his impressive run of pitching, allowing one run in five innings of work. The big righty from Florida has given up just four runs in his last six starts, each coming on a solo homer. Though he struck out only two Ogden hitters, he once again avoided issuing any walks. He has not given up a free pass in 25.1 innings of work and just five total on the season.
With the three first baseman on the Owlz roster battling injuries, middle infielder Abel Nieves made another start at first. With Gordie Gronkowski (back) and Doug Reinhardt (left knee) likely done for the season and Brooks Shankle fighting a sore back, Nieves was 3-for-4 on Sunday. The 20-year-old did not appear at first base in his debut season last year, but has now been there eight times in the last two weeks.
Rookie Angels romp over Rangers 16-9
Carlos Colmenares and Norberto Ortiz each picked up three legs of a cycle to power a 17-hit offensive attack for the Angels as the team won its fourth straight contest to move into a virtual tie for the second-half lead in the Arizona League.
Colmenares, 20, has now hit in 12 of 13 games, raising his average more than 70 points in the process. The righty from Venezuela had only one homer in two season in the Dominican and went 97 at-bats in his first year in the U.S. before knocking a two-run blast in the eighth inning Sunday. He also had a single and double on the night.
For Ortiz, tonight was the second time in a week he had a double and triple in the same game. The 21-year-old from the Dominican is now slugging .505 through his first 30 games in the States. Of potential concern, however, is his continued high strike out total. The righty has fanned 26 times in 109 at-bats, staying almost exactly on the pace he set while playing in the DSL.
Alexander Torres rebounded from his shortest appearance of the year to post five scoreless innings and pick up his first win. The 18-year-old struck out a season-high eight batters in five innings while yielding only three singles. The lefty did walk a pair and has now allowed 21 free passes in 33.1 innings.