Bees down Round Rock 5-4 (Houston)
Salt Lake overcame a three-run outburst by the Express in the top of the first to split the four game series between two of the PCL’s division leaders.
Third baseman Mike Eylward put the Bees ahead with a three run homer and led the club with three hits in the contest. He has hit in 10 of 12 games and has hit .413 in that span. While the homer was his second against right-handed pitching at Triple-A, he continues to hit southpaws nearly 100 points better than he has fared against righties.
Erick Aybar had a pair of singles and scored two runs in the contest and also swiped two more bases and now sits just one behind team leader Reggie Willits with 28 on the year. Although he has two hits in each of his last two games, he is still hitting just .205 in 11 games this month.
Arkansas beats RockHounds 6-4 (Oakland)
The Travelers used a four-run eighth inning to open their three game series against Midland with a victory.
Despite throwing his best outing in over a month, Jose Arredondo didn’t claim the victory. The hard-throwing righty gave up only two runs on two hits and three walks over six innings, but left the game tied at two. Both hits he surrendered were in the first inning and he retired the last seven batters he faced. He struck out seven Hounds, taking his total to 35 in 38.1 innings at Double-A and 150 total for the season.
Brandon Wood had three hits in a game for the first time in over three weeks, scoring one run in the game. Since hitting in nine straight games coming out of the All-Star Break, the slugger has hit just .218, striking out 47 times in 35 games.
Quakes drop second straight to Elsinore 4-1 (San Diego)
Rancho Cucamonga managed just one unearned run on three hits as they wasted a prime opportunity after taking the first two games of their series, getting just a split in the four-game showdown.
Steve Marek took the hard-luck loss, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings. The righty walked four hitters on the notoriously patient Storm, the highest total he has allowed all season. With seven strikeouts in the game, he has 19 in 20 innings of work in the Cal League, keeping opponents in check with just a .220 average against.
Tim Duff got the only hit Rancho managed against starter Evan Meek, a single up the middle, but promptly cut the inning short when he was caught stealing. The catcher has attempted only two stolen bases on the year and has failed both times.
The Kernels were postponed by poor field conditions. They will play a double-header on Friday.
Orem shuts out Raptors 4-0 (Los Angeles)
A stellar pitching performance by David Herndon and a balanced offensive attack helped the Owlz to a victory and extend their lead in the second half of the Pioneer League season.
Herndon allowed just two singles in six innings, lowering his ERA over his last seven outings to a microscopic 0.96. The righty, selected out of Gulf Coast Community College in the fifth round this year, now trails only teammate Sean O’Sullivan for the league ERA lead with a 2.09 mark. He has held his opponents to one run or fewer in eight of his 10 starts since signing his first professional contract.
P.J. Phillips drove in a pair of runs, opening the scoring with a double in the second and then ended it with a single in the sixth. The right-handed batter had only two RBIs in the previous 16 contests, a span in which he hit just .185.
Abel Nieves had a pair of doubles as one of four Owlz batters with two hits in the game. Despite playing out of position there, he has hit 13-for-39 while playing 11 games at first base this year.
A’s top Angels in Arizona
Despite a late-inning attempt to come back, the Angels fell out of first place when they stranded nine runners on the way to an 8-6 loss.
Matt Sweeney collected three more hits including a double to move his average up to .342. The righty has hit in 12 of 14 games and now sits in the top five of every major offensive category in the Arizona League. For the year, 16 of his 38 hits have gone for extra-bases.
Alex Torres posted one of the stranger lines of the year, giving up one unearned run on five walks and no hits in four innings of work. The 18-year-old lefty has given up 26 bases on balls in 37.1 innings for the year while striking out 29. After posting a 9.16 ERA in July, Torres hasn’t allowed an earned run in two starts this month.