Salt Lake tops Colorado Springs 7-3 (Colorado)
The Bees put up a pair of runs before making their first out and never looked back in winning their third straight game against the team that trails them by 17 games in the division.
Adam Pavkovich, who came on for Dallas McPherson in the fifth inning, was 2-for-2 with his 10th home run of the year to match his career high. He has hit in five straight and reached base in 11 of his last 18 plate appearances, helping himself to a .375 average in August. He is one of the few Bees hitters who has not helped himself with a huge jump in production at home, in part because he has shown good patience at the plate on the road where he has 21 walks in 170 plate appearances.
Jon Rouwenhorst made his longest start, going six innings in which he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. The 26-year-old lefty struck out three and, for just the second time in six starts, did not allow a home run. Since moving into the rotation, Rouwenhorst has a 4.73 ERA while allowing 46 runners in 26.2 innings of work.
Travs do just enough for 1-0 win over Frisco (Texas)
Nick Green delivered a dominating performance over eight innings to make a lone run in the top of the first hold up to snap the club’s three game losing streak.
Green gave up just two hits over eight innings, striking out a career-high 11 RoughRiders and not allowing a walk. Although it was his first shutout appearance for the season, Green has now gone eight innings three times in his last six starts, and he has thrown 157.1 innings this season, more than he amassed in his first two professional seasons combined. He sports a 2.05 ERA in three August starts.
The Travs manufactured their run in the first when Nathan Haynes led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice. He then came around on a fielder’s choice by Brandon Wood. Wood collected the game’s only other hit, a leadoff double in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to five games.
The Quakes had the night off. They resume against division-leading Lancaster Tuesday.
Kings down Cedar Rapids 5-2 (Texas)
The Kernels got a one-out single in the top of the first, but didn’t get another until the ninth inning as they were unable to take advantage of four walks and a pair of hit batsmen in falling to four games below .500 in the second half.
Starter Andy Hill lasted just four innings, giving up four runs – three earned – on eight hits and one walk. The righty has now lost five straight decisions and is just 3-9 since joining the Midwest League at the end of May. Since July 1, the 21-year old from Washington owns a 6.07 ERA. Lefties have pounded him for a .397 average against on the year, nearly 200 points above what right-handers have managed.
Making his third consecutive start at first base, Josh Davies drew a pair of walks and scored a run on a groundout in the fifth. The Australian utility man has now reached in seven of his last nine contests but still sports just a .227 average on the year. The right-hander has appeared at five defensive positions and in six spots in the lineup on the year.
Orem tops Idaho Falls 8-6 (Kansas City)
After scratching out just two hits through the first five innings, the Owlz offense came to life and put up eight runs in the final four frames to win their fifth straight game.
Chris Pettit had his second homer in three days, sending a screamer out of left field to drive in Bourjos in the sixth, and then singled and scored the tying run in the eighth. Pettit has hit in seven of eight games, pounding out eight extra-base hits along the way to push his slugging percentage to .577, good for second on the circuit. The right-handed hitter out of Loyola Marymount, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Tuesday, also ranks among the top five in batting average, on-base percentage, doubles, extra-base hits and RBIs.
Righty Barret Browning picked up his third win of the night by throwing two scoreless innings of relief. The former Florida State Seminole has held his opponent without a run in seven of his last 10 appearances, going longer than an inning in all but one of those contests. With three more strikeouts on the day, he has 33 in 32.2 innings, including 14 of the 40 left-handed hitters he has faced.
AZL Angels do everything right in 7-0 win over Giants
Tim Schoeninger and a pair of relievers combined to limit the Giants to just two hits while the Angels pounded out 16 and cruised as the club pulled to within half a game of the league leaders.
For the second straight outing, Schoeninger threw six scoreless innings, giving up only a two-out double in the fifth inning. Once again, he did not walk a batter and struck out seven, taking his season numbers to a ridiculous 53-3 ratio in 57.1 innings. The righty selected out of Nevada-Reno has not allowed a run in six of his 11 starts this year and trails only teammate Vladimir Veras for the league ERA title with a 1.88 mark. He has gone 30-plus innings since allowing his only home run of the season.
Leadoff man Alex Fonseca had three hits, including his first professional home run, and has now hit in seven of nine games. He has reached base in 12 of his last 20 plate appearances, helping move his on-base percentage up to .467, which would be tied for third if he had enough at-bats to qualify among league leaders. The 22-year-old is the only player on the roster with more walks (18) than strikeouts (15) and trails only Matt Sweeney in average.