A nine-run fourth inning by Tucson did in the Bees, who dropped their second straight game in the midst of their eight game season-opening homestand.
Starter Phil Seibel, acquired from Boston for Brendan Donnelly, had a rough debut. Although he wriggled off the hook without allowing a run in the first three innings, he had four hits and two walks in the process. In the fourth, the lefty couldn't repeat the escape act, surrendering five hits and walk around a fielding error by Matt Brown before exiting the game. Coming back from Tommy John surgery last year, Seibel, 27, pitched at three levels, posting a combined 1.25 ERA in 79 innings of work. His three walks on Monday equaled his total in 15 Triple-A innings in 2006.
Brown, who hadn't played second base since 2002 before this year, was there for the third time in five starts on Monday. The right-handed hitter had a single and a walk while driving in his fourth run of the year.
Jason Bulger, now more than three years removed from Tommy John surgery, has appeared in three out of the last four contests without giving up a run. A former first-round pick, Bulger, 28, has five strikeouts in those three innings, but has walked two. He struck out 44 in 34.1 innings of work for Salt Lake last year in his first season with the Angels.
Arkansas falls to Midland 7-6 (12 innings)
In what was supposed to be the front end of a double-header, the Travs jumped out to an early lead, but couldn't keep the offense going and eventually lost on a walkoff homer to open the 12th inning.
Sean Rodriguez had a good time at the plate, but a lousy time on the basepaths. After an RBI double in the first, he was caught napping and picked off. Then in the third, after getting hit to open the frame, the shortstop was caught stealing. After another double in the seventh, he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a single. He finished the game 3-for-5.
Reliever Kyle Edens' early-season struggles continued as the righty gave up a game-winning homer to the first batter he faced after relieving Jose Arredondo. Edens, 27, gave up four runs – three earned – in his first appearance Friday and opponents now have five hits in nine at-bats. Edens yielded a 6.46 ERA for the Travs after he was acquired for Esteban Yan last May.
Third baseman Freddy Sandoval continued his hot start, collecting three hits and a walk. The 24-year-old switch-hitter matched a career high by scoring three runs in the contest – a number he first hit for Cedar Rapids in 2005.
Quakes down 66'ers 4-1
Rancho got more great starting pitching and some early offense, pushing their record to 4-1 on the year.
Robert Mosebach held Inland Empire scoreless through 5.2 innings to pick up his first victory of the year. The righty struck out three, but issued a pair of walks, a total he exceeded just four times in 28 starts last year. The 22 year old held IE's lefties to 0-for-6 in the game, a positive sign after southpaws hit .307 against him in 2006.
Nate Sutton collected three hits and drove in a run in the contest and now has a five-game hitting streak to open the season. The left-handed hitter has multiple hits in three contests and is hitting a cool .500. Sutton, 24, hit .278 with the Quakes last season.
Shortstop Hainley Statia, whose combination of ability and work ethic make him an organizational favorite, had a double and scored in the first inning on his way to his second three-hit game of the young season. The switch-hitter is 7-for-16 from the left side so far. After walking 60 times last season against just 61 strikeouts, the speedster has whiffed in four of five contests without drawing a base on balls.
Kernels get 5-1 win in Quad Cities
The Kernels enjoyed getting on the field for nine innings for the first time this year, getting timely hits from the top of the lineup and strong pitching to claim their first victory of the season.
Starter Jeremy Haynes held the Swing scoreless through 5.1 innings despite giving up eight hits. The 20-year-old hurler walked just one while striking out three in the contest. In his pro debut last year, the former college outfielder struggled with command at times, walking 41 in 58.2 innings while working on a short pitch count. He will be given the opportunity to stretch things out in 2007.
Right fielder Chris Pettit homered in the first inning and collected a single and walk later in the contest, scoring two and swiping one of the Kernels' four bases of the day. The 22-year-old out of Stanford had 23 multi-hit games in his debut with Orem last year on his way to a team-best .336 average.
Matt Sweeney, 19, collected the club's other extra-base hit with an RBI-double in the eighth. The Angels' eighth-round pick out of high school last year also drew one of the Kernels' four walks on the night.