Salt Lake downs Tucson 9-5
The Bees continued their strong opening homestand, pounding out two more homers among 10 hits on the way to their second straight victory over the Sidewinders.
Outfielder Nick Gorneault, who turns 28 next week, had a double and homer while driving in three runs. After an impressive performance in the Dominican Winter League and great big league spring training camp, he had opened the year cold, going 2-for-19 in his first five games.
Kendry Morales, another guy who had a strong spring but wasn’t able to make the big club, had two more hits on Wednesday, including a double for his first extra-base hit of the year. He has reached safely in six of seven contests and already has four multi-hit games. Both knocks for the switch-hitter came from the right side, and is now 4-for-11 against lefties.
Brandon Wood is quickly learning why so many hitters have loved Franklin Covey Field. The star hitting prospect knocked his third homer of the season and added a double. For the first time this year, he also avoided a strikeout in the game and he also drew his third walk. Four of his seven hits have gone for extra bases so far.
Arkansas enjoys off day
The Travelers had today off to head home to christen Dickey-Stephens Park against Frisco Thursday evening.
Quakes top IE 2-1
Rancho got another strong rehab assignment by Jered Weaver and just enough offense to down the 66ers and move to 6-1 on the season.
Weaver gave up just three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out seven. At one point, he retired 11 straight hitters before walking fellow big-leaguer Rafael Furcal. The lanky righty may rejoin the Angels against Boston next week or might take one more rehab start at Salt Lake.
Pat Reilly clubbed his first home run of the season against reliever Mario Alvarez in the seventh and finished the game 2-for-3. Three of his four hits on the season have gone for extra bases after 89 percent of his safeties for the Quakes last year were singles.
Third baseman Dallas Morris had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 and driving in the Quakes’ first run. The 24th round pick from the 2005 draft is now hitting .304 on the young season, but has drawn just one walk in 26 plate appearances.
Cedar Rapids snowed out again
The Kernels were supposed to have their home opener Wednesday afternoon, but once again encountered winter conditions. They will now try to play a double-header on Thursday with Tim Schoeninger and Trevor Bell getting the starts.