Salt Lake tops Tucson again, 8-5
Capping off an impressive eight-game homestand to open the season, the Bees dropped the Sidewinders 8-5 to claim a series win against the top Diamondbacks affiliate. The club scored 47 runs to win six contests before heading out to Vegas and Tucson.
Matthew Hensley made his second start for the Bees, but had to leave with elbow pain in the third inning. The 28-year-old righty missed all of 2005 and the start of last season following shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Originally a 10th-round selection in 2000, Hensley has spent parts of four seasons with the Bees before this year.
Reliever Chris Resop’s early season struggles continued as he replaced Hensley and gave up three earned runs in 2.1 innings of work. The hard-throwing righty, acquired from the Marlins for Kevin Gregg in the offseason, has surrendered seven runs over 6.1 innings in three appearances this year, giving up nine hits in the process. The 24-year-old has recorded six strikeouts against two walks so far.
Nathan Haynes continued his hot start to the season. The diminutive outfielder was 3-for-5 with a double, stolen base and two runs scored. The 27-year-old has hit in all seven games to open the season and, with one tonight, has driven in a run in the last four contests. While it may be predictable that, with four, he is among league leaders in stolen bases, his nine RBIs put him third in the PCL.
Arkansas falls in Dickey-Stephens debut, 6-5
The Travs and Frisco gave fans who came to the grand opening of Dickey-Stephens Park a night to remember as Daniel Davidson took a no-hitter to the sixth, the bullpen faltered and a last-inning comeback effort by the home team came up just short.
Davidson, 26, hit the first batter of the game and walked a hitter in each of the next two innings, but didn’t surrender a hit until a one-out single in the sixth. The lefty, who struck out three, retired 10 in a row prior to the only hit he allowed on the night. The effort matched his career-best one-hit performance in his last appearance for Orem of the 2003 season.
As good as Davidson was, relievers Bill Edwards and Miguel Gonzalez struggled just as much. After a 1-2-3 seventh, Edwards gave up three runs – two earned – in the eighth on three hits and a walk in the eight. Gonzalez surrendered three more runs on four hits in the ninth. Both righties came into the game without having allowed a run.
Center fielder Curtis Pride hit a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth to pull the Travs to within one run, but the club was unable to complete their comeback. Pride, 38, has four multi-hit games on the year, but the homer was the first for extra bases. The Angels elected to send him to Double-A even though he has nearly 800 career big league at-bats to ensure he would get daily playing time to open the season.
Quakes fall to San Jose in 16 innings
In an early match-up of the California League’s division leaders, Rancho Cucamonga and San Jose battled through 16 innings and nearly four-and-a-half hours before the Giants claimed a 3-2 victory.
Starter Anthony Ortega delivered his second straight solid outing, allowing just one earned run on two hits over six innings. As he did twice for Cedar Rapids last year, the right-hander allowed four walks, but used a pair of double-play balls to minimize the damage.
Rich Thompson, working his way back from an elbow injury this spring, made his first appearance of the year, working two innings of one-hit ball. The right-hander opened the year on the Arkansas disabled list after struggling through the 2006 season in the Texas League. The 22-year-old Australian struck out 60 hitters on the year, but allowed 52 hits and posted a 5.13 ERA. He will likely make only a few appearances with the Quakes.
The Quakes offense managed just five singles in 50 total at-bats on the night and drew just one walk against 18 strikeouts. Their only run through the game’s first 12 innings was classic Angels “small-ball.” After Tadd Brewer led off the sixth with a single, Anderson Rosario advanced him with a sacrifice bunt. Brad Coon then hit a grounder to short, but his speed forced a throwing error which allowed Brewer to come around to score.
Cedar Rapids snowed out yet again
For the fifth time in seven scheduled days of baseball, the Kernels were kept off the field by mother nature. They will now try to open their home season against Wisconsin on Friday and will be forced to make up the two games they were to play against Burlington during what will become a five-game series in June.