Bees fall in Vegas again, 9-6
After falling behind early, Salt Lake rallied to tie the 51s, but their bullpen gave the lead right back as the club fell for the second straight night.
Starter Phil Seibel’s second start went no better than his first as he gave up six runs on nine hits – seven for extra bases, including four homers - in five innings. The 28-year-old lefty did strike out five, but now owns a 11.25 ERA and opponents have hit .425 against him through eight innings of work.
Shortstop Gary Patchett was the only Bees hitter with two hits in the game including an RBI double as part of a three-run seventh inning. He was the only member of the starting lineup who didn’t strike out in the game. The 28-year-old career minor leaguer signed with the Angels in the offseason after amassing a .232 career average in six years with the Reds organization. Patchett didn’t have an extra-base hit in 90 at-bats over three different levels last year.
Arkansas splits twin bill with Frisco
The Travelers took the opener of their double-header 3-1 behind another stellar performance by Nick Adenhart, but fell in extra innings in the nightcap 4-2.
In game one, Adenhart once again overcame some wildness to stymie RoughRider hitters. In six innings, the system’s top prospect allowed one earned run on five hits. After striking out eight in his first outing, Adenhart, 20, recorded just two this time around while walking three and issuing another wild pitch. After 40 professional starts, the righty owns a career 2.62 ERA with 214 strikeouts against just 183 hits in 219.2 innings of work.
In the nightcap, Rafael Rodriguez pitched 2.2 frames of scoreless relief before Miguel Gonzalez ultimately gave up the winning runs in the 10th. The power righty, who is making the transition to the bullpen this season after 105 career starts, has allowed one run in six innings of work over three appearances, striking out five against two walks. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic struggled in his first taste of the Texas League last year, posting a 6.63 ERA in 133 innings of work.
The Travs offense produced just nine hits in 17 innings while striking out 18 times. Michael Collins, 22, struggled as much as anyone, going 0-for-6 with four whiffs on the day. The righty, who is making the move full-time to first base this season, is now hitting .192 with 10 Ks in 28 at-bats.
Quakes today’s weather victims
Following the lead of Cedar Rapids and Arkansas, Rancho Cucamonga had their game in San Jose postponed due to inclement weather Saturday. They will play a doubleheader Sunday.
Cedar Rapids fall to TimberRattlers 6-3
Wisconsin got to Kernels starter Trevor Bell for six early runs (five earned) and cruised to their first victory of the season.
Bell, the Angels’ first pick in the 2005 draft, gave up nine hits including three doubles over five innings of work, but didn’t walk a batter. The righty also struck out five in his first appearance of the season. In the Pioneer League last summer, the North Hollywood native gave up more than three runs only twice in 16 appearances.
Chris Pettit was the offensive star of the game for the home team, coming up a triple short of the cycle, scoring a pair of runs and stealing three bases including third base twice. His third-inning blast to left was his second in 19 at-bats after it took him 76 to collect homer number two for Orem last season. The 22-year-old outfielder was in left Saturday and has already appeared in all three outfield spots in the season’s first five contests.
Hank Conger put the Kernels on the board with a leadoff homer in the second, his second of the year. The 19-year-old slugger also swiped the second base of his professional career but then got picked off second one out later. Behind the plate, he caught two of five would-be base-stealers and has now thrown out 33% on the year.