Monday's contest started out like just another PCL offensive feast as the Bees plated one run in the top of the first and the 51s came back with a two-run blast in the bottom half. But then both offenses went silent and the game finished at the same 2-1 score.
Starter Kasey Olenberger was the tough-luck loser for Salt Lake, allowing the two runs on four hits over seven innings. The 29-year-old righty has given up only five runs in 20 innings of work over three starts this year, putting together his best three-game performance since a stretch last May when he allowed just one earned run over 18 innings. His seven strikeouts in the game matched a career high set in his penultimate game of 2006.
Utility man Casey Smith got the start at shortstop and was the only hitter for either club with multiple hits in the game. The right-hander has reached safely in 13 of his last 29 plate appearances while striking out just once. In his three previous seasons in Salt Lake, the 28-year-old has amassed a .260 average, but just a .311 on-base percentage. He has appeared in nine contests this year, splitting his time between second and short.
Arkansas pounded 15-1 by Midland
By the time the Travs' Nick Green had recorded his second out of the game, the RockHounds had more offense than Arkansas managed all night as Midland blitzed them to even their series atone game each.
Green, 22, had the worst start of his career, giving up nine runs – all earned – on eight hits and a walk in just 3.1 innings of work. After a five-run outburst in the first, he appeared to recover and retired eight straight hitters before a leadoff triple in the fourth, but he then gave up three more singles and was sent to the showers with two runs in and two more on-base. The righty had surrendered only 10 hits through his first two starts combined. Hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time this year, left fielder Aaron Peel drove in the Trav's only run with one of his two singles in the game. The 24-year-old now leads the club with 8 RBIs through 11 contests after putting up 66 last season.
The bullpen continued its season-long struggles as Kyle Edens and Aaron Pullin gave up six earned runs over 4 innings of work. Travelers relievers now have a combined 5.03 ERA in 39.1 innings of work with Edens sporting a team-worst 14.73 mark in four appearances.
The Quakes had Monday off as a travel day after splitting a four-game series in San Jose. They finish their road trip with three in Lake Elsinore opening Tuesday.
Kernels top Wisconsin 4-3
Cedar Rapids scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to win their second game in a row, taking advantage of another night of strong pitching.
Starter Jeremy Haynes, 20, had a strange line for the game. Eight of the first nine outs he recorded were strikeouts on his way to a career-high 10 Ks over five innings of work. However, the righty also allowed eight hits - more than he had in any of 17 previous career appearances - giving up a pair of runs. He has now recorded 81 strikeouts in 69 professional innings since signing as a draft-and-follow last spring.
Second baseman Ryan Mount had his first extra-base hit of the year with an eighth-inning double and drew his first two walks to score a run. The left-handed hitter drafted in the second round in 2005, had opened the year just 1-for-15 with four strikeouts before collecting three hits over his last two games.
It was a wild night on the bases for both clubs. The Kernels swiped six bags - including three by center fielder Peter Bourjos - and were caught once, while Wisconsin was successful on five of six attempts. Dixon and catcher Hank Conger each picked off a runner in the fifth inning to help the cause, while Cedar Rapids runners were able to claim five additional bases and one run on wild pitches.