Pitching lays the path for Kernels' success


Posted Apr 24, 2007


Tim Schoeninger was lights out for Cedar Rapids, claiming his first complete game victory. Rancho continues to get pop from the top of the lineup, while Arkansas is having trouble getting out of the eighth inning. Nathan Haynes is on fire in Salt Lake.

Bees top Tacoma for third straight, 8-6
The Bees sent 10 men to the plate during a six-run sixth inning to claim another victory over the Rainiers.

Nathan Haynes’ went 3-for-5 performance with two runs scored and a pair driven in to continue his remarkable start. The speedster, who was playing in the independent leagues when the Angels re-signed him last June, is now hitting .407/.500/.610 through 15 games. He has hit in all but one contest and already has four three-hit games, equaling his total in from last season.

Starter Pedro Liriano earned his first victory in the Angels organization. The righty gave up four earned runs on 11 hits over six innings, striking out four. On the year, he has whiffed 13 batters while giving up seven free passes. Liriano has struggled early in his starts, giving up 12 runs in the first three innings of his contests this year. That continued Monday when he surrendered four early runs.

Arkansas drilled by Tulsa 4-2
Arkansas took a lead into the eighth inning, but Rafael Rodriguez and Jose Arredondo struggled, giving up three runs in the frame as the Travelers dropped their second straight.

Rodriguez gave up three singles to allow the Drillers to tie the game before Arredondo was called on to relieve him. The power righty walked a batter to load the bases and then surrendered a double to put Tulsa on top for good. The runners were the first inherited by Arredondo to come across the plate this season. After showing strong command in his first three outings, Arredondo, 23, has giving up five free passes over his last 3.1 innings of work. Monday’s game was his first appearance without a strikeout.

Sean Rodriguez brought his success on the road back to Dickey-Stephens Park, going 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. The shortstop is hitting .345 overall on the year, but just .235 at home. He also swiped home for the first time in his career on the front end of a double steal and is now 2-for-4 on attempts this year. He has converted nearly 75 percent of his attempts throughout his career.

Forced into an emergency start, righty Kyle Edens went 3.2 innings, giving up only one unearned run on two hits and two strikeouts. It equaled his longest outing as a member of the Angels organization. The 27-year-old righty made one start in 25 appearances for the Travs last season. The Travs may have to wait through another turn in the rotation before a replacement for Jesse Smith – or, perhaps, Jesse Smith himself – is able to join the club.

Rancho tops Giants 7-4
After getting just four hits through the first six innings, the Quakes unloaded for seven runs over the next two frames to claim a win over San Jose.

The top of the order continued to be the key to the Quakes’ success as Brad Coon and Hainley Statia combined for five hits and four RBIs. Statia now leads the club with 14 runs driven in thanks to a .524 average with runners in scoring position. The lineup’s second hitter is hitting only .184 with the bases empty. Coon, whose 11 runs scored paces Rancho, had his second consecutive three-hit game and is now hitting .390 on the year.

Tommy Mattison posted another strong multi-inning outing, going three shutout innings in relief of Amalio Diaz and allowing just one single. Opponents are now hitting.125 with an OPS of .403 against him in 11.2 innings of work.

Outfielder Drew Toussaint went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, doubling his total production for the season. The 24-year-old Toussaint is hitting just .118 in his second stint with the Quakes. In 2006, he hit .242 in 108 Cal League games, but has continued to struggle putting the ball in play consistently. He has struck out 12 times in 34 at-bats this year.

Cedar Rapids blanks Loons 5-0
The Kernels rode a stellar performance by Tim Schoeninger and some well-timed hits to a 5-0 victory at Great Lakes.

Schoeninger, 22, tossed his first professional complete game, giving up just four hits while striking out eight. The University of Nevada product has walked only one batter against 18 strikeouts in 21 innings of work this year. By winning his first three starts, he equals his longest winning streak in the Arizona League last season.

P.J. Phillips, dropped to the eighth spot in the lineup over the weekend, went 2-for-3 with a triple – his first extra-base knock of the year. He finished with a run scored and two RBIs. The right-handed hitter also drew his first walk of the season in 47 plate appearances. He averaged one free pass every 13 at-bats for Orem last season.

Hank Conger extended his hitting streak to seven games with a pair of singles. The switch-hitter has hit .300 while in the game as a catcher, but just .182 in three contests as a designated hitter.



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