Salt Lake used two big innings to defeat the 51's 7-4 Monday as the two division leaders opened a four-game series at Franklin Covey Field.
Reggie Willits, back in Triple-A to allow the Angels to carry a 12-man pitching staff, had a pair of singles, stole a base and scored a run. Before his nine-day stint with the big league squad, Willits had hit in seven of eight games.
Catcher Mike Napoli hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot to left-center. While his season average is just .243, at home he's hitting .333 with a .667 slugging percentage.
Making a start just two days after his last appearance was washed out before the second inning, Dustin Moseley picked up his fourth win of the year, even as he turned in his second consecutive below-par performance. Although the righty gave up just three hits in five innings, he walked four and yielded two earned runs. He was on his way to a no-decision before the offense rallied in the bottom of the fifth.
Travelers down Corpus Christi 8-5
Every hitter in the Travelers' lineup had at least one hit and the team scored in six different innings as they downed the Hooks to even their series at one game each.
Jason Aspito had a pair of hits and a walk and scored two runs for Arkansas. He now has hit in nine straight games and has raised his average, currently at .259, almost 70 points in the process.
Dwaine Bacon stole three bases in the game on his way to scoring a pair of runs. The speedster, who signed after the Cubs released him in the offseason, has swiped eight on the year.
Catcher Brent Del Chiaro hit a two-run shot to put the Travs up 5-4 in the sixth inning. Before the game, he had no extra-base hits and only one RBI on the year. His .174 average is only slightly below his career mark of .183.
JetHawks pound Rancho
Fernando Rodriguez was bombed by Lancaster for eight runs in 4.2 innings, handing him his worst beating of the season. Although he retired Lancaster in order in three of the first four innings of the game, he let five straight hitters reach base with two outs in the fifth and gave way to reliever Joseph Torres. It was the first time this year in which he did not make it through five innings.
Freddy Sandoval, back in the lineup after being sidelined with pinkeye, had a hit and drew three walks in the game. He leads the team with 13 free passes on the season, helping him to a .418 on-base percentage.
Matt Pali had his first three-hit contest of the year and scored a pair of runs in the DH role. The slugger's .444 average as a designated hitter is almost 200 points above his overall average on the year.
Kernels blank South Bend
Robert Mosebach, the Angels' choice in the ninth round of last year's draft, continued his impressive full-season debut this year, throwing eight innings of shutout ball to lead Cedar Rapids to a 6-0 win. Mosebach gave up seven hits and one walk while he struck out a season-high six hitters. The righty had never posted more than five scoreless innings in a game previously.
Leadoff man Brad Coon swiped his team-best seventh stolen base of the season in the seventh inning, but was caught stealing earlier in the game. Although the club leads the Midwest League with 38 stolen bases, they've also been caught a league-high 23 times for just 62 percent success rate.
Flint Wipke, making his second consecutive start in right field, had a pair of hits and two runs scored. It is the third straight game in which Wipke has had two hits. Prior to Sunday, he had never appeared in the outfield as a professional.