Nate Bland made an emergency start for Salt Lake, but wasn't able to get through the fourth inning as the team fell to the Royals 5-3.
After giving up just two hits through his first three games, the lefty gave up a two-RBI double to Mike Aviles before leaving with one out in the fourth. Matt Wilhite allowed the inherited runner to score to close the book on Bland, then gave up a run of his own. Bland last started a game for an affiliated team in 1997, when he was in Double-A with the Dodgers' organization.
Mike Eylward hit his first Triple-A home run to get the Bees on the board first in the second inning. The slugging corner infielder, who hit .365 in 26 games for Arkansas, has reached base in each of his five games with Salt Lake. The righty has appeared at third base twice for the Bees, after playing exclusively at first before his promotion.
Hooks drop Arkansas for third straight night
The Travelers jumped out to an early lead over Corpus Christi Wednesday night, but the Hooks came storming back against Rafael Rodriguez and the Trav's bullpen to win 11-8.
Rodriguez, who was dominant at Rancho Cucamonga, was jumped on again in his fourth start at Double-A, giving up six runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in 5.1 innings. Texas League hitters have posted a .329 average against him and he has a 10.31 ERA through just 18.1 innings of work. He also yielded a first inning homer to J.R. House, the eighth he has allowed in a Travelers uniform.
With Eylward about to drop off the Texas League batting average leader board, Eric Rodland is quickly moving up it. The second baseman was 3-for-3 against Corpus to raise his average to .354 on the season. He also picked up three RBI in the game for the first time since last August. The left-handed hitter has now hit in 11 of 12, going 18-for-41 in that span.
Reliever Allen Buckley nearly doubled the number of runs he's given up on the season with his outing tonight. Although he entered the game with a 2.29 ERA, he surrendered four runs on five hits – including a pair of home runs – in just 1.1 innings. His ERA jumped to 3.86 before he was chased in the seventh inning.
Rodriguez carries Quakes to victory
Francisco Rodriguez threw a complete game shutout as Rancho Cucamonga made a few early runs hold up for a 3-0 victory over Visalia.
Rodriguez, delivering his first career shutout, allowed just five singles in the game. While he walked a pair, he struck out four. The 23-year-old had not made it more than five innings in any outing this year.
Patrick Reilly doubled and scored the Quakes' first run in the second inning. After tearing up the Midwest League,
The Quakes pressured Visalia into a pair of runs in the third. After a leadoff double, Cody Fuller dropped a sacrifice bunt and reached when the Oaks' pitcher threw the ball down the line. Freddy Sandoval followed with a second consecutive sacrifice, and Fuller was then able to score on a wild pitch. The club had only three sacrifice bunts on the year coming into the contest.
Kernels slain by Dragons
At the start of Wednesday's contest, Dayton and Cedar Rapids each had a .500 record, but the Kernels were unable to move back into positive territory, losing 6-4 on the road.
Dallas Morris had a solo homer in the first for the Kernels, his third of the year. After going without a round-tripper in his first 77 at-bats, he now has three in his last six games. The Louisiana native is hitting .333 in May to raise his season average to .228.
Flint Wipke remains the only player on the Cedar Rapids roster with an average over .300 for the season. The product of Georgia Southern University extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the sixth. He later came around to score when the Dragons committed three errors on Mark Trumbo's grounder.
Lefty Kelly Shearer took the loss for Cedar Rapids, allowing four earned runs while making his longest outing of the season. In 6.2 innings, he allowed only four hits, but walked six and uncorked three wild pitches in the contest. He has now given up 23 free passes in 37.1 innings.