Salt Lake scratched together just three hits as Iowa turned the tables on them with a 6-0 victory a night after the Bees downed them by the same score
Steven Shell returned to the mound after he was scratched from two starts because of back spasms. After the right-hander surrendered a leadoff home run to Felix Pie, he gave up just one more hit in five innings of work. Through three starts in Triple-A, he has allowed just three earned runs while striking out 14.
Jeff Mathis extended his hitting streak to all 11 games he has played in at Triple-A. The catcher had a double in three plate appearances and now has gone for extra bases with 50 percent of his hits for Salt Lake. Mathis also nabbed one of two would-be base-stealers against him on the night. He has thrown out three of eight runners at Triple-A.
For the second time in four outings, reliever Marcus Gwyn surrendered four runs to put the game out of reach. To start the eighth inning, the former Oakland farmhand hit back-to-back hitters and uncorked a wild pitch. He has struggled with command throughout the year, hitting three, walking nine and throwing eight wild pitches in 16 innings of work.
Arkansas can't hold off Drillers
For the eighth time in nine match-ups this season, Tulsa defeated the Travelers 6-5 Monday night.
Entering with a two-run lead, Bill Edwards gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in the eighth inning. The 2004 draftee took his first loss of the season while continuing his struggles on the road. His 5.00 ERA as a visitor is more than two runs above his line at Ray Winder Stadium.
Coming in with just five hits in his last 30 at-bats to lower his overall average more than 40 points, third baseman Matt Brown had a triple and scored in the middle of a three-run fourth for the Travs. After a fast April, he has hit just .234 in August.
Starter James Holcomb gave up just one earned run over seven innings, but back-to-back errors in fourth cost him two more. In 46 innings this season, he has been touched for 11 unearned runs, almost double any other pitcher on the staff.
Rancho falls to Giants
Facing the best team in the California League, the Quakes stranded 11 runners on their way to a 4-2 loss to San Jose.
Francisco Rodriguez took the loss, although he was hardly knocked around. After his shutout last week, the righty delivered his second straight quality start, yielding three earned runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings. The Mexicali, Mexico native allowed four of the seven leadoff men he face to reach, continuing a problem he's had all season. On the year, the first man up in an inning has hit .375 against him.
Michael Collins had a single and two walks and has now hit in 12 of 13 games. He also swiped his third base in nine games. The big catcher stole 16 for Cedar Rapids last season after totaling eight over his first four seasons.
Reliever Kevin Lynch surrendered his first earned run of the season in the ninth. After 21 innings over 15 games, Giants third baseman Simon Klink greeted him with a solo home run Monday. It was just the fourth round-tripper he has given up in 59.2 innings as a professional.
Kernels lose in slug-fest
Jordan Renz did everything in his power to help Cedar Rapids Monday night, but Clinton batters peppered Kernels pitching for runs in each of the first seven innings on their way to an 18-14 victory.
Renz had three home runs, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and drove in a career-high 10 runs. Renz, who earned Midwest League player of the week honors last week, has been on a power tear with eight homers and a .900 slugging percentage over the last 15 games. He has now vaulted himself to the league lead with 35 RBI and a .664 SLG for the year.
While Renz had a game to remember, the Cedar Rapids pitching staff will try hard to forget the drubbing they took. In his shortest outing of the season, starter Kelly Shearer gave up eight runs – five earned – on nine hits and a pair of walks in just 3.2 innings. It was the third straight outing in which the lefty has allowed at least five runs, posting an 8.22 ERA in the process.
Tim Mattison had an even rougher go of it. Entering the game, the 23-year-old had surrendered five runs on the year. Before he left, he had more than doubled his season ERA, giving up six on six hits in just 1.1 inning. The 2005 undrafted free agent had a similarly poor outing last year which skewed his season ERA by three runs.