Pen aids Bees; Pitching struggles elsewhere

Dustin Moseley leaves early but the pen picks up the slack and is inspired by the bat of Kendry Morales. Jesse Smith gets hammered in his start. Sean Rodriguez homers to make it close and Brad Beck makes his season-debut. Thomas Mendoza is in the midst of a terrible streak of starts.

Salt Lake won 5-1

Dustin Moseley took the hill to begin the game but left with back spasms after an inning and a third. The bullpen, however, was spot on, allowing just three hits and an unearned run.

Nate Bland earned the win, his first of the season. It was his second straight scoreless outing after giving up nine runs in his previous three, spanning 5.2 innings, including one start. Bland has posted a 3.38 ERA as a reliever as opposed to his 8.10 mark as a starter. Bland has allowed just two hits in 14 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Kendry Morales continued the hot hand with three hits in four at bats along with two RBI's. It marked the sixth time in seven games that he has notched a multi-hit game and Morales is batting .400 for the month of May with 14 RBI's in 15 games. He is also hitting .357 with runners in scoring position.

Arkansas lost 10-2

Jesse Smith was rocked for a season-high seven runs, six earned, on a season-high 12 hits in 5.1 innings. It was the fifth time in eight starts that he has yielded four runs or more in a start. The opposition is hitting .379 off him with runners in scoring position.

Greg Porter notched his second straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. On April 28, Porter was hitting .179 but he has netted eight multi-hit games since then and has a .426 average during the month of May to raise his season mark to .310.

Aaron Pullin allowed three runs on five hits in his 2.2 innings of work, all three numbers representing season-highs. Pullin has given up runs in nine of his 14 outings this year, walking 14 while only striking out ten. Lefties are hitting at a .452 clip against him.

Rancho Cucamonga lost 5-3

Sean Rodriguez' three run homer with two outs in the ninth inning made this a much closer game. The shortstop recorded two of the four hits on the day for the Quakes. It was his third straight multi-hit affair and Rodriguez has notched an RBI in seven of the last eight games, 12 total over that span.

Micah Posey allowed five runs, two earned, on a season-high nine hits and four walks over seven innings of work to drop his third straight decision. It was the longest outing of the year for the lefty. He has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last three starts.

Bradley Beck made his season debut, pitching a scoreless inning and striking out one. The 21-year old left-hander spent most of his time with the Arizona Rookie League Angels, along with a one game stint with Salt Lake. Beck posted a 1.91 ERA over 20 games with the AZL Angels, holding the opposition to a .225 average against.

Cedar Rapids lost 10-5

Tommy Mendoza dropped his third straight game and fourth straight decision, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks over four frames. The righty has given up 19 runs over his last three starts, spanning 14.2 innings, after giving up 12 runs in his first six starts. The opposition is hitting .360 off him with runners in scoring position.

Mark Trumbo went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his fifth of the season. He also drew a walk, his ninth of the year. The first baseman has struggled this year, hitting .186 in April and now .172 in May. He was dropped to seventh in the order and has hit .167 in that spot over seven games.

Rafael Cruz Chavez gave up two unearned runs in three innings of work, his fourth appearance since being dropped from Salt Lake. Cruz Chavez holds a 1.35 ERA but the opposition has hit .308 off him during his time in Cedar Rapids. In five games with the Bees, the opposition hit .348 off him, scoring seven runs in 5.1 innings.

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