The Bees got another stellar performance on the mound from Jered Weaver and a balanced attack at the plate to down New Orleans 9-0 Monday night.
Weaver got his first career complete game and shutout, allowing just five hits with no walks while striking out eight. He now has gone 27 consecutive innings without allowing a run and has given up one run or less in six of his eight starts. He has been particularly dominant at Franklin Covey Field where he has surrendered just one run in three outings.
Curtis Pride continued his strong May with a homer among three hits, driving in three and scoring a pair. The 37-year-old outfielder sports a .400 average through 14 games this month although his homer was just his fourth extra-base hit in that span. He has done most of his damage with runners on base, when he is hitting .410 on the season.
Designated hitter Mike Eylward collected a pair of runs batted in, his first in 10 games. The big righty owns a .368 average as a DH, but has hit only .200 when playing in the field for the Bees.
Arkansas held in check by RoughRiders
Top prospect Thomas Diamond yielded the Travelers just three hits over the first six innings as Frisco downed Arkansas 2-1.
Chris Hunter was the tough-luck loser for the Travs, giving up just two runs over seven innings. The righty actually had his best performance since last June with the Quakes in the losing effort. With three strikeouts and only one walk, he had a positive ratio for the first time since his first start of the season.
Greg Porter continued his strong performance since Eylward left the team, pounding a pair of doubles and drawing a walk in four plate appearances. Since May 5, he is 27-for-62 with hits in all but two games. In four games as the clean-up hitter, he has a .375 average with four extra-base hits.
Matt Pali hit his second homer in three games for the Trav's only run. Seven of his 14 Texas League hits have gone for extra bases for a .563 slugging percentage.
Rancho Cucamonga snaps losing streak
The Quakes ended a four-game losing skid with a 9-6 victory over High Desert Monday night to avoid falling back to .500.
For the second time this season, leftfielder Drew Toussaint hit a pair of homers among three hits to pace the Rancho offense. The blasts were the first he has hit on the road all season. Although he has hit in seven of the last nine games, he has only a .203 average for the month.
Starter Francisco Rodriguez got his second victory for the Quakes, throwing 7.1 innings of four-run ball. The native of Mexicali, Mexico, yielded nine hits to raise his opponents' average to .301, but walked just one. In seven starts, the righty has made it past through seven just twice, earning both his wins in the process.
Patrick Reilly had a two-run triple for the Quakes, his second in 14 games in the Cal League after knocking four for the Kernels before his promotion. The Costa Mesa native had none in 120 at-bats in his system debut last year.
Kernels drop third straight to Kane County
The Cougars jumped out to a four-run lead in the top of the first and Cedar Rapids was unable to get back in the game until late on the way to losing 6-4.
Hainley Statia continued his success in the leadoff role, knocking a double and earning three walks in the game. Over 10 contests at the top of the lineup, the switch-hitter has a .426 on-base percentage, nearly 70 points above his overall mark.
Robert Mosebach dropped his second straight start yielding five runs on just four hits and three walks over 7.2 innings. Two of the walks and a hit batsman came in the first inning, when Mosebach has been hittable all year. Despite a .262 overall average against, opponents have hit .343 in the first.
Outfielders Bradley Coon and Warner Madrigal each threw out a runner on the night. For Coon, it was his fifth outfield assist, good for a tie for second in the Midwest League, while Madrigal is one behind. Kernels outfielders have combined for 16 assists on the year.