Salt Lake used a 17-hit attack to score in each of their first seven innings, downing the Zephyrs 12-6 to take three of four games. The club has lost only one series on the year.
Howie Kendrick went 5-for-5 at the plate, falling just a double short of the cycle. Hitting in the three-hole, Kendrick drove in a career-high five runs in the contest and stole a base for good measure. After scuffling a bit when he returned to the minors, Kendrick has turned it on over the last week going 12-for-25 with six extra-base hits. He has remained lethal with men in scoring position, hitting .483 in 29 chances.
Ryan Budde, starting at DH for the second consecutive game, hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to cap the Bees' scoring. His 2-for-5 performance was just his third multiple-hit game of the season. Although he has just 15 RBI this season, Thursday's contest was the third in which he drove in at least three.
Working in relief of Kasey Olenberger, Matt Wilhite threw 2.1 innings of scorelss ball to earn his second win of the season. The appearance came on the heels of the Franklin, Ken., native's worst showing in nearly a year and helped to bring down his home ERA which had ballooned to 6.18.
Different venue, different results for Travs
Although it took them 12 innings to do it, the Arkansas Travelers downed Midland 8-5 Thursday to snap a five–game losing streak.
Bobby Wilson capped his second three-hit night of the week with a 12th-inning three run homer to left to lift his team. The 23-year-old has been on fire this month, posting a .361 average with nine extra-base hits in 61 at-bats. Wilson also had a pair of run-scoring singles earlier in the game to post his first career five-RBI game. The catcher also nailed one of two would-be base stealers on the night and has now thrown out 19 of 35 would-be thieves on the basepaths.
For the first time since May 1, third baseman Matt Brown had three hits, including a pair of doubles, for the Travs. After a red-hot April in which he hit .337, the 2001 draftee has hit just .217 this month. The two extra-base hits equal his total from the previous 61 at-bats.
Starter James Holcomb lasted only one inning before departing the contest with a sore lower back. The righty was coming of back-to-back quality starts, but allowed three runs on three hits and a walk. His status will be re-evaluated over the weekend.
Aaron Peel missed his fourth consecutive game after a run-in with manager Tyrone Boykin Sunday night. The organization has not announced any specific suspension, but Director of Player Development Tony Reagins indicated that he will back up Boykin whatever the manager's decision.
Late High Desert offense dooms Quakes
Rancho Cucamonga kept the Mavericks in check for six innings, but couldn't hold on to their lead on the way to an 8-7 loss.
Starter Francisco Rodriguez Jr. had given up only three hits over the first six frames, but opened the seventh with a walk and a one-out homer to finish his night with two earned runs allowed. It was the fourth time in five outings that the righty couldn't get through his last scheduled inning of work. Righthanded hitters have had his number all season, posting a .330 average against him.
The Quakes defense committed four errors on the night, leading to four unearned runs. Shortstop Sean Rodriguez committed his team-high 13th of the season after booting just 22 all season last year.
Rancho batters were hit by the pitch four times in the contest, including twice for Michael Collins who has now been plunked 10 times on the year. The club has been hit a league-high 41 times through 47 games.
Kernels can't get bats going in 1-0 loss
Cedar Rapids collected just five hits as they opened a series in Quad Cities, failing to come up with enough support to help Nick Adenhart avoid his first loss of the season in a 1-0 decision.
Adenhart became the fourth Angels' farmhand in four days to throw a complete game, giving up just the one run on seven hits in eight innings of work. He walked just one and struck out six, and now owns a 66-13 ratio on the year. Although he couldn't move his record to 8-0, the righty from Silver Springs, MD., lowered his ERA to a system-best 1.51. He has allowed opponents one run or less in eight of his 10 starts.
Dallas Morris and Jordan Renz combined for four of the five Kernels hits. Morris had a single and double to snap a 2-for-22 stretch. Although he has hit just .230 overall this year, the utility infielder owns a .326 average against lefties this year. Renz, who also has fared well against lefties, had a pair of singles against Swing starter Jaime Garcia.