For the third time in four games, the Bees lost by one run Monday, dropping a 6-5 decision to Fresno to open their homestand of the season.
After he almost re-entered the Angels' rotation, Bartolo Colon returned to Salt Lake for one last tune-up start in the Pacific Coast League and had a rough go of it. Over seven innings, he gave up six earned runs on three homers, while striking out only one Grizzlies hitter. Over 15.2 innings of work in three rehab outings, the 2005 Cy Young Award winner recorded only six strikeouts and gave up a .276 opponents' average.
Adam Pavkovich's strangely up-and-down season continued with a positive swing as he went 3-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season. At home on the season, the University of Alabama product is hitting .306 with five homers in 49 at-bats, but on the road he is at just .182 and one round-tripper in 66 at-bats. He also continued his success in the nine-hole, where he has a .326 average on the season.
Nick Gorneault also continues to rake at home, going 2-for-4 with his fourth triple of the season and two RBIs. At Franklin Covey Field, he has hit .355 with a .636 slugging percentage, a number that falls off to .394 on the road. Gorneault also contributed in the field, throwing out at the plate what would have been the Giants' third run in the sixth inning. The play was his sixth outfield assist of the season.
Travelers down again in Springfield
Arkansas batters managed only four hits on the night as the Cardinals downed the Texas League's worst team so far, 3-2.
Both times the Travs' offense managed to put a run on the board, starter Chris Hunter came out and immediately gave the lead back to Springfield on home runs. Hunter, who hasn't won a start since April 15, has now given up six round-trippers in his last four outings, a span of just 19.1 innings because of his disastrous start on June 1, which lasted only one third of an inning. His four strikeouts recorded in the game was a season high after he punched out 72 batters in 118 innings for the Storm last season.
Dwaine Bacon reached in all three of his plate appearances, slapping a single and drawing a pair of walks while using his speed to score one of the Trav's runs. In the sixth inning, Bacon drew a walk and stole second before advancing to third on what would otherwise have been a double-play grounder to shortstop. With one out, he then tagged and scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric Rodland. Trying to spark things again in the eighth, he was caught stealing to end the inning, the sixth time in 25 attempts he has been thrown out this year.
Mavs walk off with victory over Rancho
The Quakes lost at High Desert 6-5 Monday night when reliever Kevin Lynch uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
Lynch came on after Frederic DeLoizaga-Carney had surrendered a single and walked a batter intentionally with two outs in his third inning of work. Lynch, a 26th-round pick last year, promptly walked the bases loaded before unleashing his second wild pitch in 31.2 innings of work this year. Although his opponents' average remains a miniscule .198, he has had trouble with runners in scoring position, seeing that number jump to .263.
Freddy Sandoval did well at the little things and big ones alike, going 2-for-3 with a double and homer, also dropping a sacrifice bunt and drawing a walk. In the field, however, his throwing error to open the sixth cost the Quakes an unearned run. He is now right at the same .947 pace he had at third base last season.
With a .508 slugging percentage since his promotion from Cedar Rapids, Patrick Reilly has been the Quakes' most reliable hitter over the last month. He had his fourth triple in 124 Cal League at-bats against High Desert to drive in a pair of runs. He now has 21 in 34 games, already ranking fifth on the team for the year.
Kernels rally for victory
Through the first eight innings, Cedar Rapids had managed only three hits and one run, but they rallied for three runs against the Fort Wayne closer for a 4-3 win in support of Tommy Mendoza, who threw a complete game.
Mendoza gave up three runs on seven hits in the game, including a pair of solo homers to Wizards catcher Nick Hundley, but walked only one while striking out seven. It was the 18-year-old's first complete game as a professional was one off his season high for strikeouts. Three of his four wins have now come at home, where his ERA is nearly three and a half points below his mark on the road.
Anaheim native Mark Trumbo continued his hot June with a solo homer in the fifth inning. The first baseman has now hit in six straight and has raised his average more than 30 points since the first of the month. His 31 RBIs are good for second on the club behind only Jordan Renz.
For just the second time this year, infielder Larry Infante has hits in three straight games after improbably hitting a two-out, two-run walk-off home run in the ninth. The switch-hitter is now hitting .200 against righties on the season but has just one hit in 19 at-bats against lefties.