Howie Kendrick celebrated being named to the PCL all-star team by knocking a double and homer and collecting three RBIs. The slugger has enjoyed playing in Colorado, going 8-for-18 with three homers in the series. After hitting four homers in 135 at-bats in the first two months of the season, Kendrick has nine this month to go with 10 doubles and three triples.
Despite giving up more than three runs for the first time in over two months, starter Dustin Moseley won his third straight decision to move his record to 8-3. The righty has five strike outs in each of his last four games, but has also walked 13 in 37 innings this month. He walked just 14 in his first 46 innings of the season.
Travs have the night off
Arkansas will open a five game series against Tulsa at Ray Winder Field on Friday.
Quakes shelled 14-5 by Inland Empire in return to action (Mariners)
Rancho Cucamonga returned to the field after four nights off, but had no better results than they did in their five game losing streak just prior to the break.
Francisco Rodriguez had another poor outing, giving up six runs – five earned – in just 3.1 innings of work. The righty has not won in his last nine outings and has a 7.58 ERA over that span. Rodriguez has made it into the seventh inning only three times in 13 starts.
The Quakes' offense was powered by their all-stars. Sean Rodriguez hit his team-leading 15th home run of the year to plate their Quakes' first run of the game, and Michael Collins hit two doubles and drove in a run in three at-bats. He was also hit by a pitch for the 17th time this season.
Kernels lose 4-3 to Dayton (Reds)
Cedar Rapids' offense continued it's second-half struggles and the bullpen took its fourth loss in five games.
Brad Coon singled, scored a run and grabbed another stolen base for the Kernels after he had been held hitless in back-to-back games for the first time in almost six weeks. Coon finished the game as one of only three players on the roster with an average over .250.
Dan Hawkins made his second appearance since returning to the Midwest League from Rancho and, for the second time, gave up a run. Hawkins took the loss when he allowed two hits and a walk in one inning. Including his work for the Quakes, Hawkins has allowed a run in six of his last seven outings.
Owlz fall to the Raptors 13-4 (Dodgers)
After jumping out to a four-run lead in the first inning, Orem couldn't manage another run and Ogden scored 13 unanswered runs to defeat them.
David Herndon gave up nine runs in three innings, but only two were earned. His defense committed three errors behind him in the seven-run second inning. He has thrown only three innings in both of his outings for the Owlz, striking out four against just one walk.
First baseman Gordie Gronkowski had only two hits through his first seven games, but raised his average nearly 150 points with a 3-for-3 performance on Thursday. With one base on balls in the game, Gronkowski has drawn six walks in 24 plate appearances to help him to a .458 on-base percentage.
Former Loyola Marymount Lion Chris Pettit had his first professional home run, a two-run blast with two outs in the first inning. Three of his four hits this season have come with men on, while he is just 1-for-9 with the bases empty.
AZL Angels have the day off
The rookie league affiliate resumes play against the Mariners on Friday.