Kernels get old-style success

Steve Marek extended his winning streak into a fourth month for the Kernels on a day when his team went old school. The Bees proved they don't need a starter to get a strong pitching performance. While the Quakes are rebounding, the Travs can't right the ship.

Bees shut out RiverCats 2-0 (A's)
Five Salt Lake pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout of Sacramento as the offense scratched out a pair of runs in the eighth for the won.

With the Bees' roster undermanned because of promotions, Nate Bland moved back into the rotation and threw four innings in which he allowed one hit and two walks. It was his longest appearance of the year, lowering his ERA in three starts to 3.65.

All the offense the club needed came in the eighth inning. Corey Myers, making his first appearance at catcher for the Bees, got a leadoff single and then RiverCats pitchers walked two to load the bases. Howie Kendrick made them pay with a double - his only hit on the night – that extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Travs pounded 9-4 by Tulsa (Rockies)
Continuing their season-long struggles against the Drillers, Arkansas squandered an early lead and lost for the 13th time in 18 games against Tulsa.

Eric Rodland was the only player in the Trav's lineup with more than one hit. The righty went 2-for-3 with a walk despite coming in with just a .204 average against Tulsa pitching this year. Rodland has struggled since being named to the Texas League all star game, going just 12-for-54 over the last three weeks.

James Holcomb's season-long struggles continued as his record moved to 0-7. For the fourth straight outing, the righty failed to make it through four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks in just 3.1 innings of work. Since returning from the disabled list, the 2002 draftee has posted a 13.03 ERA in only 9.2 innings over three appearances.

Quakes get second straight big win over Inland Empire (Mariners)
For the second consecutive game, the Rancho Cucamonga offense fired on all cylinders on the way to a 12-4 runs. It was the first time since mid-April that the club scored in double figures in back-to-back games.

Sean Rodriguez got his batting average back above .300 with a 3-for-5 night in which he scored a pair of runs and stole two bases. One of his thefts was the front end of a double steal which netted his first steal of home plate. He is now 10-for-21 with eight runs scored since the all-star break.

Micah Posey earned just his second victory in his last nine starts, all games in which he earned a decision. In six innings, the lefty gave up four runs, but only two were earned, to give Posey his sixth quality start of the season. Posey now has issued 43 walks against just 39 strikeouts in 82.1 innings of work.

Cedar Rapids downs Burlington 7-1 (Royals)
Wearing replicas of the uniforms the 1906 Cedar Rapids Bunnies, the Kernels rode another stellar performance by Stephen Marek to victory.

Marek, who has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this year, yielded just one run on four hits over eight innings. The power righty only had two strikeouts, but did not allow a walk either.

Josh Davies opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first and plated the last pair of runs with a single in the seventh on his way to a 3-for-4 day with five RBIs. The Australian righty has driven in nine in eight games since joining the Bees last month. At 20 years old, he is getting his first taste of full-season baseball after two summers playing in Arizona.

Idaho Falls gets revenge in 10-4 victory over Owlz (Royals)
A night after Orem moved into sole possession of first place with a victory over the Chukars, Idaho Falls turned the tables on the Owlz.

Jeremy Haynes got the start, but couldn't get out of the first inning because of serious control struggles. Sandwiched around a pair of strike outs, Haynes walked five and yielded a single. He was charged with four runs, but only two were earned thanks to first baseman Brooks Shankle's fielding error.

Doug Reinhardt, who had been hitless through his first 13 at-bats of the season, was 2-for-2 after entering the game in the seventh inning. The Laguna Beach resident, who missed all of last year, hit .205 in Arizona in 2004.

AZL Angels beat Brewers 12-11
The rookie-level Angels held on for a victory despite allowing eight runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Matt Sweeney hit his third homer in 30 at-bats since signing his first professional contract. The righty leads the club with 9 RBI and is one of just two players – with Alex Fonseca – with more walks than strikeouts through the first two weeks of the season. His transition in the field hasn't been quite so smooth however. With one booted ball and two errant throws on Monday, Sweeney already has five errors.

Outfielder Norberto Ortiz collected three hits, drove in three and collected his second stolen base of the year. The 21-year-old who led the Dominican League with 12 homers and 48 RBIs last season has hit in each of the five games he has started for the Tempe-based Angels. He owns a .364 average early in his stateside debut.

Reliever Ed Sempey threw a scoreless eighth inning, but allowed the first six batters he faced in the ninth to reach base before he was pulled with five runs in and a runner on third. Ultimately, all six runs were charged to him. The righty, who signed a contract as a free agent out of the University of New Haven last month, has given up seven hits, three walks and a hit batter in two innings of work.

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