Four Bees pitchers combined to hold Fresno in check all night and Corey Myers paced the offense as Salt Lake swept the four game series and extended their division lead to four games.
Left-handed pitcher Jon Rouwenhorst had not started a game in over four years before he got the call last Saturday, but after his second start, it appears he wants a chance to stay in the rotation. The Anaheim resident threw five shutout innings to help bridge the gap caused by the promotions of Joe Saunders and Dustin Moseley earlier this week, striking out four and giving up just five singles. An undrafted free agent out of Biola in 2001, Rouwenhorst entered the year with a 2.60 career ERA, but has had several rocky appearances on the way to a 4.17 mark this season.
Corey Myers hit his second home run since signing with the club at the end of May to drive in a pair and scored the Bees' other run on a Curtis Pride groundout. The one-time first round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks has surged this month to raise his overall batting average to .269 on the year, but he has had to settle into the eighth spot in the lineup because he has been unable to consistently drive the ball this season.
Tulsa nips Arkansas 8-7 (Rockies)
Jose Arredondo had his worst start since his promotion and the Travelers' attempt at a comeback ended with the tying run at third base in the ninth inning to give the Drillers their first win in three games so far this series.
Arredondo, whose starts have each been less effective than the one before it since moving up to Double-A, gave up six runs on nine hits in just four innings. The strikeout artist did record four more whiffs, but walked one and a pair of doubles in the process. After posting a 2.30 ERA in the Cal League, Arredondo's mark with Arkansas is now at 5.09.
Brandon Wood had two more extra-base hits, including his 21st homer of the year, to drive in three runs and lead the offense. The slugger has had eight of his last 12 hits go for at least two bases and now leads the Texas League with 35 doubles and is second with a .575 slugging percentage.
Quakes rock Stockton 14-6 (A's)
Rancho Cucamonga's offense welcomed Steve Marek to the Cal League with the same sort of explosiveness they demonstrated in Nick Adenhart's debut, allowing the Texan to cruise to his first win after his promotion.
Marek gave up four runs in six innings of work, surrendering seven hits and a walk while striking out seven. The righty, who had given up just two homers over his last 49 innings in the Midwest League, gave up a pair of leadoff round-trippers in his debut. The Ports were the first team to score more than three runs against him in a game all season.
Catcher Tim Duff made the most of just his third start this month, going 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. The University of Tampa product has seven hits in 15 at-bats this month to raise his season average nearly 60 points to .220 and has collected hits in three straight games for the first time in nearly a year.
Quad Cities nip Kernels 4-3 (Cardinals)
Andy Hill breezed through the first six innings, giving up just one run on five hits, but gave up a home run and single to open the seventh before getting a sacrifice bunt from the final batter he faced. That runner he left on came around to score as well to leave him with his second straight loss. The righty has six quality starts in 11 appearances, but still owns just a 3-6 record since joining the Kernels from extended spring training in May.
Center fielder Madison Edwards led off for the Kernels and had a pair of hits in a game for the first time in two months. The speedster out of Texas Tech also drew two walks to nearly double the number of times he reached base this month. The left-handed hitter has managed just a .143 average this year, but has been a threat when he has gotten on base, swiping seven bases despite just 19 hits.
Orem rolls over Helena 9-2 (Brewers)
The Owlz got a strong pitching performance from starter David Herndon and never trailed as every batter in the lineup collected at least one hit.
Helena hitters will be glad if they never face Herndon again as, for the second straight outing, he blanked the Brewers over five innings of work. He gave up just five hits and one walk in this latest outing and has now yielded just one run in his last 15 innings of work. The fifth round pick out of Gulf Coast Community College in Florida is getting it done with good command and reliable off-speed pitches rather than great stuff, striking out just 12 hitters in 24.1 innings so far this year.
P.J. Phillips had exactly the sort of night the Angels hoped for when they selected the athletic third baseman out in the second round last year, going 4-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base. The right-handed hitter from Georgia has hit in seven straight contests, raising his average almost 70 points by going 13-for-30 in that span. Phillips has done most of his damage against right-handed pitchers, against whom he is hitting .290. Lefties have held him to just .179. Also a bit concerning is that he picked up his 13th error in 28 games last night when he misplayed a grounder.
AZL Mariners beat Angels 7-3.
With Hank Conger out of the lineup for the third straight game, catcher Anel De Los Santos continued his strong performance, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. The 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic collected his third triple and now has a .587 slugging percentage to go along with his .348 average. His success also includes his performance behind the plate, where he threw out his eighth runner in 19 attempts Thursday.
After a perfect inning of work in his professional debut earlier in the week, right handed pitcher Chris Armstrong took the loss when he surrendered a one-out solo home run in his one inning of relief work. The left-hander from Owasso, Oklahoma, gave up just the one hit after entering a tie game and also recorded his first professional strikeout since he was taken out of high school in the 14th round.