In the first two games of their series, the Bees and Sidewinders combined to score 37 runs. On Sunday, Tucson set out to make that seem like nothing as they pounding out multiple runs in six innings and set season highs in hits and runs scored for the PCL.
Starter Dustin Moseley, whose last start came in the big leagues, saw his ERA rise more than half a point to 4.50 when he gave up 10 runs – seven earned – in 3.1 innings of work. The righty gave up nine hits and five walks in his stint. Over four starts this month – including his major league debut – has given up 24 runs in 20 innings of work and opponents have hit .423 against him in that span.
While the Sidewinders clubbed six home runs in the game, Salt Lake managed just three extra-base hits. Nick Gorneault, who got in his first work in the field during the ninth inning of his third game back from a broken kneecap, had one of those with an RBI double in the sixth. It was his first hit in 10 at-bats after the injury.
Travelers score early, coast to 6-4 win over Cardinals
Arkansas snapped a three game losing streak and moved back to .500 in the second half of the season as they opened a five game series in Springfield.
A week after making a spot start for the Bees, Jesse Smith was back in the Texas League and earned his fourth straight victory for the Travs. The righty gave up 4 runs in 8.1 innings of work, matching his season high with seven strikeouts. Smith has gone at least seven innings in three straight appearances after getting there just twice in his first 18 games of the season.
Eric Rodland had a pair of hits including an RBI double at the bottom of the Travs lineup. The left-handed hitter now owns a .357 average in his 55 games in the ninth spot, and a .214 mark in his 29 appearances. Even with Sunday's performance, Rodland has nearly twice as many extra-base hits and is hitting 85 points better at Ray Winder Stadium than he is on the road.
Rancho pulls away for 7-2 win over Inland Empire (Mariners)
The Quakes banged out five runs and eight of their 12 hits in the seventh and eighth innings to distance themselves from the 66'ers and claim a three game series win.
Nick Adenhart had his strongest outing since arriving in the Cal League, giving up two runs over seven innings of work to move his record to 3-1 with the Quakes. The righty walked two more batters and is averaging almost three and half free passes per nine innings of work, nearly 50 percent more than he gave up in the Midwest League. Adenhart has gotten into trouble working from the stretch. Although opponents are hitting .269 against him overall, that jumps to .378 with runners on base.
Second baseman Ryan Leahy had three singles and a walk in four plate appearances, driving in a pair of runs at the bottom of the Quakes lineup. The 25-year-old utility infielder is hitting 30 points better on the road than at the Epicenter and has nine hits in his last 20 at-bats away from home.
Swing sweeps Cedar Rapids in doubleheader (Cardinals)
After two days of rain, the Kernels finally got on the field in Quad Cities, but fell a run short in each of the two seven inning contests on Sunday.
In game one, Robert Mosebach was the tough-luck loser in a 2-1 defeat. In a six inning complete game, the righty gave up two runs on five hits, walking a pair and striking out two as well. Over his last 10 starts, the 21-year-old Mosebach has a 4-2 record with a 2.87 ERA while averaging just under seven innings a start.
In game two featured, a pair of pitchers who just joined the Kernels staff and impressed, but the familiar faces struggled. Brok Butcher, a 25th-round pick last year, made his first appearance for Cedar Rapids since a balky nerve sidelined him in May. The righty, who gave up eight runs in 22.1 innings at the lower levels while rehabbing, threw two scoreless innings in his first start of the year for the Kernels, striking out four to offset three hits allowed.
Darren O'Day, who came up with Butcher when starter Amalio Diaz and reliever Robert Romero were placed on the disabled list Saturday, also held the Swing without a run. After entering with a runner on in the fourth inning, O'Day gave up a pair of singles, but was bailed out from further damage when Stantrel Smith threw out a runner at third base to end the inning. He then calmed down in the fifth to induce a pair of groundouts and a pop fly. In 14 appearances as the Owlz closer, O'Day had a 2.51 ERA and 15 strikeouts to help him earn seven saves.
Owlz down Helena 3-1 (Brewers)
Behind another strong outing by Sean O'Sullivan, the Owlz shut down Helena for the fourth straight game to and remain in a tie for first place in the Pioneer League's South division.
O'Sullivan rebounded from his only poor outing of the year with six innings of shutout ball in which he gave up just two hits. The righty struck out four and – for the third straight game – did not walk a batter. O'Sullivan has held opponents to a .206 average in six starts and has a 23-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His 1.67 ERA is good for third in the Pioneer League.
With O'Day gone, Barret Browning collected his first save of the year with 1.1 innings of scoreless work. The former Florida State Seminole – replacing a Florida Gator – has not allowed a run in eight of his 11 appearances on the year and opponents are hitting just .222 against him.
Chris Pettit collected his second home run of the series and third overall to pad the Owlz 1-0 lead in the eighth inning. The right-handed outfielder has a .302/.443/.524 line for July and has reached base in seven straight games. After drawing nine walks in his first 27 games, Pettit has five in his last two starts.
Brewers down AZL Angels 4-3
A three-run inning sixth against a trio of pitchers sent the Angels to their second straight 4-3 defeat and pushed the club back to .500 on the season.
Starter Esmerlin Jimenez gave up just one run on four hits over five innings while striking out a season-high six batters. The righty, who will turn 22 next week, didn't walk a batter and has given up just two free passes over his last 24.1 innings of work. Though righties have a .293 average against him, they have managed just two extra-base hits – both doubles – to minimize the damage.
Doug Brandt was unable to match his starter's success. The lefty was charged with three runs on three hits while recording just one out, raising his ERA to 14.21 on the year. The Cal State San Bernardino product has yielded a run in five of six appearances since he was drafted in the 43rd round and has given up three in three different games. Opponents are hitting .419 against him on the year.
Outfielder Norberto Ortiz paced the offense with two doubles in four at-bats, scoring a pair of runs for the Angels. The wiry 21-year-old is finding his power stroke. Although he has hit over .300 all year, four of his seven extra-base hits have come in the last week.