Chris Hunter, Esmerlin Jimenez toss blanks

The pitching through five of the six affiliates rocked. Only Steven Shell was shelled but his team pulled it out in the ninth. Chris Hunter threw eight bullets for Arkansas in a laugher. Fernando Rodriguez was money over five for the Quakes. Amalio Diaz dazzled through his five frames. Bobby Cassevah wasn't rewarded for his efforts. Esmerlin Jimenez tossed blanks to round it out in the desert.

Salt Lake won 6-5 over Round Rock

Steven Shell's struggles continue. He gave up five runs on six hits and a walk over six innings – serving up two long balls. It is the eighth straight game he has been charged with five or more runs. Over that span he has given up 51 runs on 62 hits, including seven dingers, and 11 walks. Shell had given up 21 runs over his first ten games in Salt Lake, seeing his 3.20 ERA rise to 6.50.

Casey Smith had a productive night, going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI's. He also added a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt in the contest. Smith is hitting .339 on the year when he plays second base while batting .251 when he plays third or shortstop. He is also hitting .345 at home this year while batting .242 on the road.

Arkansas won 12-0 over Frisco

Christopher Hunter didn't throw like a pitcher who was 2-10 with a 7.22 ERA in 19 starts. Having allowed seven runs in three of his last four starts, the right-hander pitched eight shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. It is the second time in four starts he has gone eight innings, sandwiching a one run outing around the 21 runs he allowed in the other three games.

Greg Porter snapped a 3-for-17 skid with four hits in five at bats with four runs scored. It is the second time this year Porter has recorded four hits in a game but the first time he has scored four runs. Over his last 31 games, he is hitting .333 with eight doubles, seven homers, 20 RBI's and 21 runs scored. He is hitting .360 when he is the designated hitter.

Rancho Cucamonga won 7-2 over Lake Elsinore

Ryan Leahy hit his first homer of the year and collected two RBI's on a 2-for-5 night to break a 1-for-14 skid. In his previous 13 games, Leahy collected 20 hits in 56 at bats, a .357 average. He also added a stolen base, his second successful attempt after being snared five times in a row.

Fernando Rodriguez gave up a run on four hits and four walks over five innings to pick up the win, his eighth of the year. It was the tenth time this year that he has allowed two runs or less in his 23 starts and fifth time he has given up four hits or less. It was, however, the third time he has walked four or more. He has given up just four first inning runs this year.

Cedar Rapids lost 3-2 to Lansing

Just one run slipped by Amalio Diaz in five innings of work, coming on a solo homer in the fourth. He allowed four hits and struck out five. Diaz has pitched at four different affiliates for the Angels this season, giving up 15 earned runs in 45.2 innings, a 2.96 ERA. Ironically, his best ERA came in four California League games when he posted a 1.52 mark in 23.2 innings.

Josh Davies was the only member of the Kernels to notch a multi-hit game. Davies, who has played five different positions and has batted in six different spots in the order, has six hits in his last 16 at bats after netting two in his previous 25. He is batting .281 when he plays at second or third base but just .185 when he plays elsewhere.

Orem lost 5-2 to Ogden in ten innings

Bobby Cassevah wasn't rewarded for his brilliant performance on Monday. The right-hander yielded just two hits and two walks over five scoreless innings, striking out four in a no-decision. The Jacksonville native entered the game with a 15.43 ERA in three starts with the opposition hitting .381 off him over the 4.2 innings he managed to labor through. He cut the ERA in half to 7.45 as a starter and has posted a 2.63 mark in six relief appearances.

Chris Pettit went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and a run scored. The outfielder has eight doubles in his last nine games and has scored 17 runs over his last 15 games. Over his last 16 games, Pettit has seven multi-hit games. He is hitting .383 with runners in scoring position. Pettit also stole his third base of the year, taking home plate in a double steal.

AZL Angels won 2-1 over AZL Cubs

Esmerlin Jimenez threw shutout ball over five innings, giving up three hits and striking out four. It is the eighth time in his last nine starts that he has yielded two earned runs or less, going five innings or more in five of those games. He has a 1.20 ERA on the road, as he was on Monday, and a 4.06 mark at home.

Warner Madrigal struck out the side to earn the save, giving him two wins and two saves over his last four games. In six innings of work, he has given up six hits, walked one and struck out three. The former outfielder, who hit .235 earlier this year with Cedar Rapids, has given up runs in two of his five appearances out of the pen.


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