Salt Lake Bees June report II

Ryan Budde has an apropos last name these days. Matt Brown is on the rebound after an ugly start to June. Mike Eylward has seen his average steadily climb over an impressive 12-game span. Matt Wilhite is the epitome of long relief for Salt Lake. Pedro Liriano has been better than the numbers would indicate but must watch out for the fifth. Chris Resop extended a streak on Monday.

With a 42-36 record entering Monday night's game, the Salt Lake Bees and Colorado Springs Sky Sox are tied atop the Pacific Northern Division.

Ryan Budde began his tour in Salt Lake going 3-for-28, but things changed quickly for the catcher/first baseman. He has gone 24-for-63 since with three homers and 20 RBIs over 18 games. Budde has notched an RBI in seven of his last eight games and has one in 11 of his last 16. Along with that is a .400 average with runners in scoring position. He has also thrown out eight of the 17 runners attempting to steal, a 47.1 percent mark, and picked off a runner at second base on Monday night.

A Rule 5 pick by the Philadelphia Phillies this off-season, Budde was returned to the Angels in April after beginning the year on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

After beginning June with three hits over 32 at bats, Matt Brown has rebounded to collect 10 hits in his last 33 at bats with four multi-hit games over that span entering play on Monday night.

Brown has played five different positions on the diamond and is at his best when he is playing third base. He has a .343 average when he mans the hot corner and is hitting .195 when he plays the field at any other position. His favorite innings is the fifth; Brown is 9-for-19 when he comes to bat in that particular frame.

Mike Eylward has recorded a hit in 11 of his last 12 games with a run scored in eight of those contests. Five of his 13 doubles have come over his last 14 games. He has batted in seven different slots in the order, seeing most of his time batting fifth where he has a .301 average. Eylward has seen time at first base, third base and left field, boasting a .991 fielding percentage at first – where he has spent the majority of his time – and a perfect fielding percentage when he plays elsewhere.

Matt Wilhite has surrendered runs in 12 of his 26 appearances as the long relief man out of the pen. Most of his work has come over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings – and the right-hander holds a 2.84 ERA over those innings, which account for 31.2 of his 44 frames pitched on the season. Wilhite has limited the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .275 on base percentage. He has inherited six runners on the season, allowing three to score.

Pedro Liriano is the unfortunate soul that is tied atop the Pacific Coast League with nine losses. He has given up two runs or less in three of his 15 starts and holds a 0-2 record in those games. The right-hander has been solid over the first four innings but the seams have fallen apart on him in the fifth. Twenty of the 55 runs he has surrendered on the year have come in inning number five and as a result he has made through six innings just four times this season. He has worked behind in the count to nearly half the hitters he has faced on the year.

After some early struggles that saw Chris Resop surrender runs in each of his four games, posting a 12.79 ERA over that span with nine runs coming across on 11 hits in 6.1 innings, the Florida native has given up runs in nine of his last 21 appearances. He is in the midst of a 11.2-inning streak without an earned run and has steadily lowered his ERA down to 4.78 – the first time it has been under 5.00 this year. He has thrown 62.8 percent of his pitches for strikes.

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