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Angels Farm Daily 6/21: Father's Day On The Farm

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In a day of celebration for fathers the world over, the Angels minor-league system was in full swing.

Newcomb was all business on the mound yesterday.
Newcomb was all business on the mound yesterday.
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Box Scores for Friday, June 19, 2015 here. Eduar Lopez threw dynamite ball for the Orem Owlz, going five innings before giving up a hit to the Ogden Raptors (LA). He departed after recording only an out in the sixth, but it was enough to earn the win. New signee Adam Hofacket got his first save of the season after recording four outs. And, other than a 4-1 win by the Arkansas Travelers in the first game of a double-header, the rest of the farm lost.

Box Scores for Saturday, June 20, 2015 here. Nate Smith turned in a great start for the Travelers, going the distance, and Sherman Johnson had a rare 0-fer. Austin Robichaux threw a fantastic game for the Burlington Bees. Read the write-up from the MiLB.com main page here. The 66ers were unable to overcome a great start by Tommy Hanson of the San Jose Giants (SFG). Yup, that Tommy Hanson, all the way down in A+ ball. The DSL Rangers1 trounced the DSL Angels, 11-1. Yup, that's what a strong presence in the international market will do for you. Hint, hint, Jerry. The Arizona League celebrated its Opening Day, and the AZL Angels beat the AZL Athletics, 4-2.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees

Cory Rasmus made his second appearance for the Bees and did quite well, earning the hold by throwing a perfect eighth. That's a sight better than his first appearance of the year on Friday, when he only recorded two outs en route to giving up two earned runs.

C.J. Cron went 2-for-5, with a dinger and three RBI, while Grant Green scored a run and swatted two doubles in a 2-for-4 performance, helping the Bees secure a 6-4 victory that snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Full Game Story here.

Double-A: Arkansas Travelers

Kyle McGowin took the loss after giving up three runs in the fourth. And due to the Travelers' offense only putting up one run, it was a rough night in Arkansas, as the NW Arkansas Naturals (KC) continue their dominance over our beloved AA team, the Travs' record now 1-12 against their in-state rival.

Sherman Johnson (2B) went 0-for-2, but recorded two walks and the only RBI of the night. This kid is an OBP machine. Can't wait for Scioscia to bat him seventh.

Full Game Story here.

Class A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers

Kody Eaves (2B) belted his fifth big fly of the year to back a strong performance by starter Sean Newcomb, as the 66ers finished up the first half of the California League season last night. Newcomb threw 82 pitches (55 strikes) over five scoreless innings, only walked two and struck out eight, including one inning where he struck out the side. That ball-to-strike ratio is very nice, and the pitch count was definitely manageable after five innings. All steps in the right direction for young Duke.

Roberto Baldoquin (SS) went 1-for-5, recording both a double and a strikeout. Angel Rosa (DH) did the lion's share of the work last night, going 2-for-5, with a double and four RBI.

The 66ers (34-35) finished the first half in fourth place, ahead of only the Lake Elsinore Storm (SDP). Here's to a better second half.

Full Game Story here.

Class A: Burlington Bees

The Bees finished up the first half of the Midwest League season with a tough loss. The offense was stymied for the majority of the game, only mustering four hits. Trevor Gretzky (LF) went 2-for-3, though, raising his batting average to .284.

Jeremy Rhoades started the game for the Bees, yet only went two innings. They were good, scoreless innings, so that's a plus. Justin Anderson took over for Rhoades and pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) and taking the loss in the process.

The Bees (35-34) finished the first half 10.5 games behind the first-place Quad Cities River Bandits, Houston's class-A affiliate. Buckle up, Angels fans, Houston is here to stay.

Full Game Story here.

Rookie: Orem Owlz

Orem is off to a hot start to begin the season, and Jeff Boehm (1B) hit his first home run of the year last night to propel his team to a 7-3 win over the Ogden Raptors. Ranyelmy Mendoza (RF) went 3-for-4, with two doubles and a run scored, to raise his batting average to .714. Yup, .714. Small sample size caveat may apply here, though. He's also 21, so he should be punishing the pitching at this level.

Starter Jose Rodriguez threw five strong innings, striking out four and giving up four hits. One of those hits left the yard, but what's the difference?

Full Game Story here.

Rookie: AZL Angels

It looks like the AZL Brewers are following in their parent club's footsteps. A 10-0 drubbing and four errors? Ouch.

Jahmai Jones (CF) had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jimmy Barnes (LF) had a rougher day, going 0-for-2.

Box Score here.

Game Recap here.