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Angels Farm Daily 6/2: Runs At A Premium

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Pitching was on full display down on the farm yesterday. Mmm, depth.

Pitching a gem as easy as blowing a bubble for Drew Rucinski.
Pitching a gem as easy as blowing a bubble for Drew Rucinski.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees

SP Drew Rucinski pitched seven strong against the Nashville Sounds (OAK) last night, punching out seven, walking one and giving up only one earned run on five hits. He definitely needed a start like that, as the year hasn't been too kind to him thus far.

The offense did just enough, scoring a run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Jett Bandy (C) smashed his fifth bomb of the season, and CJ Cron (1B) doubled home Kyle Kubitza (DH), who had drawn a walk in the at-bat prior. I will admit to enjoying this win a little bit more than usual, as the Sounds are the Oakland Athletics' AAA affiliate. Oh, and Josh Rutledge (3B) went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Thank goodness for Johnny "Little Italy" Giavotella.

Full Game Story here.

Double-A: Arkansas Travelers

The Travelers absolutely whooped up on smacked around shelled won a game against the San Antonio Missions (SDP) with three hits and one run last night. Well, it works. Especially when Nate Smith does his thing. And he really did do his thing: he walked four, struck out six, gave up seven hits and went six innings without giving up a run. He danced between some raindrops in the sixth inning: After getting the first two Missions batters out, Smith walked the next batter, then gave up a single and walked the next batter. With the bases loaded, Smith induced a popup and walked off the field triumphant.

For six innings, the Travs' offense hadn't offered much support, Eric Stamets (SS) hitting a single in the first and Wade Hinkle (DH) slapping a single in the fourth. But then came the seventh. With Smith done for the night yet still the pitcher of record, the offense went to work. Brian Hernandez (1B) stepped into the box. He grounded out. But then, Wade Hinkle stepped in. He hit a weak popup to third-baseman Diego Goris. BUT THEN, D'arby Myers (LF) stepped in. And...he struck out. BUT WAIT! Missions catcher Griff Erickson allowed a passed ball on the third strike and D'arby Myers sped to first base. He...was...SAFE! Always one to push his luck--rumor has it that during the offseason, Myers enjoys mud wrestling Great Whites while listening to Once Bitten by Great White--D'arby stole second and put himself in scoring position. Catcher Anthony Bemboom, second only to Jett Bandy for "Best Catcher Name" in the Angels organization, accepted the challenge, singling Myers in for the first and only run of the night. Mission. Accomplished. And Rob Manfred is worried about offense in the game. Reliever Danny Reynolds notched his third save of the season to ensure that Smith won! Smith won! And so did the Travelers!

Full Game Story here.

Class A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers

Well, you all read the headline. Runs were at a premium last night. SP Jordan Kipper had no problem giving up his fair share, though. The San Jose Giants (SFG) scored four runs in the second and that about did it. The fifth Giant run would come in the top of the ninth and completely seal the deal.

Bo Way (CF) earned an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk, so he's got that going for him, which is nice.

Full Game Story here.

Class A: Burlington Bees

The Bees got the day off yesterday. They'll start a six-day road trip with a three-game set against the Lansing Lugnuts (TOR). Austin Robichaux (3-2, 4.12 ERA) will get the start against Shane Dawson (7-2, 2.79 ERA). No, not this Shane Dawson. Thank goodness, because that guy sure can pitch...a terrible movie script! Anyway, the Bees will have their work cut out for them, to be sure.

Rookie: DSL Angels