Monday, June 8, 2015
Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees
In the first game of a double-header scheduled to make up for a rainout on June 6th, Andrew Heaney struggled mightily last night. He went only five innings and gave up seven earned runs on five hits and four walks. He did strike out seven, but he wasn't able to even record an out in the sixth before being yanked in favor of reliever Frank Hermann.
Luckily, the Bees brought their boomsticks to the park last night. Alex Yarbrough (2B), Jett Bandy (C) and Gary Brown (CF) each smacked a dinger last night, helping to down the Albuquerque Isotopes (COL), 10-7. I suppose we can just trade Bandy now that we have Taylor Ward. Ugh.
Well, it started off really well. The Bees scored twice in the bottom of the first when Marc Krauss (DH) hit an RBI double off of Isotopes starter Aaron Laffey. Then the Isotopes answered back with eight runs over the course of the game. The only bright spot for the pitching staff was Edgar Ibarra, who threw two scoreless innings and struck out two.
The Bees fought back valiantly in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a run on a whole buncha walks and a wlid pitch thrown by our old friend Jairo Diaz. He was replaced by reliever Justin Miller, who proceeded to walk the next two batters and allow two more runs to cross the plate. Then it was second-baseman Alex Yarbrough's turn. He quickly grounded out, but a run did score. 8-7, two outs, bottom of the seventh, Kyle Kubitza (DH) at the plate. He swings, he...grounds out. Game. Over. Butter. Cup. Another case of the minor-league team following in the footsteps of the big club.
Double-A: Arkansas Travelers
The Travs had the night off yesterday, and they start a homestand against the Memphis Redbirds (STL) tonight. TBD will take the mound for Arkansas. Ooh, I hear he's good!
Class A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers
The 66ers clung to a 4-3 lead until the bottom of the sixth, when the Stockton Ports (OAK) tied it up on an RBI groundout. But the 66ers weren't done, oh no. They tacked on an extra two runs in the top of the seventh and held onto the lead for the rest of the contest. The runs came from several different sources last night, which is great to see. I love it when a lineup shows balance. Hint, hint, Angels. Honestly, the 66ers were lucky to escape with a win, as they committed three errors on the night.
Interesting thing to note: Reliever Ryan Etsell has now started three games this year for Inland Empire, two of them coming from his last start and last night's start. I wonder if this will stick. He went 5.1 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits, lowering his ERA to 2.81.
Class A: Burlington Bees
Reliever Jake Jewell took the loss for the Bees, giving up a run in the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately, the offense had already down their work for the night, scoring one in the third and two in the fourth. Caleb Adams (CF) hit his second homer of 2015, a two-run shot, but the Bees were still swept by the Great Lakes Loons (LAD). What a bunch of Loons.
Rookie: DSL Angels
Look at these Angels! They've won six games in a row now. Can we import them to Anaheim?