There’s not much to report on the Bees performance on Monday night as they lost 4-0. The Bees had just five hits, all singles. Mark Trumbo committed two errors (7,8) and Conger had a throwing error (5). Rich Thompson faced one batter and struck him out. Thompson is sporting a nifty 0.72 ERA out of the bullpen. Fernando Rodriguez (5.98) gave up two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine batters. Minorleaguebaseball.com reports that Reckling will start tonight after hearing that he had been sent to the bullpen last week. It appears that Reckling may have just been skipped in the rotation to work some mechanical things out.
Tyler Chatwood’s Double-A debut didn’t go the way he hoped, as Chatwood gave up six runs on eight hits, three walks while failing to get to the third inning. Recently promoted Andrew Taylor (0.00) pitched an inning and 2/3 of scoreless ball on Monday, while Jordan Walden (4.13) struck out out the side in the ninth. Robert Fish gave up a run in an inning of work on one hit, including issuing three free passes and striking out three. Clay Fuller hit his fourth home run of the season.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes No Game on Monday or Tuesday (All Star Break)
Tom Kotchman knows winning so it’s no shock that the Owlz won their season opener with an 8-3 win. Pil Joon Jang, who had pitched well in two starts with the Quakes, had a solid start for Orem, going six innings without allowing an earned run. In fact, the Orem pitching staff Matt Oye and Mike Piazza combined to strike out eight and walk just one. Centerfielder Travis Witherspoon homered with his lone hit from the leadoff spot and first baseman Nicholas Farnsworth went 3 for 3 with a walk. 2B Wes Hatton had a triple in three at bats for the Owlz.
AZL Angels The Arizona Angels Short Season A-Ball club plays tonight in their season debut