Olson, Maxwell Lead Snappers Past Lansing
Beloit first baseman Matt Olson got off to a slow start this season, but those struggles are quickly becoming a distant memory, as the Oakland A's 2012 supplemental first-round pick continues to punish Midwest League pitching.
With three hits and a walk in the Snappers' 6-4 win, Olson bumped his season slashline to .293/.391/.485 in 99 at-bats. The Georgia native has walked 16 times and has three homeruns. Olson has a 12-game hitting streak and he has a 1388 OPS over his last 10 games.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell also had a big night at the plate, as the A's 2012 second-round pick collected four hits, two of which went for doubles. Maxwell has a .287/.374/.425 line this season and he has walked (12) more times than he has struck-out (10).
Newcomer Rashun Dixon added two hits, including his first homerun of the season. Dixon began the season at extended spring training thanks to an oblique strain and he joined the Snappers last week. He is five-for-18 with three walks over his first five games.
Right-hander Seth Streich pitched a solid six innings and earned the win for Beloit. He struck-out six, walked none and allowed three runs on six hits. After a three-start stretch during which he allowed 12 runs in 11.2 innings, Streich has allowed four runs over his last 12 innings with 12 strike-outs and only one walk.
Chris Lamb pitched the seventh inning and then Ryan Dull secured the win with two dominating innings of relief. He struck-out five and allowed just one hit. The win moved the Snappers to 15-13 on the season.
Barfield Powers Midland To Win
DH Jeremy Barfield connected on his seventh homer of the season and 1B Anthony Aliotti drove-in three to pace the Midland offense. Barfield is already more than halfway to his 2012 homerun total with the RockHounds (which was 13).
Starter Zach Neal was excellent once again, as he earned his third win of the season. Neal scattered eight hits and one walk over seven innings, allowing two runs. He struck-out two and lowered his ERA to 2.14. Jeff Urlaub and Paul Smyth each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Neal.
In 42 innings this season, Neal has a 30:8 K:BB ratio. He has allowed just two homeruns and he has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last four starts.
Stockton Cruises Past Visalia As Granier Sharp Again
The strike-outs are continuing to pile up for Stockton right-hander Drew Granier. For the second time this season, Granier whiffed 10 batters in a start when he completed that trick against the Visalia Rawhide in the Ports' 6-0 win.
Granier gave-up just five hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.31 and now has 50 strike-outs in 39 innings this season. Granier leads the Cal League in strike-outs.
The Ports didn't need much offense, but they got plenty, as Josh Whitaker (5) and Bobby Crocker (3) each went deep. Whitaker scored three runs. He has recovered from a slow start and has his season OPS well above 800.
Right-hander Pedro Vidal finished the shutout with two scoreless innings in relief of Granier. The Ports are now 17-14 on the season, three games back of first place.
Sacramento Rained Out
A rare May rainstorm wiped out the Sacramento River Cats' game against the Las Vegas 51s in the first inning. The game was suspended and will continue as part of a double-header in Las Vegas later in the season.