Utahns in baseball: Former Ute pitcher Stephen Fife slowly improving, Adam Law extends hitting streak

Published: Sunday, April 27 2014 11:15 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Dodgers' Stephen Fife throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning during a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Ross D. Franklin, AP

Former Ute pitcher Stephen Fife picked up his first win of the season, while BYU alum Adam Law extended his hitting streak to 14 games, highlighting a productive week for Utahns in professional baseball.

Fife entered the week allowing 15 runs in 11 1/3 innings (11.91 ERA) on the season, but allowed just one run in eight innings over the week, including six shutout innings in Triple-A Albuquerque's 2-0 victory over Fresno on Saturday.

The righty pitched out of the bullpen on Monday, but returned to the starting rotation on Saturday. He went 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

In Single-A ball, former BYU Cougar Adam Law went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Rancho Cucamonga's 8-6 win over Lancaster on Sunday to up his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Law also has six multi-hit performances in his last 10 games with the Quakes.

The leadoff hitter is batting .338 after the first month of the season and has scored 14 runs in 20 games.

In Double-A ball, Tyson Brummett fired his second-consecutive seven-inning shutout performance, leading Chattanooga to a 4-0 win over Birmingham on Friday. The Spanish Fork High School alum has thrown 17 consecutive shutout innings for the Lookouts, lowering his ERA to a microscopic 0.39 after four starts.

He last pitched in the majors in 2012.

Meanwhile, Matt Spring (Dixie State) and Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont High) each homered twice this week.

In the majors, former BYU pitcher Jeremy Guthrie lost his first decision of the year on Monday, falling to Cleveland, 4-3.

MLB

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle: No hits in three at-bats in Seattle’s 6-5 victory over Texas Sunday afternoon. Buck played in just one game over the week and has played in just five of the Mariners’ 24 games thus far in the season.

He’s batting .188 with no home runs or RBIs with a little less than a month into the MLB season. Buck also holds a .301 on-base percentage.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City: 0-1, 4.05 ERA in two starts over the week. The former Cougar lost his first decision of the season Monday, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings during a 4-3 loss at Cleveland.

The righty then picked up a no-decision at Baltimore Saturday, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings. The Royals lost that matchup 3-2. Guthrie is now 2-1 with 4.22 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in five starts with Kansas City this season.

Triple-A

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Four hits in 20 at-bats during the week. Carson also drove in two, scored three runs and hit his first home run of the season on Thursday. The BYU alum is batting .266 in 19 games, with six RBIs and 11 runs scored.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Seven hits in 24 at-bats with the Bees over the week. Cron hit his first triple of the season on Sunday and hit a home run and a double on Friday, driving in five runs in the series at Fresno.

Cron is now batting .316 on the year, with 11 doubles, five home runs and 24 RBIs while boasting a .979 OPS.

Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): After a shaky start to the season, Fife made a relief appearance against Salt Lake on Monday, allowing one run on three hits in two innings.

Fife was then moved back into the Isotopes’ rotation on Saturday, pitching six shutout innings in a win at Fresno, dipping his ERA to 7.45 in five games pitched. Fife allowed just two hits in the victory.

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