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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.

Brandon Lyon (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Picked up the loss in Salt Lake’s 7-6 defeat at Reno on Sunday, allowing one run on two hits in 1/3 inning of work. The Taylorsville High product allowed just one hit in three innings of work during the week, prior to Sunday’s loss.

He has a 2.53 ERA in 10 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings, striking out six to collect a victory in Chattanooga’s 4-0 win over Birmingham on Friday.

The Spanish Fork High product is now 2-1 on the season, with a miniscule 0.39 ERA in four starts with the Lookouts.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): One hit and one run scored in 14 at-bats over the week. Morin has struggled of late, picking up just two hits in his last seven games.

Matt Neil (BYU), Montgomery (Tampa Bay Rays): Allowed seven hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings of relief on Wednesday. Neil, who signed with the Biscuits two weeks ago, is 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in two appearances.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Seven hits in 14 at-bats over the week, after going hitless the week before. The Bountiful native also smacked his first two home runs of the season and drove in three runs on the week.

The catcher is now batting .250 on the season, with five RBIs and two runs scored.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): Three hits in 10 at-bats in two games after not playing the week before. Spring, like Schlehuber, homered twice on the week — his first two of the year.

The Dixie State product also drove in four runs.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): One hit in nine at-bats during the week. Walker also drew one walk and stole a base during the week.

Single-A

Chris Capper (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the seven-day disabled list. Has yet to appear in a game with the Silver Hawks this season.

Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Picked up two no-decisions during the week. Cole allowed six hits and three runs in six innings while striking out nine in Dunedin’s 5-3 win over Lakeland on Monday. He then allowed just one run on five hits in six innings on Saturday as the Blue Jays defeated Clearwater 2-1.

Cole struck out eight more batters in that game. The ex-BYU pitcher now has 40 strikeouts and just seven walks in 29 2/3 innings.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Eight hits, six RBIs and three runs scored in 26 at-bats throughout the week. The former BYU standout broke out of a mini slump with a big weekend, which he capped off with a 3-for-5 day in a 10-2 win over Wisconsin on Sunday.

Hannemann drove in four runs in the win. He’s now batting .253 on the season.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 13 hits in 31 at-bats throughout the week. The ex-Cougar extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games Sunday, going 2-of-5 from the plate in the Quakes’ 8-6 win over Lancaster.

In addition to extending his hitting streak, Law scored eight runs and drove in three runs during the week. He’s batting .338 on the season for Rancho Cucamonga.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Five hits in 16 at-bats over the span of four games this past week. Littlewood homered and drove in three runs in Clinton’s 7-6 win over Quad Cities on Monday.

The St. George native also doubled twice during the week and scored once. The switch hitter is batting .364 on the young season, with seven extra base hits, nine RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed five hits, five walks and two runs in five innings while striking out four in the Manatees’ 6-3 loss to Daytona on Friday. Wagner did not factor in the decision and remains 3-0 on the season with a 1.61 ERA.

Overseas

Kam Mickolio (Utah Valley), Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan): Maintains a 0.87 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this season. Mickolio has eight saves in 11 appearances for the Carp. He has 56 career saves and a 2.29 ERA for Hiroshima in Japan.

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