Utahns in baseball: South Jordan native Brady Lail strikes out 11; BYU alum Adam Law returns to hitting ways
Bingham High School product Brady Lail struck out 11 batters Friday in six innings on his way to his sixth win of the season for Single-A Charleston, highlighting the week for baseball players with Utah ties.
Lail allowed just four hits and two runs against Hickory in a South Atlantic League matchup. The RiverDogs went on to win 4-2 in the first of a doubleheader between the two teams.
The South Jordan native improved to 6-1 after his eighth start of the year with the win. He has a 3.30 ERA, while holding opponents to just .269 on the year. More impressively, he boasts a 7.33-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in 43 2/3 innings.
Also in Single-A action, BYU alumnus Adam Law returned to Rancho Cucamonga over the week and picked up five hits in his first three games back with the Quakes. He's batting .309 on the season, with nine RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Fellow BYU alum Matt Neil was put back into the bullpen for Double-A Montgomery this week, and produced much better numbers than as a starter. Neil allowed just two runs in three innings during the week.
He holds a 2.89 ERA in relief appearances this season, but a 10.45 ERA as a starter.
In the majors, University of Utah alum C.J. Cron bashed his second home run of the season on Monday, but the Angels fell to Toronto 7-3. He's batting .317 on the year, with two home runs and six RBIs.
Former BYU pitcher Jeremy Guthrie allowed four runs in eight innings on Friday. He picked up his third loss of the season as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Royals 4-0.
In transaction news, Judge Memorial High alumnus Keenyn Walker returned off the disabled list in Double-A Birmingham on Sunday, while BYU alum Adam Miller (Single-A South Bend) was placed on the disabled list on Friday and former Ute Parker Morin (Double-A Northwest Arkansas) was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday.
John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: Zero hits in three at-bats during the week. Buck made just one start, on Wednesday, and went 0-for-3 at the plate in Seattle’s 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay.
He’s batting .233 on the season in 30 at-bats, and is just 1-for-10 at the dish since going 3-for-4 with two doubles on May 4.
C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Three hits in 17 at-bats during the week, including a home run at Toronto — his only RBI of the week. Cron, who scored two runs for the Angels during the week, was also robbed of a home run during Los Angeles’ 6-5 win against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Cron’s batting average dipped from .417 entering the week, but the former Ute is still batting a robust .317 at the plate since making his major league debut earlier in the month.
Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed eight hits, one walk and four runs in an eight-inning loss to the Orioles on Friday. He is now 2-3 on the year with a 4.76 ERA.
Guthrie is also 0-3 in his last seven starts, with four no-decisions. He started the season with back-to-back victories, but has not picked up a win since improving to 2-0 on April 9.
Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Three hits, two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored in 19 at-bats for the Clippers during the week.
Carson is now batting .291 on the year, with five home runs, 17 RBIs and 25 runs scored. He has hit three of his home runs over his past 10 games, while batting .306 over that span.
Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Did not make an appearance this past week. He last pitched on May 10.