Utahns in baseball: South Jordan native Brady Lail strikes out 11; BYU alum Adam Law returns to hitting ways

Published: Monday, May 19 2014 2:55 a.m. MDT

Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners' Brandon Maurer, left, talks with catcher John Buck, right, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, during a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Seattle.

Associated Press

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.

MLB

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.

Triple-A

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.

Brandon Lyon (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Allowed eight hits, two walks and four runs in 1 2/3 innings during two combined appearances during the week. He lost both appearances.

Lyon has dropped to 0-6 on the season, with a 4.32 ERA. The Taylorsville High alum has lost in his last three appearances and has a 7.36 ERA over his last 10 appearances.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed five hits, two walks and three runs over six innings, picking up a no-decision in the Lookouts’ 4-3 loss at Mobile. He also struck out six batters.

Brummett is 3-3 on the year, boasting a 1.28 ERA in eight starts for Chattanooga.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): One hit, one double, one RBI and one run scored in three at-bats during a 6-5 at Arkansas on Monday. However, the catcher was placed on the seven-day disabled list with an injury and hasn’t played since.

He’s batting .211 on the year, with three doubles and 16 RBIs for the Naturals.

Matt Neil (BYU), Montgomery (Tampa Bay Rays): Allowed four hits, one walk and two runs in two separate appearances during the week. After three rough appearances as a starter, Neil was moved back into the bullpen, where he has found more success this season.

The BYU alumnus holds a respectable 2.89 ERA in 9 1/3 innings as a reliever. He posted a catastrophic 10.45 ERA in 10 1/3 innings as a starter before returning to the bullpen.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Three hits and four RBIs in 10-bats during the week. Schlehuber is batting .235 on the year, with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 68 at-bats.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): One hit in four at-bats during the Sea Dogs’ 13-5 victory over New Britain on Thursday. The catcher is batting .171 on the year.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): Zero hits in three at-bats in Birmingham’s 5-1 loss at Huntsville on Sunday. Walker returned to the Barons' lineup Sunday in his first game since being placed on the seven-day disabled list on May 5.

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): 0-1, 2.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts in two combined starts during the week. The BYU alum allowed just one run and five hits over Tuesday, but lost 1-0 to Palm Beach in a pitcher’s duel. Cole then scattered five hits and two runs over six frames in a no-decision against Bradenton on Sunday.

Cole is 3-1 on the year, with a 2.39 ERA in nine games. He has 63 strikeouts to just 13 walks.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Zero hits, one RBI and one run scored in 20 at-bats during the week. The former BYU standout has struggled at the dish over the past 10 games, failing to collect a hit in that span.

He’s batting .204 on the year, with 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored. He also has stolen 12 bases.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Five hits, one RBI and two runs scored in 13 at-bats for the Quakes. Law returned to the Quakes on Tuesday after a brief transfer stint in Ogden, and continued where he left off in April. Law picked up hits in three straight games in his first games in Rancho Cucamonga since April 30.

The former Cougar is batting .309 on the year, with five doubles, nine RBIs and 17 runs scored in 26 games.

Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Charleston (New York Yankees): Allowed four hits and two runs in a win over Hickory on Friday. The South Jordan native also struck out 11 batters, while allowing no walks in the six-inning performance.

Lail is 6-1 on the year, with a 3.30 ERA and an impressive 7.3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in eight starts for the RiverDogs.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Two hits, two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored in 11 at-bats during the week. After a scorching start to the season, Littlewood has cooled down a bit to the tune of a .323 average in 25 games.

He also has nine doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs this year.

Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Allowed one hit and one run in 1 2/3 innings against Fort Wayne on Thursday, before exiting with an undisclosed injury.

The Silver Hawks then placed the BYU alum on the seven-day disabled list.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): 0-1, 0.82 ERA in two combined starts during the week. Wagner allowed six hits and two unearned runs over five frames in a loss to Fort Myers on Monday. He backed up the solid performance with another on Sunday, allowing four hits and two unearned runs in six innings. The former Ute picked up a no decision in the Manatees’ 3-2 loss to Jupiter.

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