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Utahns in baseball: Keenyn Walker wins battle of Utah prep alums; former BYU Cougar Jaycob Brugman drives in 5 in a game

Published: Sunday, June 1 2014 10:44 p.m. MDT

Keenyn Walker home run

Judge Memorial High School product Keenyn Walker got the best of Spanish Fork alumnus Tyson Brummett in a battle of Utah prep alumni in the Southern League Tuesday night in Birmingham, Alabama.

Walker, who went 2-for-3 at the plate in the game, hit a two-out solo shot off of Brummett to give the Birmingham Barons a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. The Barons went on to hold off Brummett's Chattanooga Lookouts 2-0, handing Brummett his fourth loss of the year.

It was Walker's second home run of the season.

The Double-A battle of former Utah preps only highlighted an interesting week for Utahns in baseball.

Also in the minors, BYU alum Jaycob Brugman hit two home runs and drove in five RBIs for the Beloit Snappers (Single-A) on Wednesday, but the Snappers fell to Quad Cities (Iowa) 9-5. Brugman drove in eight runs on five hits during the week.

Former BYU pitcher Taylor Cole allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings, leading Single-A Dunedin past Charlotte 7-0 on Thursday. That same day, former Ute Tyler Wagner allowed just one run in eight innings while striking out eight to pick up his first win since April 14 for Single-A Brevard County.

In the majors, Jeremy Guthrie allowed just three runs in 13 total innings during the week, but got no run support from the Kansas City Royals' offense in two starts. Guthrie lost to Houston 3-0 on Tuesday and 4-0 at Toronto on Sunday, despite putting together two quality performances.

The one-time BYU Cougar is 0-5 over his last 10 starts with the Royals.

Former Ute C.J. Cron put together a productive series against the Seattle Mariners during the week. The slugger clobbered his third home run of the season on Tuesday and put together two multi-hit games in the series.

MLB

John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: One hit and one run scored in five at-bats during the week. Buck went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Seattle’s 3-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday. He also started in the Mariners’ 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

Buck is batting .220 on the year in 13 games.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Seven hits, four RBIs and four runs scored in 24 at-bats during the week. Five of Cron’s seven hits during the week went for extra bases, including a home run, three doubles and his first career major league triple.

The former Ute had a productive series against the Mariners during the week. On Tuesday, he went 2-for-4 at the plate with his third home run of the season, as a well as an RBI double earlier in the game, helping the Angels to a 6-4 win. Two days later, he went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs.

Cron is batting .299 after his first month in the majors. He also has 11 RBIs and nine runs scored in 24 games.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: 0-2, 2.08 ERA in two combined starts during the week. Guthrie allowed seven hits, three walks and an earned run on Tuesday, but fell to the Astros 3-0.

The former Cougar returned to the mound on Sunday, but was outdueled by MLB wins leader Mark Buehrle in a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Guthrie scattered eight hits and two runs in seven frames, but failed to get any run support in a losing effort.

Despite trimming his season ERA down from 4.80 to 4.00, Guthrie has lost five straight decisions. He has gone winless since April 9.

Triple-A

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Remains on the 7-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain suffered on May 24. Carson is batting .273 on the season, with seven doubles, five home runs, 17 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 41 games with the Clippers.

Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Remains on the 7-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. The former Ute is 1-2 on the season, with a 6.94 ERA for the Isotopes, but has not pitched since May 10.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): 0-2, 6.30 ERA in two combined starts during the week. The righty allowed four hits, five walks and two runs in six innings, falling to Birmingham 2-0 on Tuesday.

Brummett then posted his shortest outing of the season on Sunday, allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned) in four innings in a 16-9 loss to Mobile. The Spanish Fork alum is 4-5 on the year, with a 2.38 ERA with the Lookouts.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. The catcher has not played since May 12. He’s batting .211 on the year, with three doubles and six RBIs with the Naturals.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): One hit, four RBIs and two runs scored in seven at-bats during the week. Schlehuber had a big afternoon for the Braves on Friday, hitting a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly in Mississippi’s 7-0 win over Pensacola.

He’s batting .224 on the year, with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 28 games.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): Seven hits, three RBIs, four runs scored in 15 at-bats during the week.

Spring went 4-for-4, with two doubles, an RBI and a pair of runs scored to help the Sea Dogs past New Hampshire 6-3 on Monday. He backed up the big day with hits in three of his last four games played.

Spring entered the week batting .191 on the season, but the outburst helped bump his average to .258 in 18 games.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): Four hits, one RBI and three runs scored in 19 at-bats during the week.

Walker smacked his second home run of the season on Tuesday, launching a pitch from Spanish Fork High alum Tyson Brummett to left, helping Birmingham win the game 2-0.

Walker also stole two bases during the week. He’s batting .155 on the year, with one double, one triple, two home runs, four RBIs, 15 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 32 games.

Single-A

Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Beloit (Oakland Athletics): Five hits, eight RBIs and four runs scored in 20 at-bats during the week. Brugman launched two home runs and drove in five RBIs at Quad Cities (Iowa) on Wednesday, but the Snappers fell to the River Bandits 9-5.

Brugman is batting .273 on the season, with nine doubles, four home runs, 23 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Chris Capper (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. Has yet to appear in a game with the Silver Hawks this season.

Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Allowed just three hits in seven innings, while striking out nine batters in a win over Charlotte on Thursday.

Cole improved to 4-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.31 on the year. He has 82 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings pitched this year.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Six hits and three runs scored in 25 at-bats during the week. The former BYU standout had three multi-hit games over the week and hit both a double and triple during the week.

Hannemann is batting .224 on the year, with four doubles, four triples, two home runs and 18 RBIs. He has also scored 30 runs in 50 games.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Seven hits, three RBIs, seven runs scored and one stolen base in 23 at-bats during the week.

Law, who returned to Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, collected four hits and scored three runs in a 16-13 win over Lancaster on Saturday. It was his second multi-hit game of the week.

The infielder, who was transferred back from Ogden for the second time this season, is batting .308 and has 24 runs scored in 32 games this year.

Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Charleston (New York Yankees): Allowed nine hits, one walk and two runs in five innings, picking up a no-decision in the RiverDogs’ 7-5 loss to Greenville on Wednesday. Lail is 7-1 this season and holds a 3.19 ERA.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in 14 at-bats during the week.

Littlewood homered in a 2-for-5 performance at the plate against Kane County on Wednesday. The catcher is batting .286 this season, with 10 doubles, four home runs, 24 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 34 games.

Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. The BYU alum last pitched on May 15. He is 3-0 this season, with a 2.80 ERA.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed six hits, one walk and one run while striking out eight in eight innings, leading the Manatees to a 9-1 win over St. Lucie on Thursday.

Wagner lowered his ERA to 1.94 on the season while picking up his first win since April 14. The former Ute had lost three of his previous four starts heading into the contest.

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