Gorneault finding his swing
Sometimes a batting average can be deceiving. Coming into Tuesday's game with Tacoma, Salt Lake outfielder Nick Gorneault's average was a paltry .232.
Despite Salt Lake (51-46) losing Tuesday, 12-6, Gorneault had two more hits.
"He was tentative and passive, and that's really not his style," said Salt Lake batting coach Jim Eppard.
To say that Gorneault, who just two seasons ago drove in a PCL-high 108 runs, was struggling would be an understatement of the highest order. His batting average had once dipped below .210.
"I had to be more intense pitch to pitch," Gorneault said. "I'm seeing the ball better."
Slowly and steadily, including a brief stint with the Los Angeles Angels, Gorneault is finding his swing. While he didn't credit his short stay in the big leagues for building confidence, it did help in other ways.
"It was an eye-opening experience," said Gorneault. "I got a good feel for what it is like up there; it's baseball, and baseball should be fun."
Gorneault and the rest of the Bees' offense could not offer enough help Tuesday. Salt Lake pitching allowed 19 hits as the Rainiers (43-54) won at a soggy Franklin Covey Field before 5,029 spectators.
The Rainiers scored seven runs in a wild sixth inning that saw Salt Lake, once leading 5-4, drop its sixth in seven games. Jeremy Reed and Adam Jones, who went 5-for-5, each had three RBIs.
Gorneault, who also had two hits Monday and smacked his 54th homer in a Salt Lake uniform Sunday, is shaking a funk.
"I'm trying to put good swings together," he said.
Great Falls 11, Orem 10: Jeremy Moore had a triple and four RBIs for the visiting Owlz, but their combined six runs over the seventh and eighth innings were not enough to give them a Pioneer League win.
Billings 7, Ogden 4: Travis Vetters went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, but the Raptors could not win on the road.