Adenhart pitches Bees past Fresno
So far, Nick Adenhart has delivered on much of the promise that was predicted for the 21-year-old Salt Lake pitcher at the beginning of 2008.
Sent to Salt Lake City for seasoning, Adenhart, now 4-0 with a stellar 0.87 earned-run average in five starts, dominated Fresno on a cloudless Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. Salt Lake won No. 13 in a row, beating Fresno 8-1.
Today, the Bees begin an eight-game trip to Memphis and Nashville.
"My stamina felt good," said Adenhart, who held the Grizzlies (10-13) hitless through the first four innings.
"Some of the things I have been working on before the season started are starting to click," he said. "The most important part for me was taking the team deep into the game. My goal was go eight innings."
Salt Lake's offense also made it easy for the tall right-hander to concentrate on just throwing strikes. The Bees (21-1) batted around in the first inning, scoring five runs, including two on a single by Bobby Wilson.
The Bees, who have won eight games this year in their final at bat, didn't need any dramatics. The competitive portion of the game had already been decided by the time outfielder Dee Brown pounded a mammoth two-run blast to right in the seventh.
"He was better," Salt Lake manager Bobby Mitchell said of Adenhart. "He's getting there. His fastball command was better. He showed some signs of being real good."
If there had been a concern, it was Adenhart's walk-to-strikeout ratio. Sunday, he walked three batters for the second consecutive game. Yet two of them came in one inning, the third. He also collected two of his strikeouts in the same inning.
Adenhart hasn't allowed a home run, nor has he hit a batter. He was aware, though, of holding Fresno hitless.
"I try to throw a no-hitter every game," he said. "As a pitcher, you understand what's going on."
So do those measuring his progress.
"He's a lot better when he started [the season]," Mitchell said, which is saying quite a lot since Adenhart hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any start.
* Salt Lake starter Nick Adenhart improves to 4-0 by scattering three hits in eight innings.
* The Bees score five in the first inning to win their 13th in a row.
* Dee Brown and Bobby Wilson combine to drive in five of Salt Lake's eight runs.