MIKE CURTO; For The News Tribune
Published: May 8th, 2006 01:00 AM
SALT LAKE CITY Salt Lake Bees starting pitcher Dustin Moseley showed the power of the ground ball on Sunday afternoon.
Moseley recorded 15 ground-ball outs with just four fly-ball outs while pitching a complete game five-hitter as Salt Lake defeated Tacoma at Franklin Covey Field, 8-2.
Moseley (5-1) became the first Pacific Coast League pitcher to reach five wins this season. After allowing four singles and a run in the first three innings, Moseley allowed one hit the rest of the way a Todd Sears home run in the seventh inning.
Moseley mixed his pitches well and kept us off balance, said Tacoma manager Dave Brundage. He moved his fastball in and out, and he worked ahead in the count.
Moseley was a top prospect for the Cincinnati Reds when he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Ramon Ortiz prior to the 2005 season.
Moseley struggled through shoulder problems for Salt Lake last season, but now that he is healthy he has emerged as a top starter in the PCL. He became the first Salt Lake pitcher to toss a nine-inning complete game since Chris Bootcheck in August 2004. Moseley threw 111 pitches, 70 for strikes.
For a while, Tacoma starter Clint Nageotte (3-2) looked like he was going to match Moseley.
Nageotte was perfect through two innings, but a leadoff walk opened the third. After a couple of singles, Reggie Willits lined a double to right field, scoring a pair of runs to give Salt Lake a 2-1 lead.
Nageotte allowed three more runs in the fourth inning. Salt Lake slugger Dallas McPherson hit two home runs against Nageotte solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings.
He left some breaking pitches in the zone when he was trying to bury the hitter, said Brundage.
McPherson has homered in each of the first three games of the series. The third baseman has hit eight home runs this season five of them against Tacoma. McPherson is tied with Justin Leone of Portland for the league lead in home runs.
Tacoma (16-12) now trails first-place Salt Lake (18-11) by 11/2 games in the PCL North.