Portland lost 4-1
Marty McLeary went five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. McLeary also had one of Portland’s five hits on the night, a double. McLeary had two hits last year in 19 at bats for the Beavers. The right-hander started seven games for Portland in 2004, going 2-2 with a 2.82 ERA.
Bobby Scales extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 1-for-2 with a walk. Scales also scored the lone Beavers run. He is 11-for-22 on the year.
Joe Gerber extended his hitless streak to 0-for-19 on the year with a pinch hit ground out. His out was productive, however, as he drove in the only run for Portland on the play. He now has two RBI’s on the year but zero hits and one walk.
Mobile had the day off
Lake Elsinore lost 6-4
Chris Tierney lost his second straight game to open the year. He went four innings and surrendered three runs on six hits and four walks. Tierney has walked a batter in 23 of his 25 starts since the beginning of 2004. He also walked three or more batters in seven of those starts. All three runs charged to Tierney got on base via a walk as he issued a free pass to each of the first three batters he faced.
Drew Macias, Steve Baker and Michael Johnson extended their hitting streaks to five games and Johnson added another RBI to give him an RBI in each of the first seven games he has played this year.
Dirk Hayhurst, the right-hander that tossed 20 straight scoreless innings of relief a year ago, allowed a run in his first outing but has three straight outings without letting a run cross the plate. He has inherited two runners on the year and neither scored.
Fort Wayne won 11-4
The Wizards set a season high in hits with 17 and runs scored with 11 on Thursday. Every starter except Peter Ciofrone had a hit.
Tom Vincent doubled twice, had two single and drove in two runs on Thursday. He also stole his first base of the year. He has seven RBI’s in his first seven games. It took him 20 games to get seven RBI’s last year and he was hitting just .077 at that point last year. This year he is hitting .522. He is hitting two runs in each of his past three games and has a six game hitting streak to open the year.
Clayton Hamilton went six innings, yielding four runs on eight hits and a walk to get his first win of the year. Hamilton didn’t get his first win until his ninth appearance of the year last season, but he did get it in his third start. His eight hits were the most he has allowed in his short minor league career. Amazingly, he had never surrendered more than four hits in any start and that came during the first week of this season, encompassing six starts to date.
Chris Kolkhorst extended his hitting streak to seven games to open the year. He went 2-for-6 on Thursday and has four multi-hit games to begin the season.