J.J. Furmaniak did his damage in a pinch, while Paul McAnulty did his after being rolled up a day before. Fabian Jimenez did some damage after two starts of being damaged, and Dale Thayer did some damage control, all in the MadFriars daily minor league roundup.
Portland lost 7-6
J.J. Furmaniak had one of three pinch hits converted by the Beavers on Sunday. His was a two-run homer – the Beavers second pinch-hit long ball of the year. Furmaniak has homered twice over the past four games after not hitting one in his first 29 games. He is in the midst of his longest hitting streak of the year, five games, and is 6-for-20 over that span with three extra base hits.
Chris Oxspring was tagged for six runs, four earned, on six hits and three walks over 2.1 innings of work, including a home run. The Aussie has allowed 13 runs over his last two starts, a span of 6.1 innings. He has also allowed five home runs over the last two games after not allowing a long ball all year. After walking four in his first five starts, Ox has walked six in his past two.
For the second appearance in a row, Angel Tovar did not allow a run – the first time he has accomplished the feat this year. Tovar went two innings and allowed a hit and a walk and has pitched four straight scoreless innings. For a guy who has been credited with three blown saves and has allowed the last seven runners he has inherited to score, it is a breakthrough.
Mobile won 5-3
Mike Thompson, for the eighth straight time, which constitutes every start he has had this year, allowed two runs or less. In his longest outing of the year, 7.1 innings, he surrendered two runs on five hits while striking out five. He did not walk a batter for the first time this year. It is the fourth time this year he has gone at least seven innings in a start. Sadly, the win he secured on Sunday was just his second of the year.
Paul McAnulty hit his first homer since April 10 and just his second of the year – the same amount of double plays he has grounded into on the year. Ironically, each day he has grounded into a double play has been followed by a homer on the next day. While hitting .294, the outfielder has just seven extra base hits – or 19 percent of his hits. Ronnie Merrill, by contrast, has the best percentage among regulars with 40 percent of his hits going for extra bases.
Dale Thayer has the same amount of walks, 11, in 16 appearances this year as he had in 50 appearances with Lake Elsinore in 2004. After sporting a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in ’04, Thayer is barely above 1-to-1 with 15 K’s. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk and batters are hitting him at a .333 clip. Thayer did, however, record his sixth save of the year.
Lake Elsinore won 10-3
Five Storm batters recorded multiple hits with Andres Pagan, the reserve catcher, leading the way. Pagan went 3-for-4 with four RBI’s. He entered the game with three RBI’s through nine games played. He is hitting .272 at the Diamond this year.
Brian Burgamy is 9-for-19 over a five game hitting streak. He went 2-for-4 on Sunday with two runs scored. The outfielder has seven RBI’s over his last four games and seven runs scored over his last five. The former second baseman is hitting .414 this year with runners in scoring position and two outs.
After giving up 12 runs over his last two starts, Arturo Lopez tossed six innings of one run ball on Sunday. He struck out eight, did not walk a batter for the first time this year, and yielded just five hits. Lopez had walked 17 on the year, compared to 22 strikeouts entering play. He has yet to allow a run in the second inning this year.
Fort Wayne lost 6-1
Fabian Jimenez bounced back from two dreadful performances where he allowed 13 runs in two starts to hold the opposition to two runs on six hits over six innings of work. Jimenez has held the opposition to a .207 batting average on the year but has more walks (19) than strikeouts (15).
Bryan Fryer, in his first game with the Wizards since being sent down from Lake Elsinore, went 2-for-4 – accounting for half of the team’s hits. He batted second, something he did not do during his tenure in LE. The outfielder had just three hits in 25 at bats with the Storm. Fryer had not played since May 2.
Left-hander Kyle Stutes allowed his first run of the year, coming in his third game with the team. Stutes pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing a run on three hits. He also allowed two inherited runners to score and is 1-for-3 in holding inherited runners from crossing the plate this year. Stutes has struck out five in three innings of work without walking a batter.