Marty McLeary went the distance in a shutout for Portland; Jordan Pickens plays long ball twice; Paul McAnulty is finally hitting for power; the new additions in Mobile are turning things around; Clayton Hamilton is coming into his own.
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MadFriars.com
May 18, 2005

Jordan Pickens Hits 2; Marty McLeary Shutout

Wells had his best outing of the year Tuesday

Marty McLeary went the distance in a shutout for Portland; Jordan Pickens plays long ball twice; Paul McAnulty is finally hitting for power; the new additions in Mobile are turning things around; Clayton Hamilton is coming into his own.

Portland won 7-0

 

A day after Mike Ekstrom pitched the first complete game in the Padres' minors, Marty McLeary followed suit.  The right-hander tossed a nine inning gem – a complete game shutout.  He allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five.  His longest outing of the year had been 6.2 innings and the outing came after allowing eight runs last time he took the hill.  McLeary has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his eight starts on the year.  McLeary has a 0.86 home ERA but a 7.33 ERA on the road.

 

Jon Knott has continued his hot hand, certain to make the top thirty power rankings after the tear he is on.  Knott went 2-for-4 with two homers, his sixth and seventh of the season.  He has hit safely in nine of his last ten games with 11 of his 12 hits going for extra bases.  His 22 extra base hits place him third in the Pacific Coast League, pending the outcome of Tuesday's games.

 

Jesse Garcia went 0-for-5, dropping to 1-for-21 on the year.  He also grounded into his second double play in five games with the Beavers and was caught stealing.  He is 0-for-8 with runners on base.

 

Mobile won 4-3 in 10

 

Talk about a guy not hitting many extra base hits and he responds.  Paul McAnulty homered for the second time in three days and has three extra base hits over that span.  He had six in his previous 33 games.  While the extra bases are up, the average is down.  McAnulty is batting .263 in May after hitting .321 in April.  He is also hitting just .262 on the road but .329 at home.

 

Jose Oyervidez scattered seven hits over seven innings of work, allowing three runs, one earned, without walking a batter.  Oyervidez had walked 17 over his last four starts coming in and was third in the league with 22 walks allowed on the year.  The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in six of his eight starts.

 

Greg Sain had his first multi-hit night in 21 games.  The first baseman had a season high three hits in four at bats.  He now has six multi-hit games in 36 contests.  Sain has a six game hitting streak and is hitting .306 on the road but just .200 at home.  He is hitting .285 during the month of May.

 

"I think with the additions of Dustin Delucci and Tagg Bozied, there is a very positive attitude around the team right now," said BayBears right-hander Jack Cassel. "All the games are close. We know we can beat anyone."

 

Bozied, coincidentally, went 0-for-3 with a walk.  Delucci went 1-for-3 with a walk and has reached base safely in all six games he has played.  In two innings, Natanael Mateo struck out five batters. 

 

Lake Elsinore won 7-2
 

After hitting his first homer of the year two days ago, Jordan Pickens hit two homers on Tuesday and knocked in four runs, doubling his RBI output for the year.  Pickens, fighting more shoulder trouble which has limited his time in the field, played in left for the third time on the year.

 

Jared Wells went a season-high seven innings, allowing two runs, zero earned, on six hits and two walks.  Wells had come into the game allowing three or more runs in each of his past six games.  He has pitched six innings plus in all but one of his starts and has yet to allow a run in that frame, allowing just two hits in 21 at bats.

 

Ryan Trytten pitched an inning of scoreless ball but walked two batters and loaded the bases. He has walked five in the last two games after walking four through his first 12 outings.  While he had a WHIP of 1.07 with Fort Wayne, Trytten has a 2.17 WHIP with Lake Elsinore.

 

Fort Wayne lost 4-3 in 10

 

Clayton Hamilton went seven strong, relinquishing three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk.  Hamilton has allowed six earned runs over his last six starts, a span of 36.1 innings.  He has allowed 25 hits over that same timeframe and has held opponents to a .210 batting average.

 

Reliever Ricky Steik extended his scoreless streak to 11 straight appearances, spanning 13.2 innings of work.  Steik has maintained an 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio while holding opponents to a .125 batting average with runners in scoring position.  While hitters swatted .289 of him in May, they are batting .208 against him in May.

 

The only players to register an RBI in the game both had the last name Ramirez.  Yordany Ramirez drove in a run with a single in the ninth inning, stole second but was thrown out trying to steal third with one out.  It was the only RBI recorded on the night by the Wizards, as Fort Wayne again scored runs without the benefit of a hit.  The outfielder did go 2-for-4, breaking a 3-for-39 stretch.