After netting four hits in his first 40 at bats, Jesse Garcia has eight hits in his past three games. A day after falling a homer shy of hitting for the cycle, Garcia fell a double short on Saturday. Garcia went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and is 8-for-11 with five runs scored and five RBI's over the three game span. He also had four extra base hits after logging just one in his previous 12 games.
Portland fielding cost the team five runs against in the loss. Garcia did commit one of four Portland errors on the day and his fielding gaffe led to two unearned runs. Errors by starter Marty McLeary and J.J. Furmaniak added an additional two unearned runs and the final error by Josh Barfield led to the last unearned run crossing the plate.
McLeary went five innings and surrendered seven runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks. The right-hander has given up five or more runs in three of his past four starts. In seven road games, McLeary has a 5.30 ERA and the opposition is hitting .296 off him.
Mobile lost 10-7
Jose Oyervidez lasted four innings. He gave up five runs on four hits and six walks. It is the seventh time this year in ten starts that he has walked three or more and fifth time walking four or more. Although the opposition is hitting just .214 off him for the year, his WHIP (walks + hits per inning pitched) is 1.40. He has walked 20 in 23.1 innings at Hank Aaron Stadium. He has held the opposition to four hits or fewer in seven starts and has amazingly allowed more than two earned runs in only three starts.
In his second game with Mobile, Wilmer Villatoro allowed three runs on five hits and a walk to take the loss. The lanky right-hander had not allowed more than two hits in any relief appearance with Lake Elsinore and had allowed three earned runs over his last 13 appearances. After keeping hitters to a .197 batting average with the Storm, they are swatting .467 off him through two games with the BayBears. He also issued his first balk of the year and second wild pitch.
Greg Sain, relegated to a pinch hitting role with Tagg Bozied in town, has seen just eight at bats over the last five games he has played in. Ironically, Sain was in the midst of a ten-game hitting streak before a pinch hitting appearance snapped the streak. He has logged three straight pinch hitting appearances and is 2-for-3 with three RBI's, including hits in his past two. He hit his third homer of the year, a two-run blast, in the eighth and is batting .275 for the season, his highest batting average of the year.
Lake Elsinore won 7-3
Brett Bonvechio homered for the second time in three games and the fourth time in seven contests. He has knocked in eight over that span. A walk on Saturday gave him 34 for the season, ranking him 13th in all of minor league baseball, pending the outcome of Saturday's games. Bonvechio has a .418 on base percentage, which ranks second on the team and in the top ten in the California League.
Brian Burgamy extended his hitting streak to ten games by going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Burgamy is 15-for-42 with seven RBI's and ten runs scored over the streak. The outfielder has had a hit in the past 14 games when he has played left field and is batting .307 when in left while hitting .267 when in right field.
Peeter Ramos also pushed his hitting streak to ten games after a 2-for-5 night. The second baseman is 14-for-46 with four RBI's and five runs scored over the streak. He has just one extra base hit during the life of the streak and that hit came in the first game. Even with the streak, Ramos is hitting just .262 in May.
Another three-hit night, Fernando Valenzuela's 11th of the year, propelled him into the top five in the California League in hits with 65. The first baseman has just nine one-hit games on the season and 22 multi-hit games. He leads the team with a .428 on base percentage. Valenzuela homered for the first time in 30 games on Saturday.
Jared Wells allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks through seven innings of work. He struck out seven, earning his third straight win. His four hits allowed were a season low, minus the one-inning outing he had on April 25, but the four free passes he issued were a season high. He had not walked more than two in any other outing this year. Wells is 3-1 in May with a 3.82 ERA after a 5.12 ERA in April.
Fort Wayne lost 3-0
Clayton Hamilton had won seven straight decisions until a hard-luck loss on Saturday. Hamilton went six and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out seven. Hamilton has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his past eight starts and has allowed four hits or less in five straight and seven of ten starts on the year. Batters are hitting .198 off him for the season.
Kyle Stutes extended his scoreless streak to five straight outings. In eight appearances, Kyle Stutes has allowed just one run. He has surrendered four hits, with three coming in one outing and has not walked a batter. He has limited the opposition to a .138 batting average against. The reliever has struck out at least one batter in every outing and has 13 in eight innings of work.
Although Matt Lauderdale went 0-for-3, he did draw a walk to extend his on base streak to nine games. Lauderdale has gone 10-for-28 with eight walks for an on base percentage of .500 over the streak. He has also added four RBI's over the last five games.