Portland won 9-8
Seven Portland players had two or more hits with Jon Knott, J.J. Furmaniak and Jesse Garcia leading the way with three apiece.
J.J. Furmaniak homered twice, had four RBI’s and scored three runs on Tuesday. All seven of his homers have come in the last 20 games. Furmaniak has 11 extra base hits and 20 RBI’s over the past month while having four extra base hits and one RBI in April. Amazingly, his strikeouts have gone down. He whiffed 30 times in 20 April games and just 23 times in 29 May games.
Ben Johnson went 2-for-5 and homered for the sixth time in his last 12 games. He has knocked in 11 over that time frame and has scored ten runs in the last ten games. Johnson is hitting .294 during May with 19 runs scored after hitting .222 with eight runs scored in April.
Mike Bumstead made his fourth start of the year for Portland, spending time in the bullpen in between. Bumstead lasted five innings for the second start in a row, allowing four runs on ten hits and two walks.
Mobile won 4-1
Mike Thompson continued an impressive streak where he has allowed two earned runs or less in ten of his 11 starts and has not surrendered more than three earned runs in any start. He did allow a season-high ten hits in seven innings of work but held Jacksonville to just one hit in nine situations where runners were in scoring position. For the year, hitters are batting .159 off him with runners in scoring position. Thompson has thrown seven-plus innings in each of his past four starts and in six of his past seven.
Paul McAnulty extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run homer in the third inning, his seventh of the year. He has six homers in the last 16 games and is 11-for-32 with four RBI’s and five runs scored over the streak. As his power has gone up, however, his average has gone down. McAnulty had 12 extra base hits in May and hit .283 for the month, while hitting .321 in April and hitting four extra base hits.
Dale Thayer has had seven straight scoreless appearances over a span of seven innings. The closer has four saves and a win over that timeframe while striking out nine. After carrying a 5.91 ERA in April, Thayer had a 1.93 ERA during the month of May. Thayer has allowed five runs in seventh inning – coming in just one inning of work – but has allowed just four runs in the ninth inning over 18.1 innings.
Lake Elsinore won 8-2
Javier Martinez ran his scoreless streak to 13 innings with six innings of shutout ball on Tuesday. He allowed just three hits and a walk. Even with a tremendous last two outings where he has allowed seven hits over the 13 innings of work, hitters are still batting .280 off him for the month of May – a testament to how far he has come.
Jordan Pickens went 2-for-4 on Tuesday and now has 14 hits on the year. He also added five RBI’s with his double and homer, giving him 18 RBI’s on the season in 23 games – despite hitting just .173. He has five multi-RBI games on the season and has twice driven in four or more. All four of his homers have come at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore.
Brian Burgamy extended his hitting streak to 12 games in style – he went 3-for-4 with a walk, stole a base and scored a run, while also being credited with an outfield assist. He is 19-for-50 with 12 runs scored over the streak. The outfielder hit .350 for the month of May with 22 runs scored after hitting just .229 in April.
Alfredo Fernandez, 20, made his California League debut in relief, joining the team from extended spring training. After getting the first two outs in his inning of work, he walked three straight to load the bases before getting out of the inning unharmed. Fernandez went 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA for Eugene last year in 13 starts. He also made a spot start in Portland, allowing two runs in 4.2 innings of work.
Fort Wayne won 2-0
When Fabian Jimenez is good, he is golden. The left-hander bounced back from a few sub par performances to throw an eight inning gem. He allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out five. Jimenez had not made it out of the fifth inning in four of his previous five starts and had been riding a four-game losing streak. Jimenez was 3-0 in April and had allowed hitters to bat .104 for the month. In May, he was 1-4 with a 6.35 ERA and hitters batting .342 off him – and that includes his eight inning performance on Tuesday.
Chris Kolkhorst drew two walks, including drawing a free pass in the third inning after being down in the count 1-2. Both times he reached base, he scored. Although he hit just .223 during May, he has drawn 18 walks, including one in each of the past five games for an on base percentage of .339.
Peter Ciofrone extended his hitting streak to 12 games with one hit in four at bats. Ciofrone is 18-for-47 with ten runs scored and eight RBI’s over the streak. After hitting just .167 in April, the second baseman has hit .330 in May to raise his average to .266. He also has more walks (19) than strikeouts (16).