Tagg Bozied during his time with Lake Elsinore
Tagg Bozied isn’t happy unless he is driving in runs, aiding a Portland doubleheader sweep. If Jose Oyervidez was flogged, reliever Howie Pence may need a few weeks to recover from his outing. Even Clayton Hamilton was not immune to what was a forgettable day of pitching throughout the entire Padres’ minors.
Portland won 14-9, 4-2
Tagg Bozied went 4-for-5 in the opening half of the doubleheader, homering for the second time in as many days and logging five RBI’s. Bozied was 9-for-15 over the past three games with five extra base hits and seven RBI’s before going 0-for-3 in the nightcap. So far this year, between two leagues, Bozied has 19 RBI’s in 16 games.
Every batter in the lineup had a hit and an RBI except Bobby Scales. All but Ben Risinger scored a run. Ben Johnson and J.J. Furmaniak knocked in runs in both games and each homered. Johnson had four RBI’s on the day and Furmaniak recorded two. Kerry Robinson was the only player to have a multi-hit game in both contests and he was credited with two outfield assists, gunning down a runner at second and at third in the first game.
Josh Barfield went 3-for-4 in the opener, recording his third three-plus hit game of the year and 14th multi-hit affair. He doubled and homered, his first extra base hits in 12 games. Barfield also went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in the nightcap to extend his hitting streak to five games. Over the last 17 games, Barfield has struck out only seven times. He had whiffed 40 times over his first 35 games.
It isn’t often that you record a win when you surrender eight runs but that is exactly what happened to Marty McLeary. He went 5.2 innings and was tagged for eight runs on a season-high ten hits and three walks – earning his fourth victory of the year. McLeary has allowed five runs or more in four of his past five starts and seven or more in three of those. Left-handed hitters are batting .340 off the righty.
Brandon Emanuel made the first start of his Portland career in the back half of the doubleheader. He lasted four innings, his longest outing of the year, and surrendered two runs on four hits while striking out three. Emanuel has struck out 24 in his past 18.1 innings of work and he has limited the opposition to a .221 batting average against since the beginning of May. Righties are hitting just .167 off him.
Mobile lost 9-1
On top of the three solo homers Jose Oyervidez surrendered on the day, he also walked four and gave up seven hits on way to seven runs against, six earned, in six innings of work. All the runs scored by the third inning and Oyervidez has now had six games with four or more free passes issued. The right-hander has allowed seven or more hits in three of his 11 starts on the year and has allowed five or more runs in four starts. His three homers allowed were a career-high.
Wilmer Villatoro walked three straight batters to open the eighth inning before being pulled and was charged with two runs on two hits and four walks before his night was done. Villatoro had not walked more than two in any appearance prior to Thursday. Since joining Mobile, the righty has allowed ten hits and six walks in five innings of work. He had allowed 17 hits along with 12 walks in 24.1 innings of work with the Lake Elsinore Storm.
"It is important to have confidence when pitching," said BayBears pitching coach Mike Harkey. "We always have a gameplan against opposing hitters and we have very strong arms on this staff."
Mobile managed just three hits on the night, all extra base hits. Kennard Jones went the farthest, nabbing a triple. Jones is hitting .261 on the year but his strikeouts have gone up significantly over the last month. He whiffed two times on Thursday and has K’ed 24 times over the last 13 games. He had struck out 28 times in his first 33 games of the year.
Lake Elsinore lost 13-5
On a day when every Storm pitcher allowed a run, Dirk Hayhurst logged a decent start and the best outing of any Storm pitcher to enter the game. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over 5.2 innings of work. As a starter, a period of two games, Hayhurst has allowed seven runs in 10.2 innings of work with opponents hitting .302 off him. As a reliever, the righty limited opponents to a .230 batting average against. His real problem has been road games where the opposition is hitting .378 off him compared to home games where he is limiting them to a .198 average against.
Over the last four outings, Eddie Bonine has been tasked with working in his knucklecurve more regularly. He has had mixed results with the move and Thursday wasn’t one of the good outings. He allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in an inning and two-thirds, including serving up his fifth homer of the year – all yielded over his last seven appearances. The opposition is hitting .329 off him for the year with 47 hits in 33 innings pitched.
“This guy showed much better stuff the first two years,” Tye Waller, the Padres Director of Player Development, said of Bonine. “We also give him a chance to turn it around. If you say nothing, he does not know what is going on.”
Howie Pence went one-third of an inning and all five batters he faced scored. He walked two and gave up three hits – with all the hits coming back-to-back-to-back. Over his last 1.2 innings, Pence has given up ten runs on ten hits and five walks. He had given up just five hits in his previous seven outings. Since the beginning of May hitters are batting .396 off him.
Fort Wayne lost 11-2
It was bound to happen once on the year. Clayton Hamilton was rocked for seven runs in three innings of work. He gave up seven hits, a season-high four walks, and yielded two jacks before being pulled. It was his shortest outing of the year, 2.1 innings fewer than his previous low. Hamilton had not allowed more than two earned runs in his last eight starts and had allowed three or more runs in three of his ten starts coming into play. The two homers he allowed doubled his season total.
The Wizards, leading the league in pitchers who begin their name with “S-t-e-i”, introduced Chris Steinborn earlier in the day and the left-hander made his debut with the Wizards on Thursday. The reliever tossed two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits. He had previously been with the Modesto Nuts where he allowed 22 hits in 13.2 innings of work, along with 12 earned runs but managed to hold a 3-0 record.
Jonathan Ellis pitched two innings of scoreless ball, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. Ellis had given up runs in each of his previous four relief appearances but only two of the five runs were earned. After hitters smoked him for a .368 average during April, he has limited them to a .235 average through May and early June.