J.J. Furmaniak and Clay Hensley represented well for the PCL. The same can be said for Mike Thompson, Natanael Mateo and Craig Breslow. Dale Thayer, however, had a forgettable evening. Jared Wells was roughed up for eight runs. Josh Alley is a walking fool. Fabian Jimenez continues to have his ups along with his downs. Two hits was all Eugene could muster as Cesar Ramos bounced back from a six-run outing.
Portland had the night off for the PCL All-Star game
J.J. Furmaniak went 2-for-2 with a run scored while Clay Hensley struck out two in his inning of work.
Mobile had the night off for the Southern League All-Star game
Mike Thompson started things off right for the Southern division by pitching two innings of scoreless ball, not allowing a hit and striking out one. Natanael Mateo came on with a runner on in the fifth and came away without allowing the inherited runner to score. He walked one in an inning and a third. Craig Breslow tossed a perfect inning but Dale Thayer was crushed for five runs on five hits and a walk in his inning.
Paul McAnulty won the Home Run Derby by smashing seven over the wall but the offense was barely audible come game time. McAnulty went 0-for-4 with two runs scored and Ronnie Merrill, cheered louder than any other BayBear, went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Lake Elsinore lost 9-2
Jared Wells’ impressive streak ended on Wednesday when he was trounced for a season-high eight runs on a season-high 12 hits in 4.2 innings of work. Wells had won nine games in row and had given up eight runs total over his last seven starts. Wells hadn’t allowed more than five runs in any outing and has given up four or more in five of his 18 starts.
Skip Adams was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday, including a double and a run scored. Adams, who will one day make a great coach, has played five positions on the diamond this year and is hitting .293 in 40 games. Ten of his 27 hits have gone for extra bases this year and five of those have come over his past seven games.
Fort Wayne won 3-2
Josh Alley went 0-for-2 with three walks in his Midwest League debut. It was his second three walk game in the past four and fifth multi-walk game of the season, spanning two leagues. He has drawn 18 walks in 15 contests and owns a .514 on base percentage for the year. The outfielder has been issued a free pass in 11 games and has reached base safely in every game this year. Alley did, however, ground into his third double play of the year – one of four double plays the Wizards hit into on the day.
Chris Kolkhorst led the offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon, scoring one run and knocking in one. After a .223 month of May, the outfielder is hitting .319 in June and July with a .429 on base percentage. He also has a .390 average through ten games in July. His 57 walks place him second in the Midwest League and in the top 15 in all the minors while he took over Brett Bonvechio (56) for the lead in the Padres’ minors. Kolkhorst also stole a base, giving him 18 in 23 attempts.
After being on the losing end of six straight starts, Fabian Jimenez tossed one run ball over five innings, allowing three hits and walking three. He did not figure in the decision as the Wizards’ pen blew a one-run lead. His last win came on May 31. It was the seventh time in 17 starts that he has held the opposition to two runs or less. After an 18.00 ERA during the month of June, Jimenez has had an ERA of 5.27 through three starts in July and an overall ERA of 6.72.
Eugene lost 3-2
The Emeralds managed just two hits on the night and Nick Hundley reached base three times – as many as the rest of the team combined managed on the night. Hundley went 1-for-2 with two walks and a homer, his fourth of the year. It is the seventh time this year Hundley has recorded a multi-walk game. Hundley has 17 walks on the year compared to 12 hits. Despite a .240 average, he has a .433 on base percentage. The opposition has stolen eight straight bases against the catcher after he failed to throw out three steal attempts on Wednesday.
Seth Johnston got the only other hit, his first hit as a pro after beginning the year 0-for-12. After starting his season on fire, Chase Headley is hitless in his last 18 at bats, lowering his average to .265.
Cesar Ramos bounced back from a six run outing to allow one run over five innings on seven hits. The lefty has walked just one batter this year in 13 innings but the opposition is hitting .315 off him. While he has held the leadoff man to a .214 average, he is being smacked around at a .381 clip when runners are on base. Ramos hasn’t allowed a run through the first three innings in his first two starts.
AZL Padres had the night off