Portland lost 7-3
Chris Oxspring ran his scoreless streak to 13 innings after a six inning outing, scattering five hits and walking four while striking out six. The effort was wasted when seven runs crossed the plate off Brian Falkenborg. Oxspring has walked three or more in six of his 18 starts with seven coming during his scoreless streak. Sunday was the fourth time in ten road games that he has allowed two earned runs or less. He has allowed two earned runs or less in six of his eight home games.
Michel Hernandez has been pushed to a backup role since Miguel Ojeda arrived but was in the lineup on Sunday and recorded the only multi-hit game for Portland. The catcher is hitting .274 on the year with a .359 on base percentage, courtesy of 32 walks to 28 strikeouts. Behind the plate he has nabbed 17 of 64 baserunners attempting to steal, or 26.5 percent, after going 0-for-2 on Sunday.
Mobile lost 3-2 in 11 innings
With plenty of rest under his belt having not pitched since July 7, Sean Thompson took the hill and matched his season-high in innings with seven. Thompson also picked off two runners, his eighth and ninth of the year, and plated a run with an RBI single. He yielded two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight. While he walked three or more for the tenth time this year, he also whiffed eight or more for the sixth time. Thompson has given up two earned runs or fewer seven times over his last ten starts in Mobile.
Jesse Garcia, demoted from Portland and playing in his first game with Mobile, went 1-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and an RBI. He also committed an error in the 11th inning that led to an unearned run crossing the dish and an eventual loss. The shortstop hit .177 with Portland in 44 games, collecting nearly as many strikeouts (27) as hits (28). Since the beginning of June, Garcia hit .120 in 92 at bats.
Lake Elsinore won 4-3
Arturo Lopez went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. The lefty had allowed four runs or more in each of his past four starts and has given up two or fewer in ten of his 19 starts. Oddly enough, lefties are hitting .294 off him and righties have managed a .249 average. The opposition is hitting .323 off him in four July starts.
A seven game hitting streak for Fernando Valenzuela Jr. ended, as did a nine game streak for Peeter Ramos. Brett Bonvechio pushed his streak to ten games with a 2-for-4 night. Skip Adams has the newest streak of note, a six game stretch after going 2-for-4 with two doubles. Over the life of the streak, he is 10-for-23 with five doubles a triple and three RBI’s. Adams has played each position on the infield, minus catcher, and has logged time in left field.
Michael Johnson returned but not as a batter or a fielder. He came on to pinch run in the ninth inning and scored the winning run, his first action of any kind in a live game since July 5.
Fort Wayne won 7-5, 5-4
Yordany Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double in the conclusion of the suspended game, giving him two straight multi-hit games. It is just the third time this year the outfielder has accomplished the feat. Ramirez, hitting .206 for the year, also drove in two runs and is hitting far better than his average, .256, with runners in scoring position. His three doubles over the last two games are more than he had in his previous 21 games.
Matt Thayer went 2-for-4 in the completion of the suspended game to push his hitting streak to seven games. He is 9-for-23 over the streak with four runs scored, two stolen bases and five RBI’s. All five RBI’s have come over the last two games. He is now hitting .429 with runners in scoring position through nine games with Fort Wayne.
Spot starts and Chris Steinborn have been the norm of late and it may be that he is no longer spot starting and in the rotation. Sunday marked his third straight start for the Wizards. He went five innings and gave up three runs on a season high nine hits. He has given up three runs in each of his three starts, although this was the first time all were earned. He did get the win for his effort in the second game of a doubleheader.
Eugene won 9-1
Brian Cavanaugh broke out of an 0-for-15 slump with a perfect evening. He went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and a walk. His two doubles match the total of extra base hits he had managed over the first 21 games of the season. It was his second three-hit game of the year and sixth multi-hit game. Cavanaugh was, however, caught stealing for the third time this year and has only had one successful stolen base attempt. The outfielder is hitting .350 at home, as he was on Sunday, but just .195 on the road.
Billy Richardson entered the game hitting just .191 but after matching Cavanaugh with his own 3-for-3 night with two doubles and an RBI he raised his average to .225. It was the first RBI for Richardson in 11 games – since he hit his grand slam. While it was his second three-hit night of the year, it was just his third multi-hit affair. Richardson has also had his problems on the road, batting .182 on the road and .296 at home. He also committed his seventh error of the year on Sunday.
Steve Delabar scattered three hits and a hit batsman over six innings of work to get the win. It was the second time this year he has thrown shutout ball in his start and the fifth time in six starts he has given up two runs or less. The opposition is hitting .172 off Delabar with runners in scoring position and has yet to register a hit in 13 at bats with runners in scoring position and two outs. While the righty has given up five first innings runs, he has not given up a run in the second through fourth innings in any start.
AZL Padres lost 2-0
Juan Jimenez went seven innings and allowed two unearned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five. Two Jarol Gonzalez errors led to the runs crossing home. Jimenez has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last three starts, surrendering three earned runs over that span and lowering his ERA from 6.32 to 3.57. The opposition is, however, hitting .300 off the righty as he has allowed seven hits or more in four of his six starts.
Willy Crafort amassed two of the team’s four hits on the day. He was 2-for-3 with a double, giving him three multi-hit contests in six games played. Four of Crafort’s seven hits on the year have gone for extra bases and he has added two stolen bases. Crafort also broke his string of games with a strikeout, having K’ed at least once in each game until Sunday.