Portland won 2-0
Justin Germano pitched a brilliant complete game shutout, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out five. In three July starts Germano has a 1.64 ERA and a .197 batting average against. The right-hander has held the opposition to two runs or less in ten of his 19 starts. He has given up just three first inning runs on the year and has a .259 average against on the year.
Josh Barfield went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, his second theft in as many games. Barfield also scored two runs, giving him a run scored in each of his past four games. The second baseman is hitting .331 since the beginning of June with 11 of his 49 hits going for extra bases. While he only has 37 RBI’s, Barfield is hitting .329 with runners in scoring position.
Mobile won 3-1
On a night when the Mobile BayBears extended their “Guaranteed Win Night”, the team did just that, supported by a strong effort from Mike Thompson. The right-hander went 6.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits – even overcoming a season-high five walks. It was the 12th time in 18 starts that he has given up two runs or less. He also had two hits, his second multi-hit game of the year. After a rough month of June where he posted a 7.53 ERA, Thompson has a 1.42 ERA in July.
The All-Star game aside – besides, it doesn’t count against his ERA – Dale Thayer is pitching well. Although he loaded the bases in the ninth, Thayer nabbed his 17th save of the year. Over his last 13 appearances, the closer has allowed one earned run – a span of 13.2 innings. Thayer has allowed a runner to reach base in each of his last seven games and ten of his last 11, giving Thayer a .296 average against. The key to his success is a .182 average against with runners in scoring position (RISP).
Lake Elsinore won 5-3
On a night when Brett Bonvechio extended his hitting streak to 12 games, Jared Wells pitched into the eighth, going 7.1 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. Wells has gone six games without allowing a homer and has walked three over his last 30 innings of work. The righty is holding lefties to a .244 average against while righties are batting .264 off him.
Ryan Trytten recorded the win, his third over his last four appearances but in two of those games he has been charged with a blown save. One inherited runner scored against Trytten on Tuesday and he gave up two runs blowing another lead four games ago. The last four inherited runners he has inherited have scored and the right-hander has given up runs in four of his last eight appearances.
Fort Wayne won 2-1
Mike Ekstrom tossed a six inning gem, surrendering one run on five hits and a walk while striking out five to win his 12th game of the year. The right-hander has given up two runs or less in 14 of his 20 starts and has a 2.35 ERA through four July starts. Ekstrom has limited the opposition to a .237 average with RISP and that number drops to .204 with RISP and two outs. Over the first two innings of all his starts, he has surrendered nine runs total.
Brett Dowdy recorded the lone multi-hit game for the Wizards. The third baseman went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, lengthening his hitting streak to six contests, every game since returning from a hand injury. He is 8-for-21 with three doubles over that span and has added an RBI in four of his last five games. Dowdy has 28 hits in 76 at bats with RISP, a .368 average. Despite missing a month of the season, Dowdy is still ranked third in the Midwest League with eight triples.
Eugene lost 4-3
Mike Sansoe went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and two runs scored. The outfielder has scored seven runs over his last four games with at least one in each game. He is 10-for-24 over his last five games with three doubles, eight RBI’s and two walks. Sansoe is hitting .344 when he plays in centerfield but just .176 when he is in left field.
Josh Geer gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. While the opposition is hitting .327 off Geer and .318 with runners are, he has limited them to a .154 average with RISP. Geer has a 5.56 ERA in three starts this year, allowing seven runs over 11.1 innings.
Jon Link has been in the bullpen over his last five appearances after beginning the year in the starting rotation. After giving up runs in three straight, Link pitched a one-two-three inning on Tuesday. Link has a 3.52 ERA in 7.2 innings of relief and a 2.70 ERA in 16.2 innings as a starter.
AZL Padres won 6-4
John Hussey made his sixth start of the year and gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He has not made it into the sixth inning since his first start of the year. Hussey has given up four runs or more in three of his outings while surrendering two or fewer in the other three. The righty has a .230 average against but that number jumps to .333 with runners in scoring position. Hussey has also committed an error in two straight games and has hit a batter in four straight.
Mat De_Montigny made his season debut, tossing one inning of scoreless relief while walking one. After walking the leadoff man and having him steal second, De Montigny closed the door with two ground outs and a fly out. The 20-year old right-hander pitched in 16 games for Peoria in 2004, going 1-0 and registering a 3.60 ERA with a .250 average against. He struck out 25 and walked 11 in 25 innings of work.
Abraham Aguilar went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI’s to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He is 12-for-33 over that stretch with three extra base hits, four RBI’s and two stolen bases. He has, however, been picked off twice – including once on Tuesday. Aguilar has also scored just one run during his streak despite reaching base 14 times (two walks). Aguilar is hitting .340 for the month of July and has nine hits in 20 at bats with runners in scoring position.
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