Portland lost 16-8
While four of the five outs recorded by Marty McLeary came by way of the strikeout, the reliever was tagged for five runs on five hits and two walks. Over his last 2.2 innings, eight runs have crossed the dish on McLeary. Since the beginning of June, McLeary is 1-4 with a 6.47 ERA. With runners in scoring position (RISP) and two outs, the opposition is batting .327 off the former starter.
After yielding just two runs over a 21 inning span, Chris Oxspring was paddy-whacked in his start on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed eight runs, seven earned, on a season-high ten hits. He surrendered two homers for the second straight outing and has had four multi-homer games against on the season. This is the third time he has given up seven earned runs or more in a start and the tenth time he has given up four or more runs over 20 starts.
Mobile won 8-2
The success of Jared Wells continued in his Southern League debut on Wednesday. The right-hander won his 12th game of the year, going seven innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six. In his last 14 starts, Wells has allowed more than three runs just once and he has given up two runs or less in six of his last eight. He did face a situation where runners were in scoring position on seven occasions on Wednesday and limited the opposition to just one hit. Wells allowed 23 hits in 100 chances with RISP during his tenure with Lake Elsinore.
Corey Smith hit his third homer over the last two games but it was Kennard Jones who gets the print today. Jones went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored. The centerfielder is only hitting .258 on the year but he leads the team in on base percentage at .361. He has walked 56 times on the year, including 14 times in 18 games during the month of July. That total, 14, matches his strikeout total for the month – the first month this year that he is on pace to record an equal or better walk-to-K ratio. He is also hitting .292 for the month, his best hitting month of the year. He has, however, gone 28 games without an extra base hit.
Lake Elsinore lost 11-1
While Clark Girardeau failed to make it out of the third inning because it was his first time pitching in a month on July 22, Girardeau failed to make it out of the for a different reason on Wednesday. Seven runs crossed the plate against Girardeau in 2.1 innings of work. Eleven hits were pounded out in that short span, including a three run homer that capped a six run third. It was the second time in the last four games that he has allowed 11 hits and the seventh time in 17 starts that he has given up eight hits or more.
Tim Turner made his first appearance with the Storm, subbing for Drew Macias in centerfield in the seventh. Turner, who had been playing with the Arizona Rookie League Padres went 0-for-1. He replaces Jordan Pickens who was placed on the disabled list with a broken toe. With Peoria, Turner hit .230 through 28 games. He began the year with a seven game hitting streak but in 21 July games he is hit just .181.
Fort Wayne lost 4-3, lost 10-6
Brandon Kintzler made a successful debut on Wednesday for the Wizards. He pitched an inning and a third, striking out one and not allowing a baserunner. In fact, the one baserunner he inherited remained stranded. He has pitched seven straight scoreless innings over three different leagues. He has given up runs in four of his 12 outings and has whiffed 19 in 15.2 innings.
Sean Kazmar recorded three of the six hits Fort Wayne had in game one and was in on every run the Wizards scored. He drove in one and scored two on the night. Over the last 15 games, Kazmar has seven multi-hit contests but is hitting just .256 for the month – seven points lower than his current batting average. Kazmar has pummeled right-handed pitching, hitting .291 off them but has struggled mightily against lefties, hitting just .185. He has also been under-performing with RISP – a .224 average – and that drops to awful with RISP and two outs - .135. He went 0-for-4 in the second game.
Joel Santo went five innings in the second game, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. He has given up three runs over his last two starts – his best two game stretch of the year. Santo has allowed two runs or less in seven of his 20 starts. In five starts during the month of July, Santo has a 3.91 ERA. The right-hander has limited the opposition to a .246 average with RISP while they are hitting .273 off him overall.
Eugene lost 6-5 in 11 innings
Alfredo Fernandez blew his fifth save of the year on Wednesday. The reliever had converted his first six save opportunities before blowing five of the last six chances. He began the year with a .063 average against in June but that number has jumped to .277 in July. And worse still, the opposition is hitting .304 off him with RISP. He has also allowed three hits in seven at bats with the bases loaded.
Arnold Hughey allowed one run on four hits in three innings of relief. Since beginning the year with an 8.64 ERA in June and a .375 average against, Hughey has settled down to record a 3.31 ERA in July and a .254 average against. His ERA in relief is 3.27 as opposed to his 6.59 ERA as a starter. The lefty hasn’t liked the home crowd as his .395 average against in Eugene states.
Steve Delabar was pulled after three innings that produced three runs against on three hits and a season-high four walks. Delabar came into the game with only one outing that failed to reach five innings of work through his first seven starts. He has also walked nine over his last five starts after walking just two through his first four. Despite a sub par outing, Delabar owns a 4-1 record and a 3.66 ERA.
AZL Padres won 5-3
Juan Jimenez had his longest outing of the year, going 7.1 innings and allowing three runs, two earned on nine hits and three walks while striking out five to nab his second win of the year. Jimenez’ previous long had been seven innings and he went into the eighth having allowed just one run but a double knocked in one and an error on Jimenez helped the other. After starting the year with a 6.75 ERA through his first two starts, Jimenez has an ERA of 2.37 over his last six.
Casey Smith notched his first four-hit game of the season, going perfect on the day with a double, homer and two RBI’s. Smith, playing left field, has notched three games in that outfield spot an is hitting .538 when he does. He has played six games in right field and has 11 hits in 26 at bats there. When he has played first, his average is a slim .333. But in the eight games he has been a designated hitter his average drops to .241. The advice – keep him in the field.
Javis Diaz took over in centerfield and the leadoff spot for the departed Turner. He went 2-for-5 at the plate with a run scored while stealing two bases. He is 5-for-5 on his stolen base attempts this year through 11 games. He has a multi-hit game in three straight contests and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. Of his 14 hits on the season, all have been singles.