Portland lost 5-4 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)
Eric Junge (pronounced "Young") allowed two runs on six hits in his Portland debut over 4.1 innings. Junge pitched in 26 games last year for Triple-A Norfolk, a Mets’ affiliate, making 22 starts. He posted a 10-7 record with a 3.22 ERA. Junge allowed three runs or less in ten of his last 11 starts last season.
Freddy Guzman homered for the second day in a row. It is safe to say that he has never done that before as a professional since signing with the Padres in 2000. Guzman is just one homer shy of tying his season-high, set in 2003 when he hit three jacks between Lake Elsinore and Mobile.
Justin Leone hit his third homer in four games and extended his RBI streak to five games on Monday. The third baseman has been on a tear, going 8-for-19 through his first five games with seven RBI’s and seven runs scored. He did, however, commit his first error of the year.
Mobile lost 3-0 to Carolina (Marlins)
Getting out of Mobile was the best thing that happened to Luke Carlin. Fellow catcher George Kottaras recorded the only hit that the BayBears would get on the night. Kottaras went 1-for-3 and is the only hitter in the early going with a batting average above .300. Kottaras hit .287 in 29 games with Mobile in 2005.
Bobby Basham went five shutout innings in his system debut, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out three and picking off a baserunner. Basham made ten starts for the Southern League Chattanooga Lookouts in 2005, going 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA. In six of those starts, Basham yielded one run or less (although one outing lasted just one inning).
Left-hander Arturo Lopez took the loss, yielding three runs on four hits and two walks. Lopez, a starter last year in Lake Elsinore, spent time as a reliever in 2004 with Columbus of the South Atlantic League. Lopez went 5-11 with a 5.85 ERA in 2005 for the Lake Elsinore Storm, going 0-8 with an 8.84 ERA over the final three months of the year.
Lake Elsinore had the night off
Fort Wayne lost 7-5 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)
This wasn’t déjà vu for Fabian Jimenez but had a certain ring that was familiar. The lefty was in midseason form – sort of. He gave up six runs on six hits and five walks, taking his first loss of the year. Last year, Jimenez threw shutout ball over six frames but from the start of May, he gave up five runs or more in seven of his final 16 starts and walked four or more in five starts.
Centerfielder Josh Alley reached via a walk in his first three plate appearances of the game and with Seth Johnston up each time he made a move to steal second base. The first two times, Alley was successfully but was picked off first on his third attempt. Alley has stolen a base in each of his first three games to open the year. In 45 games with Fort Wayne last year, he had just five steals in nine attempts. While Alley is 1-for-9 at the plate, he has drawn six walks. Alley drew 40 walks last year compared to 26 strikeouts and had the best walk-to-strikeout ratio in the system.
Hard throwing Alfredo Fernandez was perfect over two innings, retiring all six batters he faced. Six times Fernandez went two frames in an appearance while playing for the Eugene Emeralds in 2005 and not once did he retire all six batters in a row. The big righty did allow a run on three hits in his first outing of the season – also a two-inning outing. Fernandez, who struck out three, whiffed four or more in three of those six outings that spanned two innings last year.