Portland lost 11-8 to Salt Lake (Angels)
Paul McAnulty extended his hitting streak to nine games and his on base streak to 14 with his three run homer in the fifth, coupled with two walks. It is the second night in a row that he has left the yard. Over the hitting streak, McAnulty is 15-for-35 with five walks, six extra base hits, eight RBI’s and seven runs scored. He has raised his average from .154 to .311 in the process.
Homering for the first time since game two of the season, Jack Cust also reached base in all five plate appearances. The left fielder was 2-for-2 with three walks, three RBI’s, and three runs scored. It is the fourth time this year that Cust has scored three runs in the same game. All three of Cust’s homers have come with men on base.
Jack Cassel lasted just a third of an inning, gave up three runs on three hits and a hit batsman to take the loss. Cassel actually got out of the fifth inning, stalling an inherited runner, before it imploded. The culmination of the next inning was a two-run jack followed by a double that saw him pulled from action. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his six appearances this year.
Mobile lost 9-5 to Huntsville (Brewers)
Sean Thompson breezed through six innings but found trouble in the seventh and was lifted after allowing a one out single. His final line read two runs, one earned, on five hits, and a walk over 6.1 frames, as both inherited runners would score. The lefty also picked off a runner, his third pickoff of the year, and uncorked a wild pitch, his fourth of the year. The lefty also notched his first hit of the year and scored a run.
Kennard Jones was dropped to second in the lineup, the first time this year that he batted in that spot, and responded by going 3-for-5. Jones had hit .222 in 13 games as the leadoff hitter and .182 in three games batting third. Jones has reached base safely in nine straight games and his .385 on base percentage leads the team.
George Kottaras recorded the first multi-homer game of his career on Tuesday. Kottaras hit a three run bomb in the first inning and added a solo shot in the ninth, collecting all five RBI’s for Mobile. It was the highest RBI output from the catcher in his career- he drove in four on July 1, 2004. He leads the team in homers and RBI’s and his .377 on base percentage is second best on the team.
Lake Elsinore won 11-4 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) in ten innings
The Storm bullpen tossed five innings of shutout ball, allowing one hit over that span.
Ryan Klatt worked two innings of perfect relief, striking out four of the six batters he faced to pick up his third win of the young season. He leads the team in victories and is one shy of matching his career-high in wins for a season, four in 2004 while pitching in relief for the Fort Wayne Wizards. It was the first team all season that he worked more than an inning and he has given up one run over his last eight frames. He has also limited the opposition to one hit over his last six innings of work.
Second baseman Sean Kazmar doubled twice, singled and walked in six plate appearances. His two doubles resulted in three RBI’s and he added three runs scored. Kazmar also added his first stolen base of the year. Tuesday was the second game this year that the second baseman has notched a multi-RBI game and those two contests account for seven of his nine RBI’s on the year. It was his sixth multi-hit game of the season in 17 games.
Batting leadoff, Tim Turner went 2-for-6 with two runs scored. The fastest man in the system also added two stolen bases to give him three on the year. Turner, a right-handed hitter, is batting .400 off left-handed pitching in the early going. In 26 at bats, though, Turner has struck out 11 times.
Fort Wayne won 13-4 over Wisconsin (Mariners)
First baseman Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer, scored two runs and drove in a season-high four on the night. He twice knocked in four or more in his debut season with the Arizona Rookie League Padres, driving in six in his first professional game. He has now reached base safely in ten straight games, going 12-for-38 with eight walks and nine runs scored.
Two of Nick Hundley’s three hits were doubles as the catcher recorded two runs scored and three RBI’s. Hundley entered the game with one double on the season, his only extra base hit before Tuesday. He has driven in runs in five of his last six games, eight during that span. Hundley also threw out the only runner attempting to steal on him.
Manny Ayala made his system debut on Tuesday. He pitched the ninth inning allowing two hits but striking out the side. He went 12-4 with a 3.05 earned run average in 22 games, including 14 starts for Mesa of the independent Golden Baseball League. He had three complete games, one shutout and one save. His 12 victories tied for the league lead, while his one shutout was tied for second, his three complete games were tied for fourth and his ERA was sixth-best in the league.