Portland lost 8-3 to Fresno (Giants)
Three balls left the park off right-handed starter Tim Stauffer, accounting for all five runs in a loss. Stauffer has given up five bombs this season, a year after surrendering five in 13 starts for Portland. Stauffer has given up four runs or more in four of his five starts to begin the year.
Jack Cust was perfect at the plate, reaching base four times despite a 1-for-1 line. The outfielder walked twice, was hit by a pitch and added a sacrifice fly. Cust has now reached base safely in his last nine plate appearances and he has five RBI’s over a two game span for the second time this season. Cust has drawn 16 walks on the year compared to just eight whiffs.
Manny Alexander was the only Beaver to record a multi-hit night, his second of the year. The shortstop has hits in four straight games after opening the year 0-for-4. As well as he has hit with the bases empty to begin the year, Alexander has not recorded a hit with runners in scoring position.
Mobile won 3-0 over Mississippi (Braves)
Jared Wells threw a no-hitter through five innings before leaving the game. Why was he pulled then? The right-hander walked five as his pitch count soared. Wells has now walked nine batters over his last two starts after issuing a free pass to three over his first three outings. He has given up two runs or less in four of his five starts this year and has held the opposition to a .200 batting average against.
Brett Bonvechio notched his first three-hit night of the year, doubling, tripling and knocking in one. He has tripled twice this year after notching six three-baggers last year. Bonvechio has two multi-hit games in the last four but just three on the year. Bonvechio is hitting .242 when he plays third base but just .125 when he gets game action as a first baseman. Bonvechio committed his sixth error of the year.
Dale Thayer earned his fifth save of the year, retiring the side in order. In ten relief appearances, Thayer has given up runs in two outings but has given up seven runs in those games. In his ten games, he has retired the side in order three times and the opposition is swatting .340 off him.
Lake Elsinore lost 9-4 to Bakersfield (Rangers)
Evan Meek surrendered two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out seven over five innings of work. Meek has not given up more than two earned runs in any of his five starts and has kept the opposition to two hits or less in three outings and has yielded 15 hits on the year. He has, however, walked 18 in 21.2 innings, striking out 25 in the process.
With a hand in all four Storm runs, Colt Morton was the offense. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Morton entered the game with a .217 average with runners in scoring position. What he didn’t do well was throw runners out attempting to steal. Six of the seven thieves were successful in their bid to steal a bag against Morton.
Chris Jaile added two innings of one-hit ball. In 13.1 innings, Jaile has walked just three batters and given up 11 hits. He has held the opposition to a .229 average against. The righty has given up runs in three of his eight games but never more than one run in a contest.
Fort Wayne lost 6-3 to Wisconsin (Mariners)
Steve Delabar was pulled after 3.2 innings and five runs crossing the plate. The problems, however, came courtesy of an error to open the fourth inning, which helped four unearned runs cross the plate, with two scoring after he was removed from the game. Delabar has now given up five runs in each of the past two games but at the same time has given up one earned run in four of his five starts to open the year.
John Madden extended his scoreless streak to nine games on Friday, tossing an inning of scoreless ball. The right-hander has given up just five hits in 38 at bats this year and has walked one while striking out 11 in 9.2 innings. He has given two hits in 21 at bats to right-handed hitters on the year.
Mike Sansoe extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in four at bats. The Wizards leadoff hitter also drew a walk, stole his sixth base of the year, and scored two runs. Matching his hitting streak, Sansoe has also scored a run in eight straight games. The right-handed hitter has walked as many times as he has struck out, nine times.