Portland won 6-4 over Fresno (Giants)
Seth Etherton allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over 5.2 innings in a no-decision. The righty has gone six innings just once this year while allowing three runs or more in four of his six starts. His average against in the sixth inning is .545.
Jon Adkins pitched the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the year. With another scoreless inning, he has yet to give up a run over ten innings with Portland. He did walk his second batter of the year and holds a WHIP of 0.60. Adkins has given up three hits over his last nine innings of work.
Jon Knott added a pinch-hit home run in the ninth in his only at bat. Knott has left the yard in three of his last six games and four of his last five hits have gone for extra bases. Four of his five homers have come with no one on base. While Knott is hitting .287 in away games, he has hit just .125 at home.
Mobile lost 4-3 to Carolina (Marlins)
After taking the loss in relief four days ago, Roger Deago took the loss from the starting rotation on Saturday. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings, serving up his first homer of the season. As a starter, a span of 16 innings, Deago has a .182 average against while that same stat is at .306 when he is in as a reliever.
Juan Ciriaco notched his third straight multi-hit game by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s. He is 7-for-14 over that span with five doubles and five RBI’s. He had four multi-hit games in his first 23 games with two doubles over that span. The shortstop did commit his fifth error of the year.
Kennard Jones has three multi-hit games in his last four contests after a 2-for-5 evening on Saturday. He notched his first triple of the season – last year he tallied four. With an RBI on Saturday, he has collected one in four straight nights, batting .318 with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore won 13-8 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
The Strom overcame five errors, which resulted in four unearned runs.
Sean Kazmar collected a career-high five RBI’s, capped by a three-run bomb. His previous best had been a four-RBI night on April 15. Until this season, Kazmar’s best night had been when he knocked three in. He ended the night 3-for-6, his second three-hit night of the year. Kazmar is now batting .306 with 14 of his 15 RBI’s against right-handed pitching versus a .120 average against lefties.
Dirk Hayhurst made his fifth start of the year, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and two walks while tying his season-high in strikeouts with six. The right-hander has given up three runs over his last three starts, a span of 17.2 innings. Hayhurst has not given up a first inning run this year.
Hitting leadoff, Javis Diaz reached base five times via two singles and three walks and scored three runs. He had scored just one run and reached base five times over his first eight games with the Storm. Diaz had 17 multi-hit games last year for the Arizona Rookie League Padres.
Fort Wayne lost 12-8 to Kane County (A’s)
Daryl Jones hit his fourth homer of the year, a grand slam, tying his season total from a year ago, which happened in 73 games as opposed to the 24 this year. It was his first hit of the year with the bases juiced. Jones has notched an RBI in four of his last five games and has drawn a walk in six of his last eight.
Manny Ayala made his first start of the year, allowing four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. In three outings this year, Ayala has given up 13 hits over 8.1 innings, a .351 average against. Only four of the hits have come with runners in scoring position in 17 at bats.
Ernesto Frieri allowed eight runs all of last year in 49.2 innings. In his first appearance with Fort Wayne, Frieri surrendered four runs, although just one was earned. He did, however, walk five men, besting his highest total of four that occurred twice in 2005. The 20-year old righty was 7-1 with a 1.17 ERA for the Arizona Rookie League Padres last season.