Portland won 3-1 over Fresno (Giants)
It had been ten games since the team with the worst ERA in the league had been able to keep the opposition to one run or less and Eric Junge was not only the last one to accomplish the feat but did it against the same Fresno team. Only one other time this year has the pitching kept it to two runs or less in a game.
Junge went six strong, giving up one run on five hits while striking out a season-high nine. Unfortunately for him, those games against Fresno are his only two wins. Junge had given up four runs in less than an inning in his last start and has two bad starts, 13 runs over three innings, sandwiched around four solid ones. Junge also added a single and a run scored and has a three-game hitting streak.
Freddy Guzman went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, his fifth multi-hit game in his last seven contests. Guzman added his 11th stolen base in 14 chances, nine coming in his last 12 games. Oddly, as a leadoff hitter in any inning, Guzman is hitting just .213 but is mashing at a .563 clip with runners in scoring position.
Mobile lost 10-4 to Carolina (Marlins)
Left-hander Sean Thompson gave up a composite one run over five innings because while he gave up three runs, two earned, on the mound on seven hits, he also added a double to score two, his first extra base hit and RBI’s of the year. Thompson had seven singles last season and just one RBI. He walked just one and struck out five but was called for his first balk of the year. He also walked one and has not walked more than two in a game since his opening start. Thompson also picked off another runner – this one at second base.
Paul Abraham gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks to take the loss, as Mobile committed five errors on the night. The right-handed reliever has given up runs in three straight outings after giving up runs in three of his first ten appearances. His five hits and two walks allowed are season highs.
Fernando Valenzuela Jr. went 2-for-4, the only BayBear with a multi-hit game. He came into the game with two hits in his last 13 at bats and a .155 average, raising it to .177. The first baseman does have an RBI in successive games played but remains just three for 22 with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore won 13-5 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Falling a homer shy of the cycle, Jeremy Cleveland reached base five times, going 4-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored and three RBI’s. Five of his 17 RBI’s have come over the last two games. The last time the outfielder recorded four hits in one night was on May 11, 2004 while he was with Stockton. And the last time he reached base five times in the same game was July 1, 2003, a feat he accomplished twice in a two-week span that year.
Tim Brown launched the first grand slam of the year for the Storm and he also reached base five times. Ironically, two pitches hit Brown before he ever hit his homer. He also drew a walk and added a single. Six pitches have hit him this year, tied for the team lead. The first baseman also added his second stolen base of the year.
Mike Ekstrom does what he normally has done this year. For the seventh time in seven starts he surrendered two earned runs or less in his start – this time one run over 5.1 innings. He did walk three batters for the third time this year and gave up six hits but came up strong when it was needed. The righty has not given up a run in the first inning this year.
Fort Wayne won 8-6 over Kane County (A’s)
Fabian Jimenez allowed just two hits over five innings, walking three and hitting a batter, pushing his scoreless streak to ten innings and giving him two wins in a row for the first time since his first two starts in 2005 (he won three straight decisions to open the year). Over his last five outings, Jimenez has given up five runs and four came in one game. He has kept the opposition to four hits or fewer in four of those games. He has walked 19 in 29.2 innings, including three games with three or more.
John Madden hadn’t allowed an earned run over his first 10/2 innings but gave up two on Sunday. The right-hander came into the game with three hits surrendered over his last 9.2 innings, the same amount he gave up in one inning Sunday. He also walked two batters, one more than his total for the year. Both runs came on two-out hits.
Ray Chang broke out of a 0-for-16 slump by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. During his five game span without a hit, Chang whiffed nine times, three more than he had over his first 12 games. Chang has a hit in eight games and seven of those have been multi-hit affairs.