Manny Alexander collected the first hit and only hit of the night for Portland in the fourth inning, a solo shot to left field. That turned out to be all they needed in the win. The shortstop has quietly amassed an eight-game hitting streak and has been on base in 13 straight. Alexander is 10-for-36 over the streak with five runs scored.
Mike Thompson was masterful over 7.1 innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. He retired 14 batters in a row until his one out single in the eighth. It is the third time in seven starts that he has allowed two runs or less and second time he has shot blanks. Thompson lowered his ERA to 3.79 with the win, his fifth straight winning decision and fourth win in a row. Thompson has held the opposition to a .231 batting average against.
Jason Anderson had a bit of a scare in the eighth when he surrendered a double to the first man he faced that moved Thompson's runner to third but escaped without a run allowed, inducing a pop out and ground out. Anderson ran his scoreless streak to seven outing in the process, a span of nine innings. He has allowed four hits over that span after giving up 14 hits in his first eight games.
It was the first shutout of the year for Portland.
Mobile lost 4-3 to Chattanooga (Reds) in a rain-shortened game (six innings)
Making his second spot start, Bubba Nelson gave up four runs on four hits, including a solo homer, and two walks, over four frames. Three of the four homers he has surrendered have come in his two starts and he owns an 11.05 ERA as a starter compared to a 2.84 mark in relief. The fourth inning in both starts has been his demise – five of his nine runs allowed as a starter have come in that inning.
Ryan Trytten did not allow a run in his two innings of relief work. Striking out three. He has gone more than an inning in each of his outings with Mobile. The reliever has given up runs in three of his six appearances but has held the opposition to two hits in 14 at bats with runners in scoring position. Trytten opened the year with three scoreless innings in Lake Elsinore.
Mobile Manager Gary Jones was ejected for a second consecutive game.
Lake Elsinore won 4-2 over Stockton (A's) in ten innings
Evan Meek was back on point after getting thrashed in his last outing. The hard throwing righty gave up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five in five-plus innings. It is the fifth time in seven starts that he has allowed four hits or fewer but also the fourth time he has walked three or more. Meek has yet to allow a homer this season in 30 innings of work.
Jon Ellis earned his first save of the year and his career in relief of winning pitcher Ryan Klatt. He came in with two men on and got the final out of the game in the tenth via a strikeout. Ellis has given up just one earned run in 18.2 innings of action for the Storm – allowing one hit in 17 at bats with runners in scoring position. And – in six at bats with the bases loaded – he whiffed five batters.
Tim Brown started the tenth inning rally but did not get to enjoy crossing the plate when he was pulled for a pinch runner. Still, the first baseman went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is 13-for-27 with two homers, six RBI's and seven runs scored over that span. It was his third game batting cleanup and the left-handed hitter is 5-for-11 in that position.
Fort Wayne won 6-0 over Peoria (Cubs)
Joel Santo was solid over six scoreless, allowing four hits and three walks. Since moving back into the rotation, Santo is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and .214 average against. The right-hander posted an 0-2 mark with a 12.38 ERA and .323 batting average against as a reliever. He has held lefties to a .192 average this year.
Jesus Lopez began his Wizards career with a bang, hitting a two-run homer in four at bats. Lopez, signed as a free agent in July of 2004, is just 18. Last year, the Mexican native hit .236 with 12 doubles, three homers and 24 RBI's in 71 games for the Dominican Summer League Padres. In the field, Lopez handled five chances without an error and aided in a caught stealing.
Mark Roberts, a former eighth round pick of the Texas Rangers, also made his debut. In an inning and two-thirds, Roberts walked three and gave up one hit, leaving all runners stranded. The right-hander posted a 1.45 ERA over 18.2 innings of Midwest League play for Clinton last season. He also saw ten games of action in Double-A with Frisco, posting a 4.26 ERA. Roberts had been pitching for the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association this year, seeing action in two preseason games without allowing a run.