Ben Johnson returned to Portland with a bang. After a 2-for-4 night, Johnson came up with two on and two outs in the ninth, Portland down by a run. He proceeded to launch one over the centerfield fence for the game winner. Johnson was just sent down from San Diego after netting seven hits in 35 at bats, a .200 batting average. Johnson hit .312 with 25 homers and 83 RBI's in 107 games for Portland last year.
After hitting eight homers and swatting .379 in April, Justin Leone entered the game without a homer and a .178 average in 12 May games. He rebounded nicely with two solo homers to push him into the Pacific Coast League lead in the category. With 32 RBI's he is one off the pace in the league. Leone did leave the bases loaded in the first inning.
Jack Cassel did some damage with his bat on Monday, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He had one hit in six at bats entering the game. On the mound, Cassel allowed four runs on five hits and a season-high four walks over six innings. He has given up seven runs over his first three starts, a 3.44 ERA as opposed to the 6.59 ERA he posted as a reliever.
Mobile lost 4-0 to Jacksonville (Dodgers)
Jose Oyervidez took his fourth loss of the year, lasting 4.1 innings and surrendering four runs, tying a season-high with seven hits and setting a new high for the year with five walks. He had escaped disaster until a three-run blast in the fifth. Oyervidez has walked nine over the last 6.1 innings and has walked three or more in six straight starts. Yet, the righty has allowed four or more runs in three of his eight outings.
Bubba Nelson pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to give him 6.2 in a row as a reliever. Nelson walked two and gave up two hits but has limited the opposition to a .231 average on the year and a .205 mark when used in relief. He has posted a 2.28 ERA in 11 relief appearances as opposed to his 11.05 ERA in two starts. He has limited batters to six hits in 34 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Mobile was shutout for the fifth time in 38 games. They have won just 12 games this year and were ten games back in their division entering the day. While they lead the Southern League in walks, they are last in strikeouts, third from the bottom in runs scored, second worst in hits, and their eight team stolen bases are 41 off the lead. They are hitting .234 on the year, third from the bottom, and ironically were one of only two teams to have more than one .300 hitter until George Kottaras went 0-for-4 to dip below.
Lake Elsinore won 8-6 over Inland Empire (Mariners)
Leo Rosales notched the win, pitching two innings of scoreless ball, striking out three.
Brent Carter gave up 11 hits – and that wasn't a season-high for the left-hander. Five runs crossed the plate against Carter in five innings as he came into the game without a run allowed in 14 straight frames. Carter has been hot and cold this year, giving up 19 of his 25 runs in three of his eight starts. He has given up eight hits or more in four of his outings.
Skip Adams went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI's, his third three-hit night of the year and first multi-RBI night. He has more three-hit nights than two hit nights this year (two). The shortstop has three homers in the month of May after netting one in 21 April games. Over his last six games, Adams is 8-for-23.
Jeremy Cleveland went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. It is the sixth time in 14 May games that Cleveland has notched a multi-hit game, giving him a .304 average this month. The outfielder had scored just one run in his previous six games. Cleveland is hitting .386 with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne won 5-1 over Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)
The Wizards came into the fifth inning looking for their first hit of the game and got it from Daryl Jones. The first baseman launched a solo homer to left field. It was the lone hit of the day for the slugging first baseman. His six homers lead the club and are twice as many as any other member of the team. He also netted his 24th RBI to tie for the team lead with Seth Johnston.
Joel Santo allowed one run over six innings on five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high seven to pick up his third straight victory since rejoining the starting rotation. He is sporting a 1.59 ERA over his three starts with three runs allowed in 17 innings. Santo had given up 12 runs, 11 earned, in eight innings of relief work.
Nathan Staggs pitched a perfect eighth inning, the first time in four appearances that he has faced the minimum. While the opposition is hitting .296 off him, he has given up just one hit in seven at bats with runners in scoring position. With the bases empty, the opposition is batting .417 off him.