Four extra base hits in the opening frame led to three earned runs off Seth Etherton. He threw scoreless ball over the next five innings on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. Eighteen of the 44 hits Etherton has allowed have gone for extra bases this year with seven leaving the park in eight starts. It is his sixth straight start allowing three runs or less.
Portland managed just two hits on the day, one a solo homer from Jack Cust. He was the only Beaver to reach base twice, drawing a walk on a 1-for-3 night. Cust has drawn a walk in 27 of his 36 games this year and has been on base safely in 22 straight. He bested the mark of 21 set by Bobby Hill earlier this year and the current streak is tied for third best in the PCL this season. Seventeen of Cust's 31 hits have gone for extra bases.
Since going 3-for-4 on May 10, Terrmel Sledge has gone into an 0-for-17 slump, including 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday. Sledge has whiffed 16 times in 70 at bats but 13 have come at home where he is hitting .174. Sledge has just five hits in 43 at bats in right field, where he has been the past four nights, but 10-for-23 when he plays in left field. He is also 1-for-23 when he bats fifth in the order.
Mobile won 11-10 over Jacksonville (Dodgers)
Jared Wells, who injured his hamstring just over a week ago, threw a side session on Tuesday but he remains day-to-day.
Roger Deago was pounded for seven runs on seven hits and five walks over the first three innings of the afternoon matinee. His five walks doubled the total he amassed over his first 31.2 innings. Deago entered the game with just seven runs allowed in his first four starts of the year. Down 8-1, Mobile roared back to prevent the lefty from taking the loss.
Vince Sinisi recorded his first RBI as a member of the BayBears, a single to score pitcher Ryan Trytten who walked to open the fifth inning. Prior to the hit, Sinisi had been 1-for-16 in the Padres' system and it turned out to be his only hit of the night. Tuesday marked the third time he has played left field.
Michael Johnson, fresh off the disabled list, came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning with two outs and two men on with the BayBears down by two. A ground ball slid past a diving first baseman to drive in a run, his first RBI of the year. It was the fifth two-out run of the inning for Mobile and they ended up scoring six such runs. An inning later, Johnson came up with the bases loaded and delivered a single to give him three RBI's on the night.
Chris O'Riordan also returned from the disabled list and grounded out in his pinch-hit opportunity.
Doug Dascenzo, soon to be managing the Eugene Emeralds, was in Mobile to work with the outfielders on their defense. With the team charting where a particular player hits the ball, Dascenzo stressed the importance of knowing where they don't hit it. In essence, there is no reason to position the fielder in a spot that a player never hits the ball to.
Lake Elsinore won 2-0 over Inland Empire (Mariners)
Cesar Ramos pitched five-plus innings, pulled after allowing two runners to reach base at the same time in the same inning for the first time in the game. His final tally showed three hits, a season-high four walks and no runs as he earned his first win of the year. Ramos has given up one earned run in his last three starts, a span of 18 innings. The lefty had walked just six batters over his first 39 innings of work entering the game.
Javis Diaz went 3-for-4 and was the only member of the Storm to net an extra base hit, tripling in a run in the fourth inning. It was his second triple of the year to tie for the team lead. He collected six triples last season. The two RBI's Diaz has amassed this season have both come on triples as he remains 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Diaz, who has played in 14 games for the Storm, has collected three multi-hit games this year.
Leo Rosales pitched a scoreless sixth and held two inherited runners from scoring while whiffing two. It was his third appearance for the Storm and he has pitched to two over the minimum in four innings, thanks to a walk and an error. In his 13 games with Mobile, Rosales pitched to the minimum amount of hitters in just one outing.
Fort Wayne won 5-3 over Dayton (Reds)
Nick Hundley reached base in each of his four plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. Five of his last seven hits have been doubles, coming over a six game span. It was the second time this year he has reached base four times in a game. Hundley is hitting .294 during the month of May after batting .221 in April. He has also walked nine times in his last ten games while striking out seven times. With a lone RBI on Tuesday, he has knocked in a run in five of his last seven games.
Steve Delabar picked up his second win of the year, coming in successive starts. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits while tying a season-high with four walks. It is the fourth time he has given up four hits or fewer and the fourth time he has walked three or more. Delabar has not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his eight starts.
Mike Baxter extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk. He is 15-for-29 over the life of the streak with four straight multi-hit games. His 24 runs scored are tied for the team lead and Baxter added his sixth stolen base in seven attempts. In five games batting leadoff, Baxter is 9-for-22 with three walks and five runs scored.