Portland won 8-3 over Memphis (Cardinals)
Terrmel Sledge smashed two homers and drove in four runs on a night when he reached base three times and scored three runs. He came into the game in a 0-for-17 slump that had dropped his average from .283 to .214 and Thursday was the first time he batted seventh in the order. It is his fifth multi-RBI game of the year. His last two-homer game came on August 2, 2000 and that year he had two multi-homer games.
Eric Junge allowed three runs over five innings to win his third straight. He gave up eight hits and walked one. The righty has given up five runs in his last three starts. The opposition has hit .313 off him this year and that number goes up to .348 with runners on base. Junge does have a 8.05 ERA on the road as opposed to his 1.47 ERA at home.
Jason Anderson pitched two scoreless innings to earn his fist save of the year. The reliever notched ten saves during the 2005 season and has 30 in his career. With his night on Thursday, Anderson dropped his May ERA to 0.82. The righty has given up one run over his last 11 appearances, spanning 14 innings. He has given up eight hits over that span. He has given up six hits in 29 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Mobile lost 3-2 to West Tennessee (Cubs) in ten innings
Chris O’Riordan went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an run scored in his third game back from the disabled list. The doubles were his first extra base hits of the year. The former Stanford walk-on from La Jolla, California had battled a right knee injury that wiped out the 2004 and 2005 season. While playing for Clinton of the Midwest League in 2003, O’Riordan hit .326 over 48 games.
One inning of wildness from Cesar Carrillo led to his only two runs against over six innings. Carrillo allowed two of his three walks, hit a batter, and one of his three hits in the second inning. A bases loaded no outs situation was held in check by the righty after he walked in one of the two runs. He has, incidentally, held the opposition to a .195 average against with runners in scoring position. It is the seventh time in nine starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less but nine of his 15 walks have come over his last four.
Consecutive errors to open the tenth inning on Ryan Meaux led to the Mobile loss. A fielding error was followed by a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt and led to the unearned run. It was the first run he has given up in five appearances, dating back to his time with Portland. He is holding the opposition to .167 average but has walked four with Mobile. Ten of his 13 walks have come over his last eight appearances.
Lake Elsinore had the night off
Fort Wayne lost 5-0, 4-3 to Dayton (Reds)
Josh Geer had been cruising through five innings, allowing just a run on a solo blast. The sixth turned strange. On four successive pitches Geer surrendered a single, a sacrifice bunt that was thrown into centerfield and originally ruled as a hit, a screaming liner that got hung up under the bullpen bench in right field and went for a triple to score two runs, followed by a double to end Geer’s night. His final tally was five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk.
A two-out, 2-0 double by William Venable ended up being the only hit and only baserunner that Fort Wayne would muster in game one. Venable also added a hit and an RBI in the nightcap. Venable has been in a slump of late, hitting .231 during the month of May after getting out to a .355 start in April.
Greg Burke made his first start of the year in game two. Burke lasted four innings and gave up two runs on four hits in taking the loss, his second of the year over two leagues. After making 12 appearances with Lake Elsinore and posting a 5.79 ERA, Burke has a 3.38 ERA over eight innings with Fort Wayne. Burke had one start last year with Atlantic City of the Independent League.