Bobby Hill began the game with a solo homer to start what would be a 16-hit barrage for Portland. He ended the day 2-for-4 with two RBI's to break an 0-for-11 slump. The last four games where he has recorded a hit have actually turned out to be multi-hit games. Those are, however, the only games during the month of May that he has hits in, going 9-for-39 after hitting .290 in April.
Jason Hill launched a three-run blast as part of a 3-for-5 night with four RBI's. You have to go back to July 11, 2002 to find a night that Hill knocked in that many runs. Hill is batting .345 over eight May games after hitting .211 in April. He has six RBI's in his last three games and is striking out once every 10.75 at bats.
Tim Stauffer pitched his best game of the year on Friday to pick up his first win since April 16. In his longest outing to date, the righty went seven innings and did not allow a run, yielding five hits and walking one. Stauffer had given up three runs or more in each of his previous six starts and four or more in five of eight overall coming in. He retired eight in a row to open the game before the opposing pitcher netted a single.
Mobile won 5-3 over West Tenn (Cubs)
Jared Wells returned from the disabled list to toss four innings of one run ball, allowing five hits and walking three. The right-hander has yet to allow more than three runs in a start and has held to two or less in six of seven starts, although two have been short outings. He has also allowed five hits or less in all but one of his outings. It is, however, the third time he has walked three or more in a start.
Vince Sinisi had the hit that mattered, a double that cleared the bases, raising his average above .100 for just the second time since joining Mobile. He was dropped to seventh in the order for the first time this year. As a reward, however, Sinisi was then picked off second base. The left-handed hitter whiffed in his three other at bats and has gone down by way of the strikeout five times in his last nine at bats.
Dale Thayer picked up his seventh save of the year, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one. The righty has made things interesting this year, giving up a baserunner in all but four of his 16 appearances as the opposition has hit .299 off him. He has, however, given up runs in just four of those outings.
Michael Johnson was hit by two pitches – that is one way to keep him from driving in runs.
Lake Elsinore won 10-2 over High Desert (Royals)
For the third straight night, Javis Diaz has recorded a three-hit night. It is the fifth time in nine games that he has a multi-hit game and he has scored eight runs over the nine-game span. The speedy outfielder has not been able to find a way to use his speed on the basepaths. He did not attempt a steal on Friday and has just three attempts this year, getting caught twice.
Chase Headley went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. They were the first runs he scored in ten days yet he does have a six-game hitting streak going. Despite reaching base 58 times over 38 games with the Storm, Headley has scored just 14 runs. His 11 doubles are one off the team lead and he is hitting .291 during the month of May after a .238 April.
Mike Ekstrom won his third straight decision, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks. Ekstrom has allowed two runs or less in five of his nine starts and two earned runs or less in eight. Lefties are hitting .222 off him this year but he has given up six hits or more in six of nine games with righties hitting .303 off him.
Fort Wayne won 9-4 over Dayton (Reds)
Nic Crosta homered for the second time in three games, drove in two runs and scored three on a 2-for-4 night with a walk. The outfielder has driven in six runs over his last four games and 14 during 15 May games while hitting .396 for the month. He is hitting an even .500 with runners in scoring position – 13-for-26 with four doubles, a triple, and two homers.
Fabian Jimenez had his longest outing in nearly a year, going seven innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out five. The last time the lefty pitched seven full innings was on May 31 last year, his only game with seven or more innings thrown. Jimenez did have his scoreless streak snapped but picked up his fourth straight win and has a 0.78 ERA in May after posting a 5.03 mark in April. He has given up four or fewer hits in six of his eight starts.
Mike Sansoe extended his on base streak to 15 games with Fort Wayne, going 2-for-5 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Sansoe has scored a run in 11 of his last 13 games and has also drawn a walk in 11 of his past 13. The outfielder also added a stolen base, his eighth in ten attempts. He has a .397 on base percentage this year but has hit just .179 off right-handed pitching.