Jared Wells is human; Delabar matches Prior
Jared Wells

Posted Jun 4, 2006


Seven runs came across against an unusually wild Eric Junge. The fate was similar in Mobile for Jared Wells in his worst start of the year. Chase Headley smashed two out of the park. Nic Crosta doubled off Mark Prior and spoke on it after the game. He also added a homer. Steve Delabar bested Prior on the mound with scoreless ball.

Portland lost 11-1 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)

Eric Junge was pounded for seven runs on seven hits and five walks in three-plus innings, his second-worst outing of the year. He gave up two homers and the only other time he surrendered two long balls came in the only other game that he has given up more than four runs in a start. Those two games compromise all four homers he has surrendered. Junge had walked 11 batters in ten starts coming in. It should be noted that the opposition has hit .319 off him this season.

After going 2-for-5 on Friday, Manny Alexander went 0-for-5 on Saturday and saw his average drop to .211. He has 25 hits in his last 123 at bats and has gone hitless in seven of his last 11 games. The shortstop is hitting .170 when he bats in the leadoff spot and has a .171 average with runners in scoring position. He also has just one hit in 18 at bats with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Bobby Hill went 3-for-3 with a walk, his third three-hit night of the year. He has been on base in seven straight games. Hill is hitting .315 with the bases empty but has just five hits in 26 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .192 average. He came into the game with four hits in 27 at bats from the seventh spot in the order.

Mobile lost 7-2 to Jacksonville (Dodgers)

Jared Wells suffered his worst start of the year, giving up a season-high seven runs, five earned, on a season-high ten hits and five walks over 5.2 frames. The loss raised his ERA from 1.70 to 2.36. He had given up three runs total over his previous five starts. He has, however, walked three batters or more in five of his ten starts and eight over the last two.

Vince Sinisi went 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base from the leadoff spot. In five games batting leadoff, Sinisi is hitting .278. He pushed his on base streak to nine games in the process. While he pushed his average over .203 (to .224) for the first time this year, Sinisi does have a .337 on base percentage thanks to 13 walks in 21 games.

Bubba Nelson came on with the bases loaded and bailed out Wells from further damage, recording the final out of the inning. He has not allowed a hit the three times he has faced a batter with the bases juiced. His ERA as a reliever dropped to 2.10. He has given up earned runs in five of his 15 relief appearances this year. Nelson has also kept the opposition to a .171 average against with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore won 9-4 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)

Chase Headley had another perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two walks. Two of his hits left the park to give him seven on the year and he drove in four. His seven homers now lead the club and all have come since May 1. Since the start of May, Headley is hitting .309 with 23 RBI’s. His four RBI night tied a career high, originally set on July 22, 2005 while playing with Eugene.

Tim Brown went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI’s. He matched his career-high in RBI’s, originally set on May 7. The first baseman is hitting .343 over his last 31 games. He is also hitting .409 when he bats third in the lineup, as he did on Saturday. Brown has been on base ten times over his last four games and has not struck out during that span.

Mike Ekstrom gave up four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings but just one was earned. It marks the seventh time this year in 12 starts that he has surrendered one earned run or less and he has given up two earned runs or less in all but two starts. The opposition is hitting .270 off the right-hander this year and nine unearned runs have crossed the plate.

Brent Carter pitched an inning of relief in preparation of rejoining the starting rotation. He did not allow a hit during the stint.

Fort Wayne won 2-0 over Peoria (Cubs)

Steve Delabar knew he had to be better than good opposite Mark Prior and he was. He pitched scoreless ball over 6.2 innings on five hits and a walk. He struck out six en route to his fourth victory of the year and fourth in five starts. Delabar has given up five runs over his last 29.1 innings and has given up two runs or less in eight of his 11 starts.

Nic Crosta smoked a double off Prior to plate Seth Johnston, the sole run that they would get off the Cubs starter on a rehab assignment. Crosta also added a solo homer in the sixth, accounting for two of Fort Wayne’s five hits and he reached base a third time via a walk. Since the start of May, Crosta has reached base 55 times in 106 plate appearances, a .519 on base percentage.

“I just kind of dropped the head on it,” Crosta said of his hit off Prior. “I felt very fortunate. He is a tremendous athlete. I was elated to get a hit off him.”

John Madden notched his fourth save of the year and lowered his ERA to 0.95. The save was his first since May 16. He retired the side in order, the seventh time in 18 appearances that he has retired every batter he has faced. The opposition has just 14 hits in 74 at bats off Madden and right-handed hitters are batting .146 off him. In 19 innings of work, he has not given up an extra base hit.

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