Ryan Meaux got a spot start, his first of the year, and pitched exceptionally well, tossing four innings of scoreless ball without allowing a hit and striking out four. He combined with Aquilino Lopez and Cla Meredith to notch a seven-inning perfect game. Meaux came into the game with 29 runs allowed over 21.1 innings with Triple-A Portland on 43 hits and 10 walks. All but the innings pitched stayed the same. Since returning to Portland from Mobile, Meaux has an ERA of 2.00.
It was the first perfect game in Portland Beavers' history – a span that runs 91 years - and the seventh perfect game in the history of the Pacific Coast League..
With a chance at a seven-inning complete game one-hitter, Eric Junge trotted to the mound in the bottom of the seventh and gave up a single and homer two the first two batters, tying the game. He ended up giving up the two runs on three hits over seven. It is the sixth time he has given up five hits or fewer but he has surrendered three homers over the last two games. Junge has given up two runs or less in seven of his 12 starts.
Jim Brower blew his second save in as many days, giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth on five hits in a third of an inning. This came after Jon Knott delivered a two-run single in the top of the set to give Portland the lead. The right-hander has given up six runs over his last inning and a third on eight hits and two walks. He has now surrendered a run in three straight outings and the opposition is hitting at a .579 clip off him.
Jon Knott's single in the ninth inning gave him four RBI's over the last two games. He followed it up by going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the nightcap to give him five RBI's over the last three. Knott has seven hits in his last 14 at bats. The slugger is hitting .306 for the year with runners in scoring position and his 39 RBI's rank second on the team.
Mobile won 6-5 over Tennessee (Diamondbacks)
Joey Gomes doubled twice in five at bats, netting three RBI's. He entered the game with one double and three RBI's over his first eight games. For Gomes, it was his third multi-hit game. Four of his eight hits this year have come with runners in scoring position. He is 4-for-19 with the bases empty.
Roger Deago gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk over six innings of work. The lefty has a 3.80 ERA as a starter with a .195 average against in eight starts, as opposed to his 7.00 ERA and .333 average against in relief work. He has given more than five hits in a start just once this year and Friday was the fifth time he allowed two runs or less.
Chris O'Riordan reached base all four times he came to the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks. It is the first time this year he has reached base four times – the last occurring on August 28, 2003. This was just the second multi-hit game of the year for the infielder. He has reached base six times over the last two games and is hitting .263 over nine June games after hitting .179 in April and May.
Lake Elsinore won 3-2 over High Desert (Royals)
Colt Morton hit a 400-foot bomb, a two-run blast – his first homer since April 18 – and added a double in four at bats. Over 32 games, Morton has collected three homers while adding 11 doubles. The catcher has hits in three straight games after coming back from a minor setback in his recovery from an injury. All of his jacks have come off left-handed pitching, where he is hitting .316. He is, however, batting just .179 with runners in scoring position.
Yordany Ramirez came into the game with four hits over his first 11 games. Friday night, he doubled that total. The outfielder went 4-for-4 and his double in the eighth inning scored the winning run. He has hits in consecutive games for the first time this year. Six of his eight hits have come with the bases empty and he is 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position – with one of those hits coming on Friday.
It was just the second time this year that Evan Meek made it through six innings, the first time happening on May 14. Meek gave up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out seven. It is the 11th time in 13 starts he has given up two earned runs or less. Meek has given up for hits or fewer in seven of his starts but has walked three or more in six outings.
Fort Wayne won 6-1 over West Michigan (Devil Rays)
Masterful over eight frames, Josh Geer extended his scoreless streak to 18.1 innings. He allowed four hits, hit a batter, walked one and struck out six. He hasn't allowed a run since his third inning of work on May 29 and the opposition is hitting .167 off him over his last 15 frames. Before tossing two straight scoreless games, Geer had given up four runs or more in six of his previous eight starts. He has lowered his ERA from 4.44 to 3.43.
Will Venable went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI. The outfielder is fourth in the Midwest League in batting, one of just nine batters who are hitting over .300. He also leads the team in on base percentage and runs scored. He is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak and is hitting .353 over his last ten games. Venable has knocked in a run in four of his last five games.
Kyle Blanks was hit by his team-leading seventh pitch of the season and drew two walks while scoring twice. In the three games surrounding his ejection, Blanks has reached base nine times. Blanks is second on the team with a .409 on base percentage, good for fourth best in the league. The first baseman is hitting just .219 over his last 11 games, dropping his average from .326 to .036.