Portland won 8-2 over Sacramento (A’s) in ten innings
Tim Stauffer was on the hook for two runs on five hits and a season-high four walks over 7.1 innings. He has given up nine runs over his last five starts and hasn’t given up a long ball since April 28. Stauffer began the year with a 6.00 ERA over his first five starts but has a 3.51 mark over his last eight. Saturday was the fourth time he has given up two runs or less in a start.
A day after Cla Meredith took part in history, he allowed two inherited runners to score to blow the shutout attempt for Stauffer. His line read scoreless ball over 1.2 innings and he ended up with the win, his third of the year. Meredith has not allowed a run over his last nine outings, spanning 13.1 innings. Over that time he has given up ten hits and one walk while striking out ten.
Aquilino Lopez, also part of the perfect game the night before, finished off the game with a scoreless frame – in what was the Beavers fourth extra inning game in the last five. Lopez has given up five hits to 36 batters leading off an inning but the opposition is hitting .355 off him with runners in scoring position. He has given up runs in 13 of his 28 appearances this year.
Mobile lost 7-3 to Tennessee (Diamondbacks)
Coming into the game in a 3-for-32 funk, Drew Macias collected four hits in as many at bats to give him more hits in one day than he had in his previous nine games. The outfielder, now manning centerfield on a regular basis after beginning the year in left, also added a stolen base, his second of the year in nine attempts. Macias is hitting .241 when in center, compared to the .314 mark he hit while playing left field.
John Hudgins came into the game with six runs allowed over his first five starts with Mobile – and that total doubled on Saturday. He surrendered the six runs on eight hits and a walk, giving up his first two homers since joining Mobile. Hudgins had given up six runs during his May 2 start with Okalahoma – and he gave up two homers in that game as well. He has yielded just one other homer on the year.
Vince Sinisi went 2-for-5 with a run scored, batting leadoff. The outfielder has turned the corner at the plate after hitting .200 over 18 games in May. Sinisi sports a .294 average over ten games in June and is hitting .286 when he mans the leadoff spot in the lineup. He is hitting .304 against left-handed pitching and .211 against righties. Sinisi has been on base in 15 of the last 16 games.
Lake Elsinore lost 4-3 to High Desert (Royals) in ten innings
Brent Carter pitched shutout ball over six innings, holding High Desert to four hits and striking out three while not walking a batter. It has been feast or famine for Carter over his last six starts with three of those outings netting scoreless ball and the other three showing four runs or more on his ledger. Carter has given up two runs or less in five of his starts and Saturday was the fourth time he did not walk a batter in a start.
Neil Jamison not only blew his second save of the year, failing to protect a three-run lead, but he also earned the loss in the next inning when a fourth run scored. After securing 14 straight saves over two leagues, Jamison has blown two of his last four chances. Jamison was charged with four runs, three earned, on three hits and a walk. He has given up runs in six of his 24 outings with the Storm.
Ryan Klatt pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up two hits, but earning his 11th hold of the year. He has tossed scoreless ball in 21 of his 30 outings this year and has been especially effective away from home – giving up two runs in nine road appearances opposed to the 14 runs he has surrendered at the Diamond. Klatt does have a 4.91 ERA in June after posting a 2.51 ERA in May.
Fort Wayne lost 8-3 to Cedar Rapids (Angels)
Grant Varnell took his sixth loss of the season and fifth in his last seven starts, giving up eight runs, three earned, on nine hits and a walk while tying his longest outing of the year, six innings. The right-hander has been tagged by left-handed hitting as they have swatted .358 off him. Varnell has only had three outings where he has given up more than three runs in a start.
Mark Roberts pitched two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out two. In four of his last five outings he has not given up a hit, holding the opposition to a .143 average against during that span. He has walked a batter in three straight games but does have nine strikeouts over his last eight innings of work and has whiffed 24 in 18 frames on the season. He has given up runs in three of his 14 appearances since joining the Wizards. Roberts has held the opposition to a .200 average with runners on base.
Mike Baxter went 2-for-4 to raise his average for the month from .103 to .152. He came into the game with three hits in his last 31 at bats over his last nine games. For the 28th time this year, Baxter was hitting third in the order – a spot that has seen him hit .219. The outfielder is hitting .258 on the road and just .188 at home. He is also hitting just .196 with runners on base.