Portland lost 4-3 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)
Dirk Hayhurst gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.2 innings, a spot start in place of Cesar Carrillo. Leaving the game with the bases juiced in the fifth – of which no runners scored. Hayhurst gave up two dingers – he had given up three in 59 innings with the Storm – it was, however, his second multi-homer game against. He has now lost five straight games, four coming in California League play.
Terrmel Sledge snapped a 0-for-13 slump, going 3-for-5 with two RBI’s. He also added his second stolen base of the year. The outfielder actually has four multi-hit games in his last eight. Despite reaching base 13 times during the month of June, Sledge has scored just one run. He has whiffed in four of his last 13 games. Sledge has just one extra base hit in his last 15 games.
Ben Johnson doubled in five at bats, striking out four times. He has just seven hits in his last 49 at bats, a .143 average. He had begun his Portland tour with a .348 average in 13 May games. The outfielder had not whiffed more than two times in a game before Monday. He is hitting .143 with runners in scoring position, netting four hits in 28 at bats.
Mobile had the night off
Lake Elsinore had the night off
Fort Wayne lost 4-3 to Cedar Rapids (Angels)
For the first time in more than a year (May 29, 2005), Joel Santo went eight innings in his start. He gave up two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four. It is the third time in eight starts he has given up four hits or less but for the fifth game in a row he has walked three or more. While the leadoff man in an inning has a .500 on base percentage, he has kept the average against down to .213 with runners in scoring position.
Extending his hit streak to seven games, Nick Hundley went 3-for-3 with two homers and all three Wizard RBI’s. It was his first multi-homer game as a professional and he has three homers in the last two games and all four of his bombs have come over a six game span. All four of his homers have been solo shots. Hundley is 10-for-24 over his hitting streak with RBI’s in five of his last six games. Hundley also nabbed both runners that attempted to steal on him.
John Madden blew his second save of the year, giving up a two-out, two run blast that ended the game. It was the first homer he had allowed this year, coming in his 22nd appearance. Madden has allowed runs in two of his last three games after giving up runs in three of his first 19. Lefties are hitting .303 off him and have accounted for the only two extra base hits he has surrendered while righties have hit just .143.