Eric Junge lasted 3.2 innings before getting pulled but not before seven runs crossed the dish on ten hits and four walks – but earned a no-decision. It was the second time this year he gave up ten hits and third time he has given up seven runs or more. Junge has walked four or more in three straight games after not walking more than two in his first ten games. Junge has given up 16 runs over his last 13.2 innings.
Paul McAnulty sparked an eight run rally in the seventh inning with his ninth homer of the year, a two-run blast. He ended the night a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs scored, the first five-hit night of his career. His only gaffe was getting picked off first base. The last time he reached base five times in a game came on August 28 of last year when he had four hits and a walk. He is hitting .434 over his last 14 games.
Terrmel Sledge capped off the scoring with a two-out, three-run shot in the seventh, giving Portland the lead. Sledge went 2-for-5 on the night and has six RBI's over his last four games. The outfielder is hitting .291 in June after batting .250 over the first two months of the year. Sledge is hitting .316 with runners in scoring position and three of his four homers have come with men on base.
Mobile lost 5-2 to Montgomery (Devil Rays)
Jared Wells left the game after an inning of scoreless work. Wells, who already missed two starts in early May because of a hamstring, was pulled for a much better reason – he is being promoted to Portland. Wells will start on Saturday in place of Cesar Carrillo. Carrillo is now expected to be on the disabled list for a few weeks, as the team continues to take every precaution with their first round pick of a year ago. Carrillo had an MRI taken on his right arm and the late results could have been the factor in allowing Wells to pitch one inning. Wells will, therefore, have a chance to make the move permanent. No word was available on who will replace him in Mobile.
Bubba Nelson gave up a run on three hits in two innings of work. It is the 11th time in 22 appearances he has surrendered a run but the second time over his last eight. Despite allowing 25 runs in 43 innings, Nelson has kept the opposition to a .174 average against with runners in scoring position. Fifteen of his runs against have come as a starter and he boasts a 2.08 ERA in 19 relief appearances. Nelson also picked off a runner at first base on Wednesday.
Michael Johnson was the only BayBear to reach base twice. He hit a solo homer and drew a walk. The first baseman has hit just .179 through 12 June games after hitting .264 in May. Since May 20, he has hits in back-to-back games on two occasions. A left-handed hitter, Johnson has struggled against righties to the tune of a .183 average. After striking out 11 times in 18 at bats, Johnson has gone two games without whiffing.
Lake Elsinore lost 2-0 to Visalia (Devil Rays)
Mike Ekstrom, the leading candidate to replace Wells in Mobile, went six innings and surrendered one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. He took the loss, his fourth of the year against seven wins and has earned a decision in six straight. Ekstrom has given up two earned runs over his last four starts, spanning 28.1 innings. The California League All-Star has given up two runs or less in eight of his 14 starts and two earned runs or less in 12.
Nic Crosta accounted for two of the Storm's four hits, singling and doubling in four at bats. Six of his ten hits over seven games with the Storm have gone for extra base hits and Wednesday marked the fourth time he has recorded a multi-hit game. He has reached base in 15 straight games, dating back to his time in the Midwest League. The only thing he hasn't done since joining Lake Elsinore is hit with men in scoring position, going 1-for-8.
Sean Kazmar went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .233, the lowest it has been since the third game of the year. The second baseman is in a 6-for-43 slump over his last 12 games, a .140 average. After striking out 23 times in his first 46 games, Kazmar has averaged one whiff per game in his last 12. His last extra base hit came on May 23, a span of 20 games. He was dropped from second to seventh in the order.
Fort Wayne had the night off