Portland lost 10-6 to Tucson (Diamondbacks)
Woody Williams was pounded in 2.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. The right-hander, on a rehab assignment from San Diego, had not allowed a hit in three innings of work for Lake Elsinore on June 21.
Tim Stauffer piggybacked Williams, coming on in the third to get the final out with a runner on base. He would give up four runs, three earned, on nine hits and a walk in 5.1 innings of work. The right-hander served up two long balls and has given up five over his last three games. It is the third time this year he has yielded a multi-homer game. It is also the sixth time this year he has given up eight hits or more in a game. While the opposition is hitting .299 off him this year, he has limited hitters to a .235 mark with runners in scoring position.
Bobby Hill went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, his sixth multi-hit game in 14 June contests. The second baseman is hitting .352 for the month with 19 hits in 54 at bats. He has an RBI in five of his last seven games and is hitting .289 with runners in scoring position. Hill has batted in six different positions within the lineup, finding his most success when he hits ninth in the order. He is hitting .421 in ten games from the nine spot.
Mobile lost game one 2-0 to Montgomery (Devil Rays), lost game two 6-3
With both teams tossing blanks through five it became a contest of who would blink first. That happened in the sixth when Mike Ekstrom was touched for two runs – the lone runs of the game. He ended his night with a complete game, tossing the full six innings, giving up five hits and not walking a batter to take his second loss in as many starts for Mobile. He has, however, given up just three earned runs, five total, in his two outings, and has surrendered five earned runs over his last six starts dating back to his time with Lake Elsinore.
Mobile managed just two hits in the front half of the doubleheader, one apiece for Drew Macias and Stephen Smitherman. Both had identical lines in the second game, ending their nights with three hits in five at bats. Macias added an RBI, his eighth in the last six games. He is 8-for-18 over that span.
Bubba Nelson came on with two inherited runners on base in the fifth inning of game two and allowed both to score as well as two of his own while not recording an out. He gave up three walks, tying a season-high, and a double before exiting the game with his fifth loss. He came into the game with a 0.90 ERA over the month of June and had given up runs in three of his last 14 appearances. He also had a 1.86 ERA as a reliever this season for Mobile with a .201 average against.
Lake Elsinore had the night off
Fort Wayne won 10-3 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Matt Bush got his first hit of the year, a single that drove in a run in the fourth inning and added another knock in four at bats. He had begun the year 0-for-7 at the dish as he comes back from a broken leg. Bush hit .221 with 100 hits in 453 at bats in 126 games for Fort Wayne last year. The shortstop has not made an error this year in five games after making 38 errors last year.
The hot hitting for Nick Hundley continued on Monday as the catcher collected two hits in four trips, knocking in four runs. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the process, the top mark in the system this year after surpassing the mark of 13 by teammate Seth Johnston. His four RBI’s are the highest mark of the season for the catcher with the only other time he knocked in that many coming on July 7, 2005 while with Eugene. In his last 13 games, Hundley is hitting .396 with 17 RBI’s.
Fabian Jimenez walked a season-high six but ended his night with two runs allowed over seven innings of work, the second time this year he has gone seven. He yielded four hits and struck out two, evening his record at 5-5. Jimenez won five games over 27 games, 26 starts, last season. The left-hander has walked four or more in six of his 13 starts. He has limited the opposition to 14 hits in 67 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Eugene lost 6-4 to Spokane (Rangers)
Ernesto Frieri got his first start of the year and recorded all three of his first inning outs by way of the strikeout, although an unearned run did cross the dish. His night ended after 3.2 innings with four runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk on his ledger. He surrendered a homer, something he hadn’t done in 46.1 innings with Peoria last season – although he did give up one blast in his 3.1 innings with Lake Elsinore. He has not given up more than one jack in any year, including the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The right-hander has given up eight runs, four earned, in 9.1 innings over two leagues this year.
Casey Smith was perfect on the night, going 3-for-3 with two walks, giving him five hits and four walks through four games. It was the first time in his professional career that he has reached base five times in the same game. The first baseman reached base 16 times in 25 games last year with Eugene and never reached base more than twice in the same game. After hitting .357 with 11 extra base hits and 18 RBI’s in 21 games for the AZL Padres, Smith hit .101 for the Emeralds.
Nick Tucci, a 24th round selection in this year’s draft out of Uconn, made his fifth relief appearance of the year, giving up a hit but not allowing a run. The right-hander has given up a hit in each of his appearances this year but has yet to surrender a run in 5.2 innings. An All-Big East First Team selection, Tucci won nine games for the Huskies, posting a 3.67 ERA over 83.1 innings in his return from Tommy John surgery the year before. He won nine straight games during one stretch of the season.
AZL Padres lost 14-9 to AZL Athletics
Tyler Mead, a 17th round pick out of Skyview (Wash.) High School made his system debut, tossing 3.2 innings of two run ball on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Mead was 5-3 with a 3.55 ERA this past season. An All-GHSL selection, the right-hander struck out 49 in 51.1 innings while walking 24. The opposition hit .253 off him. “Raw high school kid with life in his arm,” Grady Fuson, the Padres’ vice president of scouting and player development, said after he was selected in the 2006 MLB Draft.
After getting out of a jam, stranding two inherited runners in the fourth, Pascual Juan would not punch another out onto his card for the day. He faced five batters in the fifth and all reached base and eventually scored. He gave up two hits, walked two, hit a batter, and tossed a wild pitch. Juan, 20, had a 2.97 ERA in 39.1 innings with the DSL Padres last year. We walked 20 and struck out 28 with the opposition hitting .278 off him. Pitching coach Dave Rajisch, in Peoria to mentor those in extended spring and who stay on with the squad, has raved about his potential.
Outfielder Yancarlo Angulo notched his first hit stateside and ended the day in perfection, going 1-for-1 with a run scored, an RBI and four walks. He earned an outfield assist when he gunned the ball to Ali Solis who made the relay throw to get the runner at third. Angulo hit .218 last year for the DSL Padres with 22 hits in 101 at bats over 38 games. He scored 17 runs, showed some patience with 20 walks and whiffed 32 times. He also stole nine bags in 13 attempts.