Knott, Cruz among league leaders

John Hudgins debuts in Portland and is backed by Jon Knott and Bobby Hill. Luis Cruz hits the first Mobile slam of the year but it means little in a loss. Neil Jamison blows his second straight save opportunity. Greg Burke is smacked around for the second time in a row. Second round pick Wade LeBlanc is hit hard. Drew Miller and Jose Ceda are impressive as Justin Pickett debuts.

Portland won 13-7 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

John Hudgins made his debut with Portland and picked up the win, allowing four runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out four over five frames. The right-hander made seven appearances for the Oklahoma Redhawks of the Pacific Coast League prior to the trade to San Diego. He was 1-1 with a 6.38 ERA over 18.1 innings, as the opposition hit .533 off him with runners in scoring position. Hudgins was also 1-for-2 at the plate with a sacrifice.

Jon Knott was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a homer, and three RBI's. He extended his hitting streak to six games where he has gone 12-for-25 with nine runs scored and ten RBI's. He has hit three homers in his last six games and his three RBI's give him a share of the PCL lead with 59. Knott is hitting .351 with runners in scoring position.

In his first 62 games, Bobby Hill hadn't driven in more than two in a game or more than two in successive games. On Sunday, the second baseman knocked in five, going 3-for-5 with two doubles. His one game total was more than he had in either April or May. Hill is hitting .324 over his last 19 games with 14 RBI's and eight doubles. He has, however, scored just one run in his last 11 games.

Mobile lost 7-4 to Birmingham (White Sox)

Luis Cruz smashed the first grand slam of the year for Mobile and collected three hits in four at bats. It is the third straight multi-hit effort for the second baseman and five of his seven hits over that span have gone for extra bases. Cruz is tied for the Southern League lead in doubles with 28 and his 39 extra base hits rank second in the league. Cruz is also fourth in the league with 48 RBI's.

Ryan Klatt made his debut for the BayBears, allowing one run on one hit while striking out two in 2.2 innings and allowing an inherited runner to score. The right-hander had not gone more than two innings in his 36 appearances with the Storm. Over the month of June, Klatt had a 1.86 ERA and .237 average against for Lake Elsinore. He had gone nine straight without allowing an earned run.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-4 to High Desert (Royals)

Dave Roberts went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in his rehab stint with the Storm.

Neil Jamison blew his fourth save of the year and second in a row. He was charged with two unearned runs on one hits and a walk while striking out two. An errant throw from Colt Morton led to the runs. He has given up six runs over his last two outings, equaling the amount of runs he had surrendered over his previous 18 appearances. Jamison has given up just five hits in 40 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Chris Jaile gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. The right-hander has now made six starts for Lake Elsinore, going 1-2 with a 5.04 ERA in 30.1 innings. The opposition is hitting .300 off him, compared to the .265 mark he has as a reliever. The opposition is hitting .343 off him with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Fort Wayne lost 10-1 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)

After giving up six runs over his first four starts, Greg Burke has surrendered 14 over his last two. He was tagged for eight runs, six earned, while matching his season-high with ten hits allowed and walking one. His tally over his last 9.1 innings is 14 runs, ten earned, on 20 hits and two walks. Burke has a 4.31 ERA as a starter with a .300 average against compared to his 2.87 ERA as a reliever with a .268 average against.

Kyle Blanks accounted for two of Fort Wayne's three hits on the night and amassed the only RBI. After hitting .327 in his first 40 games, Blanks tanked with a .216 June. A right-handed hitter, Blanks is hitting just .239 off lefties but .302 off righties. The first baseman is hitting .245 when he bats cleanup, as he did on Sunday, but .337 when he bats elsewhere in the lineup.

Eugene lost 5-3 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Matt Buschmann took his first loss of the season, allowing just one run over 4.1 innings on five hits. He did not walk a batter, plunked one, and struck out three. After compiling a 3.38 ERA as a reliever in his first two outings of the year, Buschmann has posted a 2.89 ERA in his last two as a starter. The opposition is hitting .286 off him in both cases and lefties and righties also have the same .286 average. He has, however, given up just one hit in 17 at bats with runners in scoring position.

After getting the win in his debut outing, Wade LeBlanc was touched for four runs on four hits and a walk in an inning and a third. After putting down the side in order in appearance number one in the system, four of eight hitters connected for a hit with two netting extra base hits.

Jon Kirby pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit and a walk in his Northwest League debut. Kirby had been jettisoned to Fort Wayne prior to the Eugene season beginning. He posted a 2.45 ERA over three appearances with the Wizards, holding the opposition to a .200 average and one run over 3.2 innings. He did, however, walk six, including three the last time he took the hill. Kirby did allow one inherited runner to score on Sunday.

AZL Padres won 3-1 over AZL Angels

Drew Miller allowed an unearned run over five solid innings, giving up three hits and two walks. The right-hander had given up six runs, five earned, over his first 6.1 innings and lowered his ERA from 7.11 to 3.97. He has given up just two hits in 18 at bats to lefties while righties are hitting .292. He has given up five hits in 26 at bats with the bases empty.

Jose Ceda picked up the win, tossing three scoreless innings and not allowing a hit. The hard-throwing righty did walk three but struck out five. Ceda came into the game with nine runs allowed over his first five innings and has walked six in eight innings while striking out ten. He has given up three hits in five innings as a reliever and the opposition is hitting .154 off him with the bases empty. Four of the eight hits off him have gone for extra bases.

Justin Pickett debuted and collected two hits in four at bats and drove in two of the team's three runs. A 22nd round pick in this year's draft. After a stellar high school career in which he hit 51 home runs at Whitehouse High School near Nashville, TN, Pickett led Walters State to back-to-back Junior College World Series appearances in 2005 and 2006, including a Junior College National Championship in 2006. In Pickett's two years at Walters State, he batted .380, and added 42 doubles, 31 home runs, 128 runs scored, and 117 RBI's. Pickett, playing first base, did commit his first two errors of the year.

Josh Alley appeared as the designated hitter and went hitless in four at bats. The outfielder is returning from a partially torn right heel injury. He has been on the disabled list since early June.

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