Portland had the night off
Mobile had the night off
Lake Elsinore won 6-4 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
While Cesar Ramos gave up seven hits over seven innings only two mattered. He surrendered two solo homers for the only runs he would allow while striking out three. It was the eighth time in 18 starts Ramos has allowed two runs or less after going five straight where he yielded three or more. It was the eighth time he has given up seven hits or more and fifth time in his last six games. Left-handed hitters are batting .315 off the southpaw while righties are batting .267.
Tim Brown went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, the only player on the Storm to record a multi-hit game. Brown has a modest five-game hitting streak where he is 9-for-20 with three doubles, a homer, and seven runs scored. His 26 doubles rank fifth in the California League and his .402 on base percentage is second best on the team, as is his 42 runs scored. The left-handed hitter is batting .298 off righties.
Neil Jamison came on with a runner on and two outs in the ninth to shut the door and record his 20th save. It is his third straight scoreless appearance after allowing runs in three straight and taking three consecutive losses. He has allowed runs in nine of his 37 appearances with Lake Elsinore and the opposition has been limited to five hits in 43 at bats with runners in scoring position. After posting successive months with an ERA under 2.00, Jamison has an ERA over 4.00 in June and early July.
Fort Wayne had the night off
Eugene had the night off
AZL Padres won 8-3 over AZL Angels
Rey Garramone tossed five innings of two-run ball on five hits and a walk while striking out three to pick up his first victory as a professional. Four of the five hits he allowed went for extra bases. The right-handed draft-and-follow signee has given up three runs over his last 12 innings on eight hits. Last time out he pitched to the minimum in three innings, not allowing a hit.
Rayner Contreras tallied two hits in five at bats with a double and an RBI. In 12 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards, Contreras had just four hits in 38 at bats but the second baseman has consecutive multi-hit games and seven hits in eight games with the AZL Padres. He has four RBI's in his last three games and has scored a run in five of his last six.
Cedric Hunter went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI's. He has an on base streak of 15 games to open the year and has been on base twice in 11 of those contests. Hunter has knocked in six over his last five games and has notched an RBI in ten of his contests. He is batting .417 since being slotted third in the order and is hitting .367 with runners in scoring position. He was picked off third base by Angels first round pick Hank Conger.
DSL Padres Update
Cesar Flores has two wins and six saves in his eight appearances. Through his first seven games, the 20-year old right-hander had given up just three hits while striking out 12 over 8.1 innings. He matched his hit total with three allowed last time he took the mound but still managed a save. The opposition is hitting .171 off him this year and he has twice retired the side by way of the strikeout. He has not allowed the leadoff man of an inning to reach base yet this year. He has given up runs in two of his eight outings.
Seventeen-year-old second baseman Jeudy Valdez has seven hits in his last 21 at bats over six games with three multi-hit affairs. The right-handed batter has five runs scored over his last four games and sits second on the team with a .283 average through July 10. After stealing three bases successfully to start the year he has been caught in three of his last five attempts. While he has one RBI on the season, Valdez is hitting .313 with runners on base.