Paul McAnulty launched two balls out of the park, both solo shots, in five at bats. It was his first multi-homer game since July 28, 2004 and added to Portland's league leading total, now at 108 for the year. McAnulty, playing third base for the 20th time this year, is hitting .413 when he mans the hot corner, as opposed to his .269 average when he plays elsewhere in the field. McAnulty has a five game hitting streak, going 8-for-24 with five extra base hits and six RBI's. including five RBI's over his last three games.
If Terrmel Sledge ever stops homering, we can stop talking about him. That didn't happen on Friday as he crushed his 13th. Sledge went deep for the third straight game, fifth time in six games, and six time in eight. Sledge has an RBI in seven of his last eight games, ten over that span. The outfielder also added his fifth stolen base in eight attempts on Friday. Sledge is hitting .348 over his last 11 games and the left-handed hitter is batting .340 off southpaws.
Mobile won 3-2 over West Tenn (Cubs)
Sean Thompson picked off nearly as many runners (two) as he allowed hits (three). He has now picked off ten runners this year. The left-hander gave up two runs over six frames, walking two and striking out four in a no-decision, his first start since July 4. It is the fifth straight game he has given up two runs or less and the tenth time in 18 starts. Thompson has given up four hits or less in seven contests. He did surrender his 12th homer of the year – ten of which have been solo shots.
Jeremy Cleveland 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in his first start with Mobile after going 0-for-2 as a pinch-hitter. It was the only multi-hit game for Mobile who had five hits as a team. Cleveland hit .275 for the Storm with 18 doubles and 37 RBI's. He ended his High-A stint with hits in six straight games. He had, however, gone seven straight games without an RBI, despite his .329 average with runners in scoring position in Lake Elsinore.
For the second straight day, Juan Ciriaco and Luis Cruz flipped spots defensively with Cruz playing shortstop and Ciriaco playing second base. Ciriaco had played 84 games at short while Cruz lined up at second 68 times with several games at short and third base sprinkled in.
Lake Elsinore lost 8-7 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Evan Meek was shelled for the second straight outing, surrendering five runs on a season-high 11 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He has given up 15 runs on 20 hits over his last five innings and the opposition is hitting .491 off him in his last three starts. Meek had held the opposition to a .232 average in five June starts. Meek, incidentally, has never pitched more than 51 innings in a season dating back to his first professional year in 2003. He has thrown 87 frames this season.
Left-hander John Thomas debuted with the Storm and gave up two runs on three hits in an inning and a third. He made 14 appearances this year for the New Britain Rock Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, going 1-2 with a 6.25 ERA, before being given his release on July 6. Opponents hit .322 off him and he walked 20 in 36 innings. Thomas, 24, was a second-round pick by the Giants in 1999. He entered the year with a 16-30 record and a 4.68 ERA over 385 innings.
Fort Wayne won 7-5 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Steve Delabar limited Lansing to one run on three hits and three walks over five innings, hitting a batter and striking out one in a no-decision. It is the eighth time in 18 starts that he has given up one run or less and comes on the heels of 11 runs allowed over his last three starts spanning 17.2 innings. While the right-hander has a .231 average against, he has walked three or more in nine games, including each of the last four.
Javis Diaz reached base four times in six trips but was thrown out at first base on a double play in the first inning and picked off first base in the third. He went 3-for-5 with a walk, adding his first triple of the year that brought in the game-winning run in the eighth. Diaz has four multi-hit games in his last five and is 11-for-27 with eight runs scored over a six-game hitting streak, scoring a run in each of those games. He is hitting .439 when he leads off an inning.
Nathan Staggs was not only credited with a blown save but also his fourth win of the year. He gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a season-high five walks in 1.2 innings. The right-hander had not walked more than two in any of his 16 other relief appearances. Staggs has given up runs in three of his last four outings and nine of 17 overall. He has posted a 3.86 ERA for the month of July after netting a 3.06 ERA in 17.2 June innings.
Eugene won 5-1 over Yakima (Mariners)
Aaron Breit recorded seven of his nine outs by way of the strikeout and gave up one run on four hits over three innings. He did, however, get called for two balks, his first two of the season, which allowed a run to score. Breit had not struck out more than five batters in an outing but has whiffed 28 in 21 innings this year. Since allowing three runs in 1.2 innings to start the year, the right-hander has given up four earned runs in his last 19.2, an ERA of 1.83. Friday's run was the first he has allowed as a starter.
Justin Mattison dropped his ERA down to 0.82 with an inning of scoreless ball, striking out two. The right-hander has given up four hits in 33 at bats this season, a .121 average against in 11 innings. He has given up one earned run but has walked nine on the year. The opposition does not have a hit in 14 at bats with runners in scoring position off Mattison and he has given up just two hits in 21 at bats with runners on base.
Mike Epping pushed his on base streak to 22 games to open the season with a hit and two walks in five plate appearances. The centerfielder also stole a base, his tenth in 13 attempts. Epping has had a hit in all but three games, walking three times in one of those games and getting hit by a pitch in the other two. Epping's steak of five games in a row with a double did come to an end but he scored his Northwest League leading 21st run.
AZL Padres lost 13-5 to AZL Brewers
Dewon Brazelton got the rehab start out in the desert, giving up two unearned runs on one hit and two walks over two innings of work. Brazelton strained an oblique in his June 22 start for Portland, one start after his complete game one-hitter, and is expected to be in Arizona for another week before heading back to Triple-A. The right-hander has gone 1-3 with a 3.79 ERA for Portland, giving up two runs or less in three of his seven starts. Ben Sheets, incidentally, was charged with five runs in 4.1 innings.
Brett Bonvechio appeared in Friday's game at designated hitter in the start of his rehab stint. Bonvechio, who has split time between first and third base this year, went 0-for-1 with two walks and a strikeout before being pulled in the eighth inning. In 43 games with Mobile, Bonvechio hit .245 with eight doubles, six homers, and 23 RBI's. He also drew 28 walks while striking out 43 times. Over his last 19 games with the BayBears he hit .279. He is expected to get a week of action in Peoria before rejoining Mobile, barring setbacks.
Pablo Menchaca was touched for three runs on seven hits in four innings of work. The 18-year old right-hander has given up 28 hits in 17 innings this year but came into the game allowing one run or less in three of his four appearances – going three or more innings in each. While the opposition had hit .379 off him with the bases empty coming into the game, he had held them in check with four hits allowed in 16 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Felix Carrasco extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a double in the first that plated a run but also committed his sixth and seventh errors of the season on consecutive plays that led to two unearned runs. The third baseman has an RBI in 13 of his 16 games to open the season and his 20 RBI's are second best in the league, pending the day's action. The double, his eighth, also gives him a share of the Arizona Rookie League lead in that category.
Cedric Hunter pushed his on base streak to 18 games with a single, a walk and a run scored. He also stole two bases in the same inning to give him three for the year in seven attempts. He had been caught four straight times to open the year before adding three successful attempts in his last two games. The outfielder has a hit in 15 of his 18 games and has drawn a walk in 12 games and he has been on base 37 times this year, more than twice per game. He has been on base at least twice in 13 of his contests.
DSL Padres Update
Jose Pimentel, a 19-year old right-hander, has gone 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA through July 10. He began the year without allowing an earned run over his first 7.1 innings before allowing six earned over his next 7.1. He has since followed that up with scoreless ball over his last five. Pimentel is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA over two starts and is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in seven relief appearances. In 19.2 innings he has held the opposition to a .221 average.
Jose Mayi, a left-handed hitting first baseman, is hitting .265 over 28 games through July 11. Mayi, 19, leads the team in walks with 16, including six over his last six games. While he has struck out 25 times, just three have come over his last seven contests. Mayi has a five game hitting streak, going 6-for-15 with five walks. He is hitting .286 against right-handed hitter but just .118 off lefties. He is 5-for-32 with runners in scoring position.