Portland won 5-0 over Oklahoma (Rangers)
Dewon Brazelton allowed four hits and three walks but no runs in 5.1 innings. The right-hander has not allowed a run in 18.1 innings of Pacific Coast League play and has given up nine hits over that span while walking seven. He has thrown shutout ball in six of his ten appearances for Portland. In four home games, Brazelton is sporting a 1.11 ERA with a .159 average against. In six away games he has a 5.09 ERA with a .309 average against.
Paul McAnulty doubled in five at bats but drove in two runs, giving him an RBI in four of his last five games and in nine of his last 14. The infielder is hitting .341 over his last 22 games with nine doubles, three triples, two homers, 16 RBI’s and 18 runs scored. Over his last 51 games he is hitting .355 with 36 runs scored. McAnulty is hitting .424 when he plays third base and has a .347 average with runners in scoring position.
Mobile won 6-1 over Mississippi (Braves)
Colt Morton got off the schnide by homering in successive innings, one a solo homer and the other a three-run blast. The catcher came into the game with three hits in 21 at bats in his first seven Double-A games. Four of his five hits have gone for extra bases and three have left the park. Morton has driven in runs in four of his last six games. Behind the dish, Morton has thrown out three of eight runners on the year.
Jack Cassel gave up one run over seven innings on three hits and four walks while striking out six for his second win in Mobile. The right-hander has yet to allow more than two runs in any of his five starts since joining the Double-A squad. In his proceeding nine starts with Portland, Cassel gave up two runs or less just once. He did commit his second error in Southern League play on a pickoff attempt.
Lake Elsinore lost 3-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Evan Meek threw blanks over six innings, allowing three hits, walking three and striking out four. It is the first time since April 12 that he did not allow a run in his start. Meek has given up two runs or less in ten of 21 outings on the year. It is also the tenth time that he has allowed four hits or less. He has, however, walked three or more in nine contests. Meek came into the game with a 11.25 ERA over his last four starts, as the opposition hit .453 off him.
Ryan Klatt took the blown save, his fourth of the year, along with his fifth loss after giving up a two-run bomb. He also left the bases loaded before he was pulled after two-third of an inning. Klatt has given up runs in consecutive outings for the first time since May 1 and 2. Four of his five losses have come at home where he has a 4.97 ERA. On the road he has a 1.02 ERA. He has allowed runs in 12 of his 43 appearances on the season.
Fort Wayne won 5-2 over Clinton (Rangers)
Steve Delabar secured his eight win of the year and third winning decision in a row with six innings of one-run ball. The right-hander has limited the opposition to one run in each of his last three starts to drop his ERA under 3.00 for the first time since his fourth start of the year. Delabar has given up one run or less in ten of his 20 starts and two runs or less in 13. He has walked three or more in six straight starts and 11 overall.
David Freese pounded out three hits in four at bats, including a two-run homer for RBI’s 13 and 14. He has knocked in runs in seven games and all have been multi-RBI games – two per game. He has knocked in eight runs over his last six games. Freese has been on base in 16 of his 17 games with six multi-hit games. Six of his last seven hits have gone for extra bases.
John Madden retired the side in order to record his ninth save of the year. The right-hander has tossed blanks over his last eight innings, allowing just two hits over that span. In 34 appearances, Madden has given up runs in eight games. Four months into the season, he has limited the opposition to a sub-.200 average in three of those months. After walking four in his first 17 appearances, he has walked 12 in his last 17.
Eugene won 11-3 over Everett (Mariners)
Jon Kirby didn’t allow a hit over three innings but was charged with an unearned run thanks to a fielding error. Kirby walked one and added three strikeouts, notching his first win of the year. Kirby had not pitched more than an inning over the last three weeks. After giving up earned runs in three straight outings, the right-hander hasn’t allowed an earned run over six innings and has given up just one hit in that span. He has given up just two hits in 23 at bats on his home turf of Civic Stadium.
Craig Cooper blasted a three-run homer, matching Chad Huffman for the team lead in RBI’s with 21. He ended the night 2-for-5 with two runs scored. The first baseman is hitting .347 with runners in scoring position but the homer was his first with men on base. Cooper came into the game in a 4-for-30 slump without a run scored over a seven game span. He is among four Emeralds to possess an on base percentage above .400.
Rolando Valdez pitched two scoreless innings, walking one. While he has walked more batters (17) than he has struck out (16), the right-hander has limited the opposition to a .171 average against and has given up five hits in 42 at bats with runners in scoring position. Since giving up four runs in his first 5.2 innings, he has surrendered two runs over his last 16.1 and has walked seven batters over that time after walking ten in those first two outings.
AZL Padres won 9-4 over AZL Mariners
Rayner Contreras continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 day that featured a double, three RBI’s and two runs scored. Despite a brief 1-for-8 slump, Contreras has gotten a hit in ten of his last 11 games with a plate appearance and has 16 RBI’s in 17 games. Contreras is 12-for-25 with runners in scoring position and 15-for-36 with men on base. By contrast, he is 4-for-17 with the bases empty.
Rehabbing a right shoulder strain that the Padres feared was a tear, Adam Bourassa proved fit enough to go 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI as the designated hitter. In 30 games for Double-A Mobile, Bourassa went 13-for-64 with nine walks and 14 strikeouts. He last played on May 14 and was 1-for-16 over his final 11 games, used primarily as a pinch hitter. Bourassa hit .356 over 48 games for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2005.
John Hussey had his longest outing of the year with five innings of three run ball. He gave up five hits, including his first homer alllowed, didn’t walk a batter and struck out two to earn his first win of the season. It was the first time he allowed more than two runs in an outing. Hussey has posted a 2.16 ERA over 16.2 innings as a starter. He has given up just one run in innings one through four this year. Hussey went five innings or more in five of his nine outings last year with the AZL squad.