Dewon Brazelton gave up five runs on nine hits, including a solo homer, over seven innings of work to take the loss. The right-hander had given up just two earned runs over his last five starts, spanning 31.2 innings. Over that time he allowed 20 hits. Brazelton's road ERA went up to 4.71 on the year over eight starts, as opposed to his 1.15 ERA at home. Brazelton accounted for the lone RBI for Portland, singling in a run in the second.
Ryan Meaux gave up a double and a walk while striking out two in his inning of work. It marked the third time this year in Triple-A over 33 appearances that he has worked consecutive scoreless outings with his longest stretch without a run allowed at three games. Meaux had given up runs in five straight games, including one start, and ten of his last 12. He has a 8.63 ERA as a reliever with Portland and a 3.93 ERA in five starts.
Mobile lost 15-2 to Montgomery (Devil Rays)
In order to save the bullpen from further abuse, Julius Matos was put in to close out the ninth inning and surrendered six runs on six hits. Moving in from third base where he was 1-for-4 with a run scored, Matos surrendered a grand slam and a solo shot. Matos has made four previous pitching appearances over a minor league career that began in 1994. He was 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings with his last outing coming last year with Syracuse of the International League. Matos is 10-for-41 in 15 games with Mobile, splitting time between second and third base.
Mike Ekstrom failed to get out of the fourth inning, as he was charged with six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. The right-hander has given up five or more runs in four of his last five games and 14 runs over his last 7.2 innings on 17 hits and six walks. Over his last five games he has yielded 26 runs in 24.1 frames on 36 hits and ten walks. The opposition went 3-for-8 off him with runners in scoring position and opponents are batting .300 off him in such situations with Mobile.
Lake Elsinore won 11-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Skip Adams hit a grand slam to right-center in the third inning, his ninth homer of the year, and the third grand slam of the season for the Storm. The shortstop came into the game with two hits in 17 at bats with the bases loaded this season. Adams did strikeout twice with the homer his only hit and is fifth-worst in the California League with his 109 K's. He has seven RBI's over his last eight games.
Nick Hundley hit his first California League homer and reached base in each of his five trips to the dish, going 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored. The catcher had gone 28 games between homers over two leagues. He had belted eight with Fort Wayne, including one in five straight games. It is the second time in three nights that he has reached base five times in a game and Hundley has amassed six RBI's over his last six games.
Josh Geer saved the pen by tossing going eight innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk to pick even his record at 4-4. It is the second game in a row Geer has lasted eight innings or more and the sixth time in ten California League starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less. The opposition is hitting .303 off him with Wednesday marking the third time he has given up five hits in a start.
Fort Wayne had the night off
Eugene lost 5-0 to Vancouver (A's)
The Emeralds has as many hits as errors (2) with Craig Cooper netting a pinch-hit single and Chad Huffman going 1-for-3 while Brian Lauderdale committed his fourth error and Jesus Lopez was tagged with his fifth of the year.
Brooks Dunn was hit with his sixth loss of the year, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. The left-hander had given up two earned runs over his last 28 innings of work, which included three starts. He had made three straight appearances out of the pen, allowing an unearned run over 9.1 innings. He has allowed 14 of 49 leadoff men in an inning to reach base, a .265 on base percentage.
Justin Mattison allowed a walk and struck out two in his two innings of scoreless work. The left-hander has allowed one earned run over his last seven outings and has held left-handed hitters to just three hits in 24 at bats. He has also given up four hits in 28 at bats with runners in scoring position. Mattison is average 7.71 walks per nine innings over his 19 outings with Eugene.
AZL Padres lost 6-4 to AZL Giants
The streak rolls on for Cedric Hunter. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI's and a stolen base, extending his on base streak to 36 games and his hitting streak to 15 games, tying him for the league lead with teammate Felix Carrasco. Hunter 30-for-68 over the current hitting streak with nine walks (a .506 on base percentage), 14 runs scored and 11 RBI's. After getting caught in his first four stolen base attempts, Hunter has successfully snared nine in a row. He is batting .435 when he bats third in the lineup, as he did on Wednesday.
Luis Durango added two hits in five at bats with two runs scored to maintain his plus .400 average. The outfielder was also credited with an outfield assist, his second of the year. Over his current 11-game hitting streak, Durango is 22-for-45 with seven walks (a .558 on base percentage) and 14 runs scored. He has seven multi-hit games over the streak with four three-hit contests.
Vantroit Medina dropped his third game of the year thanks to three errors, which allowed five unearned runs to touch the dish. In five innings he allowed a season-high eight hits and a walk while striking out five. A fourth error plated another run off Pablo Menchaca. The right-hander has given up three earned runs in four starts, spanning 16.1 innings of action but 12 total runs have come home during that span with nine unearned runs on his bill.