Portland won 11-7 over Tacoma (Mariners)
Tim Stauffer was booted after five innings with seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and two walks dotting his ledger, but earning the win his sixth. The right-hander gave up two more home runs and has allowed 18 in 24 outings, including 13 over his last 11 starts and five multi-homer games over that span. He has allowed five runs or more in five of his last six starts and has given up eight hits or more 11 times in 24 starts.
Jack Cust went 2-for-3 with a homer, his 24th, two RBI’s and two walks. Cust has hit three homers in his last three games and seven over his last ten with 13 RBI’s. The outfielder also upped his walk total to 118 in 113 games on the year to lead all of baseball. Cust is hitting .320 at home this year and has a .471 on base percentage this year. Cust leads the league in 86 runs scored.
Mobile won 13-2 over Montgomery (Devil Rays)
Colt Morton crushed a three-run bomb and had five RBI’s on a 2-for-4 day, as Mobile tied their season-high with 15 hits. The catcher doubled and scored two runs, snapping a 2-for-24 slump. Nine of his 15 RBI’s with Mobile have come in two games and his five RBI’s matched a career-high he set on July 5, 2003. The catcher is hitting .350 in the 20 at bats he has amassed with runners in scoring position but has a .172 average with the bases empty.
Brett Bonvechio fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with three RBI’s. He had been 4-for-39 since returning from the disabled list with 13 strikeouts and his four RBI’s over his last 26 games have come in the last two days. Bonvechio has drawn just three walks over his last 17 games after ringing up 29 in his first 43 contests. He is hitting .217 this year with runners in scoring position.
Sean Thompson allowed an unearned run over five innings on two hits and four walks while striking out eight. It marked the tenth time he has surrendered four hits or less in a start but the second time he has allowed four walks. It was also the 11th time he has given up two runs or less and 15th time in 23 starts he has yielded two earned runs or fewer. It was Thompson’s error in the first inning that led to the unearned run. He has struck out 17 over his last two outings and has five games with eight or more strikeouts.
Lake Elsinore won 8-7 over San Jose (Giants)
Manny Ayala was touched for four runs on nine hits and a walk over six innings, striking out six. He also uncorked two wild pitches and hit a batter. Ayala has thrown four wild pitches in his last two starts and six over his last six outings. The right-hander has given up 20 hits over the last two starts and three times over the last five he has surrendered nine or more. He has a 5.16 ERA as a starter after posting a 2.11 ERA in 21.1 innings of relief work.
Sean Kazmar went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s – throwing in a sacrifice fly for good measure. Kazmar has hits in his last five games and RBI’s in each of his last three. The second baseman is 47-for-171 over his last 49 games, a .275 average, after hitting .165 in 24 June games. Kazmar also had his 19th error of the year but it did not cost the team a run.
Fort Wayne lost 7-2 to Beloit (Twins)
Mike Baxter went 3-for-5 with a run scored on Friday. He also netted an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home when he hit relay man Jodam Rivera who gunned the ball to Brandon Gottier to end the first inning. He has eight outfield assists on the year. After hitting .229 over a 48-game stretch in June and July, Baxter is hitting .263 over his last eight games with seven runs scored. Baxter is hitting .271 on the year when he mans the leadoff spot, as he did on Friday.
David Freese went 2-for-4 with the lone RBI’s for Fort Wayne. He has four multi-hit games in his last six but is hitting .293 over his last ten games after hitting .344 over his first 23. The third baseman has hit .340 with runners in scoring position and has a .366 mark off left-handed pitching. Freese has ten multi-RBI games in 33 contests with Fort Wayne an 18 in 51 games overall this year.
Eugene won 6-5 over Tri-City (Rockies)
Drew Miller gave up three unearned runs on three hits and four walks over four innings while striking out four. He has not given up an earned run over his last ten innings and has given up just nine hits in four outings with the Emeralds over 15 innings. Miller has, however, walked 12 over that time and 22 in 38.1 innings over two leagues. He has given up 28 hits in 139 at bats this year, a .201 average.
Jackson Quezada allowed one of two inherited runners to score but did not allow a hit or a run of his own over 2.1 frames while striking out three to pick up the win. He was called for a balk for the third time this year, allowing the inherited run to score. The right-hander has gone four straight appearances without allowing a run, spanning 7.1 innings. He has lowered his ERA from 5.03 to 3.67 in the process. He has held the opposition to a .189 average as a reliever as opposed to the .298 mark against as a starter.
AZL Padres lost 8-2 to AZL Angels
Rey Garramone matched his season-high with five innings of work but also matched his season-high with five runs allowed and set a new career-high with ten hits surrendered. The right-hander just came off a scoreless outing where he did not allow a hit over 3.2 innings. Garramone has given up three runs or more in four of his last five outings and five overall in ten appearances. In his last 18.2 innings he has given up 17 runs on 21 hits and eight walks.
Tyler Mead was on the hook for three runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk over two innings of work. The right-hander has given up eight runs over his last eight innings on 13 hits and five walks. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base quite efficiently against Mead, 14 times in 28 plate appearances. He has given up more hits than innings pitched in each of his last seven outings. Mead has a 5.40 ERA at home and a 3.78 mark on the road.