Will Venable bombs; Kyler Burke back on track
Will Venable

Posted Aug 15, 2006


Mike Thompson shows em how it is done in Portland. Will Venable has his second multi-homer game of the year with two games accounting for more than he has the rest of the year. Mike Epping clubbed a bomb and is heating up again. Kyler Burke looks to right his season after a tough July.

Portland won 8-3 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Mike Thompson picked up the win, pitching out of trouble throughout the evening. He gave up ten hits over 7.2 innings and two runs, walking two and whiffing a pair. Thompson gave up six runs over 13.2 innings in his latest stint with the Padres and has given up three earned runs or less in all but two of his starts with the big league club. In Portland, Thompson has held the opposition to three runs or less in nine of his 12 starts.

Luke Allen was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. It is the fourth multi-hit game for Allen in his last six and he has five RBI’s in his last five games. Allen is hitting .282 since the start of July with two different clubs over two leagues. While he has 24 RBI’s in 52 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox, he has 15 RBI’s in 20 games for the Beavers. Allen has drawn one walk in his last 17 games.

Mobile had the night off

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne won 7-2 over Dayton (Reds)

Will Venable clubbed two homers and drove in three, going 3-for-5. While he has just seven homers on the year, he has two multi-homer games. The outfielder is hitting .333 over his last 12 games with six extra base hits and 11 RBI’s. He sits tied for fifth in the Midwest League in RBI’s with 70, is fourth in on base percentage and third in batting average, and is tied for fourth in doubles with 31.

Greg Burke tossed eight innings of two-run ball to pick up his fifth win of the year. The right-hander allowed seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Burke is averaging 0.98 walks per nine innings and has a WHIP of 1.21 for the year. Monday was the third time in four starts he has given up two runs or less. He has a 3.92 ERA in 14 starts after posting a 2.87 ERA in seven relief appearances.

Eugene lost 9-4 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Mike Epping came into the game in a 6-for-38 slump – yet was 5-for-14 over his last four games – and continued to get off the schnide with a 2-for-3 night that included a walk, a homer, two runs scored and three RBI’s. The outfielder also notched an outfield assist when he pegged a runner at third base and stole his 17th bag of the year. Epping continues to pace the Northwest League with 45.

Brooks Dunn allowed three runs on seven hits over a season-high six innings in a no-decision. Despite his six losses, second-most in the league, he is in the top ten in earned run average among those who qualify. He does, however, have a 5.23 ERA as a starter over 31 innings and a 0.81 ERA in 22.1 innings of relief work. Dunn had allowed two earned runs in 21 innings at home before Monday’s game.

After rolling off six victories in a row, Rolando Valdez took his first loss and second blown save when five runs crossed the plate, three earned, on three hits and a walk in an inning-plus. The right-hander has given up three runs in his previous 25.2 innings of work coming in and has allowed runs in six of 20 overall on the year. He had given up six hits and two walks over his last 11.1 frames. Valdez was called for his third balk of the year.

Kody Valverde went 0-for-6 in throwing out runners attempting to steal on the day.

AZL Padres won 7-3 over AZL Mariners

Pablo Menchaca picked up win number two after allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out four. In 23 innings of work out of the starting rotation, the right-hander has allowed three earned runs for a 1.17 ERA. As a reliever, Menchaca owns a 7.41 ERA. He has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his five starts. He has not allowed a homer in 40 innings and nine of the 46 hits against him have gone for extra bases. Menchaca also picked off a runner at first base.

Rayner Contreras went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI. It is the fourth time in the last 20 games that he has secured three or more hits in a game. Contreras also has an RBI in 12 of his last 16 games with 29 RBI’s over that time. He sits one off the league lead with his 42 RBI’s on the season. He is 27-for-57 with runners in scoring position in Arizona, a .474 average. He is just 6-for-37 with the bases empty.

Kyler Burke went 2-for-4, giving him hits in four straight and seven of his last eight games. Over his last nine he is hitting .267 with six walks to seven strikeouts. During the month of July where he saw action in 19 games, Burke hit .160 and struck out 32 times. While he is hitting .282 with the bases empty, Burke has just five hits in 42 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .119 average.



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