Luke Carlin played second base on Tuesday, the second time in his career that he has manned the position. Normally a catcher, Carlin has a seven game hitting streak. He is 13-for-25 over the streak with three doubles and six walks. He has four multi-hit games over the streak and has raised his average from .233 to .269.
Jason Anderson came into the game with two on base and two out, preventing both inherited runners from scoring while also tossing another inning of scoreless ball. Anderson, the Pacific Coast League leader in games with 51, has allowed one run over his last 12.2 innings and has surrendered runs in 16 of his 51 appearances on the year. He has limited the opposition to 16 hits in 78 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .205 average, and has yielded just five hits in 39 at bats with RISP and two outs.
Terrmel Sledge came on in the ninth inning and hit a three-run homer, giving him a homer in three straight games and nine RBI's over that span. He has an RBI in four straight games and has reached base safely in 13 consecutive. Sledge has gone deep in four of his last seven and ten of his last 25 games. His last four hits have gone for extra bases and he is 13-for-36 with eight walks and 14 RBI's over his last 11 games.
Mobile lost 2-1 to West Tenn (Cubs)
The only runs Mike Ekstrom allowed in the game were two unearned runs courtesy of two Juan Ciriaco errors in the fifth inning and they were enough to drop him to 0-6 on the year in Double-A, giving him losses in three straight starts. Ekstrom gave up six hits, walked two intentionally, and struck out five. It was the fifth time in 11 starts he has allowed two runs or less and the outing came on the heels of a span where 19 runs scored on 21 hits and nine walks over 10.2 innings.
Bubba Nelson pitched an inning and a third of scoreless ball, walking one and allowing a hit. It marked the seventh straight outing he has not surrendered a run, spanning 10.1 innings. He has given up 14 hits in 74 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .189 average. Over his last 17 outings, the right-hander has a 1.42 ERA and a .180 average against.
Lake Elsinore won 1-0 over Inland Empire (Mariners)
Josh Geer threw seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out six. Over his last three starts, Geer has given up four runs, three earned, in 23.1 innings, a 1.16 ERA. While he had a 2.88 ERA on the road, he was able to lower his home ERA from 6.75 to 5.29 with his outing on Tuesday. Geer has given up two earned runs or less in six of his 11 starts and five runs or more in his other five.
Peter Ciofrone had two of the Storm's five hits and the lone RBI of the game. Ciofrone has knocked in a run in three straight and four of his last five. While he had gone 5-for-38 to begin the month, Ciofrone has four hits in his last seven. The outfielder is hitting .358 with runners in scoring position this year and has averaged .93 RBI's per game. Ciofrone is hitting .344 when he plays left field, as he did on Tuesday.
Fort Wayne won 4-3 over Dayton (Reds)
Mike Sansoe went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. It broke a 1-for19 slump but still gave him four three-hit games in his last ten games with an at bat. Sansoe is hitting .349 over his last 11 games with seven runs scored and nine RBI's. He added his 18th stolen base of the year in 23 tries and has swiped six straight successfully. Sansoe is hitting .367 when he plays right field, as he did on Tuesday.
Alfredo Fernandez picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits while striking out two. Over his last 9.1 innings he has allowed one earned run. The reliever has given up 17 of his 46 appearances on the year – he is tied for fifth in the Midwest League in games. Fernandez has walked three in his last 23.1 innings of work and sports a 1.17 WHIP on the season. Only 12-of-52 leadoff hitters have reached base on the right-hander, a .230 on base percentage.
Eugene lost 5-2 to Tri-City (Rockies) in 11 innings
Aaron Breit allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five. The right-hander has given up 17 runs in eight starts with 11 being earned runs. He has a 3.03 ERA over the eight starts and has whiffed 54 in 44.2 frames on the year, placing him fourth in the Northwest League in K's.
Tom King scored both runs for the Ems and added a solo homer, his second of the year. The second baseman has RBI's in three of his last four games but is hitting .179 on the year with runners in scoring position. King came into the game with 10 hits in his last 49 at bats, a .204 average. King is hitting .315 off left-handed pitching and .197 off right-handers.
AZL Padres lost 8-4 to AZL Athletics
Vantroit Medina was tagged for six runs on five hits and a walk over 2.1 innings, taking his fourth loss of the year. Medina also hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch as all the runs scored on him in the third inning. Left-handed hitters are swatting .404 off the right-hander with 21 hits in 54 at bats. He has given up 11 runs in his last two starts and has allowed four runs or more in four of his 11 appearances on the year.
Geoff Vandel gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk over 2.2 innings. He also whiffed five, matching his total from his first 12.1 innings. The left-hander has given up 24 hits in 15 innings in the desert, along with eight walks for a WHIP of 2.13. He has given up runs in six of his ten outings in Arizona. Right-handed hitters are batting .368 off him and he has given up 16 hits in his last 41 at bats.