Portland lost 7-2 to Salt Lake (Angels)
Matt Blank made a spot start for the depleted Beavers, allowing seven runs, six earned, on four hits and four walks in 4.1 innings of work. He tossed 79 pitches, 45 for strikes, in the losing effort. His ERA swelled to 11.81 in five games with Portland and he has allowed a run in each of his outings, four coming in relief and none longer than two innings prior to Tuesday. The opposition is hitting .375 off him with runners in scoring position.
Jack Cust provided the only offense of note, slugging his 25th homer of the season – a two run blast in the second inning to tie him with teammate Jon Knott for second-most in the Pacific Coast League. The lone hit extended his hitting streak to six games and gave him an RBI in three straight. Cust is hitting .329 over his last 21 games with eight homers and 17 RBI’s. He also drew a walk – his 128th to lead all of baseball. Cust leads the league in on base percentage and runs scored.
Mobile won 1-0 over Mississippi (Braves)
With two outs in the top of the seventh, left-handed pitcher Sean Thompson lined a single to left for the lone run of the game. It was his eighth hit of the year and his fourth RBI. He is three for his last eight at the plate. On the mound, Thompson twirled a five-hitter over seven innings, walking one and striking out seven. Thompson has posted a 2.25 ERA over his last four starts and a .205 average against. It is the sixth time this year that he has not allowed an earned run in his start and 12th time in 25 starts that he has allowed two runs or less.
Dale Thayer picked up his 24th save in 28 opportunities, leaving two runs on base while recording all three of his outs by way of the strikeout. He has yielded one run over his last 13 outings, spanning 15 frames and has not walked a batter over that span. Since posting a 5.73 ERA in April, Thayer has posted a 1.97 ERA. He has faced his share of troubles with 23 of 58 leadoff men in an inning reaching base but has limited the opposition to a .215 average against over the last three months.
Lake Elsinore lost 6-5 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Manny Ayala was on the hook for six runs on 11 hits over seven innings of work. He walked one, struck out three, and tossed a wild pitch. It is the second time this year he has allowed double-digit hits (both to Lancaster) and has given up eight or more in four of his last seven. It is the second time he has surrendered six runs or more and both have come against Lancaster on the road. His ERA minus those two outings is 2.67 on the season.
Nick Hundley pounded out three hits in four at bats, including two doubles. The catcher has hammered four doubles in his last two games. He is hitting .303 with seven doubles over his last 20 games. Hundley is batting .364 with the bases empty in the California League but that number drops to .265 with runners in scoring position. He has 12 multi-hit games in 35 contests with the Storm.
Fort Wayne had the day off
Eugene lost 7-0 to Vancouver (A’s)
The Emeralds had more errors (4) than hits (3) on Tuesday. Three of the errors led directly to four unearned runs. Kody Valverde committed his sixth error and came into the game with a .978 fielding percentage. Tom King saw his 11th error and entered played with a .973 fielding percentage. Jesus Lopez took number eight on the year, dropping .961 fielding percentage down.
Drew Miller took his first loss with Eugene, lasting three innings and on the hook for seven runs, three earned, on eight hits and one walk while striking out two. Miller had issued 14 walks over his last four games coming in but had surrendered 11 hits over that span. He has been charged with 13 runs over his last three games but only six have been earned and just ten of his 18 runs allowed on the year have counted against his 4.03 ERA.
Ben Krosschell tossed three innings of scoreless relief, yielding two hits. His current 3.2 inning scoreless streak matches his season high in Eugene and it is the longest stretch he has gone without walking a batter. He had surrendered six runs over his previous three innings of work. The right-hander has given up just three hits in 25 at bats to left-handed hitters while righties are batting .321. He has given up runs in nine of his 18 outings with the Ems.
AZL Padres had the night off