Portland lost 8-3 to Fresno (Giants)
Terrmel Sledge tied the franchise record set by Sean Burroughs from June 8 to June 24, 2001 when he singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Sledge added his 23rd homer of the season in the seventh inning and ended the night 3-for-5. Sledge has gone deep in three straight games and in ten of his last 20. He is hitting .402 over his last 24 games with 20 extra base hits, 21 runs scored, and 26 RBI’s.
Jared Wells took his eighth loss in 14 starts with Portland, allowing eight runs, six earned, on nine hits and two walks over six-plus innings. The right-hander gave up two home runs, the third time in the last nine starts he has surrendered two bombs in a game. It is the sixth time he has allowed six runs or more and fifth time in his last seven starts. The opposition is hitting .325 off him in his last six starts and he has given up 33 runs, 27 earned, over his last 30.2 innings of work. Wells also committed his second error of the year.
Mobile won 4-2 over West Tenn (Cubs)
Drew Macias was in on all four runs for the BayBears and it was his two-run homer in the ninth inning – a walk-off – that sent Mobile home happy. He went 3-for-4 in the game with three runs scored, a triple, the homer, and a single, while also getting hit by a pitch. He has homered in successive days for the first time this season while also collecting three hits for the second day in a row – another first. Macias has 11 RBI’s in his last 11 games and is hitting .319 at home, as opposed to a .183 mark on the road.
Eddie Pena made his Double-A debut, pitching an inning and two-thirds scoreless ball on a hit and a walk while whiffing one. Pena pitched five games in Triple-A Portland in late May/early June, giving up runs in one of those outings. Most of his action came with the Fort Wayne Wizards where he posted a 3.99 ERA over 27 appearances. In 47.1 innings of Midwest League play he posted a .259 average against. He had posted a 1.54 ERA over his last 11.2 innings with the Wizards.
Lake Elsinore won 5-2 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Matt Buschmann made his California League debut and tossed six innings of one run ball, giving up three hits, walking three while striking out two for the win. Buschmann skipped over Fort Wayne from Eugene where he posted a 3.12 ERA over 15 games, including ten starts. The right-hander struck out 63 in 60.2 innings with the Emeralds and held the opposition to a .208 average with runners in scoring position. He allowed two runs or less in six of his starts and did not walk a batter over his final 14.1 innings of work.
Neil Jamison collected his 30th save of the year, giving up a hit and a walk before slamming the door. He sits second in the California League in saves, having converted all but six of his chances, and leads the league in appearances with 58. Jamison had allowed runs in successive games coming into the contest, just the fourth time in 57 appearances he had done so – but he converted the saves while giving up three runs in those two games. Jamison hadn’t walked a batter over his last 14 innings coming into the game and has gone five innings without striking out a batter – the longest stretch of the season.
Fort Wayne versus Clinton postponed (Rangers)
The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday evening.
Eugene had the night off
AZL Padres won 10-5 over AZL Cubs
Rayner Contreras went 4-for-6 with a double, triple, and five RBI’s. It is the eighth time this year he has knocked in three or more in a contest. The infielder has amassed 50 RBI’s over his last 38 games and took over the Arizona Rookie League lead with his impressive night. It is the sixth time this year he has collected three hits or more and Contreras is hitting .444 with runners in scoring position, going 32-for-72.
Javis Diaz made a rehab start for the rookie league squad and hit leadoff. He went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and two runs scored before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. Diaz last played on July 22 with Fort Wayne and had hit .306 over 27 games with the Wizards, swatting .370 when he led off an inning. He was in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, going 13-for-34 with eight runs scored and three stolen bases.
Clint Naylor went 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. It was the first time this year Naylor has notched a multi-hit game and the first time he has reached base four times in a contest. Naylor has drawn a walk in six straight games, totaling 12 over that time and he has a 23-to-10 walk-to-strikeout ratio over 19 games. While he is hitting .167 for the year, Naylor owns a .462 on base percentage. Naylor went 0-for-1 in throwing out baserunners on Monday and is 11-for-40 on the season in catching thieves.