This is not a misprint. Sean Burroughs hit a grand slam – yes that is a homer – with two outs in the second inning, his fifth extra base hit in the last five games. It was the only hit of the night for Burroughs who was also hit by a pitch and hit into a double play. Over the last five games, Burroughs has knocked in six.
Greg Sain went 2-for-4 with two RBI's and a walk on Friday. The slugger has played sparingly in Portland since a slow start to his Triple-A career. But over the last 18 games, which includes some pinch hit appearances, he is 18-for-56, a .321 average. Only three of those hits have gone for extra bases but he still has 11 RBI's over that span and has scored a run in four straight games.
Brandon Emanuel is better off in the starting rotation, especially of late. The righty gave up one run on one hit, a solo homer, in two innings of work. But, more importantly, he allowed two inherited runners to score and of the last 12 he has inherited, 11 have scored. He also has given up nine runs, all earned, over his last seven innings of work. As a starter he allowed eight runs, six earned, over five starts.
Mobile lost 13-1
Former BayBear Rico Washington was hit in the head by a Rusty Tucker pitch in the seventh inning. A curveball got away from the left-hander, chasing Washington from the game. He was able to get up on his own power and was taken out for precautionary measures. Tucker did not allow a run, despite also walking two and uncorking a wild pitch in his inning of work. Tucker has plunked seven batters on the year, walked 41 in 52.1 innings and has thrown nine wild pitches as he looks to regain the control that made him one of the top pitchers in the organization in 2003.
Geoffrey Jones had gone eight straight relief outings without giving up a run. During that time he also prevented inherited runners from scoring on three occasions. That changed on Friday. He gave up six runs on five hits and two walks and allowed three inherited runners to score – all being charged to Ryan Meaux. His ERA jumped from 3.27 to 4.03 in the process. Meaux, coincidentally, had not allowed an earned run as a BayBear until Friday when he gave up a solo homer and was charged with three more after leaving the game with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth.
Lake Elsinore lost 9-1
The Storm lost for the 12th time in a row on Friday night and are sputtering as they head towards their moment in the sun on Sunday in PETCO Park.
Daniel Baca, a right-hander who skipped over Eugene and Fort Wayne to pitch in the California League, has looked overwhelmed on the big stage. He has given up 13 runs on 21 hits in nine innings of work for the Storm. Over the last three outings he has given up nine runs on 15 hits in six innings. He gave up a total of eight runs in 20.1 innings with Peoria. The opposition is hitting .488 off him in Cal League play.
Clark Girardeau lost his fourth straight start, going six innings and allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and a season-high four walks. He has surrendered 23 runs over his last four losses and has given four runs or more in ten of his 14 starts with the Storm and 12 of his 20 overall over two different leagues. The opposition is hitting .330 off him with runners in scoring position and .303 overall.
Fort Wayne won 5-3
Joel Santo earned win number three in start number 23 on Friday. The righty had not won since May 29, going 0-4 with eight no decisions. He went 6.2 innings after a rain delay, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks while tying his season-high for strikeouts with six. Over his last seven starts, Santo has given up more than two earned runs twice. Over that same span he has allowed four runs just once but is 1-1 with five no decisions.
Fort Wayne did all of its damage in the first inning, scoring five runs. Matt Lauderdale had a bases loaded double, giving him 15 RBI's over his last nine games. He did, however, hit into his third double play in the last two games. Drew Davidson added the rest with a two-run homer, his third homer in the last six games. Davidson has knocked in 12 in nine games with the Wizards.
Eugene lost 1-0
Mike Sansoe entered Friday night's game having reached base in 28 straight games. Throwing the hex on him, we asked him about his consistent approach to the plate:
"I think just getting in a rhythm and seeing the fastball, trying to walk and strike out less and hitting the ball to all fields, hitting the ball where it is pitched," Sansoe explained.
Sansoe went 1-for-2 with two walks to extend his streak to 29 straight games. He had one of only two hits the team mustered on the evening. He was, however, picked off first base on an attempted steal.
Steve Delabar had another solid night on the mound. He went six and the only run he allowed, for the second start in a row, scored via the long ball. He gave up six hits and struck out seven. Delabar, who lost his last outing 1-0, suffered the same fate on Friday another 1-0 loss. That's right. Despite allowing two runs over his last 12.1 innings of work, he has lost two games.
AZL Padres lost 7-1 on Thursday
Scott Fogleson made his debut with the team on Thursday, tossing two innings of scoreless ball, striking out four. He faced the minimum six batters in his outing. He went 8-5 with a 3.39 ERA with Emporia State, striking out 84 in 82.1 innings of work. A 24 year old left-hander, Fogleson held the opposition to a .238 average against and was used mainly as a starter.
On a day that Billy Killian's 11-game hitting streak came to an end, Javis Diaz recorded two of the three hits Peoria amassed on the night and reached base three times. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and also added a stolen base, his ninth of the year. Through 23 games, Diaz is hitting .341 with 29 hits – just two of those going for extra bases. He has also drawn ten walks for an on base percentage of .411. In the seven games he has led off he is hitting .393.
Josh Howard came into the game with a hit in every game he had played in Arizona Rookie League ball. That ended on Thursday when he went 0-for-3 but he did reach base safely via a walk. Howard entered the game with a .423 average through his first six games with 11 hits in 26 at bats. Through seven games he has stolen four bases, equaling the amount of times he has whiffed on the year.
AZL Padres had Friday night off
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