Yesterday, Walter Young told us it would come. ""I have a lot of work to do," said Young. "But it's coming."
Sunday, it came. Young smashed two solo homers, added a sacrifice fly, and doubled his RBI totals on the year from three to six. It was just his second multi-hit game of the year and both have come on successive days. He had been 3-for-28 before Saturday. The last time he went deep twice in the same game, June 7, 2005 while playing for the Ottawa Lynx of the International League.
After giving up runs in each of his first four relief appearances, Aquilino Lopez has tossed scoreless ball in five straight, a span of seven innings. During that time he has yielded four hits and a walk while striking out eight. He has dropped his ERA from 27.00 to 3.65 in the process. Lopez tallied all his outs on Sunday by way of the strikeout.
Freddy Guzman notched his fifth multi-hit game of the year by going 2-for-4 but more importantly flashed the speed with his first multi-steal game of the season. In 2004, Guzman notched 11 multi-steal games en route to swiping 65 in two different leagues within the minors. Guzman has, however, grounded into a double play in two straight games.
Mobile lost 3-1 in game one, lost 6-1 in game two to Huntsville (Brewers)
Jared Wells surrendered three runs on five hits and four walks in six innings to take his first loss of the year. The right-hander had not given up more than two runs in his first three starts and walked one more than he had in his first 15.2 frames. He has struck out 24 in 21.2 innings and has allowed three hits in 25 at bats with runners in scoring position. Wells did go 1-for-2 at the plate and has hits in his last two starts.
Bubba Nelson made his first start of the season after making five relief appearances. The right-hander gave up five runs on five hits and a walk in 3.1 innings of work. Three of the five runs came across the plate on two homers, including one from former Padre prospect Greg Sain. Nelson came into the game with four runs allowed over ten innings of relief work. His last start, incidentally, came on September 6, 2004.
Brett Bonvechio drove in the only runs Mobile scored through the doubleheader. Both RBI singles came in the first inning of each game and Mobile did not score again. Bonvechio is the first player on the team to cross into double-digits in RBI's with ten. He has RBI's in three of his last four games.
Lake Elsinore won 10-7 over San Jose (Giants)
The Storm had walked ten times by the time the fifth inning was done and ended the night with 11 free passes. Jodam Rivera ended up with two of those walks, going 0-for-3 with two runs scored. The second baseman does not have a hit in two games with the Storm but has scored three runs after walking three times.
Peter Ciofrone busted out of a slump in a big way. After going 1-for-18 over his previous five games, the left fielder went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and five RBI's. All of his RBI's were recorded with two outs. His 12 RBI's lead the team and he is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.
Chris Jaile picked up his second win of the year, pitching two scoreless innings and walking two. The right-hander has given up runs in his previous two outings and has given up runs in three of his seven appearances. Jaile has limited the opposition to a .244 average against.
Fort Wayne won 8-6 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)
The print continues for Seth Johnston who went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI's. The homer was his first of the year and first since homering twice on August 10, 2005. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games and his on base streak to 16 games to open the year. He has six multi-hit games over the streak and has knocked in five over the last two games. He did, however, commit his fourth error of the year.
Two more doubles on Sunday give William Venable seven two-baggers over the last seven games. He went 3-for-4 and scored two runs. He is 12-for-26 over his seven-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in ten straight. Venable is hitting .366 on the year and .467 against right-handed pitching.
Leaving three runners in scoring position usually isn't good but Chad Steiner also knocked in three to give him a team-leading 12 RBI's on the season. Steiner has knocked in five over the last two games and has seven RBI's over his last five. The third baseman also has three multi-hit games in his last five games played.