Stockton Notes: Boyd Helps Ports Snap Streak

Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Stockton Ports needed a spark. Chad Boyd provided that and more with a career-night on Tuesday at Visalia. The Southern California native had six RBI in the Ports' 12-2 rout of the Oaks. We have the details of Boyd's performance and other notes about the Ports inside...

Outfielder Chad Boyd came into Tuesday's game with 12 RBI on the season. He left the game with 18 on the year after a monster performance against Visalia. Boyd had a three-run double, a two-run homer and an RBI ground-out in the Ports' 12-2 drubbing of the Oaks.

After struggling in April, Boyd had really turned it on in May. He has a .276 average with both of his homers and a 839 OPS in the month of May. On the season, Boyd is now hitting .260 with a 700 OPS. The six RBI night on Tuesday represented a single game career-high for Boyd.

The Ports had 14 hits in total on Tuesday. In addition to Boyd, Cliff Pennington, Anthony Recker and Steve Kleen each had multi-hit nights. Pennington reached base four times with two hits and two walks. He has his average up to .264 and his on-base percentage up to .370.

For the month of May, Pennington is batting .284 with a .404 on-base percentage and an 837 OPS. He has demonstrated a good eye this season and currently has the same number of walks and strikeouts (31).

Anthony Recker had three hits to raise his average to .297. Recker has quietly been an offensive leader for the Ports this season. The catcher has an 860 OPS for the year and a .305 batting average for the month of May. He is working on a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .382 (15-39) over his last 10 games. Recker is second on the team in OPS to Luke Appert, who has a 1001 OPS and a .340 batting average.

Left-fielder Steve Kleen also had a big night at the plate for the Ports. He went 2-4 with three runs scored. Kleen has been seeing a lot of playing time in the outfield after spending most of his college career and his first two pro seasons at first base. He is hitting .262 on the season.

Vince Mazzaro broke a personal string of three bad starts to earn the win on Tuesday. Mazzaro allowed one earned run on three hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out three. Mazzaro has thrown at least six innings in seven of his nine starts this season. With the win, he evened his record at 4-4 and lowered his ERA to 4.74.

Eric Sheridan and Derek Tharpe combined to throw the final three scoreless innings for Stockton. Sheridan has a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 relief innings this season. He has 19 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Mazzaro's start was a welcome relief for the Ports, who have seen their rotation decimated by injuries and promotions. Opening Day starter Jared Lansford has been sidelined since the season's first day with shoulder problems and the team's number two and three starters -- Mike Madsen and Ryan Webb -- have been promoted to Double-A Midland. In addition, swingman Luis Ramirez, who gave the Ports a veteran presence, has been promoted to Midland.

Brad Davis has joined the Ports' rotation out of the bullpen and Independent League signee Bobby Cramer has joined the Ports' bullpen in recent days. Trent Peterson has also made the move from the bullpen to the rotation and Jose Guzman was added to the rotation from extended spring training. Ben Jukich and Mazzaro are the only two pitchers who have been in the Ports' rotation all season.

The Ports have been inconsistent this season. The win on Tuesday broke a five-game losing streak and upped their record to 22-23.

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