The Triple-A club finished the week at .500 (3-3) and currently stand at 51-60 entering Sunday. Jon Leicester lost his fourth straight decision on Saturday night against Tucson, but turned in a solid seven-inning, one-run performance at Portland earlier in the week on Monday. Over his last six starts, the once promising Leicester is winless with a 7.32 ERA. He surrendered four runs and seven hits through eight innings on Saturday.
Bobby Brownlie made his first start since May 26 on Tuesday in Portland. He gave up three runs and six hits in five innings. All things considered, he surrendered only three runs the entire time he was in the bullpen in June and July, a span of 21 1/3 innings. Also on Tuesday, Jermaine Van Buren recorded his 20th save of the season. He recently reeled off a string of eight saves in 10 appearances. Since July 2, the right-hander has allowed only one run in 14 games.
David Kelton saw his average drop to .274 on Saturday after a 2-for-19 performance for the week. Micah Hoffpauir's average has also started to sink. Since returning to Iowa after a brief stint at West Tenn last month, Hoffpauir is 7-for-41. Corey Patterson remains the team's hottest hitter at the moment with eight hits in his last four games. He is batting .344 (11-for-32) against left-handers since being demoted to Iowa, but only .226 (12-for-53) against the right-handers.
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The Double-A club also had a 3-3 record for the week, but are 68-42 combined. Luis Montanez hit safely in every game last week and is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak entering Sunday. Since being promoted above Class-A for the first time in his career, the former first round pick from 2000 is batting .325 with nine extra base hits.
Ryan Theriot saw his six-game hitting streak come to a close on Saturday, but the former switch-hitter collected a team-best 11 hits for the week and is batting .309 for the year. After hitting above .300 through most every game this season, Casey McGehee saw his average fall to .294 after a recent 1-for-15 slide. McGehee and Theriot are the only Jaxx players with over 100 hits at the moment.
McGehee isn't the only one off to a slow start in August, either. Brandon Sing is also 1-for-15 over his last six games. Sing finished July with his best month this season—a .366 average, nine home runs, and 22 RBI.
After winning his 10th game on July 27 at Huntsville, Ricky Nolasco suffered only his second loss of the year on Tuesday—also to Huntsville. He allowed four runs in seven innings while striking out five batters. Renyel Pinto picked up his third straight win on Friday. He surrendered two runs in six innings against Chattanooga. In doing so, Pinto went over 100 innings with the Jaxx and now leads the Southern League with a 2.15 ERA. Right-hander Jae-Kuk Ryu and Nolasco place 1-2 atop the league in innings pitched with 133.1 and 124.1, respectively. Unlike Pinto, Ryu has lost three straight starts as he enters the week.