Lines of the day:
3B-1B Scott McClain - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR (6), 2 RBI, 1 SO
1B Lance Niekro - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 1 RBI, 1 SO
PH Brian Horwitz - 1-1
SP Matt Kinney - 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
RP Erick Threets - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, W (1-1)
The Grizzlies rode a big inning to another win. With the score tied at two, the Grizzlies led off the seventh with Justin Leone getting on base thanks to getting hit by a pitch, then picking up back-to-back singles. The Grizzlies would go on to score six runs in the inning, highlighted by McLain's two-run homer to top off the scoring.
McClain hasn't been the power threat as expected after hitting 28 home runs with Sacramento last year, but he has been getting on base at a good rate (.348 OBP on a .262 batting average), and his slugging rate is still respectable (.421, after slugging .466 last year). Horwitz may not have started, but he's still hitting, and raised his average to .469 with a single in his only at bat. Kinney had a solid start, despite giving up one of his highest hit totals of the season. Threets hasn't allowed an earned run in seven games after allowing 12 in the three games before this streak started, and he lowered his ERA to 6.00.
Connecticut Defenders: Game 1 - Connecticut 1, Portland 0 (Click to see Box Score)
Game 2 - Portland 7, Connecticut 0 (Click to see Box Score)
Lines of the day - Game 1:
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B (1), 2 SO
RF Alex Requena - 1-3, 1 2B (3), 1 SO
SP Nick Pereira - 5 1-3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 SO, W (2-5)
RP Brian Anderson - 1 2-3, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, S (10)
2B Eugenio Velez - 1-2, 1 PO
2B Trey Webb - 1-1
SS Jake Wald - 1-2
SP Ben Cox - 1 2-3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP, L (0-7)
RP Joe Bateman - 3 2-3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
The Defenders managed only three hits on both sides of today's double-header, but still managed to get a split. Game 1 was highlighted by Nick Pereira, who allowed just three hits in over five innings, but he did allow a season-high tying five walks. Anderson finished off the game, which was enough as Velez hit a leadoff triple, and scored on a Carlos Sosa groundout. In Game 2, the Defenders fell behind quickly as Cox allowed three runs in each of the first two innings. The three singles and two walks the Defenders collected wasn't enough.
Velez had another good day, scoring the only Defenders run and collecting two of their six hits. The triple was Velez's second extra-base hit of the season, in 12 total games. Requena's double was the only other extra-base hit of the day. Pereira's start was his third scoreless start in the last six, but in the other three he's allowed five runs in each. Anderson has allowed no runs in the last six starts, lowering his ERA to 2.61.
Lines of the day:
1B Tyler Von Schell - 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR (7), 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
CF Ben Copeland - 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B (5), 1 SB (2)
3B David Maroul - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B (12), 1 RBI
SS Brian Bocock - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
SP Gregorio Martinez - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, W (4-3)
San Jose is starting to look like a power team, or at least they are with Tyler Von Schell. Von Schell hit his sixth and seventh home runs of the season for San Jose, four of them coming in the four game series with Bakersfield. The runs came in bursts, with two four run innings accounting for the majority of the scoring.
Von Schell, who played the last three years in Double-A, is making Single-A pitching look overmatched, and is already halfway to his season high in home runs (14), despite just playing in 20 games in San Jose. Copeland collected his first hits since coming back from injury on May 31st. He's batting 3 for 9 in that time, with four walks.
Lines of the day:
SS Emmanuel Burriss - 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS (5), 1 HBP
SS Sharlon Schoop - 1-1
RF Bobby Felmy - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B (11), 3 RBI, 1 BB
DH Matt Weston - 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 3 RBI, 1 SO
1B Brett Pill - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B (17), 1 BB, 1 SO
C Dayton Buller - 3-5, 1 2B (8), 2 RBI, 1 E (2)
SP Kevin Pucetas - 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 1 HBP, W (6-1)
The GreenJackets opened up their key series with a big win. Augusta had 13 hits, and six of them were for extra bases. The biggest was weston's third inning home run, a two-run shot that gave Augusta a 3-0 lead. By the end of the fourth, it would be 7-1. That would be enough for Pucetas, who was hit a bit but was mostly able to handle Asheville.
Pucetas' ERA remained a very low 1.55 despite giving up a season-high three earned runs. He has walked just seven batters this season, while striking out 44. Schoop replaced Burriss in the 7th inning, with no apparent reason. Burriss was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, but stayed in. Pill's two doubles left him tied with Ryan Rohlinger, who had a double himself, for the team lead as both have 17 on the year. Weston hit his first home run since May 24th.