Jordan Pickens on a tear; Alfredo Javier debut

Only two games were in session last night as many leagues observed the MLB All-Star festivities in Detroit. Do you believe in miracles? Lake Elsinore does. They snatched their third straight late inning comeback win, scoring four in the top of the ninth. Luany Sanchez had four hits to pace the AZL Padres but high priced signee Alfredo Javier had a debut to forget.

Portland and Mobile had the day off in preparation for their respective All-Star games

Lake Elsinore won 7-4

Cesar Carrillo made his second start as a member of the Storm. He was pulled after 4.1 innings and was charged with two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander has whiffed nine through 7.1 innings and righties have just three hits in 19 at bats off him while lefties are 3-for-9. His average against is .214 for the year.

Jordan Pickens went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's on Tuesday. The outfielder/designated hitter is hitting .275 since the beginning of June and .295 for the month of July after getting off to a sluggish start. He has raised his average to a season high .236 in the process. Pickens has 40 RBI's in 58 games, tying him for sixth best on the club and 15 off the pace of the leader despite playing in 20-30 fewer games than the rest of the squad. Pickens has eight runs scored over his last six games but just four RBI's for the month.

Fort Wayne had the night off

Eugene had the night off

AZL Padres lost 9-8 in 13 innings

Catcher Luany Sanchez went 4-for-6 on Tuesday and tripled in a run in the top of the 13th inning. He also doubled and ended the day with two RBI's. It is his fourth multi-RBI game in his last nine and he has five RBI's in his last four. After throwing out one of the first 13 baserunners attempting to steal this year, Sanchez gunned down three of five thieves on Tuesday.

Alfredo Javier, who had shoulder surgery on his labrum in late February, made his first appearance of the year with Peoria and it didn't go quite as planned. With two men on after Chad Decker hit two batters, Javier plunked the first batter he faced to load the bases. With a three run lead, the next batter launched a grand slam which won the game. Last year, the Padres signed Javier out of the Dominican Republic for $440,000, the second-highest sum they've paid a foreign amateur.

Juan Jimenez made start number five on the year, giving up two runs on a season-high nine hits and a walk in 5.2 innings of work. He also struck out six, giving him 14 K's over his last two outings. Not only is his average against at .295 for the year, the opposition is smacking .346 off him with runners in scoring position (RISP) and .545 with RISP and two outs.

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