Brian Sweeney, pitching on three days rest with Clay Hensley promoted, lasted seven innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. Sweeney had gone seven starts without allowing more than two runs. The righty has a 3.15 ERA since joining Portland and has given up one first inning run in nine starts. He has also held the opposition to a .222 batting average with runners in scoring position and owns a WHIP of 1.23.
Brian Falkenborg has seen action in four games since returning to Portland for his third tour with the club and has given up 11 runs in those 3.1 innings. He walked a career-high six en route to being charged with four runs on Wednesday. The reliever has walked ten over his last four games, equaling his total from his first 20 outings in Portland. Ironically, Falkenborg surrendered six runs in his first four games back after his firs stint with San Diego and those runs account for al but four of the ones he has given up on the year.
Despite logging 18 hits, Portland hitters stuck out 19 times on the night with four players whiffing three or more times. Only Greg Sain did not succumb.
Mobile won 2-1 in 19 innings
Travis Chick smoked through seven innings, allowing just two hits with one being a homer and the other a bunt single. He also walked two and struck out four. It is the fifth time this year in 19 starts that he has given up three hits or fewer. It is the ninth time he has given up two runs or less with three coming over his last four starts. Chick also went 1-for-2 at the plate.
The Mobile bullpen threw 12 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just four hits over that span. Paul Abraham, a recent target of Southern League hitters, was a trooper, throwing four shutout innings and lowering his ERA by a full run and a half from 6.59 to 5.09. The right-hander has given up 12 runs, ten earned, in 12 outings, but his work on Wednesday helped Mobile and his own record with the win. Abraham even committed his third error in the last seven games but came away unscathed.
Lake Elsinore won 8-4
Howie Pence got the win in relief of Luis Mendoza. Pence went an inning and a third and did not allow a baserunner. He has won two of his last four appearances but has had some rough spots this year. Pence has given up runs in 15 of his 38 outings and has been streaky. He gave up runs in four outings in a row, two in a row, three in a row, and five of seven, accounting for all but one rogue outing where he allowed a run. Pence has struggled mightily at home where he sports a 7.23 ERA while he has a 2.33 ERA on the road.
"You can say there is extra pressure on me because I am 25 and in A-ball but you can't think about that stuff," said Pence. "If you go out there and have the mentality, ‘I have to do this or I have to do that' you are going to be too tight to be able to play. I try and think positively and know I can throw strikes. I can get these guys out. They can't hit me. That is my mentality."
Leo Rosales went an inning and a third to record the save, his 18th of the year. Rosales has notched a save in six appearances in a row and has stranded five inherited runners over that time, including two on Wednesday. Over his last ten games, Rosie has a .149 batting average against coupled with an ERA of 1.42. Since the first of June he has given up 17 hits in 96 at bats.
"I have put together some good outings(of late)," said Rosales. "I need to focus on keeping the ball down and not putting it in the wheelhouse."
Fort Wayne had the night off
Peter Ciofrone was placed on the disabled list with a left knee strain, retroactive to July 19.
Eugene won 2-1
Brent Carter gave up one run on seven hits in 5.2 innings of work while striking out six. Carter has given up two earned runs or less in all but one of his six starts and one earned run or less in four of his six outings. Carter hasn't walked a batter since his first start of the year and has a 30-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The lefty has a .285 average against on the year and lefties, astonishingly, are swatting .444 off him.
Drew Davidson was the only Emerald to record more than one hit and he had three. He also was the only player to knock in a run for the Ems, netting two, including the game-winner. Davidson is hitting .328 during the month of July and is 14-for-36 over the last seven games with eight RBI's over that span. Despite reaching base 18 times over the last 12 games, he has scored just three runs.
Neil Jamison went one inning and got the win. He has gone ten straight outings without allowing an earned run and sports a 0.60 ERA on the year. In 13 appearances, Jamison has had the challenge of working with a runner on in all but two. The righty hasn't allowed a single hit with runners in scoring positions, notching 18 straight outs in such situations. While lefties are batting .269, righties have been limited to a slim .194 average against.
AZL Padres lost 7-5
After two relief appearances, David Jolliff was back in the starting rotation. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in 4.2 innings while plunking two batters. In 12.2 innings as a starter, Jolliff has an ERA of 4.26 and while he has given up more runs as a reliever in 9.2 innings (eight as a reliever, seven as a starter) only three have been earned for an ERA of 2.79. Jolliff has struggled against the leadoff hitter with the opposition hitting .435 off him in those situations.
Chad Steiner was one of two players on the Peoria squad to record a multi-hit game. Steiner, after a brief stint playing in left field in his last game after coming on as a pinch hitter and driving in a run was back at his customary third base position. Steiner's two RBI's over his last two games are more than he had all year with Peoria. He has reached base in six of his last eight games after going 0-for-4 to start his campaign with Peoria.
Julio Sanchez went an inning and a third and allowed three runs on three hits, including his second balk of the year and a wild pitch. He had come on to prevent two inherited runners from scoring and has allowed just one of six inherited runners to score. It was, however, the second game in a row that Sanchez has given up three runs in a relief appearance and his six runs allowed over that span are two more than he had given up over his first eight outings.
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