Paul McAnulty notched his first Triple-A homer, a solo shot, and added a double and a walk in five plate appearances. McAnulty has three multi-hit games in four games with the Beavers, going 7-for-16. He has also scored five runs and has an RBI in each of the last three games. His seven hits are more than he had in 41 at bats while playing Mobile during the month of July.
Brian Sweeney went six and gave up two runs on four hits while whiffing seven. The righty has given up two runs or less in nine of his last ten starts and has not given up more than three runs in any outing. Since the start of June Sweeney owns a 2.95 ERA. He has given up 14 hits in 66 at bats with runners in scoring position. Sweeney also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and a walk.
Mobile had the night off
Lake Elsinore won 9-2
Cesar Carrillo earned his first win in California League play only to learn he was being shipped to Mobile after the game. The first round pick gave up just one hit through the first six innings, a solo homer, before ending his night after seven with two runs allowed on three hits while striking out six. Carrillo has seen action in just four games within the Padres' system, allowing seven runs, six earned, over 19.1 innings while striking out 20. Jared Wells will join him on the train to Mobile.
George Kottaras went 1-for-2 but scored three runs thanks to three walks on the night. Kottaras is 8-for-19 over his last five games with four doubles, four walks and eight runs scored. After scoring 18 runs over the firs two months of the season, Kottaras has scored 34 over the last two. Kottaras has walked 48 times while striking out 57 times and owns a .388 on base percentage.
Fort Wayne won 7-6 in 11 innings
Mike Ekstrom entered Monday's game with just five homers allowed over his first 20 starts. That number jumped to eight jacks yielded after three left the park. All six runs charged to Ekstrom were chalked up due to the long ball. He gave up a homer in three straight innings, leaving after six with six runs in on eight hits. It is the sixth time in 21 starts that he has given up four runs or more. He is still 3-0 with a 3.72 ERA in five starts in July.
Geivy Garcia pitched one inning of scoreless ball and has given up just one earned run over his last ten appearances, lowering his ERA from 7.40 to 4.58. He has given up runs in 11 of his 26 outings but sports a 0.77 ERA for the month of July. He has given up just 16 hits in 75 at bats with the bases empty but has given up 15 hits in 42 at bats with runners in scoring position.
After starting his Midwest League career in a 2-for-27 slump, Josh Alley banged out three hits in five at bats, including a double and an RBI. Alley has walked nine times in his first nine games with the Wizards and owns a .357 on base percentage. Alley entered the game without a hit in ten at bats with runners in scoring position. Alley is 0-for-15 when he is playing either centerfield or left field and 5-for-17 when he plays in right field.
Eugene lost 5-3
Brent Carter was dominant over seven, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out seven. It was just the second walk Carter has issued while whiffing 37. He has as many wild pitches, in fact, as walks. In seven starts Carter has given up more than two earned runs once, yet is 1-2. Left-handed hitters, however, are batting .350 off him while righties are hitting just .226.
John Madden didn't allow a hit, walked one, hit a batter yet was charged with four runs, all unearned. The "maddening" inning went as follows: hit batter, error, sacrifice, fielder's choice that did not net an out but scored a run, walk, and a force out at home. After leaving the game with the bases juiced, Alfredo Fernandez gave up a base clearing double. Madden leads the Northwest League in appearances with 18 and has given up runs in nine of those games with three of those bringing in just unearned runs.
Santiago Guerrero went 2-for-4 with two RBI's, his third straight multi-RBI game. It is his seventh multi-RBI game of the season and he leads the club with 21 driven in. Guerrero has hits in nine of his last ten games and is 14-for-40 over that span. The outfielder is hitting .310 with runners in scoring position. While he has two doubles and a homer, he also has five triples.
AZL Padres lost 11-9 in ten innings
David Jolliff was hammered on Monday, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in 3.2 innings of work. Three of those hits left the yard, with two coming in the fourth inning. In 26 innings of work he has surrendered six long balls. Jolliff entered play having allowed two earned runs in his previous 11.2 innings. The leadoff hitter is batting .481 off him with 13 hits in 27 at bats. Ironically, he has yet to allow a first inning run.
Grant Varnell was tagged for four runs on six hits in his inning of work. The closer hadn't given up an earned run over his previous five outings, a span of 7.2 innings. He had given up just four earned runs all year through 20 innings. Opponents are hitting .302 off he right-hander, but just .219 with runners in scoring position. Varnell has produced a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings on the road but a 6.10 ERA in 10.1 innings at home.
Luany Sanchez had his second four-hit night of the season, collecting two doubles and driving in three. The catcher has yet to hit a homer but has eight doubles and a triple among his 24 hits. He has five multi-RBI games on the season with the three he had on Monday a season-high. Sanchez, however, also had two passed balls attributed to him, his sixth and seventh of the season in 18 games played, 15 at catcher.