On Friday night with the Fort Wayne Wizards, Jon Ellis pitched five innings, not the reported six, and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six. He threw 77 pitches on the night. Phil Polanco pitched the sixth, allowing one run on two hits and a walk.
Portland lost 6-5
Brian Sweeney pitched into the eighth inning, allowing three runs, one earned, on a Portland season-high ten hits and a walk. He held the opposition to three hits in ten at bats with runners in scoring position to limit the damage. Sweeney still hasn't allowed more than three runs in his 13 starts with Portland and he has allowed two runs or less in nine of those outings.
Brad Baker has blown the last three save opportunities he has had and has allowed runs in four of his last five appearances. The closer went two-thirds of an inning and gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. He has now blown ten saves in 37 chances. He has an 8.68 ERA in July and an 18.70 ERA over his last five outings. Baker is also walking over 4.5 per nine innings.
Paul McAnulty homered for the third time in six games and extended his hitting streak to seven. He is 13-for-32 over the streak with the three homers, five doubles and eight RBI's. Josh Barfield reached base four times, going 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. He pushed his average over .300 for the first time this year. Ben Johnson homered, his third over the last two games.
Mobile won 9-4
Cesar Carrillo made his Double-A debut on Saturday, getting the win after going 6.2 innings. He came into the seventh with two runs allowed on three hits – but served up a double and single before getting pulled. He would eventually be charged with both runs as they came in on a double off Rusty Tucker. His official scorecard was four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high eight. It was the first time this year that he has given up more than three runs in an outing.
Steve Baker snapped a 2-for-20 skid with a 2-for-5 night that was highlighted by a two-out grand slam in the third inning. Baker is hitting just .230 with Mobile after tearing up the California League. He is hitting better in July than the .189 he hit in June with the Double-A squad. He is, however, just 5-for-29 with runners in scoring position, including Saturday's game.
Former BayBear Todd Donovan drove in all four runs for Jacksonville.
"I think we are doing all the things well that we weren't doing as well before," said outfielder Brian Burgamy. "Hopefully we can close the season strong." The BayBears have now won eight of their last eleven.
Lake Elsinore won 2-0
Dirk Hayhurst was masterful over six innings, scattering just three hits while striking out three in just his fourth start of the year. He had given up 14 earned runs over his previous 16.1 innings out of the starting rotation. He has won three straight decisions, two coming in relief, and owns a 4.24 ERA in July – his best month of the season.
"The seven man rotation," Hayhurst joked about finally getting his chance. "Tye walked by me the last time he saw me and said, ‘we haven't forgotten about you. Keep separating yourself.'
"I have to keep the ball down and that results in a lot of ground ball outs. We have Peeter Ramos and MJ on that side of the field so you can let people pound it into the ground."
For the first time this year, Ryan Klatt entered the game with runners on base. He inherited two and kept both from scoring in his one-third of an inning. The short outing extended his scoreless streak to six appearances and he has not given up an earned run over his last ten. He has whittled down his season long ERA from 5.19 to 2.25. He has allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings with the Storm.
Fort Wayne lost 12-2
Fabian Jimenez was crushed in four-plus innings of work. The lefty allowed nine runs, all earned, on ten hits and four walks, dropping his seventh straight decision to fall to 4-11 on the year. Jimenez has allowed seven runs or more in five of his 20 starts. He has also given up ten hits or more three times and has walked four or more six times. Jimenez has walked 16 over his last three starts. Over his last ten starts, Jimenez is 0-7 with a 10.58 ERA. Over that same time, opponents are hitting .407 off him.
Mike Baxter extended his hitting streak to nine games with two hits in four at bats. He is 12-for-39 over the streak with four doubles, a triple, five runs scored and five RBI's. More amazing, Baxter has whiffed just two times in 47 at bats on the year. He is the perfect two-out hitter because he puts the ball in play and has a .600 average with runners on base and two away.
Eugene won 7-5
Brent Carter continued his dominance over the Northwest League, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks over 5.2 innings of work. Carter also whiffed five and his two walks matched his total for the season. Despite allowing one earned run or less over six of his eight starts and two runs or fewer in six starts, Carter earned just his second win of the year. He has limited the opposition to a .194 average against with runners in scoring position.
William Venable went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer, two runs scored and two RBI's. It was his first multi-hit game since joining Eugene and seventh of the year. Venable had entered the game with just three hits in 33 at bats. Four of his five hits, however, have gone for extra bases. The triple is his third of the year as he notched two with Peoria.
Neil Jamison's scoreless streak ended after 11 appearances as the reliever allowed one run on two hits in the ninth. He did record his second save of the year and still sports an ERA under 1.00 at 0.93. Jamison had gone 13 innings without allowing a run and 15.1 without allowing an earned run. Jamison has allowed one hit in 22 at bats with runners in scoring position.
AZL Padres was postponed due to rain