Lefthander Ryan Snare made his debut with Portland on Sunday. The southpaw allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings of work, picking up the win. He broke a four game losing streak with the win. As a starter, the opposition is hitting .371 off him. He was picked up after being released from the Texas organization. He had been 1-5 with a 6.38 ERA for their Oklahoma affiliate.
For the first time since June 22 and just the third time this year someone other than Brad Baker recorded the save. Scott Cassidy came on to pitch the ninth, facing the minimum to record the save, his first of the year – including his time in the International League. Cassidy has allowed one run four hits through eight innings of work for Portland. He has also yet to allow a hit with runners in scoring position.
Josh Barfield had his second straight three-hit night in a row and knocked in two to extend his hitting streak to six games. The second baseman is 12-for-24 over the streak with four walks, four RBI's and five runs scored. More importantly, though, Barfield doubled twice on Sunday and has four doubles in his past three games. It was the third time this year he has had two extra base hits in the same game. He is now hitting .305 on the year.
Mobile won 6-0
Jose Oyervidez didn't allow a run over seven innings, giving up three hits and walking three while striking out six. It gave him wins in consecutive games for the first time this year. Oyervidez has allowed two earned runs over the last 20 innings and has given up two runs or less in four of his last five starts. He has a 2.72 ERA this month. It is the eighth time this year he has given up three hits or fewer through 21 starts.
Wondering who is atop the RBI board on the Mobile team? Look no further than leadoff hitter Kennard Jones who is tied for the team lead with Ronnie Merrill and Corey Smith. Jones knocked in two runs on Sunday, giving him four in the last two games. He went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and stole his fifth base in the last five games. Jones hit .310 for the month of July and drew more walks, 18, than strikeouts, 16.
Lake Elsinore lost 18-0
Adam Bourassa suffered a broken arm, effectively ending his season.
On a night that the Storm managed just four hits, three of the five pitchers to enter the game gave up five hits or more. Imagine how much worse it could have been had Craig Johnson not thrown out two runners from his outfield position. High Desert scored in every inning but the second.
Daniel Baca got a rude awakening to life outside of Peoria, surrendering a season-high four runs on a season-high five hits and a season-high two walks (see a trend here) in his California League debut. Baca had given up runs in two of his previous 16 innings, all with the Arizona Rookie League club.
This will send your ERA into the next stratosphere: An inning and two-thirds, eight runs, all earned, on seven hits and three walks. That was the night for Ryan Klatt. He also gave up two homers, more than he had surrendered all year. Klatt had given up six hits in his previous ten outings and seven runs total in 19 appearances on the year. His ERA doubled from 2.25 to 5.40.
Fort Wayne lost 5-3
Mike Ekstrom rebounded from a sub par performance last time out by allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks. He did allow his fourth homer over his last 12 innings of work. Ekstrom has given up three runs or less in 16 of his 22 starts and two earned runs or less in 15 of those. Over his 22 starts, Ekstrom has given up nine runs in the first two innings.
Kyle Stutes dropped his ERA back under 2.00 to 1.91 with a two inning outing, striking out five and allowing one hit. He has given up two hits over the last 6.1 innings, striking out ten over that time. Stutes has a .219 average against and has whiffed 44 in 33 innings. Of the 19 runners he has inherited on the year, five have scored.
Eugene lost 7-4
Ben Krosschell lost his Northwest League leading sixth game on Sunday – in what was his worst outing of the year. He allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk, dropping his fourth straight decision. The righty hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in his three previous starts and had gone six straight without allowing more than three runs. Nine of the 24 hits he has allowed with runners on base have gone for extra bases.
Mike Sansoe stayed in the top ten in the Northwest League in hitting with his 2-for-3 night. He has chained together hits in six straight and has reached base safely in 19 in a row. Sansoe has also stolen a base in four consecutive games and scored a run in five straight. He has scored 24 runs in 26 July games and is fourth in the league with 27 runs scored.
Adam Gold gave up one run on three hits in two innings of work. It is the eighth time in 12 appearances that he has yielded a run. Gold also allowed one inherited runner to score and of the last eight he has inherited, eight have scored. Gold has a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 2.21 on the year and lefties have an on base percentage of .500 against him.
ASL Padres did not report in time for the notebook
With games now being played in the evening, reports are slow to come out. There will be times when the notebook is posted without a score from Arizona coming through.