Jesse Garcia positioned himself quite well on Sunday with Khalil Greene injured in San Diego. He went 3-for-5 with a three run homer and seven RBI's. He had five two-out RBI's and pushed his total for the year to 20. He is hitting .412 through six games in August after being brought back up from Mobile. Garcia began the year hitting .177 through his first 44 games of the year with the Beavers.
While Josh Barfield doubled and homered, a feat he accomplished two days ago, Greg Sain went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI's. Sain had just two doubles over his previous 28 games. The first baseman also scored three times and has crossed home plate eight times in the last six games he has played. He is hitting .280 through 36 games with Portland, driving in 21. He is also hitting .375 through seven August games.
Craig Breslow, back from the Padres, made his Portland debut. The left-handed reliever had skipped Portland on the way from Mobile to the Bigs. Breslow allowed two runs over 8.2 innings during two separate stints with San Diego, sporting a 2.08 ERA. Breslow pitched one scoreless inning in his first minor league action since July 26.
Adam Eaton (finger) is scheduled to throw 60 pitches on Monday in his second rehab start, and his first of two for Triple-A Portland.
Mobile won 13-9
Peeter Ramos was the only regular not to join in the reindeer games as he went hitless. Joe Gerber picked up the slack by pounding out five hits in five at bats with a homer, two doubles and four RBI's. Amazingly, he scored only once. That is because everyone in front of him kept clearing bases like he did. Corey Smith homered in consecutive innings to give him 17 on the year and he was on the front half and back half of back-to-back jacks with George Kottaras hitting one before him in the fifth and Steve Baker hitting one after him in the sixth. Smith has hit 11 homers since July 5. Gerber became the sixth player in BayBears history to record a five hit night.
Wilmer Villatoro was the victim of back-to-back homers in the ninth inning. The reliever faced four batters and recorded no outs. He surrendered two singles before giving up the first homer. In 11 innings with Mobile, Villatoro has given up 19 earned runs. The opposition has 22 hits in 51 at bats, a .431 average. Not only that, he has walked an additional 12 batters for an on base percentage of .525.
Lake Elsinore lost 9-3
Arturo Lopez was pulled after 4.1 innings in his start at PETCO Park on Sunday. He allowed eight runs, six earned, on 11 hits and a walk. Lopez has lost each of his last five starts and seven straight decisions. Over the last four games he has surrendered 34 runs on 37 hits in 15.1 innings.
"Believe me…I am struggling so bad," Lopez said. "You have to keep working. I know through the first 20 games I was really doing my job but the last four – four losses. It frustrates me but I have to keep working. I am confident."
Juan Ciriaco broke out of an 0-for-15 slump with two doubles in four at bats and two RBI's. One of the doubles, however, was a gimme from the other team. He popped the ball high up in the infield in front of the pitcher's mound. The third baseman called for it but misplayed it and it fell without it hitting his glove. It was, therefore ruled a hit. He ended up coming around to score on a sacrifice fly, playing a hand in all three runs for the Storm. Since tearing it up in April and May, Ciriaco is hitting .234 over the last three months.
Fort Wayne won game one 9-2, lost 5-3 in eight innings
Everyone except Matt Bush notched a game one hit and Sean Kazmar not only pushed his hitting streak to 11 games, he also homered for the tenth time this season and had three hits. He has doubled his homer total during these last 11 games alone, with three coming over the last four games, and is 19-for-42 with eight walks, 11 runs scored and ten RBI's during the streak. Kazmar failed to record a hit in the second game, effectively ending his streak. He did have a sacrifice fly and an RBI.
Cesar Ramos pitched his first professional complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out six. The lefty owns a 17-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio since joining Fort Wayne. It is the second time he has gone seven innings in his four starts and subsequently the second time he has given up two runs or less. Lefties are hitting .400 off him while righties are batting .247.
Baudilio Figueroa committed three errors in game two and the last one was the one that ultimately hurt the Wizards. His error in the eighth enabled two unearned runs to score. The infielder has 14 errors on the year in 43 games and adding insult to injury he went 0-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts.
Eugene won 4-1
Fabian Jimenez walked five, threw three wild pitches over five innings but gave up just two hits and one run. He has allowed four hits in 12 innings for the Ems but has uncorked five wild pitches over that span. Sunday marked the seventh time he has walked four or more. He has yet to allow a hit with runners in scoring position for the Ems. Jimenez has given up three hits or less in seven of his 22 starts.
Daryl Jones has a modest five game hitting streak, going 5-for-15 to raise his average to .204, the highest it has been since July 11. Jones has doubled in consecutive games for the second time this year. He is hitting .275 in August but has whiffed 56 times in 53 games. He is just 9-for-53 with runners in scoring position, a .170 average.
AZL Padres won 4-3 on Saturday
Geoff Vandel allowed his first run in Arizona Rookie League play, going three innings and giving up a run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. The walks were also the first of its kind that he has allowed this year and through 7.1 innings he has whiffed 11, including the striking out the side on one occasion. Vandel has held the opposition to a .185 batting average against and has given up one hit with runners in scoring position to date.
Richie Daigle got his second start of the year and cut most of his numbers in half from his previous outing. He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. He did hit a batter for the third straight game and his two whiffs are one more than he had in his first seven innings of the year. The opposition is hitting an obscene .500 off him with the bases empty but he has limited the damage by holding them to a .267 average with runners in scoring position.
For the second game in a row, Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in one of his innings of work. And for the second game in a row he did now walk a batter, the first time he has accomplished the feat and now the second. He went two and allowed just one hit while striking out four to lower his ERA to 1.04 and earn his sixth win of the year, five coming in his last seven relief appearances. Frieri has struck out 18 over his last 8.2 innings to bring his total for the season to 42 in 34.2 frames. He has allowed one hit in 39 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .026 average.
AZL Padres lost 10-2 on Sunday
Five errors and two passed balls led to five unearned runs. Riki Paewai made his fourth appearance of the year and third start. He went 3.2 and was charged with three runs, one earned, on four hits and five walks to take his first loss of the year. It is already the second time this year that he has surrendered five walks in a game. He has kept the opposition to four hits in 21 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Kyle Blanks hit his first triple of the year, going 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Since hitting .414 during the month of June, Blanks has been on the decline. He hit .278 in July and is batting .194 in August. He has, however, drawn 11 walks in ten August games after walking nine times over his first 28 contests. The first baseman has a .237 average at home and a .329 average away.
Patrick Clayton struck out the side for the second time in three games but this time five runs did not accompany it. He allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of work. Clayton had given up runs in each of his four previous outings, walking 15 over those six innings. He still has more walks, 19, than strikeouts, 18, in 15 innings and although the opposition is hitting .188 off him this month, he has given up nine runs in five frames.