Every Portland batter notched a hit. Four players had three or more. Five players scored two runs or more and Nick Trzesniak was the only regular left out of the reindeer games. All but Dustin Delucchi had an RBI with five players carving out two or more. Sean Burroughs went 4-for-5 with a double – his ninth extra base hit in 23 games. Josh Barfield extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-for-4 night with three runs scored.
But give this night to Jon Knott who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a homer and four RBI's. Knott entered the game hitting just .179 in August with a homer and five RBI's for the month. His 58 extra base hits are still in the top five of the Pacific Coast League but his average has dropped from 13 points from a month ago.
Mobile won game one 6-1, lost game two 11-1
The BayBears batted around in the first inning, spotting Cesar Carrillo a six-run lead in game one.
Carrillo had a one-hitter through five innings – allowing just a solo homer. In the sixth he was sliced up for two more hits, which produced another run. The right-hander ended his night after six-plus, charged with three runs on four hits while striking out eight. Carrillo has whiffed eight in three of his past five starts. He has kept the opposition to four hits or less in six of his nine starts and five hits or less in all but one outing.
Jack Cassel had been sent down in anticipation of this weekend with the BayBears playing six games in three days. The welcome isn't what Cassel had hoped for. The right-hander, used mainly in relief this year, allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings of work. Cassel was last in Mobile on May 24. In 21 appearances with Mobile, all in relief, he posted a 2.60 ERA – allowing runs in six of his outings.
Mike Richardson got the mop-up duty in game two. He pitched an inning, walked four and uncorked two wild pitches. It is the third game he has pitched this year and he had yet to walk a batter or allow a hit while striking out three in his two previous outings. Richardson has a knuckleball he uses that baffles hitters but, as was the case on Saturday, it is tough to control.
Lake Elsinore lost 16-11
Michael Johnson smashed two balls out of the park and knocked in five runs but it wasn't enough for the Storm to prevail. Johnson's 15 homers are second best on the team – as Brett Bonvechio hit one to stay ahead of him by one. He now has more homers than doubles (14) and reclaimed his mantle as having more RBI's, 60, than games played, 57. Nineteen of his 33 extra base hits have come with runners on base. He has a seven game hitting streak.
Arturo Lopez had another shaky start, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.1 innings. Lopez has given up six runs or more in each of his past five starts, 41 total over 18.2 innings. His ERA has ballooned from 4.11 to 5.80 in the process. He hit two batters on Saturday after plunking two batters the entire year. The opposition is hitting .430 off him during the month of August. He has lost eight straight decisions.
"He has had a rough few outings," manager Rick Renteria said.
"In the last six games, six losses," Lopez said. "It frustrates me but I have to keep working, keep looking forward."
Fort Wayne lost 9-3
Chris Steinborn was solid through four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth. After being pulled with two outs in the fifth, he was charged with three runs on five hits. It was the seventh spot start of the year for Steinborn as he has also added 12 relief appearances. In his seven starts, he owns a 5.81 ERA over 26.1 innings and at the same time he is sporting a 2.73 ERA in 29.2 innings as the long reliever. The big difference has been average against - .333 as a starter and .239 as a reliever.
Matt Bush went 2-for-3 with a walk to record multi-hit games on consecutive days. It is just the second time this year he has accomplished the feat and his 24th this year in 114 games. Bush is hitting .186 in August and does not have an RBI this month – going 17 games without one. He is hitting just .136 with RISP for the year. Bush did steal his eighth base in 12 attempts while also committing his Midwest League and Padres' minor leading 38th error. The overall leader, B.J. Upton, has 48.
Eugene won 2-1
Fabian Jimenez continued his roll with a six inning, one run outing. He allowed four hits and walked just one while whiffing four. Since joining Eugene, Jimenez has given up three earned runs over 18 innings and has allowed just nine hits in 64 at bats. The opposition is hitting just .141 off him and he has held them to a .100 average against with RISP. It is the ninth time this year he has given up four hits or less in a start.
Adam Gold, the quickest worker in the Padres' system, got the win. He has thrown 7.2 scoreless innings over his last six outings and after a brutal start to the year has lowered his ERA from 9.17 to 6.39. He has allowed two hits over the last 6.1 frames and still owns a .309 average against for the year. Gold also dropped his road ERA from 15.00 to 12.86 on Saturday.
While Tim Turner homered for the second day in a row, Jose Lobaton got off the schnide with a 2-for-3 game with a walk. The catcher has been shuffled around between Peoria, Fort Wayne and Eugene this year. After hitting .357 with the Arizona Rookie League club, Lobaton struggled in Fort Wayne, hitting just .176. Through three games with Eugene, he has a .273 average. Overall he has a .237 average. He did have a passed ball – his fifth of the season over three leagues.
AZL Padres won game one 12-3, won game two 5-1
Scott Fogleson pitched a complete game in the front half of the doubleheader, going seven strong and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Backed by an explosive offense, he was able to save the bullpen despite pitching on three days rest. It was August 15 that he pitched six innings but he showed no ill-effects from the short rest. Fogleson, a left-hander, has yet to allow a hit to lefty batters and has a .204 average against for the year.
Javis Diaz homered in the first game to give him homers in consecutive games – and his only two of the year. He went 1-for-4 in each game and knocked in five runs, four in the opener and one in the nightcap. Eight of his 16 RBI's have come in the last five games. He came into the weekend with just three extra base hits total, two doubles and one triple. Diaz has hit .412 against left-handed pitching this year.
Ernesto Frieri allowed a run, had a blown save, but still picked up the victory, his Arizona Rookie League leading seventh. The run, unearned due to a pass ball on Billy Killian, was the first he has yielded in over 23 innings. Five of the six outs he recorded came by way of the strikeout and he now has K'ed 53 in 41.2 frames. Frieri has allowed just two hits in 46 at bats with RISP.
Roger Deago, recovering from a left elbow strain, was back on the hill for Peoria on Friday night in the second game of the doubleheader. He showed no signs of trouble with his arm as he went five and scattered two hits while walking one and striking out four. Deago had not pitched since May 16 during his stint with the Portland Beavers. While he allowed 11 runs over two starts with Portland, Deago has three runs over 18 innings between Mobile and Arizona.
Saturday's AZL Padres game was not available for inclusion in this report
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