Michel Hernandez had more homers on Thursday, two, than he had through the entire year, encompassing 79 games. His last homer came on April 18. He has four straight multi-hit games and is hitting .326 since the start of June. His two homers match the amount of extra base hits he has had over the past 19 games. It was also his first multi-RBI game since June 26. Hernandez is hitting .288 on the year.
While Josh Barfield continues to get it done at the plate, going 2-for-4 with another homer to raise his hitting streak to 12, it was Ryan Snare – back from the Southern League – who shut them down on the hill. Pitching on three days rest, Snare allowed two runs, coming on solo homers, on four hits over five innings of work to move to 3-1 in Portland. It is the first time since joining the Padres' organization that he has allowed two runs or less. Despite his three wins he owns a 6.64 ERA since joining the Triple-A squad.
Mobile lost 5-0
Sean Thompson gave up five runs on seven hits and a season-high six walks on Thursday, taking his fifth loss of the year. Thompson has given up three or more walks in 15 of his 25 starts on the year with 50 coming in his 19 Mobile starts. It is also the 11th time he has surrendered four runs or more in a start. The lefty is 1-4 with a 5.63 ERA on the road.
While Mobile managed seven hits on the evening, only three players actually recorded hits and all were singles. George Kottaras had three hits and a walk and both Baker's, Casey and Steve, had two hits apiece. Steve Baker pushed his hitting streak to nine games in the process. He is 13-for-34 over the streak with six RBI's. He has also reached base safely in 17 straight. Since the start of August he is hitting .376 with 38 hits in 101 at bats. Believe it or not, it his second best month of the year after swatting .404 in April.
Lake Elsinore lost 5-2
After allowing 13 runs over five appearances in his second stint with Mobile and giving up ten runs in 6.1 innings with the Storm over three appearances, Wilmer Villatoro has seemingly settled down. He went two innings on Thursday and allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one while adding a hit batsman. It was his second outing in a row that he did not give up a run, only the second time he has tossed consecutive scoreless outings over his last 17 appearances. His ERA with the Storm is back under 4.00 at 3.79 after reaching its zenith for the first time all year on August 20.
Michael Johnson notched the only RBI of the game for the Storm, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple and a run scored. Johnson has five triples this year – he is one of five Storm batters who has five or more on the year. His 64 RBI's place him in a tie for third most on the team, despite playing in 48 games less than his the man in second place and 60 games less than the team leader. Johnson has reached base safely in 19 straight games.
Fort Wayne lost 5-0
After two days off, the Wizards came out flat on Thursday.
Drew Davidson collected two hits in four at bats and has a five game hitting streak. He is 7-for-17 but has just one RBI over the streak – and that came on a solo homer. It is his only RBI in the last nine games after netting 12 in his first nine games. Davidson has upped his average from .222 to .268 and has been hit by four pitches in the last 12 games.
Geivy Garcia gave up a run in two innings of relief work on two hits. The right-hander has seen action in 36 games this year and has been a tale of two pitchers along the way. He boasted a 2.35 ERA in May only to see it balloon in June to 8.44. After a 3.14 ERA in July it has jumped to 7.15 for August. He has given up runs in half of his relief appearances and the opposition is hitting .379 off him with RISP.
Eugene won 7-6
August 2 was the last time Daryl Jones has a multi-hit game, finally breaking that streak on Thursday. Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI, matching his RBI output of the last 16 games. Of his last 18 hits only two have gone for extra bases. The first baseman has 15 RBI's in 62 games for Eugene and has five hits in 45 at bats against left-handed pitching.
John Madden has carved out a nice niche in the bullpen for the Ems. He recorded the win on Thursday, striking out two in his inning of work. Madden has not had an ERA above 3.38 this year and is down to 2.88 after Thursday. He has gone five straight appearances without allowing a run, allowing one hit over that span and striking out ten. The opposition is hitting .217 off him this month.
AZL Padres won 5-4 in 11 innings on Wednesday
Richie Daigle went the first four, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks. Despite allowing two hits last time out in five innings of scoreless work, the opposition is hitting .303 off Daigle with lefties swatting .357 off him. He has limited the damage from his average against of .405 with the bases empty by holding them to a .231 average with RISP.
Scott Fogleson came on in relief and pitched five innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. The left-hander has limited the opposition to a .185 average against in 20 innings of work and has given up just one hit to left-handed hitters. Five of the 12 hits he has yielded have gone for extra base hits.
Josh Howard pushed hit hitting streak to 11 games and has reached base safely in all 18 games he has played for Peoria. The centerfielder went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI's on Wednesday, his third straight multi-hit game. Howard also has three extra base hits over his last three, matching his total from his first 15 games of the year. He has scored 12 runs over the life of the streak, scoring in eight of the 11 games.