Andy Ashby took the hill and pitched three innings for the Beavers on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits. Ashby, who won 70 games for the Padres from 1993-99, is hoping to rejoin the Friars for the playoff push. Ashby blew out his elbow in 2003, requiring "Tommy John" surgery. He's made one appearance this year, throwing three scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Monday, and the Padres plan to have him throw in relief upon his expected call-up to San Diego.
Greg Sain hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, giving him 33 RBI's in 36 starts (he has had 11 games where he has appeared as a pinch hitter). Sixteen of those RBI's have come in August in 18 games and ten of his last 16 hits have gone for extra bases. Surprisingly, Sain is batting just .283 with runners in scoring position (RISP) and just .190 with RISP and two outs.
…And Barfield still has a hitting streak – now at 14 games.
Mobile won 14-6
Every batter in the lineup had at least one hit and a run scored and six notched an RBI. Nine of their 16 hits went for extra bases with two homers, three triples and four doubles.
Jeff Duncan led the assault by reaching base all six times he came to the plate. He was 5-for-5 with a walk, four runs scored, a double, a homer and three RBI's. He had just five hits over his last ten games, marred in a 5-for-32 slump. He has just one RBI over his last ten games as well and one extra base hit over his previous 11. You have to travel back to September 1 of 2002 to find his last five-hit game.
Corey Smith went 3-for-5 with all three hits going for extra bases. He also drove in a season-high five runs and lengthened his hitting streak to seven games. Smith had twice knocked in four runs this year and the last time he plated five was July 19, 2000 when he was in Rookie ball. Smith is 11-for-27 with ten RBI's over the streak.
"I think all the starters appreciate when there is great run support," said BayBears pitcher Jack Cassel. "It gives a different feel on the mound."
Lake Elsinore won 8-6
While everyone in the lineup recorded a hit, Chris Kolkhorst led the way with four in six at bats. He fell a homer shy of the cycle and knocked in one. Kolkhorst has three triples over the last five games and is the midst of a six game hit streak. He is 13-for-25 over the streak with five walks and five extra base hits. Kolkhorst also recorded an outfield assist on Saturday, giving him nine for the year. In 25 games, Kolkhorst is batting .340 as a member of the Storm.
Skip Adams went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's. He has 34 RBI's on the year and 17 have come during the month of August. Over the last 12 games, Adams has driven in 16. During that same time span he has seven extra base hits, including three homers. A .269 hitter on the year, he is batting .302 with RISP. Adams did, however, commit his 20th error of the year which helped an unearned run score.
Fort Wayne lost 7-4, won 7-5
Kyle Stutes hadn't allowed more than one earned run in any relief appearance this year. That changed when he allowed season-highs of five earned on seven hits in two innings in the completion of Friday's suspended game. Stutes entered the game with nine earned runs allowed over his first 40 appearances of the season. His success for the year can be attributed to getting the leadoff hitter at the start of an inning out. He has given six hits in 35 at bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning.
Peter Ciofrone went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .310 while driving in four runs in game two. The third baseman leads the team with 58 RBI's – coming in 96 games. Sixteen of those RBI's have come in the last 21 games, a span where he is hitting .376. It is the second time this year he has driven in four in the same game. Ciofrone owns a .397 on base percentage, second best on the team. He is hitting .371 with runners in scoring position this year.
Matt Varner notched his 33rd save of the year in his 52nd appearance. He has given up runs in 11 of his outings on the year, twice giving up five-plus runs. Without those two smudges on his record he would be posting a 2.32 ERA. Alas, his season ERA sits at 4.15 with those two appearances counting 11 earned runs of his 24 total on the year. He has held righties to a .164 average this year while lefties are batting .325 off him.
Eugene lost 3-2
Ben Krosschell had his longest and finest performance of the year, tossing six innings and allowing one runs on three hits while striking out a season-high nine. The bullpen blew the lead preventing him from notching win number two on the year. It is just the third time in 13 starts that he has given up two runs or less but the sixth time he has given up two earned runs or less. Krosschell does have a 6.00 ERA in August as the opposition has hit .309 off him this month after posting a 3.98 ERA in July.
Getting a crack at being a closer yet again didn't work out too well for Alfredo Fernandez. He blew his sixth save opportunity in 13 chances and has blown five straight chances. He had allowed as many earned runs since being displaced as the closer as he gave up on Saturday. Fernandez gave up two runs in an inning and a third on four hits. He had surrendered two earned over his previous 14 appearances. The four hits tied a season-high for hits allowed. He has only allowed three hits to the leadoff man of an inning in 30 innings.
AZL Padres won 5-3 on Friday
Josh Howard pushed his hitting streak to 13 games and has hits in 19 of his 20 games with the Peoria squad this year. He has five straight multi-hit games as well. Howard is 11-for-22 over the past five games with three doubles, seven runs scored and five RBI's. He has also stolen a base in four straight games. Howard has scored a run in ten of the last 12 games.
Javis Diaz went 2-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored and an RBI, extending his streak to nine games. He has four triples in the past five games after netting one in his first 30. Diaz has added seven extra base hits in his past five games after swatting five over his first 30. He is 16-for-33 over his hitting streak with runs scored in five straight games, 11 RBI's and five stolen bases.
It is probably pretty rare to see a guy with an 8.34 ERA sitting with a 5-3 record. But that is the story of Patrick Clayton. He had one of his best outings of the year and it was his longest stretch without allowing a run – a three inning outing where he gave up three hits, walked three and struck out five. In his five wins he has given up runs in three. His longest appearance streak without giving up a run is two and he has given up five runs in two relief appearances.