Clayton Hamilton, Brent Carter get playoff tuneups

Jon Knott has been tossing out baserunners testing his arm of late. Jose Oyervidez was the offense in Mobile and pitched a hell of a game to boot. Clayton Hamilton is looking healthy in time for the playoffs. Brent Carter is trying to earn the game one nod for Fort Wayne in the playoffs. Fabian Jimenez has been charged with 11 unearned runs over his last three starts.

Portland lost 5-1

Ryan Snare pitched five innings and surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks. All three runs scored on two home runs. It is the third time in his last four starts over two leagues that Snare has given up multiple homers in a game. While his average against in Portland is .306, the opposition has hit .317 off him this season over two different leagues and three different teams. Snare was 1-for-1 at the plate and is hitting .300 since joining the Padres' organization with hits in his last two at bats.

Phil Polanco made his Pacific Coast League debut after not pitching above Fort Wayne this season. He allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work. The righty reliever has 5.56 ERA on the season between Portland, Fort Wayne and Eugene. He has given up runs in 19 of his 32 appearances on the season and in 16 of 26 outings above the Northwest League.

Jon Knott has been credited with four outfield assists over his last six games played. He has ten outfield assists on the year.

Mobile lost 1-0 in 11 innings

Starting pitcher Jose Oyervidez had the only two hits in the BayBears 1-0 loss against West Tennessee Sunday afternoon. How futile has the hitting been? Corey Smith is in an 0-for-21 slump. Brian Burgamy is in a 3-for-29 slump. Mike Richardson is four for his last 40. And four players who see regular time in the lineup are hitting under .200 during the time with Mobile. Oyervidez is 5-for-43 at the plate this year.

Oyervidez was spectacular on the mound as well. He tossed seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and walking three. The right-hander has given up two runs or less in 13 of his 27 starts this season and three runs or less in 17 outings. His 3.81 ERA is the best it has been since May 23. He has walked three or more in 18 games but has held the opposition to a .232 average against. His 82 walks on the season are tied for fifth among all pitchers throughout the minors.

Lake Elsinore won 7-1

Clayton Hamilton had his purse strings untied for Sunday's start. He gave up one run over six innings on four hits while striking out six. The right-hander had not pitched more than 4.1 innings since July 21 due to injury and getting smacked around. Since returning from a groin injury, he has surrendered two earned runs over his last 16 innings. And since giving up ten runs over eight innings in his first two California League starts Hamilton has a 2.70 ERA.

Eddie Bonine struck out five batters in two innings of work, giving him ten strikeouts in his last four innings – meaning 83 percent of the outs he has recorded have come by way of the K.

Josh Howard went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI's on Sunday night. He also added a stolen base, his eighth in his last eleven games over two leagues. Howard has three triples on the year and two in the last five games. It was his sixth multi-RBI game in 27 games between the Arizona Rookie League and the California League. The outfielder has reached base in all but one game as a professional.

Fort Wayne won 7-0

It is hard to believe that Sunday was the first time all year that Brent Carter did not surrender a single run. He threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out eight. Carter has allowed one run or less over his last six starts and has given up one earned run or less in 12 of his 15 starts. He has given up 18 hits in 35 innings over his last six starts. His WHIP for the year between two leagues is 0.87. It is the eighth time this year he has given up four hits or less. His ERA for the season is 1.71.

Matt Lauderdale went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's on Sunday. It is the second straight game he has appeared in that he has launched one out of the yard and his tenth homer in 75 games. The catcher may only be playing every other day but he has three straight multi-RBI games and seven runs driven in over a five game hitting streak. Lauderdale has 25 RBI's in his last 22 games and 54 RBI's on the season. He is five RBI's off the pace of the team lead and has played in 28 fewer games.

Josh Alley was perfect on the night at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks and a hit by pitch. He has gone 11-for-20 over a six game hitting streak with six walks, posting a .654 on base percentage. He has, however, been caught stealing in two straight and three times over the streak. Alley has raised his average to .270 to give him an on base percentage of .417.

Eugene lost 7-3

Not a single player in the Emeralds lineup on Sunday is hitting above .250 for the year. Only three players on the current team have hit over that mark, Mike Sansoe (.290), Jose Lobaton (.281) and Santiago Guerrero (.253). Casey Smith has struggled with seven hits in 72 at bats, a .097 average. Brian Cavanaugh is in a 2-for-25 slump. Billy Richardson has two hits in his last 27 at bats. Two players who have logged fifty plus games on the year are hitting under .200.

For the second game in a row, Fabian Jimenez was victimized by an error and the game unraveled from there. He yielded five runs, one earned, on ten hits – the most he has given up in a Northwest League start - in 5.1 innings. Eleven runs have crossed the plate against the lefty over the last two starts but just three have been earned and over the last three starts he has given up 15 runs, four earned. The ten hits allowed mark the fourth time this season he has given up that many hits in a game. Sunday was the first time this year that he did not walk a batter in a start.

Since rejoining the bullpen, Jon Link has given up runs in one of his last nine appearances, including his one inning of shutout ball on Sunday. The right-hander has posted a 3.04 ERA as a reliever over 16 outings as opposed to his 5.67 ERA in seven starts. He is also better in the seventh and eighth innings than any other frames. He is holding the opposition to a .181 average against in those innings after they swatted .321 off him in innings one through six.

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