Richie Daigle wins debut; Joel Santo shaky

Justin Leone continues his hot streak, powering Portland to a win. Mobile has the lead but Dale Thayer blows it in the ninth and loses it in the tenth. Even Meek was wildly effective and newcomer Richie Daigle picked up the victory, talking about it after the game. We also have plenty of other notes from Lake Elsinore, including Meek's velocity and a potential DL candidate. Joel Santo debuts – in relief – but the game is suspended due to rain in the tenth.

Portland won 9-5 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Justin Leone hit his seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning, drove in three on the night, scored twice and reached base four times. The third baseman has 18 RBI's through the 12 games of the year, netting an RBI in ten of those games. He already has four three-hit games on the year and seven multi-hit contests.

Jack Cust reached base safely in four of his five plate appearances, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. He also scored three runs and has crossed home plate five times in the last two games. While he is hitting .225 on the year, the outfielder owns a .367 on base percentage. Of his nine hits, four have come with men in scoring position.

Mike Thompson went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in a no-decision. The right-hander has been dominating with the bases empty, holding the opposition to a .167 average against but that number rises to a .345 average against when he is working from the stretch. Five of the eight runs he has allowed have come in the first inning.

Mobile lost 10-8 in ten innings to Chattanooga (Reds)

Jose Oyervidez allowed his first earned runs of the year, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings of work. He did, however, get two runs back with a triple in the third inning – the first triple of his career and third extra base hit. Oyervidez entered the game with a .146 average against in 11.2 innings but that number rose to .210 after Tuesday's action.

Luis Cruz went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI's. Cruz entered the game with just one multi-hit game on the year and had been in a 3-for-26 funk. He doubled his run scored output on the year as well as his total of doubles and his two RBI's gave him three for the year.

Dale Thayer's scoreless streak ended in a thump on Tuesday. Mobile's closer blew a two run lead and went on to give up two more runs in the tenth to take the loss. It was a two-run blast in the ninth that tied it and three hits, including a triple, that beat him. Thayer had not given up a run in his first six outings but a runner did reach base on him in all but one appearance. His average against for the year is .361. Although there is an opening in Portland with Jon Adkins promotion, Thayer will likely remain with Mobile.

Matt Lauderdale went 1-for-5 with an RBI single to open his Double-A career. The catcher played in just four games for the lake Elsinore Storm, going 2-for-9.

Lake Elsinore won 4-2 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Richie Daigle made his season debut after being called up from extended spring training and picked up the win in relief of his spring training roomate, topping out at 92. The right-hander pitched in an inning and two-thirds, stranding two inherited runners and facing the minimum five batters. Daigle posted a 3.60 ERA in six games, five starts, for the Arizona Rookie League Padres last season. He limited the opposition to six hits in 33 at bats with runners in scoring position.

"It felt good," Daigle said after the game. "It felt at home. It didn't take long to get comfortable.

"Yesterday and today have been pretty exciting."

Daigle, who walked one batter in extended spring training before coming out to Lake Elsinore, isn't sure what his role is going to be with the Storm, as he does have experience starting.

"I will do whatever they want," he said. "If they want me to start I will start or I will pitch in relief."

Evan Meek was nearly unhittable in 4.1 innings of work. He was also very wild. Meek surrendered just one hit but gave up six walks while striking out four. The lone run scored on a bases loaded walk, part of three straight walks after a single in the first inning. The right-hander has limited the opposition to a slim .156 average this year but now has ten walks on the docket in 13.2 innings. Meek walked 36 in 18 innings last year while pitching in the Twins organization.

Meek threw over 90 pitches – touching 97 on the radar gun. But he lost velocity in the fifth, dropping down to the high eighties.

Matt Hagen, back in the California League, went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. He also stole his first bag of the year. Hagen has reached base six times in his two Cal League games. He went 0-for-11 in four games with Double-A Mobile.

Neil Jamison notched his first save in California League play but did surrender a solo homer in his inning of work. Jamison, called up to replace the suspended Matt Varner, had given up just one hit over four innings with the Wizards, earning three saves.

Word is Yordany Ramirez may be placed on the disabled list with a back injury. He has been fighting the injury since spring training.

Rain-Suspended: Fort Wayne 4-4 in tenth inning versus Burlington (Royals)

Joel Santo made his debut, coming out of the bullpen in relief of Steve Delabar. He worked three innings, giving up three runs on two hits, including a two-run jack, and three walks. He also uncorked a wild pitch and was called for a balk. Santo made 27 starts for the Wizards in 2005, going 4-11 with a 4.75 ERA. He posted a WHIP of 1.48 with 156 hits and 51 walks in 140.1 innings.

Nic Crosta had been hitless over his first two games of the year but rebounded on Tuesday with a 3-for-5 night with two doubles and an RBI. Crosta hit .341 with a team-high 11 home runs and 46 runs batted in during his junior season at Santa Clara.

Seth Johnston has been feeling the groove all year long. It continued on Tuesday with a 3-for-5 night to raise his average to .313. The converted shortstop has reached base in all 11 games he has played and has a six-game hitting streak, going 10-for-27 with three doubles and six RBI's. Johnston began the 2005 season in a major slump, going 5-for-53 over his first 14 games with the Eugene Emeralds.

David Jay contributed to this report.


MadFriars Top Stories