Pitching wins - every time

Seth Etherton pitched well over five and Paul McAnulty is starting to heat up. Roger Deago has been old reliable for Mobile the last two years. Drew Macias is picking up the pace and the extra base hits are flowing. Josh Geer was excellent, leading the Wizards staff to a shutout.

Portland won 5-3 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Paul McAnulty went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to raise his average to .286 on the season. The left-handed hitter has yet to homer but does have RBI's in three straight games and is 8-for-16 over his last four games after a 4-for-26 start. Ten of his 12 hits have come against right-handed pitching.

With one run allowed over five innings, Seth Etherton dropped his ERA to 4.80 for the year through three starts. He has allowed one earned run or less in two of those starts, sandwiched around a six-run contest. The righty allowed five hits and walked two while striking out six in a no-decision. Eleven of the 17 hits he has yielded on the year have come with the bases empty and eight of the hits have come in the first frame.

After leaving PGE Park, Aquilino Lopez has settled down. The right-hander had given up runs in each of his first four starts at home, sporting a .318 batting average against, but has been nearly flawless over three appearances, spanning four innings, on the road. He has limited the opposition to a .154 average against in away games.

Mobile won 6-1 over Chattanooga (Reds)

With Bobby Basham injured, Roger Deago netted his first start of the year. The lefty allowed one run on two hits and a walk over five innings to pick up his second win of the year. Deago made three starts for Mobile last year, posting a 1.38 ERA with two runs allowed in 13 innings of work. The opposition is hitting .188 off him this season.

Drew Macias went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI's. It was just the second time this year that Macias has batted third in the order, as he has been slotted in five different positions in the lineup already through 15 games. The outfielder has five doubles and a homer over his last five games with four multi-hit games.

Juan Ciriaco pounded his first homer of the season and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the win. The shortstop has three multi-hit games in his last four contests and has raised his average from .194 to .271 as a result. He has just three RBI's to begin the year after netting 77 in the California League last year.

Lake Elsinore won 4-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

"Cesar Ramos did a really nice job," Storm manager Rick Renteria said. "A good, positive outing for him.

See the notes package for in-depth coverage of this game and Mike Cameron's debut, including an exclusive interview with the centerfielder.

Fort Wayne won 3-0 over Burlington (Royals)

Josh Geer was masterful over six innings, giving up four hits and a walk as four pitches combined for the shutout. The right-hander moved to 2-0 on the season with both wins coming in outings where he did not allow a run. Geer has been extremely effective against the leadoff man in an inning, giving up just two hits and a walk in the 16 frames he has begun.

Nick Hundley went 2-for-5 with two RBI's on Thursday, marking the first time he notched a multi-hit or multi-RBI game. The catcher has also walked just three times through nine games after netting 37 in 54 games last year between Eugene and Fort Wayne. Six of his nine hits this year have come with runners in scoring position but he has just one extra base hit for the season.

Since giving up an earned run in his first outing of the year, Alfredo Fernandez has gone five straight, a span of eight innings, without allowing an earned run. He has given up just one hit over that span while striking out five. The hard throwing righty has given up just four hits in 35 at bats this season and only one hit in 24 at bats to right-handed hitters.


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