Luke Carlin praised; Ben Krosschell strong

Terrmel Sledge returned to the minors and recorded two hits. Luke Carlin gets praise. Cesar Carrillo is brilliant over seven. Two hits for Lake Elsinore and three unearned against Mike Ekstrom. Ben Krosschell has his best start to date and the Wizards back him up with everyone reaching base.

Portland lost 4-2 to Salt Lake (Angels)

Terrmel Sledge went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in his first game back in Triple-A after being sent down from San Diego. The outfielder went 4-for-25 in nine games with the Padres. Sledge last saw the minors in 2003 when he played in 131 games for Triple-A Edmonton. In 2004, Sledge began the year in a 1-for-34 slump for Montreal but rebounded to .269 by the end of the season.

A solid defensive catcher, Luke Carlin hit his first homer of the year and his first since May 12, 2005. The Canadian went 2-for-3 with a walk, his first multi-hit game of the year. Carlin hit .257 over 88 games for Mobile last year with 35 walks.

"The thing that really stands out with Carlin for me is that he really takes pride in the game that he calls," relief pitcher Geoff Jones said. "He is not that guy who is just throwing fingers down. He has a gameplan and wants to stick with it."

Tim Stauffer allowed just four hits but walked three, hit a batter and gave up four runs in five innings of work. The right-hander has made it out of the fifth once in four starts and has walked nine in 21.2 innings on the season. He walked 17 in 75.1 innings last year for Portland. He has given up six runs in the second frame through four contests.

Mobile won 4-0 over Huntsville (Brewers)

Seven shutout innings, tying his own mark for the longest start of any player in the system to begin the year, was the output from Cesar Carrillo. He allowed three singles, walked one, hit a batter, and struck out five. The righty retired ten in a row at one point during the game. Carrillo also added an infield single to score a run, the first hit of his career. He had whiffed in eight of his first 12 career at bats in the minors prior to Saturday's game.

Although he did draw two walks, Brett Bonvechio also whiffed three times. The third baseman has struck out 20 times over his first 16 games of Southern League play to lead the team. He struck out 163 times in 131 games for Lake Elsinore last year. Thirteen of the strikeouts have come with the bases empty and though his average is .182 on the year he is hitting .286 with runners in scoring position. Bonvechio has walked ten times on the year, second most on the team.

Steve Baker isn't far behind Bonvechio with 19 strikeouts on the year after whiffing twice on Saturday but he also contributed three hits to the cause and an RBI. Hitting .250 on the year, nine of his 14 hits have come with runners on base and he is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore lost 6-0 to San Jose (Giants)

The Storm managed just two hits on the evening, both doubles, and four baserunners total. Drew Davidson and Skip Adams recorded the hits. For Davidson, it was his first hit as a member of the Storm. He did notch two sacrifice flies on Thursday night, giving him more RBI's than hits. The outfielder is 2-for-16 on the year with the addition of his nine at bats with Fort Wayne.

Two errors in the fifth inning allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate on Mike Ekstrom. The right-hander ended his night with four runs scored, one earned, on four hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. Ekstrom has given up two earned runs or less in each of his four starts and owns a 1.69 ERA but sports a 1-2 record. It is the second game in a row he has walked three – something he did three times in 28 starts for the Wizards in 2005.

Ryan Klatt pitched a perfect inning on Saturday. The right-hander has given up one run and three hits over his last six appearances. In seven innings of work, he has walked just two and has struck out just two. He has yielded just one hit in six at bats with runners on base and is holding the opposition to a .217 average.

Fort Wayne won 9-0 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Every Wizard reached base but it was second baseman Seth Johnston who led the way with three hits and two RBI's. Johnston has reached base in each game this year and has a ten-game hitting streak. Over his last ten, Johnston has five multi-hit games and three three-hit contests. He is 18-for-44, a .409 average, over that span with eight RBI's. Johnston did get caught rounding first base too far and was eventually run down in a pickle.

It was five innings of three hit ball that gave Ben Krosschell his first win in Midwest League play. The right-hander walked one and struck out six as he and three relievers combined for a shutout. Between the second and third innings, Krosschell struck out five straight batters, including the side in the third. That was critical for the young righty as he had given up seven runs in the third inning of his previous two starts.

Along with his fifth stolen base of the year, William Venable went 2-for-5 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and two RBI's. The outfielder has yet to be thrown out on his stolen base attempts and he is already one theft shy of tying last year's total of six over 57 games. Venable has a nine game on base streak going and has hits in six straight. The only trouble he is having is against left-handed pitching – he has just one hit in ten at bats off southpaws, compare to his .407 average against righties.


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