We mentioned Jack Cust getting on base in nine straight plate appearances yesterday and that was not true. He had a sacrifice fly in the middle of it all to ruin that dream but Saturday tried to make up for our deficiency by going 2-for-2 with three walks and no sacrifice flies to give him a perfect night. What does it all mean? Cust has walked ten times, added six hits, and was plunked by two pitches over the last four games with one sacrifice fly as the only out he has recorded. That means he has reached base 17 times in the last four games. He also added an RBI and three runs scored on Saturday.
Paul McAnulty ran his on-base streak to 15 games on Saturday by going 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI's. The first baseman is now hitting .429 with runners in scoring position on the year and .367 with runners on base. Over his last five games, McAnulty has driven in eight runs. He has struck out just eight times in 20 games.
Mike Thompson moved his record to 3-0 after he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings of work. After not allowing a run in his first outing, Thompson has given up 15 over his last four outings over a span of 22 frames, an ERA of 6.14. The opposition has hit .389 off him with runners in scoring position.
Mobile lost 4-1 to Mississippi (Braves)
The one mistake that Jose Oyervidez made was a solo homer – amazing since he uncorked three wild pitches, walked three and hit a batter. Yet, in five innings, the right-hander allowed just the one run on four hits over five innings. He has given up one run or less in three of his five outings and has held the opposition to a .230 average against.
Bubba Nelson took his third loss of the year, giving up an unearned run over two innings. This year, Nelson has given up runs in four straight outings and six of his eight appearances. While the first batter of an inning is swatting .368 off him, Nelson has given up just four hits in 22 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Steve Baker went 2-for-4 with two singles, giving him four multi-hit games over his last seven games and 12 hits over that span. Only one, however, has gone for extra bases. Baker has 23 hits this year over 22 games with five going for extra bases, or 21.7 percent. Last year with Mobile, 28 percent of the outfielders hits went for extra bases.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-6 to Bakersfield (Rangers)in ten innings
Sean Kazmar went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI. The Storm second baseman's triple was his first since August 12, 2004. Five of Kazmar's last seven hits have gone for extra bases after three of his first 15 went for two bags or more. He did commit his third error of the year which led to three unearned runs.
Brent Carter gave up six runs, three earned, on nine hits and a walk over five innings. The lefty also fell victim to a steal of home plate when catcher Colt Morton tried to throw out a runner at second base only to have Skip Adams miss the catch and the ball sail into centerfield. Carter has struggled mightily at home with the opposition hitting .419 off him through three starts, compared to the .184 they are batting in two road starts.
Richie Daigle faced the minimum six batters in two innings thanks to a post-single double play. Through 8.2 innings, Daigle has given up just one run on four hits. The opposition is hitting .143 off him this year.
"I just have to throw strikes and keep the ball down," Daigle said.
Fort Wayne's game was suspended in the second inning versus Beloit (Twins)
Fort Wayne Wizards press release:
Rain forced a suspension of Saturday afternoon's scheduled game between the Fort Wayne Wizards and the Beloit Snappers.
Play was called with Wizard third baseman Chad Steiner batting with one out and teammate Kyle Blanks on at second base following his 10th double of the season in the top of the second inning of a scoreless game.
Weather permitting, the game will be resumed at 3:00 pm (Fort Wayne time) on Sunday and played to it's scheduled nine innings; with the regularly scheduled nine-inning for Sunday being trimmed to seven innings, and starting approximately 25-30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.