Not only did Dave Matranga homer twice, he did it in successive at bats. Matranga hit a three-run blast in the second and followed with a two-run shot in the fourth to give him three jacks on the year and a five-RBI night. He is now one homer shy of reaching his total for all of last year. His five- RBI effort was the first time he has tallied that number in nearly five years – he knocked in five on May 6, 2001 while playing for Round Rock of the Texas League. The two-homer game was the first such game of his career in a 3-for-5 night with three runs scored.
Tim Stauffer gave up five runs on a season-high ten hits and three walks in 5.2 innings of work, the fifth time in six starts that he has given up four runs or more, and fourth time in a row. It is also the third time this year Stauffer has walked three in a game. The opposition is hitting .313 off him on the year.
Jack Cust had just one hit, a three-run homer, to give him 21 RBI's on the year in 23 games played. Cust did draw a walk, giving him 25 walks to 12 strikeouts this season to give him a .476 on base percentage – the best mark on the team. His .600 slugging percentage ranks third on the club. His 26 runs are tops on the team and tops in the PCL.
Mobile lost 10-4 to Carolina (Marlins)
Dustin Delucchi returned from his stint on the disabled list and saw his first action of the year after a sprained ankle sidelined him for the last month. He was 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Delucchi batted .280 over 34 games with Mobile last year and .305 with 48 walks to just 29 strikeouts with Portland.
Cesar Carrillo lost his second straight decision, giving up a season-high five runs, four earned, on a season-high seven hits while walking two. The right-hander gave up two homers and the only three jacks he has surrendered have come over the last two games. Carrillo added his first career extra base hit, a double, and scored a run.
Kennard Jones went 2-for-5 with an RBI, stolen base and two runs scored. It was just the third time this year that Jones has scored multiple runs in a game. The stolen base was his first since opening night. Jones is hitting .148 in 27 at bats versus left-handed pitching while batting .268 against righties.
Lake Elsinore lost 19-1 to Inland Empire (Mariners)
Evan Meek was tagged for eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits and two walks in 3.1 innings. Meek has given up four hits or less in four of his previous five starts and had not given up more than two earned runs in a start this year. The opposition is hitting .355 off him with runners in scoring position, 11-for-31.
Three runs allowed in his first 14.1 innings of work was what Chris Jaile had coming in. Eight runs later on eight hits and three walks pushed his ERA up to 6.46 from its 1.88 April. Jaile has walked five over his last two innings of work after issuing a free pass to three batters in his first 13.1 innings.
Not only did the pitching betray the Storm in an embarrassment, they managed just two hits, both by Tim Brown. It is the second multi-hit game in a row for Brown, a feat he has accomplished one other time this year.
Adding insult to injury, Colt Morton left the game with an ankle injury.
Fort Wayne had the night off