Mike Thompson pushed his record to 4-0 with five innings of two run ball, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out four. His 4.64 ERA is tops amongst the Portland starters and he has won three straight starts. Thompson has not gotten out of the fifth inning in four of his six starts. Eight of his 17 runs allowed have come in the first inning.
Cla Meredith made his Portland and Padres' system debut, allowing one run on two hits over two frames. The 22-year old right-hander has given up runs in four straight appearances dating back to his time with the Red Sox Triple-A team. He had begun the year with five straight scoreless outings.
Terrmel Sledge went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and he has crossed the dish five times in the last three games. Sledge has reached base eight times over that span with five hits and three walks. He is one of five batters to walk as many or more times than he has struck out.
Mobile won 8-6 over Carolina (Marlins)
Shortstop Juan Ciriaco went 3-for-5 with three RBI's. The right-handed hitter swatted three doubles, a career-high for a game, and more than doubled his total for the season. Ciriaco had been in a 4-for-36 slump coming into play. He had also struggled mightily against right-handed pitching, 9-for-60 before Thursday night.
Dustin Delucchi was perfect in his third game back, second as a starter. The left-handed hitter went 3-for-3 with two walks. It was August 28 of last year with Portland that Delucchi last reached base five times in the same game. Five times during the 2005 season, he reached base four times in the same game.
For the second time this season, Brett Bonvechio had a multi-RBI game, knocking in three. Playing his ninth game at first base, Bonvechio notched his first multi-hit game while manning the position. Even with the 2-for-4 night, Bonvechio is hitting just .192 when he is at first. A .231 hitter for the season, he is hitting .276 with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore won 3-0 over Inland Empire (Mariners)
A day after giving up 19 runs, Brent Carter provided relief with seven innings of shutout ball on eight hits and no walks. The lefty had given up 14 runs over his last two starts at home with two outings where he surrendered two runs or less coming on the road. Both of Carter's winning decisions have come in games where he has not walked a batter.
The Storm batters were hit by nearly as many pitches, three, as they had hits, four. Chase Headley provided the blow that mattered, a two-run blast in the fourth inning. It was his second dinger of the year, coming in a four game span. Headley is now hitting .304 against right-handed pitching in 69 at bats and just .100 against lefties in 30 at bats.
Neil Jamison notched his sixth save of the year for the Storm and ninth save overall. Since allowing an earned run in his first outing, Jamison has gone seven straight games without yielding one. Amazingly, he has not given up a single hit to a right-handed batter in California League play through 17 at bats.
Fort Wayne won 10-3 over Kane County (A's)
Joel Santo was back in the starting rotation and the righty performed well, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings of work. Santo had seen action as a reliever in five games, giving up runs in every one of those appearances. He had a 12.38 ERA as a reliever but picked up his first win with his strong outing on Thursday.
Nick Hundley notched two hits and walked twice, the first time this year he has reached base four times in a game this year. While Hundley has done fine against righties through the first month of the season, he has just three hits in 21 at bats versus lefties, a .143 average. Eleven of his 18 hits have come with runners in scoring position.
The roll continues for William Venable. The outfielder went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, a double, and a grand slam – his first homer of the season. The one area where Venable has struggled is in bringing runners home from scoring position, hitting .238, which is in sharp contrast to his .362 season average. Venable is 7-for-7 in stealing bases.