Dave Matranga, power hitter; Crosta cleans up

Dave Matranga is in the midst of an impressive run. Brian Sikorski wins his second straight. Cesar Carrillo had a one-hitter through six. Nic Crosta likes batting cleanup.

Portland won 7-5 over Fresno (Giants)

Dave Matranga is nearly halfway to his season-high in homers, just 18 games into his season and it was his blast that sent the game into extra innings. The infielder, who has seen time at second, third and short, went yard for the fifth time this year, knocking in four runs as he went 3-for-6. He has a six-game hitting streak, going 12-for-27 with four homers and 12 RBI's over that span. Matranga has batted in six different spots in the lineup.

For the first time in five starts, Tim Stauffer did not give up four or more runs. The right-hander went six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk. Stauffer seven or more hits in four of his seven starts and the opposition is hitting .308 off him. He also notched his second hit of the year and his first extra base hit.

The last two times Brian Sikorski has entered a game he has earned the victory. The relief pitcher pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out two. The righty has whiffed 32 in 21.1 innings this year and has given up runs in six of his 15 starts. Sikorski has allowed four of the 20 leadoff men he has faced to reach base.

Mobile lost 4-3 to Chattanooga (Reds)

Cesar Carrillo had allowed one hit through six frames, a solo homer. But the seventh inning did not turn out to be kind. He gave up three straight one out hits and an error prolonged the inning before he was replaced. Another error followed and instead of a one run night, Carrillo was charged with four, one earned. He also whiffed eight, a season-high.

Arturo Lopez came into a tough situation with one out in the seventh and fell victim to one of the aforementioned errors that scored a run, then intentionally walked the bases loaded before striking out the final two batters to get out of the inning. Lopez has given up runs in six of his 13 appearances but has held opponents to just four hits in 21 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Brett Dowdy didn't register a hit but scored a run and added an RBI as one of his three walks forced in a bases loaded run. Dowdy had not walked more than once in a game this year but has a free pass in six of his last eight games, giving him a .346 on base percentage. In seven times up with the bases loaded, Dowdy has gone hitless.

Mobile manager Gary Jones was ejected for the second time in four days.

Lake Elsinore had the night off

While they did not play on Monday, the team will be adding a new member to its team to replace Mike Sansoe who was shipped back to Fort Wayne. A former Texas Ranger, signed by the Padres, will be called up from extended spring training, Billy Susdorf.

Fort Wayne lost 9-8 to Peoria (Cubs)

Nic Crosta extended his on base streak to ten games by going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's. Crosta also scored three runs, crossing the plate in each of his last five games with eight runs scored over that span. The outfielder has notched a multi-hit games in four of his last five contests with as many walks, 12, as strikeouts. Crosta is 11-for-27 with ten runs scored and nine RBI's over nine games in the cleanup spot.

A double, homer, walk and two RBI's made it on the ledger for Daryl Jones on Monday. The first baseman has homered in two of his last three games and has knocked in seven over the three-game stretch. He has notched an RBI in six of his last seven games. Jones is now hitting .414 off left-handed pitched compared to .250 off righties.

For the first time this year, Grant Varnell surrendered more than two earned runs and more than three overall. His night ended after five innings with seven runs crossing the plate. Varnell gave up two three-run homers and has given up five jacks in his last five starts. He dropped to 1-3 on the year with two losses coming on nights where he gave up two and three runs. Fourteen of his 15 earned runs have come in either the third or fourth inning.


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