Jack Cassel made start number two and it turned out to be the one. The righty did not allow a run over 6.1 innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out five. The win was his first since day four of the season. After seeing a .346 average against as a reliever, Cassel has posted a .217 average against as a starter.
Paul McAnulty hit his eighth homer of the year, seven of them solo shots, in the fourth inning. Five of them have come in the month of May, despite netting just seven hits. All eight have come over his last 15 games. In ten games in May, McAnulty is hitting .194. He has just two hits in 23 at bats against left-handed pitching.
Terrmel Sledge went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI's. It was his second three-hit night in a row when he is playing left field and all four of his multi-hit games have come when he is in left. Sledge is hitting just .185 when he is in right field. Since beginning his tour with Portland hitting .227 in April, Sledge has gone 10-for-31 in May, a .323 average.
After not netting a shutout through the first 30 games, Portland has tossed successive shutouts.
Mobile lost 8-4 to Chattanooga (Reds)
More than a month into the season, Mobile has yet to win a series. Jose Oyervidez took his third loss of the season, giving up five runs on four hits and four walks in just two innings of work. It was his shortest outing since becoming a starter in 2005. The right-hander has made it through six innings just once this year as he continues to give up walks – 20 in 32.2 innings and three or more in each of his last five games.
Brett Bonvechio went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a two-run homer. Bonvechio leads the team in RBI's with 20 and is tied for the team lead in homers with five. His 24 walks are also tops on the team, as is his 37 K's. Despite a .232 average, he possesses a .365 on base percentage. Bonvechio is hitting .263 with runners in scoring position.
Geoffrey Jones gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over two innings and has given up five runs over his last 2.1 frames. The lefty has given up multiple runs four times in his last seven appearances. The opposition has an even .400 batting average against with runners in scoring position and are hitting .424 with runners on base.
Lake Elsinore won 2-0 over Stockton (A's)
Brent Carter was brilliant over seven frames, surrendering just two hits and striking out five to collect his second straight victory. He has posted back-to-back shutout outings and holds a scoreless streak of 14.1 innings. For the second straight game, he did not walk a batter and has issued just six free passes in 37.2 innings. All three of his wins have come in the games where he has not walked a hitter.
"He was great last year in Eugene and came to us and had a couple of good outings," Storm pitching coach Steve Webber, with Fort Wayne last year, said. "His strength is command of the fastball and the changeup."
Neil Jamison pitched the ninth to net his seventh save of the year. The right-hander did allow two hits – more than he had given up in his previous five outings, a span of 4.2 innings, and it was the first time this year he had given up multiple hits in an inning. Jamison has still not allowed a hit to a right-handed batter this year – they are 0-for-21 off him.
Billy Susdorf made his system debut, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He was also amongst the three players who attempted a steal and were nabbed by Stockton catcher Landon Powell. Susdorf played for the Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League last season, hitting .277 with 23 doubles and six homers. He also stole 17 bases in 23 attempts. Susdorf showed his versatility by batting in every single lineup position a year ago.
Fort Wayne won 8-1 over Peoria (Cubs) in seven innings (rain)
Nick Hundley smoked two doubles in four at bats and added an RBI on Wednesday. Four of his last five hits have gone for two bags after notching just three amongst his first 17 hits. Hundley has an RBI in three straight games and is hitting .273 since dropping down in the order from fourth to seventh. While he has a .233 average, Hundley has hit .317 with runners in scoring position.
Steve Delabar gave up a run on four hits, including a solo homer, and a walk while striking out a season-high seven to collect his first win of the year. After seven bags were stolen against his high leg kick and Hundley last game, no runner attempting a steal on this night. It was his first win in 16 starts dating back to last year – he was 0-7 over that span, losing two games where he allowed just one run.
Over the last four games, Kyle Blanks has been on base 12 times in 17 plate appearances with six hits and six walks. With a double on Wednesday, Blanks is tied for the league lead in that category. His .445 on base percentage is second in the league, pending the outcome of the rest of Wednesday's action.