Etherton winner; Ramos hard-luck loser

Seth Etherton picked up his first win of the year. Kennard Jones crossed the plate twice and Dale Thayer picked up a save for the first time in two weeks. Lake Elsinore managed just three hits in a loss.

Portland won 3-2 over Albuquerque (Marlins)

Dustin Delucchi was back in Portland as an aftereffect of the Guzman trade and collected a double and two RBI's in his debut with the Beavers. The outfielder was just 4-for-23 in Mobile this year after starting the year on the disabled list with an ankle injury. He had hit .305 with 48 walks to 29 strikeouts over 64 games with Portland last season.

It took seven starts but Seth Etherton finally got his first win of the year. In his longest outing of the year, Etherton went seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six. He did allow two homers in a game for the second time this season and has given up six in 37.2 innings. The righty did record his first hit of the year. Etherton has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one start but he did not meet the six inning requirement to register a "quality start."

Brian Sikorski struck out the side and has whiffed eight of the last ten batters he has faced. In 24.1 innings of work, Sikorski has struck out 40, compared to just seven walks. Although he has not pitched more than two innings in any appearance, he has whiffed three or more in eight of his 17 outings. Despite giving up a hit in ten straight outings, Sikorski has limited the opposition to a .223 average.

Mobile won 5-2 over Chattanooga (Reds)

Leo Rosales has been reassigned to Lake Elsinore after a rough start to the year in Mobile. The righty posted a 6.92 ERA, walking 15 and yielding 17 hits in 13 innings.

Kennard Jones reached base three times and scored twice, going 2-for-4 with a walk. The leadoff hitter was also picked off first base for the second day in a row. Jones has reached base seven times over his last two games, scoring four times. In eight May games, he is hitting .333 after batting .227 in April. Jones has four multi-hit games in his last seven games.

Steve Baker notched a bases loaded single that scored two runs, walked once and struck out three times. The outfielder has gone 13 games without an extra base hit and just five of his 27 hits have gone for two bags or more. While he is hitting .299 off right-handed pitching, he is batting just .200 off lefties.

Dale Thayer earned his sixth save of the season, his first since April 28 and second since April 16. Since that time, a span of nine games, Thayer has given up all eight of his runs. The opposition is hitting .322 off him this year with righties batting .351 off him.

Brett Bonvechio homered for the second day in a row. He struck out in each of his other three at bats.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-1 to Stockton (A's)

The Storm managed just three hits with the only run coming on a Skip Adams homer. Two of his three homers on the season have come in the last four games. Adams, however, is hitting .185 in nine games this month after hitting .205 in April. Adams also committed his ninth error of the season.

Cesar Ramos dropped to 0-2 after giving up three runs, one earned, on eight hits. Ramos has given up two earned runs or less in five of his seven starts but after giving up ten hits in his first three starts he has surrendered 31 in his last four. Nine of his 11 earned runs have come in the first two innings of the game.

Javis Diaz went 1-for-4, giving him hits in four straight games. He is 6-for-16 over that span with four walks. While Diaz does not have a hit with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-8, He is hitting .417 when he leads off an inning. Diaz notched his first outfield assist, throwing out a runner by hitting Adams for the relay to the plate to nab John McCurdy.

Fort Wayne was rained out versus Peoria (Cubs)


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