Knott yard twice; Cruz extra base hitting

Jon Knott homers twice off Dennis Tankersley and adds a two-run single. Luis Cruz is hot, really hot. Jose Oyervidez backed him up with six scoreless and no win. Reliever Ryan Klatt is a decision machine. The relief corps falters mightily for Fort Wayne.

Portland won 7-5 over Memphis (Cardinals)

Jon Knott homered twice off former prospect Dennis Tankersley, both solo shots. Knott had four multi-homer games last season. It was Knott who came up big in the top of the ninth, hitting a bases loaded two-run single to knot the game at 5-5. He went 3-for-5 on the night with four RBI's and three runs scored. It is his third four-plus RBI night of the year, accounting for 13 of his 25 RBI's. He is now hitting .281 in May after a .170 April. Knott is the sixth Beaver to homer twice in a game.

Jack Cassel lasted five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on a season-high seven hits and four walks. It was the second game in a row that he has walked four after giving up six walks over his first 26 innings. The opposition is hitting .311 off him in road games as opposed to a .256 mark at home and lefties are swatting .321 while righties are batting .231.

Brett Dowdy went 2-for-5 in his first start for Portland, scoring a run and playing second base. He had appeared as a pinch-hitter in his debut two nights ago, striking out. The versatile infielder hit .258 over 27 games with Mobile, playing mostly at third base. He had played in seven games at second base for Mobile.

Justin Leone added a two-run double in the top of the ninth which proved to be the game-winner. It was his third hit of the game.

Mobile won 3-1 over West Tenn (Cubs)

Luis Cruz continued his hot hand, going 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI's. His two-run blast in the eighth inning turned into the game-winner. All four of his homers have come over the last nine games with 13 RBI's over that span. He has taken over the team lead with 25 RBI's on the season.

Jose Oyervidez gave up just two hits over six scoreless frames but did not get the win. It is the fifth time this year he has given up one run or less and he has one win to show for it. It is also the sixth time he has given up four hits or fewer but the first time, most importantly, that he did not walk a batter. He had walked 21 over his last six games.

Ryan Meaux picked up his first win of the year, tossing an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball. He stranded two inherited runners and has given up just three hits in 21 at bats over 6.1 innings with Mobile. The opposition is 0-for-8 off him with runners in scoring position at the Double-A level.

Lake Elsinore won 6-5 over High Desert (Royals)

Drew Davidson notched his second multi-hit game in five games and his third of the year, going 2-for-5 with a big three-run homer, his first of the year. Although he has hit .219 during the month of May, Davidson is hitting .292 over his last six games. The outfielder is hitting .389 off left-handed pitching and .186 off righties.

Reliever Ryan Klatt was in on his eighth decision of the year, moving to 5-3 after a perfect inning of work. Klatt earned his first save a few days ago and has allowed one run over his last six outings and has given up runs in seven of his 21 appearances. Klatt has not allowed a run on the road, moving to 3-0 over seven games. The opposition is hitting .299 off him.

Brent Carter has lost just one game this year, bailed out of his last two starts after giving up nine runs in his last eight innings of work. On Sunday he went just three-plus innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. He was pulled in the fourth after rolling his ankle after a bunt attempt forced him to try and cover first base. He has given up 18 hits in his last eight innings and the opposition is hitting .324 off him this year. Carter, ironically, is 2-0 with a 3.68 ERA during the month of May.

Chase Headley was pulled from the game with a slight hamstring pull. It is not believed to be serious.

Fort Wayne lost 11-8 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

After Nic Crosta drew a walk, Will Venable had a 12-pitch at bat, winning the battle with a free pass. A double steal was then performed to perfection after the Venable walk. He stole second base and at the throw, Crosta broke for home, sliding in before the return throw to the plate. Venable swiped two bags on the day to give him nine for the season, tying him for the most on the team and in the system with the departure of Freddy Guzman. Venable ended the day with two walks and two runs scored and Crosta was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Santo threw over 90 pitches in his 3.2 innings of work, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth, ending his bid for a fourth straight win. All three runners would score off Mark Roberts and Santo would be charged with four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four. It was the first time this year he has given up more than two runs in a start, although Santo did begin the year in the pen.

For the third time this year, Jon Link surrendered runs in successive appearances, allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk. He has given up runs in eight of his 17 outings and while he has a .233 average against, the leadoff man in an inning has reached base in eight of the 17 innings he has begun with five extra base hits.

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