Seth Etherton was traded to Kansas City on Saturday for a player to be names later or cash considerations. Ironically, Etherton is the same player the Royals declined to take back for $25K when he did not make the major league roster as a Rule 5 pick. He was 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA for Portland. With Etherton gone, Cesar Carrillo can move into the starting rotation.
Mobile won 4-0 over Montgomery (Devil Rays) Jose Oyervidez extended his scoreless streak to 13 with seven solid innings of six hit ball. Over the last two outings, Oyervidez has walked just one batter after giving up 25 walks in his first 37 innings. The right-hander earned his first win since April 13 despite notching his fourth game of one run allowed or less since his last win.
Michael Johnson hit his third homer of the year and first since his second game back from the disabled list. The first baseman now has RBI's in four of his last five games and stayed ahead of his more RBI's than games played with his two run shot in the ninth, giving him 14 RBI's in 12 games. Johnson is batting .400 with runners in scoring position.
Ryan Meaux earned his first save since joining the Padres' system, pitching two shutout innings. His last save came on July 14, 2005 while he was with Birmingham. Meaux has rebounded from his stint with Portland, allowing one earned run over 10.1 innings with Mobile. The opposition is hitting .176 off him with one hit allowed in 13 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-5 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Cesar Ramos gave up three runs on five hits and a season-high five walks over five innings of work. The lefty has walked 11 over his last three starts after walking six over his first seven. Ramos has gone five innings or less in seven of his ten outings. He has a 2.70 ERA over his last five starts after posting a 3.46 over his first five.
Matt Hagen went 2-for-4 with a triple, his first of the year, and two RBI's playing in left field. He has suited up defensively at four different positions with the Storm, hitting .300 when he plays in left field as he did on Saturday. Hagen is also hitting .345 against lefties and just .138 off righties.
For just the third time this year, Jonathan Ellis allowed an earned run. In fact, he surrendered three. While he has given up runs in four of his 23 outings, Ellis has given up seven runs in two of those games, pushing his ERA to 2.67 on the year. He has allowed just five hits in 27 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne lost 10-4 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
For the first time in 28 games, Josh Alley reached base four times. He broke out of a 0-for-15 slump with his third multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two walks. His six game stretch preceding Saturday without a free pass had been his longest stretch of the year sans a base on balls. Alley has 28 walks to 16 strikeouts on the year, although eight have come in May compared to seven walks.
Alfredo Fernandez dropped his first game of the year, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two in an inning of work. It is the ninth time in 17 games that he has surrendered a run but just the second time that more than one earned run has crossed the dish. Righties are batting .177 off him while lefties are swatting .389 and the opposition has 12 hits in 36 at bats off him with runners in scoring position.
Chad Steiner notched an RBI on a night where he went 0-for-4. While he has knocked in a run in four of his last six games, the third baseman is just 4-for-38 over his last ten games. He is hitting .150 in May after a .263 month of April. Steiner also committed his eighth error of the year.