Eddie Pena debuted for Portland after not pitching above the Midwest League. He was moved to Portland to replace Seth Etherton. Pena pitched a scoreless inning of relief, walking one and striking out one. The sidearmer posted a 4.76 ERA in Fort Wayne, allowing runs in four of his 11 appearances but giving up two runs or more each time he gave up a run.
Jon Knott hit a grand slam in the ninth inning of game one to make it closer than it appeared. It was his only hit of the game on a night where he went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. It was his second grand slam of the season and gave him 12 homers and 31 RBI's to date. Nine of those homers have come in the month of May and put him one off the pace of the Pacific Coast League lead. Knott came up with the bases juiced in the third inning of game two but flied out to centerfield.
Jack Cassel was pounded on for ten runs on 12 hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. The right-hander had not given up more than four runs or seven hits in a start coming in and his ERA rose from 4.86 to 6.53 as a result. It was the first time he had ever given up double-digit hits and runs. The worst outing of the former reliever's career remains a eight run, seven hit outing in 2003 while he was with Lake Elsinore in which he recorded two outs on June 1, 2003.
Eric Junge allowed two runs over five hits in five innings of work, striking out five in game two. Junge has given up eight runs over his last five starts and Sunday was the sixth time in ten starts the he has given up two runs or less. Junge has a 1.93 ERA when he pitches at home. The opposition is, however, hitting .307 off the right-hander this year. He had won three straight decisions before taking the loss.
Mobile won 3-2 in ten innings over Birmingham (White Sox)
Sean Thompson gave up two solo homers over eight innings and they would be the only runs he would surrender. He allowed seven hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out eight in his longest outing of the year. It is the second time this year that he did not walk a batter. In six May starts, Thompson has a 3.89 ERA after posting a 4.87 mark in April.
Peter Ciofrone notched his first hit as a BayBear in the ninth inning to tie the game at 2-2. After going 0-for-2 in his debut, Ciofrone came up with a two-out single. Ciofrone, playing third base, has been in left field for most of the year with Lake Elsinore. He split time between first and third base for the Wizards last year. Ciofrone hit .284 with 17 RBI's in 21 games for the Storm before going on the disabled list.
Vince Sinisi was the first and only batter to reach base through the fifth inning. The first time he reached after a walk, he was erased trying to steal second base and his walk in the fifth was the second baserunner of the game. He ended up going 1-for-1 with three walks. It is the second time in five games that he has reached base four times. While he has a hit in eight of his last nine games, Sinisi is hitting .196 for the year.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-2 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
After not giving up a homer over his first 37.2 innings, Dirk Hayhurst has given up three over his last 10.1, including two on Sunday. His night ended after five runs were charged in 5.1 innings on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. It is the fifth game in a row that he has whiffed more batters than innings pitched. Hayhurst has now lost three straight decisions.
Jeremy Cleveland went 2-for-3 with a walk, his eighth multi-hit game during the month of May. The outfielder is hitting .274 over his last 24 games with a .373 mark with runners in scoring position over the course of the year. Cleveland has one extra base hit over his last 15 games with just one RBI over that span.
Kyle Stutes struck out four in two innings of work, yielding two hits. The lefty has given up one run in his last 9.2 innings on five hits. He has walked just one batter on the year in 25.1 innings and has held the opposition to a .198 average against. Only four of 22 left-handed batters have recorded a hit off Stutes – but three of those hits have gone for extra bases. He still hasn't given up a hit with a runner in scoring position.
Fort Wayne lost 2-0 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
After winning three straight starts, Steve Delabar took the loss to even his record at 3-3. The right-hander went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while matching a season-high with seven strikeouts. Delabar has given up five runs over his last four starts and has not given up more than four hits in any of those outings. Delabar has given up two runs or less in seven of his ten outings.
Mark Roberts gave up one hit in an inning and two-thirds and held an inherited runner in check. While he has a 1.80 ERA on the season, five of eight inherited runners have scored off the right-hander. Sunday was the first game this year that he has not struck out a batter, whiffing 15 over his first 8.1 innings of work. The opposition is hitting .306 off him, including .545 with the bases empty.
Shortstop Jesus Lopez saw his average drop to .200 for the year after going 0-for-2 on Sunday. Since opening the season 5-for-11, Lopez has gone 4-for-36 with one run scored. He has drawn six walks in his last seven games but is hitting .162 against right-handed pitching. Lopez has provided solid defense with two errors in 15 games, replacing Ray Chang who compiled ten in 19 games.
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