Dewon Brazelton pitched seven strong, allowing three runs on seven hits. All of the runs came via two homers and he has given three over his last two starts. Brazelton did not walk a batter after giving up a free pass to six in his first 10.2 innings with Portland. Brazelton has given up just one hit in 16 at bats with runners in scoring position with five of the eight runs scored against him coming via homers.
Paul McAnulty lined up at third base, a day after going 1-for-5 across the diamond at first in his return to Portland. His double plated a run but he was then picked off second base, ending his night 1-for-4. Used strictly as a pinch hitter in San Diego, McAnulty went 1-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts. After a .319 April, McAnulty is hitting .200 over 12 May games.
Jason Anderson made it through his first inning unscathed but in his second frame he could not escape the assault. He took the loss after pitching to three batters in the tenth, all of which scored. Anderson came into the game with one earned run allowed over his previous 14 appearances. Even with the three runs allowed, Anderson has posted a 2.25 ERA over the month of May. The one walk he surrendered was just his third over his last 16 innings.
Mobile lost 10-9 in ten innings to Birmingham (White Sox)
Making his third start of the year, Bubba Nelson went an inning-plus, pitching to six batters in the second inning and not recording an out. He gave up six runs on four hits, three walks and two wild pitches in the outing. One of the wild pitches came on a strikeout in the second and allowed the runner to safely reach base. He was tagged for two homers, accounting for five of the six runs against. Five of the six homers he has surrendered have come in his three starts and he has a 2.20 ERA as a reliever and a 16.21 ERA as a starter.
Chris O'Riordan came into the game with one RBI on his season resume. A bases clearing double added three to that mark, his only hit of the night. It was just his second hit in ten at bats with runners in scoring position. O'Riordan has seven hits in 39 at bats this year, a .179 average. Three of his last five hits have been doubles.
George Kottaras smashed his seventh homer of the year on a night where he reached base five times in six plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with two walks. Kottaras has reached base safely in 12 straight games, going 16-for-42 with ten walks, a .500 on base percentage, with six RBI's. While he has been on base 26 times during that stretch, he has scored just five runs. It is the third time he has reached base four times or more in a game.
Lake Elsinore lost 4-3 to High Desert (Royals)
Evan Meek gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. The right-hander also struck out seven, the third time this year he has whiffed that many in a start. It is also, however, the fifth time he has issued a free pass to three or more. After posting a .197 average against in April, the opposition is hitting .330 off him in his last six starts and .324 off him with runners in scoring position on the season.
Neil Jamison blew his first save of the year, giving up two runs in the ninth inning to take the loss. He had converted 14 in a row, including three with Fort Wayne. He gave up a solo homer, his third jack allowed this year, and hit a batter with an unearned run the fatal blow. Still, all of the extra base hits allowed off Jamison have come with the bases empty and the opposition is only hitting .164 off him.
Tim Turner went 2-for-4 with an RBI, giving him RBI's in five of his last eight games. Turner is 11-for-34 with runners in scoring position this year but is hitting just .231 when he leads off an inning – and he has spent 16 games in the leadoff spot in the lineup. He also added his eighth stolen base in 11 attempts. Turner has, however, struck out 49 times this year in 34 games and has whiffed in 14 straight. He has 17 multi-strikeout games this year.
Fort Wayne's game was suspended due to rain