Roger Deago, called up to Portland to take the place of Brian Sikorski who went to San Diego, gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits and five walks over 4.1 innings. Deago had walked 13 in 40.1 innings with Mobile but has walked 13 over his last 13 innings between the two stops. The right-hander posted a 3-2 record as a starter for the BayBears with a 4.02 ERA. He also made seven relief appearances.
Ben Johnson homered for the third time in as many games, all solo shots. He also added a walk and his third stolen base of the year. While Johnson has ten hits in 22 at bats with the bases empty, he is hitting just .182 with runners in scoring position since returning to Portland. He also has just one hit against left-handed pitching.
Luke Carlin went 1-for-2 with two walks, giving him seven walks over his last four games. The catcher has walked more times, 19, than he has struck out, 17. He is one of two players on the team that has more walks than hits (15). While he has reached base 33 times, Carlin has scored just eight runs. Carlin threw out the only runner attempting to steal on him and has nabbed eight of 26 this year.
Mobile won 2-0 over Birmingham (White Sox)
John Hudgins continued his dominance of the Southern League on Wednesday with seven innings of two-hit ball, walking one and striking out six. In his four starts since coming over from the Texas Rangers' system, Hudgins has given up three runs in 23.2 innings, a 1.14 ERA. He has given up just nine hits over that span, a .115 average against. He has given up just four hits in 55 at bats with the bases empty.
Geoff Jones picked up his first save of the year, tossing two innings of scoreless ball. The last save of his career came on July 2, 2002 while playing for Fort Wayne. Jones has given up one run over his last 10.2 innings, giving up five hits over that span. Jones has been better at home than on the road, a .196 average against versus his road average against of .346. Lefties are hitting .200 off him.
Kennard Jones went 1-for-4 with an RBI to push his hitting streak to five games. He had just one RBI over his previous 20 games coming in. Ironically, he is hitting .333 with runners on base for the year. Jones has hit .292 during the month of May with a .414 on base percentage. He has walked more times than he has struck out this month, 20-to-18.
Lake Elsinore lost 3-1 to High Desert (Royals)
While the Storm hitters managed just four hits overall, Tim Brown managed to reach base in each of his four plate appearances, going 1-for-1 with three walks. Brown ended the month of May with a .344 average for the month doubling his hit output from the previous month where he batted .213 with 16 hits. Brown is hitting .343 when he bats fourth in the lineup.
Chris Jaile pitched well over five innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks while striking out six. After posting a 5.64 ERA as a reliever, Jaile has a 3.00 ERA in his first two starts in the rotation. Right-handers are hitting .244 off him and lefties have a .303 average. Nine of the 14 earned runs he has allowed have come in the fifth inning.
Manny Ayala took the loss, his first of the year over three different leagues. In 3.1 innings, Ayala gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk. Ayala does have a better ERA the higher he is in the system, posting a 7.56 ERA with Fort Wayne, a 3.24 mark with Lake Elsinore and a 0.00 ERA with Portland. Over three leagues, his average against is .333.
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