Portland left the bases loaded three times over the first six innings of the game but still prevailed thanks to three homers accounting for six of their seven runs. Portland leads all of minor league baseball with 71 homers in 54 games, ten more than the closest team in the PCL. Three players have 11 or more and Ben Johnson's game winning three run blast was his fifth in 15 games.
Jim Brower, sent down by the Padres, has taken over the closer's role in Portland. He notched his first save with an inning of one hit ball. Brower made six appearances for the Padres, giving up runs in four of those outings. His 9.39 ERA with San Diego was actually better than the 13.87 mark he posted with Baltimore earlier in the year. His last save came on August 24, 2005 while he was with the Richmond Braves.
Paul McAnulty had a perfect night, going 2-for-2 with a walk, hit by a pitch and a sacrifice fly. He also scored two runs, splitting time between right field and first base. McAnulty is 7-for-19 since returning from his big league stint with RBI's in three of his last four games. McAnulty has tattooed righties to the tune of a .337 average and doubled his hit output off lefties, moving up to four hits in 29 at bats versus southpaws.
Mobile lost 6-3 to Jacksonville (Dodgers)
Jonathan Ellis made his debut with Mobile, pitching an inning and a third and giving up two hits while striking out two. He did allow an inherited runner to score in the sixth inning. Ellis posted a 2.57 ERA over 24 appearances with Lake Elsinore, second most in the league behind former teammate Ryan Klatt. The right-hander kept left-handed hitters to a .171 average in California League play and gave up five hits in 27 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Sean Thompson was tagged for six runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks in 5.2 innings – picking up his fifth loss. A two-out error on Peter Ciofrone turned into four unearned runs. Thompson did hit a batter, sent two pitches to the backstop and served up two homers. It is the second start in a row that two balls have left the park. He has given up seven jacks over his last seven starts, six being solo shots. It is the third time in four starts he has given up two earned runs or less.
Mobile managed just three hits, all going for extra bases. Chris O'Riordan had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth inning, Luis Cruz hit a solo shot in the first and Michael Johnson doubled in between. It was the first homer of the year for O'Riordan and Johnson's now has more doubles than homers for the first time this year. Twenty-five of Cruz' 52 hits have gone for extra bases.
Lake Elsinore lost 3-2 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
The only four hits given up by Storm pitching came off the arm of Dirk Hayhurst who gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings of work. He did not walk a batter but took his sixth loss of the year. It was the third straight start he has lost and fourth decision in a row. Over that span, Hayhurst has given up two earned runs or less three times. Hayhurst has given up ten hits in 54 at bats to the leadoff man in an inning.
Skip Adams drove in both Storm runs without the benefit of a hit. It marked the fifth time this year he has drove in a run without netting a hit through a game. The infielder is third on the team in RBI's with 23 despite a .204 average and .180 mark with runners in scoring position. The two RBI's were one more than he had in his previous 11 games.
Kyle Stutes pitched an innings and two-thirds of scoreless ball, stranding two inherited runners in the process. It is the seventh time in 18 appearances that Stutes has not yielded a baserunner. The lefty is sporting a .188 average against and the opposition is 0-for-16 off him with runners in scoring position. Stutes also has a 26-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Fort Wayne won 7-0 over Peoria in game one (Cubs), lost 4-1 in game two
The Wizards scored their first two runs of the game in the third inning before they had registered a hit in game one. Thanks to two walks, two wild pitches and a ground out, the Wizards went up 2-0. Seth Johnston doubled to open up the fourth and eventually came around to score. Johnston was 1-for-3 and was intentionally walked. He also scored two runs. After hitting .351 in 22 April games, Johnston hit just .196 during the month of May. The double matched his extra base hit output from the previous 14 games.
Joel Santo pitched six innings of scoreless ball to pick up the win, his fourth. He was touched for three hits and walked four. His ERA dropped to 3.19 as a starter over six outings and he has won each start that he has surrendered two runs or less in. The righty has walked four batters in each of his last three starts and 28 in 39 innings this year.
Josh Alley injured his leg in the opening game of the doubleheader, leaving the game in the third inning.
Nathan Staggs made a spot start in game two, pitching four innings and surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks. The right-hander has given up ten runs over his last 10.1 innings after giving up two over his first seven frames. Ten of his 12 runs allowed have come on the road. Left-handed hitters are batting .360 off him this year and the opposition has a .433 on base percentage off Staggs with the bases empty.
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