Dewon Brazelton was tagged for six runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings of work, taking his second loss of the year. The right-hander gave up two homers for the second straight game and has given up five over his last three. Overall, 11 of his 28 hits allowed have gone for extra bases. The opposition is hitting .346 off him with the bases empty.
Aquilino Lopez served up two more homers to place the reliever fifth in the Pacific Coast League in homers surrendered with 11. He has given up a homer every 3.49 innings. He has given up runs in 12 of his 25 appearances this year and had come into the game with two runs allowed over his previous 13 innings. Nine of his homers against have come with the bases empty.
Justin Leone notched the sole multi-hit game for Portland, going 2-for-4. The third baseman is hitting .375 over his last five games after a .211 mark in April. Over his last 19 games, Leone has collected three extra base hits. He has 18 multi-hit games this year and is hitting .298 on the year. He also owns a .351 average with runners in scoring position.
Chris Carter hit three homers off the Portland pitching staff.
Mobile lost 4-1 to Jacksonville (Dodgers)
The only two hits Mobile managed came off the bat of Michael Johnson. The first baseman went 2-for-3 with a walk, his first multi-hit game since May 18 – a span of 16 games between. Johnson has one RBI over his last nine games after netting 14 over his first 12. He has hit .379 on the road, as he was on Monday, and has just a .171 mark at home. He is hitting .316 with runners in scoring position.
John Hudgins took his first loss, allowing as many runs in Monday's start as he had in his previous four. Over five frames, he surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. It is the second time in three games he has walked three or more. The six hits he allowed was one more than he had given up in his previous three starts. His average against is .153 over five starts with the BayBears.
Leo Rosales gave up an unearned run over two innings of work, striking out three. In five appearances since returning to Mobile, the right-hander has given up three runs, two earned, over eight innings. He has walked just one batter during that span with seven K's, as opposed to the 15 walks and nine strikeouts he had in his first stint with the club. He has given up runs in 11 of his 18 outings, with three of those being unearned runs only. Rosales has kept left-handed hitters to a .194 average while righties are batting .308.
Lake Elsinore lost 6-1 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Brent Carter dropped his second game of the season, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings in his first start since heading to the disabled list. Carter has given up 15 runs over his last three starts, a span of 13 innings. And those numbers have tailed 14 innings of scoreless ball. The left-hander has seen left-handed hitters bat .403 off him this season.
Tim Turner accounted for the only run of the game, hitting a solo homer. It was the second homer of the season for the centerfielder. Turner batted .235 over 22 games in May with 32 strikeouts – and Monday was his first action of the month of June. He has whiffed in 16 straight games.
Chris Jaile was back in a relief role after two spot starts in place of Carter. The right-hander pitched two scoreless innings after posting a 3.00 ERA in his two starts. Jaile has held right-handed batters to 23 hits in 97 at bats while lefties have hit .303 off him. He had walked seven over his previous 12 innings but did not issue a walk on Monday.
Fort Wayne won 6-2 over Peoria (Cubs)
In his first at bat since returning from the disabled list, Nick Hundley laced a single on the first pitch he saw. In the ninth inning, Hundley smacked a home run, his first of the year. His last blast had come on August 14, 2005 while he was playing with the Eugene Emeralds. The catcher had notched 12 doubles over 34 games entering play. It was his third multi-hit game over the last six after netting four such games over his first 28 games.
Jesus Lopez hit an inside-the-park home run with one out in the ninth - his second homer of the year - and lone hit of the day. He hit the ball over the head of the centerfielder and the fielder threw up his hands to say he could not find the ball. After a discussion by the umpires, it was ruled a home run. Since opening the year with five hits in his first 11 at bats, the shortstop had five over his next 47 before Monday's action, including one over his last 22 at bats. Touted for his defense, Lopez has just two errors in 21 games.
Grant Varnell allowed two runs on six hits over five innings of work, striking out three and not walking a batter. He has not walked a batter over his last 13.1 innings. Varnell had lost four straight decisions before earning the win, his second of the year. It is the ninth time in 11 starts that he has given up two earned runs or less. This was, however, the seventh time this year that he has gone five innings or less.