Cesar and Cesar pitch on draft day

Both first rounders from a year ago were in action on Draft Day, Cesar Carrillo and Cesar Ramos. Carrillo saw his night cut short while Ramos pitched one for the ages. Jonathan Ellis got a taste of the Southern League. Tim Brown is seeing double. Midwest League All-Stars strut their stuff.

Portland lost 6-5 to Tucson (Diamondbacks) in ten innings

A year after being selected in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft, Cesar Carrillo made his debut for Triple-A Portland. Coming off forearm stiffness that sent him to the disabled list, Carrillo lasted 2.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one and he hit a batter. The right-hander went 1-3 with a 3.02 ERA over nine starts in Double-A. He held the opposition to a .239 average and that number dipped to .195 with runners in scoring position.

Jack Cust went 3-for-5 with two RBI's. The last three multi-hit games for Cust have been three-hit affairs. The problem is it took 17 games to accomplish the feat. While he has drawn 52 bases on balls this year, none have come over the last nine games. His longest stretch of games before this streak? Two games without a walk.

Jon Knott doubled twice in four at bats and added a walk. The slugger hadn't doubled in 19 games – hitting five homers during that span. Since his .170 April, Knott has hit .265 and he is hitting .316 in 23 road games but just .167 in 29 home games. He is also hitting .258 when he plays first base but .194 when he plays anywhere else.

Mobile lost 8-6 to Jacksonville (Dodgers)

Jose Oyervidez gave up just four hits but four walks and a three-run homer made it possible for four runs, three earned, to cross the dish over five innings of work. The right-hander struck out six and went 1-for-2 at the plate, netting his second hit of the season. He has walked four or more in four of his last six starts but has allowed four hits or less in seven of his 12 outings.

Juan Ciriaco went 1-for-4 with two RBI's on Tuesday. The shortstop had collected one RBI over his previous 16 games. Ironically, Ciriaco is hitting .269 with runners in scoring position and just .188 with the bases empty. He has gone 15 games without a multi-hit contest and has three hits in his last 22 at bats.

Jonathan Ellis lasted just a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk to take the loss. He also uncorked a wild pitch and three of his four on the season have come over his last five games. Ellis has given up runs in seven of his 27 appearances this year over two leagues. Since joining Mobile, the opposition is hitting .462 off him after holding California League batters to a .238 mark.

Lake Elsinore won 5-2 over Stockton (A's)

Three doubles were added to Tim Brown's ledger on Tuesday to push his total for the year up to 18, fourth-most in the Cal League. He also added two RBI's, giving him six over the last three games. Brown did, however, ground into his sixth double play. The first baseman has hit .351 over his last 33 games.

It was just as fitting that supplemental first round pick Cesar Ramos pitched on Tuesday, 2006 MLB Draft day. And he saved his best outing of the year for this day. The left-hander tossed scoreless ball over seven innings, giving up six hits and a walk to earn his third win of the year. It is the third time he has thrown scoreless ball this year and the seventh time in 12 starts that he has given up two runs or less.

Since returning to Lake Elsinore, Brett Dowdy has 11 hits in 25 at bats, including three on Tuesday. It was his second three-hit game of the year and they come within a six-game span. Dowdy had two hits in 12 at bats for Portland before being sent down but had turned a corner during his time in Mobile, hitting .283 in May before joining Triple-A.

Fort Wayne lost 8-2 to West Michigan (Devil Rays)

Fabian Jimenez dropped his third straight game, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He surrendered his third homer in three games – the only bombs he has allowed this year. Jimenez had given up three earned runs or less in eight of his last nine games coming in with Tuesday's game matching his opening start of the year for runs allowed. After a 1.65 ERA in May, Jimenez has a 8.10 mark in June.

Midwest League All-Star Brandon Higelin stranded two inherited runners in an inning and a third, giving up two hits and lowering his slim ERA to 1.17. In 30 innings, Higelin has allowed four earned runs and has yielded a run in five of 23 appearances. He has given up three hits in 34 at bats with runners in scoring position. After whiffing 33 in his first 27.1 innings, he has just one over his last 4.1 frames.

Daryl Jones, another All-Star, went 3-for-4 with a double, giving him an extra base hit in three straight games. Also, after striking out 52 times over his first 43 games, Jones has seen a strike three just twice over the last seven. The right-handed hitter is batting .314 with the bases empty but his average dips to .207 with runners in scoring position.


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