Portland didn't manage a hit until the seventh inning and ended the night with five hits, the only blow that mattered was a Ben Johnson homer. While Portland leads the Pacific Coast League in homers with 77 and walks with 304, they rank 13th in the 16-team league in batting. The Beavers are also last in the league in stolen bases and stolen bases attempts.
Aquilino Lopez gave up his 12 homer of the year, tied for third-most in the league. The four other pitchers atop the leaderboard are all starters with Lopez the only reliever. He came into the game tied for third with 29 appearances. Ten of the homers he has surrendered have come with the bases empty. He has given up seven doubles on the year and the homers account for 65 percent of the runs he has given up this year.
Mobile won 5-3 over Montgomery (Devil Rays)
Picking up his fifth win, Roger Deago gave up two runs over six innings on a season-high eight hits and a walk. Deago has given up two runs or less in six of his nine starts and boasts a 3.70 ERA as a starter. He did surrender his fifth homer of the year, all coming over his last eight games. He had given up more than five hits just once previously.
Vince Sinisi went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI's and a walk. The outfielder matched his RBI total over the last 12 games on Thursday night. After hitting .200 during the month of May in Mobile, Sinisi is hitting .265 this month. He has also walked more times, five, than he has struck out, four, over the last 14 games. He has hit .286 off left-handed pitching versus his .209 mark versus righties.
Dale Thayer gave up three hits in an inning and a third but managed to escape without allowing a run. He struck out three to pick up his 13th save of the year and it is the fourth game in a row that he has earned a save. The leadoff hitter in an inning is hitting .462 off him with a .517 on base percentage this year but he has given up just three hits in 19 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore won 8-4 over Visalia (Devil Rays)
Jose Lobaton hit more homers on Thursday than he had in 2002, 2003 and 2005 combined. Lobaton send two balls over the wall, knocking in a career-high four. He also scored three runs for the first time since September 5, 2003. Lobaton had driven in three runs over his last 18 games before exploding on Thursday. Four of his last six hits have gone for extra bases.
Evan Meek picked up his second win of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. Ironically, Meek had given up six runs, four earned, over his previous three starts and did not earn a win. The right-hander has given up two earned runs or less in eight of his 14 starts.
Manny Ayala dropped his ERA to 1.62 with two scoreless innings of work. He has given up just one hit over his last 8.1 innings in the California League, striking out eight. The opposition is hitting .193 off him over 16.2 innings with the Storm. He has given up runs in four of his 11 appearances over three different leagues.
Fort Wayne won 8-0 in game one, lost 6-5 in game two to Western Michigan (Tigers)
Josh Geer extended his scoreless streak to 25.1 innings with a seven-inning complete game shutout in game one. He allowed three hits and walked two while striking out three. Geer has, understandably, won his last three starts. Over the last 22 innings he has given up 12 hits, a .152 average against. He has lowered his ERA from 4.48 to 3.10.
Fabian Jimenez didn't have quite the success of Geer. The lefty managed to record just one out in his start to the seven batters he faced. He was charged with five runs, all earned, on four walks and two hits. In his last three starts, spanning 10.1 innings, he has given up 14 runs on ten walks and 16 hits. The opposition is hitting .348 off him during that span.
Jesus Lopez went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the opener and added two more RBI's in the nightcap despite going 0-for-2 – netting an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly. It is the third time this year he has had an RBI in successive games but he has not had a streak extend to three games. The shortstop is hitting .250 during the month of June after hitting .184 in May.
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