Tim Stauffer allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings on the bump, taking his seventh loss of the year. He hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in eight straight starts. He gave up two homers, the second game he has surrendered two or more this year. While he has lost three straight decisions, Stauffer came into the game with a 3.62 ERA over his last nine starts.
Aquilino Lopez stranded an inherited runner in the seventh but gave up his 13th long ball of the year. Twenty of the 46 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases. He has held the opposition to a .241 average on the year and has given up just six hits in 42 at bats to the leadoff hitter of an inning. Eleven of the homers he has surrendered have been solo shots.
Jon Knott accounted for the only run of the game, hitting a solo shot in the third inning. It is the third game in a row that he has knocked in a run and the fourth time in five games. Knott has been on base in eight straight games, going 9-for-25 with six walks and seven RBI's. The homer was his first since May 29 after hitting ten in a 25 game span during May. He is, however, hitting .286 this month.
Mobile won 15-0 over Huntsville (Brewers)
One day after being no-hit over seven, Mobile fired back on Wednesday scoring a season-high 15 runs and belting a season-high three homers. Every player, including the pitcher, scored a run, eight players notched a hit and five had multi-hit games. They also got RBI contributions from six players with three players netting three or more runs driven in. Seven of their 15 hits went for extra bases.
Drew Macias had just one hit in four at bats but added four RBI's. He had an RBI ground out and a bases loaded clearing double. Macias came into the game with two RBI's over his previous 18 games. He also had just three hits in his last 25 at bats and his double matched his extra base hit total over the previous 20 games. After hitting .307 in April, Macias has hit .232 over the last two months.
Matt Lauderdale got the start on the day that George Kottaras was named to the Futures All-Star World team. He went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, his first of the year, and four RBI's. He has been on base in seven of his last eight games – a span of time that dates back to May 26. Over his last six games he is 6-for-17 with three walks and seven RBI's.
Roger Deago allowed just two hits over seven frames, combining with two relievers for their eighth shutout of the season, tying for the Southern League lead. Deago walked two while striking out seven to win his second start in a row and notch his sixth win of the year. He has recorded three more wins than any other member of the current staff. It is the seventh time in ten starts that he has yielded two runs or less. It is also the sixth time he has given up four hits or less and he sports a .186 average against over his last four starts.
Second baseman Luis Cruz was also named to the World team – the only two players in the system that will appear in the Futures game.
Lake Elsinore won 6-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Woody Williams no-hit Rancho over three innings, walking one, hitting a batter, and striking out five. Coming back from a tear in his left calf, Williams had thrown side sessions and simulated games before taking the mound for the Storm. With a three inning or pitch count of 60, Williams breezed through the action. Williams was 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA over 41.1 innings with the Padres.
Brent Carter got the win, tossing five innings of relief and allowing two hits, including a solo homer, while striking out three. The fourth inning run he allowed broke a 15 inning scoreless streak. The lone run he surrendered gives him a 0.45 ERA over his last 20 innings of work. It is the sixth time in his last nine games that he has given up one run or less. He has walked one batter in his last five games.
Skip Adams notched a single to extend his hitting streak to five games, his longest of the year. He had a string of four straight multi-hit games snapped but added an RBI, his fifth in as many games. The shortstop has been on base safely in nine straight. During that span he is 12-for-33 with eight RBI's and four walks. After hitting .205 over his first 47 games, Adams is hitting .270 over his last 18.
Fort Wayne had the night off
Eugene won 8-4 over Boise (Cubs)
Ninth round pick David Freese has begun the year with hits straight games and Wednesday he took one over the wall for a pinch-hit three-run homer during an eight-run seventh inning. Freese became the first South Alabama player since 1987 to hit over .400, batting .414. He also led the team in RBIs (73), home runs (12) and hits (99). The Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year has five RBI's over his last two games. He is 2-for-2 with runners in scoring position this year.
After seeing brief action in the exhibition game last week, Matt Buschmann tossed two scoreless innings to open the year, earning the win. He allowed three hits and struck out one. Buschmann, a 15th round pick, finished his senior campaign at Vanderbilt with a 6-4 record and 3.95 ERA. He ended his career with a complete game win over Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA Atlanta Regional. His 23 career wins at Vanderbilt tied him for fourth best in school history.
Canadian catcher Matt Stocco got his first action since joining the Padres' organization going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI's. Stocco played for the Winnipeg Goldeneyes last year, playing in six games. Prior to that Stocco played for Elon College, hitting .306 with five homers, 11 doubles, a triple, 26 runs, 35 RBI's, two stolen bases in five attempts in 160 at bats as a senior. Touted for his strong arm, the catcher threw out one of three runners attempting to steal.