Venable clobbers two; Hunt's streak

Paul McAnulty is tearing it up in the PCL. Sean Thompson puts together a complete game, literally. Will Venable touched em all twice – one a game-tying blast and another the walk-off. Michael Epping has hit safely in every game he has played for the Emeralds. Jeremy Hunt has a 36-game streak going?

Portland lost 6-4 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Roger Deago made a spot start with Portland, replacing Dewon Brazelton who went on the disabled list with a strained oblique. It is the second spot start that Deago has made for Portland this year. The lefty gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in 5.2 innings, striking out five. He has now walked eight in ten innings of action in the Pacific Coast League. By contrast, Deago has issued a free pass to 21 in 64.2 innings for Mobile while posting a 6-3 mark and a 3.76 ERA. He has limited the opposition to 15 hits in 65 at bats with runners in scoring position this season.

Paul McAnulty continued his torrid month, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a homer, a run scored, and three RBI's. In 24 games in June, he is hitting .380 with nine extra base hits, ten RBI's and 12 runs scored. He has posted a .457 on base percentage over that stretch of games. McAnulty has now logged 16 games at third base, including Sunday, and is hitting .429 when he mans the position. He did, however, commit two errors on Sunday and now has five errors in 41 chances, a .878 fielding percentage.

Woody Williams will start for Portland on Monday as he continues his rehab process.

Mobile won game one 3-0 over Montgomery (Devil Rays) while game two was rained out

Sean Thompson pitched a complete game, seven-inning, shutout to pick up his third win of the year and second in a row. He gave up two hits and a walk while tying his season-high with nine strike outs. It is the third time in four games he has not given up an earned run and he has a streak of 14.1 straight innings without yielding an earned run – and has given up six hits over that span. Over his last five starts, Thompson has an ERA of 2.20 with a .227 average against. In 15 starts, the lefty has given up two first-inning runs.

Stephen Smitherman connected for his sixth blast of the year, a two-run shot. He was 2-for-3 in the game, accounting for half of Mobile's hits in game one. The homer was his first with a runner on base after hitting five solo shots coming in. Smitherman is six for his last 18 over his last five games with five RBI's and four runs scored. He had been 11-for-71 prior to that. Thirteen of his 17 hits on the year have gone for extra bases. All of the homers for the righty hitting Smitherman have come off right-handed pitching.

They will attempt to play two on Monday with Mike Ekstrom and Dirk Hayhurst the probable starters.

Lake Elsinore had the night off

Fort Wayne won 7-6 over Cedar Rapids (Angels) in 13 innings

Will Venable reached base in six straight plate appearances, homering in successive at bats, ending up 5-for-6 at the plate with a walk. He came through with a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to push the game into extra frames. After drawing a walk in the tenth, he hit a walk-off leadoff bomb to right field for the winner in inning 13. Venable came into the game with one homer on his resume for the year, coming on May 4. The outfielder has been on base in seven of the last eight times he has come to the plate. He is hitting .347 for the month of June.

Five relievers combined to throw 7.2 innings of scoreless relief. Nathan Staggs picked up the win, his second in three appearances. The right-hander has thrown scoreless ball over his last 6.2 innings, striking out nine while giving up three hits. Staggs has a 3.86 ERA in June after amassing a 5.40 ERA in May. Righties are hitting .233 off him while lefties have swatted .308. He has given up four hits in 19 times he has faced a leadoff batter of an inning.

The Wizard pitching staff picked off three runners on Sunday, including one from starter Grant Varnell. The right-hander did, however, give up six runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. He has now given up 20 runs, 11 earned, over his last 16.1 innings. And in his last 29.2 innings he has surrendered 47 hits, giving up more hits than innings pitched in each of his last six games. Only once has he given up fewer hits than innings pitched in 14 starts, matching the total on two occasions. The opposition is hitting .312 off him for the year.

Eugene won 8-4 over Spokane (Rangers)

Signed as a free agent on May 13, 2005, left-hander Orlando Lara made his second start. After giving up three runs on five hits in his first outing of the year, Lara surrendered one run on two hits and a walk over three frames his second time out. Lara, a Mexico native, did not pitch in 2005. The year before he put up a 2.15 ERA in 50 innings for Sonoyta in Mexico's Sonora League. The opposition is hitting .313 off him with the bases empty.

Michael Epping stole three bases off former Padres prospect Billy Killian, including steals of second and third base in a three-pitch span. The centerfielder is now a perfect 5-for-5 with his thievery. Epping has a six-game hitting streak to open the year with six runs scored in his last five games. On Sunday, he was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. While he is 10-for-29 to open the year, the leadoff hitter has whiffed eight times on the year.

Justin Mattison appeared in his third game of the season for the Ems and for the second time this year he earned the save by going more than an inning. Mattison walked three, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch but did not give up a hit or a run to earn the save. He did, however, allow two inherited runners to score. He has not allowed a hit in 4.2 innings this year but has walked five. A left-hander that was originally a 35th-round selection of the Florida Marlins in the 2003 MLB draft out of Virginia Commonwealth University, Mattison appeared in 54 games as an outfielder for Jamestown of the Class-A New York-Penn League in 2003 where he hit .211 with one home run and nine RBI. Mattison was converted to a pitcher while with the Gulf Coast Marlins in 2004 and was 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA and two saves in 12 innings.

AZL Padres won 7-6 over AZL Royals in ten innings

First baseman Jeremy Hunt, selected in the 28th round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Villanova, went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He led the Big East with 15 home runs and was the Wildcats leader in nine different offensive categories, including a .385 batting average, 56 RBI's, a .481 on-base percentage and .743 slugging percentage. Hunt had 72 hits during the 2006 season, 33 of which went for extra bases. He led the team with 35 walks and struck out just 27 times in 233 at-bats. Hunt closed the season by hitting safely in 19 straight games and reaching base safely in each of his last 33 games. Hunt's .356 career batting average tied for 10th best in the history of the program. He has continued his on base streak with hits in each of his first three games for the AZL Padres, going 6-for-13 with two walks.

Vantroit Medina, 19, made his stateside debut, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Medina went 2-3 with a 7.08 ERA in the Dominican Summer League last year. In 48.1 innings, the right-hander allowed 44 runs, 38 earned, on 43 hits and 51 walks. He also struck out 37 while uncorking ten wild pitches.

Australian born John Hussey is back in Peoria for his second year with the squad. The 19-year old prospect was 1-3 with a 6.44 ERA last season. In 36.1 innings he allowed 38 hits, walked 13 and struck out 31. The opposition hit .400 off him with runners in scoring position. He allowed three runs or more in each of his last five starts after giving up two runs or less in three of his first four. The opposition hit .314 off him over his last seven starts.

Sam Carter delivered a bases loaded clearing double in the tenth inning and drove in four runs on the day, going 2-for-5. Carter, signed as an undrafted free agent out of St. Mary's, posted a .356 batting average with 11 home runs and 51 RBI's. He ranked second overall in the conference in total bases (116) and slugging percentage (.607). Carter is second all-time in RBIs (132), fourth in home runs (24), sixth in doubles (36), eighth in hits (195) and batting average (.331) and ninth in runs (113) in school annals. Carter earned the Mark Teahen MVP and the Offensive Player of the Year awards from his college.

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