Jared Wells surrendered a run on two hits and two walks over six innings in a no-decision. He did hit two batters and tossed a wild pitch. He came into the game with 12 walks over his last 7.1 innings along with five earned runs. The opposition is hitting only .213 off him since joining Portland and they have just three hits in 18 at bats with runners in scoring position. Just one of his ten hits allowed have gone for extra bases. It is the 11th time in 15 starts he has given up two runs or less and seventh time he has gone five-plus and allowed two runs or fewer.
"I was happy with me bouncing back from two bad outings," Wells said. "I know I am better and now it is getting better from this one."
Erick Burke took his first loss of the season, allowing two runs on three hits in the tenth inning. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his last six appearances after surrendering runs in seven of his first 24 outings. His 4.96 ERA in June comes on the heels of a 1.65 mark in May. The leadoff hitter of an inning is 9-for-30 off him with 11 walks, a .500 on base percentage. He has held the opposition to a .180 average against with runners in scoring position but they have also had 61 such opportunities in his 47 innings of work.
Jason Anderson blew his fourth save of the year, giving up two runs on two solo homers in the ninth inning. He had given up two bombs in his previous 30 appearances. Six of his seven homers against have come with the bases empty. After posting a 2.25 ERA during the month of May, Anderson has a 4.05 ERA in June. The opposition is hitting .321 off him in his last 12 appearances.
Mobile lost 6-0 to Montgomery (Devil Rays)
Sean Thompson was added to the Southern League All-Star team. He will replace Jacksonville Pitcher Heath Trotten who is unable to participate in the game..
Mobile's offense managed just two hits, one from Brett Dowdy and the other coming from Stephen Smitherman. Smitherman has hits in seven of his last nine games, going 10-for-28 over that span, a .357 average. Prior to the recent stretch, Smitherman had 11 hits in his first 71 at bats with Mobile. Fourteen of his 21 hits have gone for extra bases. He has not, however, drawn a walk in 15 games.
Jose Oyervidez was tagged for four runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.1 innings. It is the sixth straight start that he has given up three runs or more and he is 0-3 with a 4.45 ERA over that span. The opposition is hitting .291 off him in June after posting a .246 mark in his previous ten starts. His seven losses are tied for the Southern League lead, pending the night's action.
Bubba Nelson gave up two runs on four hits and three walks in an inning and two-thirds. He also plunked two batters and struck out three. Nelson has now given up four runs in his last 1.2 innings and has walked six over that time. It is the third time this year he has walked three men in less than two innings. He now has a 2.68 ERA as a reliever and has given up runs in ten of his 24 relief appearances.
Lake Elsinore had the night off
Fort Wayne lost 6-5 to Lansing (Blue Jays)
While Nick Hundley stretched his hitting streak to 16 games, three shy of the Midwest League best for the year, Mike Baxter has a hit in nine of his last ten. He is 11-for-38 iver that stretch with three doubles and a homer. Baxter was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks on Wednesday. His two walks matched his total of free passes over the previous 20 games. The outfielder did steal his ninth bag of the year in ten attempts.
Steve Delabar was on the hook for three runs, two earned, on three hits and four walks. He also hit a batter and struck out five. Delabar came into the game with a decision in ten straight starts but did not get one on this day. It is the fourth time this year he has walked four in a game and the ninth time in 15 starts he has given up four hits or fewer. Over his last five starts, the opposition is hitting .188 off him.
Moving into the top five in the Midwest League in appearances, Jon Link took the loss. He gave up a run on two hits and two walks in two innings. He has now given up runs in three of his last five outings and 11 of 30 on the year. The opposition is hitting .306 off him in his last nine games after hitting .218 off him in his first 21 games. He does have a 3.47 ERA over his last 23.1 innings.
Eugene won 17-4 over Spokane (Rangers)
Tom King was the only hitter not to play in these reindeer games, as everyone else in the lineup had a hit, six players scored two runs or more, six players had an RBI – with three players knocking in four apiece, and seven extra base hits were recorded. They even managed six sacrifice flies, breaking the Northwest League record of five set May 5, 1957.
Craig Cooper led the way, netting four hits in five at bats, scoring two runs and driving in four. He also was hit by a pitch. The first baseman has an RBI in five of his nine games to go along with four multi-hit games. He is 9-for-14 with runners in scoring position and is hitting .429 off right-handed pitching.
Matt Antonelli had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, an RBI and four runs scored. He extended his on base streak to ten games and has a walk in every single game he has played. He has a .477 on base percentage. He scored more runs on Wednesday than he had in his previous nine games, three. Antonelli is 2-for-18 when he plays third base but 7-for-14 when he is the designated hitter, as he was on Wednesday.
Chad Huffman also drove in four, falling a triple shy of the cycle on a 3-for-4 night with two sacrifice flies. His homer was his second in four games and he has an RBI in three of the four games he has played. Three of his five hits have gone for extra bases.
David Freese was just another Emerald that sported a perfect evening. He was 3-for-3 with a homer, double, four RBI's and four runs scored. He was also plunked twice. Freese is tied for the league lead in homers with three and leads the Northwest League in RBI's with 12. It is his fourth multi-RBI game of the year and he has eight hits in 18 at bats with runners on base. Six of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
Andy Underwood, a fifth round pick this year, made his system debut, tossing an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball, walking one and striking out one. A right-hander out of Fresno State, he went 12-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 18 starts. Over 132.1 innings, he gave up 131 hits, walked 37 and struck out 110. He held the opposition to a .257 average against and earned one save.
AZL Padres had the day off