Jared Wells picked up his second Portland loss and has dropped four in a row dating back to his time with Mobile. The right-hander gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out six to give him more whiffs than walks with Portland. He has a WHIP of 1.55 since joining Portland after posting a 1.30 WHIP with Mobile. Wells added an error, his first in Triple-A.
Luke Carlin went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's. He is 6-for-15 over his last four games with three extra base hits, three runs scored and three RBI's. The catcher is hitting .317 over the last 19 games with 16 walks for a .461 on base percentage. Carlin is now hitting .302 on the road but just .234 at home.
Mobile lost 5-3 to Birmingham (White Sox)
Jack Cassel returned to Mobile for the first time since September 3, 2005 and had similar results to his last time with the BayBears. He took the loss that day despite giving up one run on four hits and three walks. This time out he surrendered one run on four hits with one walk. The righty had gone 3-5 with a 6.48 ERA in 18 games, including 11 starts, with Portland.
Dale Thayer gave up three runs on three hits and two walks, taking his third loss of the year and fourth blown save. He has given up five runs over his last three games, blowing two of them. Prior to that, he had given up one run over his previous 16 outings. Seventeen of 37 hitters who have led off an inning against Thayer have reached base, a .459 on base percentage.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-2 to High Desert (Royals)
Sean Kazmar busted out with four hits in four at bats with a double, a homer, an RBI, and two runs scored. The second baseman had been myriad in a 14-for-85 slump over his last 24 games, a .165 average. The homer was his first since May 23 and it was the first time since April 29 that he has multiple extra base hits in the same game. Kazmar batted leadoff and came into the game with three hits in 23 at bats from that position until his four-hit game.
Josh Geer dropped his third straight game, giving up five runs on a season-high 11 hits while striking out seven. He has given up ten runs over his last 10.1 innings on 18 hits. Prior to that, Geer had given up one run over his previous 29 innings. It is the seventh time in 15 outings that he has given up four runs or more over two leagues. The opposition is hitting .329 off him in the Cal League.
Ernesto Frieri, who has seen time with Fort Wayne and Eugene this year, worked 2.1 scoreless, giving up three walks and striking out one. One of two inherited runners scored off Frieri in the game. The Columbian native pitched in two games for the Storm last season, giving up one run in 3.1 innings. Frieri was 0-2 with one save over ten innings with the Emeralds, sporting a 4.50 ERA.
Fort Wayne lost 6-1 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)
Daryl Jones broke out of a 2-for-24 slump with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double. It was his second multi-hit game over his last 18 games. The double was his first in 13 games. Jones hit .213 in 24 June games and has hit .226 since the beginning of May. He began the year with a .299 average in his first 21 games. Jones is also hitting .220 with runners in scoring position.
Steve Delabar dropped his sixth game of the year after surrendering five runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings. It is the fifth time he has given up five runs or more in a start, although he has yielded two runs or less in ten outings, including seven of his last ten. He has walked three or more in seven outings but lefties are hitting just .206 off him.
Brandon Higelin gave up a run on two hits in two innings of work. He came into the game with two hits allowed over his previous 4.2 frames. After posting successive months of 1.35 or less ERA's, Higelin had a 4.40 ERA in June with five runs coming in one outing. He has given up runs in nine of his 33 appearances and has given up just five hits in 44 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Eugene won 12-10 over Salem-Keiser (Giants)
The RBI's continue to come for David Freese who pounded out seven on Monday, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, and a walk. Freese has hit safely in six straight, going 11-for-23 with five doubles, two homers, nine runs scored, and 15 RBI's. While the season is just 15 games old, Freese has seven multi-RBI games. Eleven of his 19 hits have gone for extra bases and he is hitting .500 with the runners in scoring position.
Chad Huffman, drafted as a second baseman, had been a fixture in left field. And he showed off his arm, tossing a bullet to catcher Kody Valverde who relayed the ball to Ray Stokes at second to nail a runner. He also showed off the stick, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a two-run homer, his third of the year. Huffman has an RBI in six of his eight games and a run scored in six of eight. He is hitting .364 with runners in scoring position.
Nate Culp made his second appearance of the year and first as a starter. He went 3.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on three hits while striking out two. Culp has given up two unearned runs in his five innings of work. He has not given uo a hit in ten at bats with runners in scoring position and has held right-handed hitters to a .188 average early in the year.
AZL Padres had the night off