Leads blown; Jodam Rivera smoking hot

Mike Thompson was back in the Portland saddle. The starting pitching in Mobile was dirty with Dirk Hayhurst and Mike Ekstrom dialed in. Neil Jamison has lost three straight games. John Madden blew his fourth save in ten chances. Kody Valverde was perfect at the plate but hasn't been behind it. Ten runs in the ninth cushion a lead and give Tyler Mead win number two.

Portland lost 3-2 to Las Vegas (Dodgers) in 14 innings Mike Thompson made his first start in Portland since being optioned down by the Padres. He went five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four. The right-hander went 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA over nine starts for the Padres. In Portland, he remains undefeated at 5-0 with a no-decision this day. He has given up two runs over his last 13.1 innings with the Triple-A squad.

The bullpen pitched in with eight innings of scoreless ball before an unearned run in the 14th off Erick Burke broke the tie. With two Bobby Hill errors on one play and a leadoff triple, the Beavers went down with little fight as they managed just five hits. Burke has given up runs in four straight outings with six runs allowed over his last seven innings. He has surrendered runs in 14 of his 33 outings on the year but has limited the opposition to 12 hits in 69 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Mobile won 2-1, lost 1-0 to Mississippi (Braves)

Dirk Hayhurst picked up the game one win, his first of the year and second in Southern League play. The right-hander allowed just two hits over five scoreless innings while striking out three. His last win in Double-A came in his only start with Mobile last year on August 21 where he allowed two runs over seven. After making two relief appearances where he posted a 0.00 ERA, Hayhurst has made three straight starts. He had given up ten runs, seven earned, on 12 hits over his first 8.1 innings as a starter. He has walked just one batter in 16.2 innings with Mobile.

Mike Ekstrom pitched a complete game in game two but took the loss, despite allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. It is his third loss since he joined Double-A and he has given up two earned runs or less in three of his four starts. While he has held the opposition to a .231 average, the opposition is hitting .318 off him with runners in scoring position. Eight of his ten earned runs have come in the fifth inning and he has not given up a run in innings one through four in Mobile.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-3 to Inland Empire (Mariners)

Doug Brocail was back in action on Thursday and pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one. It was his first time on the hill since straining his groin in a June 22 rehab stint. Brocail has recorded five of his seven outs on the year by way of the strikeout.

A week ago, Neil Jamison was riding a seven-game scoreless streak but the tide has turned dramatically as he has given up runs in three straight and has taken the loss each time, blowing two saves in the process and losing Thursday with the game tied. The right-hander gave up two runs on two hits via a two-run homer, the second straight game he has given up a long ball. It was the first time this year he has given up runs in three straight games. Jamison has given up eight runs over his last 2.2 innings; he has given up ten runs in the 31 games leading up to this last week.

Cesar Ramos lasted five, giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks. The left-hander has given up two earned runs or less in ten of his 17 starts this year. Lefties are hitting .313 off him and 25 of his 33 earned runs have come over his first three innings of work. With three runners stealing a base off him, six of 26 runners have been successful taking an extra bag off him.

Fort Wayne lost 6-5 to Quad Cities (Cardinals)

John Madden came into the ninth inning with a two run lead and managed to record just one out, taking his fourth blown save and third loss. The right-handed closer has converted six of ten save opportunities this year but came into the game with a 1.88 ERA. He surrendered four runs, three earned, on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman. It is the first time this year he has yielded runs in consecutive relief appearances. His ERA rose to 2.79 with the outing. It is the seventh time in 27 appearances he has given up runs.

Fabian Jimenez made it through six innings with just two runs allowed while he gave up a season-high nine hits and a walk. There was a runner on base in every inning but the first against the left-hander. He has limited lefties to a .200 average against. It is the seventh time in 15 starts that he has given two runs or less. It is the first time this year he hasn't walked two or more in an outing. It is, however, the third time he has given up seven or more hits.

Daryl Jones had a perfect night, going 1-for-1 with three walks. The last time he reached base four times in a game was April 18. He also added an RBI and a run scored. Jones has just one extra base hit over his last 15 games and has gone without a homer in 24 straight. He is hitting .286 off left-handed pitching but just .235 off righties. Jones also added his first stolen base of the year in game 72 but was also caught stealing for the first time.

Eugene lost 4-3 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Kody Valverde went 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly on Thursday. Four of his seven hits have gone for extra base hits to begin the year and Thursday was his first multi-hit contest. Valverde has also drawn five walks and has whiffed just once. He failed to throw out the two runners stealing on him. He has now caught just one thief in 17 attempts against him this season.

Rolando Valdez pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. After giving up four runs on three hits and ten walks in his first 5.2 innings in Eugene but has thrown scoreless ball over his last 5.2 innings while walking just two. This was the first game he did not walk a single batter. The right-hander has allowed just three hits in 17 at bats to left-handed hitters.

Matt Farrington made his first appearance since being promoted from the AZL Padres. He allowed an inherited runner to score and one of his own on over 1.1 innings. He gave up two hits, including a homer – the first he has surrendered this year and first hit given up to a left-handed batter. In four outings in Peoria, Farrington yielded runs in one, sporting a 3.00 ERA and earning one save.

AZL Padres won 13-1 over AZL Athletics

The Padres scored ten runs in the ninth inning to blow the game open and had seven two-out RBI's in the contest. Jodam Rivera led the way offensively, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI's. The infielder has hits in ten of his first 11 games to begin the year. Over his last three contests he has scored eight runs and has scored 16 runs over 11 games. He is also hitting .562 with runners in scoring position.

Tyler Mead picked up the second win of his professional career and second in a row. Over five innings, the right-handed 18-year old allowed two hits while walking one without allowing a run. He has given up one hit in seven at bats to left-handed hitters and has held the opposition to a .154 average against with runners in scoring position. He has a 2.08 ERA in two starts and has given up one run over his last seven innings.

Rey Garramone went three innings and pitched to the minimum nine batters. Since allowing six hits in his first outing, he has given up three over his last seven frames.

Josh Alley made his fourth rehab start with the squad and enjoyed his third straight multi-hit game. He was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two walks. He also scored two runs and has crossed the plate in three straight games while knocking in a run in two straight. His two walks were his first since returning to action; he walked 32 times in 32 games with Fort Wayne while striking out 17 times. Alley has played two games in centerfield and two as the designated hitter in between each start in the field.


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