It was a single that eluded Jon Knott in his pursuit of the cycle as he logged a double, two triples, a homer and two RBI's to go along with three runs scored. Knott has four triples on the year and it is his second two-triple game of the year and his career, both coming in his last eight games. It is the twelfth time this year he has driven in two runs or more and second time in six games he has notched four hits. Since the start of June he is hitting .308 with 29 RBI's.
Terrmel Sledge homered for the second time in as many days and third time in his last four. The outfielder went 2-for-5 with two RBI's and two runs scored. He has a hit in 14 of his last 16 games, going 21-for-66, a .318 average. He has notched an RBI in four straight games and is hitting .310 with runners in scoring position. Since being slotted number two in the lineup, Sledge has hit .301 over 38 games.
Tim Stauffer picked up his fourth win with seven innings of one-run ball. He gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out four on 107 pitches, 66 strikes. Stauffer had lost four straight decisions and gave up four runs or more in four straight outings coming in. While the opposition is hitting .297 off him for the year, they are batting just .238 with runners in scoring position. Three of his four wins have come away from PGE Park and he has a 3.99 ERA on the road compared to a 5.40 mark at home.
Mobile lost 5-0 to Mississippi (Braves)
Jose Oyervidez dropped his Southern League leading ninth game, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. He has lost each of his last four starts, giving up 17 runs on 28 hits and seven walks over that span. The right-hander had given up three runs or more in seven straight starts coming in and fur or more in five of those contests. It was the 11th time in 18 starts he has walked three or more in a game.
Dustin Delucchi was back with the BayBears and went 0-for-3 while being hit by a pitch. He was released by the Padres in the first week of June after spending 14 games with the Portland Beavers where he his .216 with four walks. He started May with nine games in Mobile, going 4-for-23 with three hits coming in one game. The outfielder hit .280 with a .394 on base percentage (OBP) over 34 games with Mobile last season and batted .305 with a .440 OBP in 64 games last year for Portland.
Lake Elsinore won 4-3 over High Desert (Royals)
Peter Ciofrone fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with a double, his first triple of the year, a run scored, and two RBI's. The outfielder has an RBI in five straight games, eight over that span, and has knocked in a run in seven of his last eight. Over his last 20 games, Ciofrone is hitting .412 with 23 RBI's on 28-for-66 hitting with 12 walks. He is hitting .407 with runners in scoring position.
Richie Daigle picked up win number four against zero losses with an inning of scoreless work. The right-hander had allowed runs in five of his previous six games and came into the game with opponents hitting .439 off him over his last ten outings with 14 runs scored. Daigle surrendered six runs over his first 17 outings. The opposition is hitting .301 off him for the season.
Sean Kazmar added another multi-hit game on Friday with a 2-for-4 night with a walk and a run scored. The second baseman has four multi-hit games in his last five, going 11-for-21 with four walks and eight runs scored. He has reached base safely in 19 straight games with hits in 13 of those games. Kazmar has scored a run in five straight games and is hitting .318 in 12 games since being inserted into the leadoff position in the lineup.
Fort Wayne lost 5-3 to Kane County (A's)
David Freese hopped on a few planes and arrived on time to make the start at third base for Fort Wayne, going 1-for-4 with a walk in his Midwest League debut He pushed his hitting streak to nine games in the process. He walked in his only at bat with runners in scoring position. He is 23-for-62 over two leagues, a .371 average.
"It is a great thing," Freese said of the promotion. He also acknowledged the lineup in Eugene for his early season success. "My stats, honestly, are because of everyone else in the lineup. Every time I came to the plate there are guys on the bases and every time I get on base it seems like I am crossing home plate. They are a real good offensive club so it made my job a lot easier.
Brandon Higelin, who is tied for the Midwest League lead in appearances with 34, pitched to two batters with two inherited runners on retired the side without any damage. He has given up runs in nine of his outings and earned runs in seven. Since surrendering five runs in one-third of an inning, Higelin has allowed four hits in 28 at bats, a .143 average, and one run over his last 7.1 innings. He has allowed just five hits in 46 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Eugene won 4-3 over Salem-Keizer (Giants) in ten innings
Tom King collected three hits in four trips, including a double. It was his first three-hit affair of the season and matched his hit total of the previous six games. King is 5-for-14 when he leads off an inning but has just one hit in 21 at bats with runners in scoring position. The shortstop had just one hit in 25 at bats at home coming into the game.
Ben Krosschell pitched two scoreless frames, walking two and inducing an inning-ending double play. The right-hander has given up just five hits in 28 at bats, a .179 average against, but has walked seven and has given up runs in three of his seven outings for a 5.40 ERA. Three of the five hits he has surrendered have come with runners in scoring position. Lefties are just 1-for-10 off him this year.
"We got off to kind of a slow start but everyone is coming along," Freese said of the pitching staff he left behind. "They are pitching to contact and trying to use our defense as best as they can. All the pitchers are coming along well."
R.J. Rodriguez hasn't had the help of his defense in his two appearances. He suffered a blown save after an unearned run scored on him, his second unearned run in as many appearances. The right-hander allowed the run on two hits while striking out three in two innings of work. Three of the four hits he has yielded with Eugene have come off left-handed bats. Rodriguez has given up runs in four of his six outings over two leagues but has not given up an earned run yet this season. He surrendered one hit in 17 at bats during his time with the AZL Padres.
AZL Padres won 8-3 over AZL Rangers
Luis Durango continued his hot hitting with two hits in four at bats. The outfielder has hits in seven of his first eight games and has scored a run in six of those. He has also shown patience at the plate with a 6-to-2 walk-to-strikeout ratio. All 13 of his hits to open the season have been singles. Durango also added his sixth stolen base of the year but he did commit his second fielding error in centerfield.
Felix Carrasco accounted for three hits in his five at bats, including a double and two RBI's. He has a ten-game hitting streak to open the year with six multi-hit games. He leads the team in RBI's with 13, hits with 17, and total bases with 24. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Carrasco is hitting .714. The third baseman has knocked in a run in three straight games, six total over that span.
Jose Ceda recorded six of his nine outs by way of the strikeout in three frames, allowing two hits and walking one while also picking off a runner at first base. Ceda has pitched six straight scoreless frames, striking out 11 over that time and giving up just two hits while walking four. Lefties have three hits in 16 at bats off the right-hander while righties have seven hits in 25 at bats.