Jared Wells walked four straight batters to open the bottom of the third inning on 19 pitches and all four ended up scoring. Wells ended up walking six and hitting two batters over five innings as six runs crossed the plate on his 98-pitch effort, 50 strikes. It is the third time in five starts for Portland that he has walked five or more, a feat he accomplished two times in 12 starts with Mobile. He has limited righties to a .174 average in Triple-A while lefties are batting .293.
While Terrmel Sledge homered for the third time in four games and fourth time in six contests, Dave Matranga added two doubles and a run scored in his two at bats before getting tossed in the fourth inning after being thrown out at third base trying to advance on a fly out from Ray Chang. Matranga was in a 1-for-26 slump coming into the game and he matched his double total over his previous 33 games. Since hitting .296 in May, Matranga has hit .208.
Justin Leone was ejected in the second inning. Leone will participate in the PCL Home Run Derby on Monday.
Mobile had the day off
George Kottaras hit a double off Homer Bailey, the Reds number one prospect, and followed that up with a two-run homer off Phil Hughes, the Yankees number one prospect, in the Futures Game. He ended his night 2-for-2 with two RBI's and two runs scored.
Luis Cruz went 0-for-2 in the Futures Game and played second base.
Lake Elsinore lost 15-4 to High Desert (Royals)
Evan Meek lasted just one-third of an inning, getting shelled for a season-high ten runs, all earned, on nine hits, two walks, and two wild pitches. Ten straight batters reached base on the right-hander to start the game. His ERA rose from 3.73 to 4.81 and his average against went from .266 to .286. The opposition also raised its average with runners in scoring position from .304 to .339. Meek has thrown eight wild pitches this year. It was the fourth time in 18 starts he has given up four runs or more in a start.
Chase Headley went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored for the Storm. The third baseman extended his hitting streak to nine games in the process. He is hitting .417 during the streak, 15-for-36, and has five doubles, a homer, seven RBI's and 11 runs scored. It is his sixth game of the year with three or more hits and fifth time he has scored three runs or more. His 32 extra base hits lead the team, as does his 91 hits, 51 runs scored, ten homers, 44 RBI's and 45 walks.
Fort Wayne won 4-3 over Kane County (A's)
Joel Santo walked four but allowed just three hits over six scoreless innings. He had given up 18 runs over his last 14 innings, including five or more in three straight games. It is the seventh time in 13 starts that he has given up two runs or less and fifth time he has given up one run or less. He has given up four or more in each of his other six starts. It is the 11th time in 18 appearances he has walked three or more and fifth time in 13 starts he has given up four hits or fewer.
Brandon Gottier went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, including the winning run in the ninth. It was the first multi-run game of the year for the catcher who came into play with five runs scored over his first 27 games. Gottier is hitting .325 in 13 home games with all four of his multi-hit games coming at Memorial Stadium. He is 13-for-40 at home but 8-for-56 on the road. He is also hitting .280 off left-handed pitching and .197 off righties.
Mike Baxter went 2-for-5 with a double and the game-winning RBI. The outfielder is hitting .282 with runners in scoring position while batting .240 with the bases empty. Baxter has recorded a hit in 15 of his last 19 games but has four multi-hit games over that span. Since hitting .268 in May, Baxter has hit .227. It is the first time since May 19 that he has notched a multi-hit game, scored a run and added an RBI in the same game.
Eugene won 10-8 over Everett (Mariners) in ten innings
Garner Wetzel launched his first homer of the year, a three-run blast with two outs in the seventh, and reached base in four of the five times he came to the plate, going 3-for-4 while getting hit by a pitch. Wetzel came into the contest with two hits over his last 25 games, both coming in his last two games. It was his second multi-hit game of the year and first since his first game as an Emerald. Wetzel did commit his first error of the year.
Casey Smith went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and three runs scored. Despite reaching base 15 times in his first seven games, Smith had scored just one run. He has recorded a hit in seven of his first eight games and has drawn a walk in six of eight. Smith, a right-handed bat, is hitting .409 off right-handed pitching with nine hits in 22 at bats. Smith was charged with his fifth error of the season.
Brooks Dunn came into the game a loser in each of his last four appearances but limited Everett to one unearned run on four hits and a walk over four innings while striking out a season-high four to take a no-decision. It was the third time in six games that he did not allow an earned run and third time he yielded one run or less. Dunn has a 1.35 ERA as a reliever and dropped his ERA as a starter from 13.50 to 9.00. Right-handed hitters are batting .315 off the southpaw.
AZL Padres won 14-2 over AZL Rangers
Every hitter in the lineup recorded a base knock and all but one player scored a run. They lead the Arizona Rookie League in walks and added six more to their total and all but one hitter actually reached base twice. Seven players notched an RBI with five knocking in two or more. Seven of their season-high 21 hits went for extra bases, as they set a season-high for doubles with five and triples with two.
Outfielder Michael Campbell, a 20th round selection by San Diego that began the year on the disabled list with a broken right hand, reached base five times in six trips, going 4-for-5 with a walk and three RBI's. He has reached base seven times in his first ten plate appearances this year. A four-year starter at South Carolina, Campbell finished his collegiate career four hits shy of the school record of hits with 299 and was a first team All-SEC selection in the outfield. Campbell batted .364 with four HR and 49 RBI along with a team-high 76 hits as a senior. He also set a school record for assists by an outfielder with 22.
Second baseman Brian Lauderdale, signed as an undrafted free agent, went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI's. He has five hits in his last ten at bats. Lauderdale had a .363 career batting average, scored 266 runs, 324 hits, 171 RBIs, 52 doubles, and 20 homeruns for North Georgia. Lauderdale also stole 100-of-113 bases setting a school record. On defense, he maintained a .963 fielding percentage by tallying 491 assists, 464 putouts, and turning 102 double plays (also a record).
For the third time in four games, Yesid Salazar pitched three innings or more and allowed one run or less. He went four and gave up a run on three hits while hitting two batters. It is the third game he has pitched without walking a batter. The right-hander has held left-handed batters to a .167 average while right-handed hitters are batting .273. Salazar has a 2.00 ERA as a starter and a 6.43 mark as a reliever.