Vince Sinisi sparkles; Wade LeBlanc shines

Jack Cust continues to be an on base machine in Portland. The BayBears rode the coattails of Vince Sinisi. Yordany Ramirez continues to make strides for the Lake Elsinore Storm. Seth Johnston is heating up again for Fort Wayne. Wade LeBlanc and Matt Buschmann toss gems but Matt Farrington does not. A streak ends in the desert.

Portland won 7-6 over Tacoma (Mariners)

While Jon Knott added three more RBI's to his league-leading total, Jack Cust was one of two Beavers to record three hits, including his 16th bomb of the year. Cust came into the game in a 3-for-29 slump but still sits atop the Pacific Coast League with a .447 on base percentage. In his last five games, Cust had also whiffed 11 times, at least twice per game. The outfielder does still have more walks (83) than whiffs (75) on the season.

Over 5.2 innings, Tim Stauffer surrendered five runs on a season-high 11 hits, which included two homers. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. It was the second time in 19 starts that he did not issue a free pass but seventh time he has yielded eight hits or more. It is also the fourth time he has given up multiple homers in the same game. Over his last eight starts the opposition is hitting .321 with seven homers. The opposition has a .352 on base percentage off him with the bases empty.

Mobile won 4-3 over West Tenn (Cubs)

Vince Sinisi and Matt Lauderdale each ironed out three hits on the night. Sinisi proved the better, driving in two runs and adding a double, the only extra base hit of the night for Mobile. The outfielder also stole two bags, his first multi-steal game of the season. He is 7-for-11 in the stolen base department over two different leagues. His last multi-steal game came on July 27, 2005. Sinisi has three multi-hit games in his last four and is hitting .289 over his last 12 games. A left-handed hitter, he is hitting .343 off southpaws but just .220 off righties.

Jose Oyervidez labored through 5.1 innings but did not give up an earned run. He was on the hook for three unearned runs on four hits, five walks and a hit batsman. It is the second time this year he has walked five and 11th time in 19 starts he has walked three or more. He also struck out six, the sixth time he has whiffed that many or more. Oyervidez has dropped five straight decisions and has not recorded a win since May 27. Over his last nine starts he has a 4.60 ERA.

Lake Elsinore won 8-2 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Manny Ayala picked up his second win in a row, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Over his first three starts, spanning 15 innings, he has given up four runs. The walk he issued matched his free pass total over the previous 22.2 innings. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .195 average in California League play and has allowed three hits in 25 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Matt Stocco got the start behind the dish, catching Ayala for the second straight start. The Canadian born catcher went 2-for-4 with an RBI, his second game in a row that he has knocked in a run. Three of his four California League hits have come with men on base and six of his eight hits over two leagues have come with men on base. In six games with an at bat, Stocco has driven in seven. While Stocco did throw out 2-of-5 runners attempting to steal, he also fell victim to a double-steal which allowed a run to score.

For the third time in eight games, Yordany Ramirez collected three hits. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBI's. It was his fourth multi-RBI game in the last eight and he has eight RBI's over his last eight games, matching the eight he had in his first 33 games of the year. Ramirez is hitting .275 for the month of July and his .223 mark is the highest average he has had this year. Despite his recent hot stretch he is still hitting .213 with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne won 5-4 over Burlington (Royals)

Seth Johnston went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI's and a homer, his second in three games. The second baseman has three straight multi-hit games and an RBI and a run scored in each. He has a hit in 17 of his last 19 games and is hitting .293 in 13 July games. Seven of Johnston's nine homers have come with the bases empty, including the one he hit on Saturday. He is hitting .281 on the season when he plays second base, compared to the .255 mark when he plays third. Johnston did commit his 17th error in the field.

Josh Alley went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in his second game back with Fort Wayne after going 1-for-3 with two walks on Friday. Alley has drawn a free pass in seven straight games in Midwest League play. Though he is hitting .183 on the year over 34 games in the Midwest League, he has a .373 on base percentage thanks to 35 walks. Alley has an eight-game hitting streak that includes his time in the Arizona Rookie League, going 13-for-33 with six walks, seven runs scored and six RBI's.

Joel Santo earned a no-decision after allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks over seven frames – the second time this season he has gone that deep into a game. It is the eighth time in 19 starts he has given up four runs or more. Santo is 5-4 as a starter with a 4.79 ERA and has a 4.26 ERA over his last three starts. It was, however, the 13th time this year that Santo has walked as many or more batters as he has struck out. The right-hander had given up just one second inning run coming into the game over 13 starts before yielding two on Saturday.

Eugene lost 3-2 to Yakima (Mariners)

Wade LeBlanc commanded all his pitches over five innings, surrendering just one run on two hits while striking out five and not walking a batter. The left-hander has given up one run on three hits over his last eight innings with 11 K's. As a starter, he has a 3.12 ERA and has held the opposition to a .185 average against. Lefties have hit .300 off him in the early going. He has given up six hits in 34 at bats with the bases empty.

Matt Buschmann faced the minimum in three innings of work, striking out five of the nine batters he faced. It is the second straight game he has whiffed five in three frames but this day turned out far better than his four runs allowed last time. Buschmann has fared better in relief this season for Eugene. In four relief outings he has a 2.61 ERA and .231 average against. In three starts he has a 5.11 ERA and .292 average against. The right-hander has limited the opposition to four hits in 26 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Matt Farrington pitched to three batters and all reached base with two touching home plate, as the left-hander took his second loss of the year. He has given up runs in three of his four appearances with Eugene, despite not recording more than two outs in three of his games. In four appearances for the AZL Padres he pitched to 33 batters and gave up eight hits. He has given up seven hits in 14 at bats with Eugene as the opposition has a .563 on base percentage.

AZL Padres lost 6-5 to AZL Royals

And so it ends. Felix Carrasco's hit streak died at 15 games on Saturday as he came on as a defensive replacement for Brett Bonvechio and walked and struck out in his two plate appearances. Cedric Hunter continued his on base streak with a pinch-hit walk, pushing the streak to 18 games.

Eight baserunners for the AZL Royals attempting to steal a base off catcher Ali Solis and six were successful. The opposition was 3-for-3 with Vantroit Medina on the hill. Solis has caught six of 20 thieves on the year but committed his sixth error of the season in just his sixth game. At the plate he went 1-for-4 and grounded into a double play. Solis has hits in five of his six games with the AZL squad and five of his hits have come with runners on base.

Medina, incidentally, was tagged for five runs on four hits and two walks in his sole inning of work. He had not given up more than two earned runs in any of his previous four outings, all which lasted at least 2.1 innings. The right-hander has held righties to a .231 average against but lefties are swatting .429 off him. Medina owns a 10.29 ERA as a reliever and a 2.84 mark as a starter.

John Hussey allowed an unearned run over 4.2 innings on four hits and two walks while striking out four. The right-hander has not yielded an earned run in 10.2 innings. During that time he has given up seven hits and walked six but has given up just one hit in 15 at bats with runners in scoring position on the season. Thirteen of the 16 hits he has allowed have come with the bases empty. He has a 0.77 ERA as a starter and has given up one earned run or less in each of his five outings this year.


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