Jared Wells showed off the traits that got him promoted, as he cruised through six scoreless innings before giving up a leadoff homer and a double before he was pulled. He would be charged with two runs on six hits and a walk over six-plus innings. The right-hander had given up 13 runs over his last three starts, spanning 16 innings, on 15 hits and ten walks. This was the second time since joining Portland that he has gone six innings and allowed two runs or less. Wells also doubled, walked and scored two runs.
Ben Johnson made a rehab start in Portland and went 1-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts before being pulled from the game after Portland batted in the sixth.
While Terrmel Sledge was called up to San Diego, Jon Knott continues to rake in Portland. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a homer, driving in another five runs. His 81 RBI's put him in the top five in all the minors. Knott has driven in over 20 runs each of the last three months and is hitting .347 over 18 games this month with 25 RBI's. Forty-five of his 89 hits have gone for extra bases.
Bobby Hill notched his 21st multi-hit game of the season on Friday and added his 21st double along the way, second-most on the team. The second baseman ended the night 2-for-4 with two RBI's, and was hit by a pitch. Hill has been plunked 11 times this year, most on the team. Over his last 33 games, Hill is 38-for-123, a .309 average.
Mobile won 4-1 Birmingham (White Sox)
Jose Oyervidez limited Birmingham to three hits and one run while striking out six but did walk four and surrender a solo homer in seven innings, earning his third win against nine defeats. The right-hander hadn't won a decision since May 27. It is the ninth time in 20 starts he has allowed four hits or less but the 12th time he has walked three or more. The opposition is hitting .241 off him this month and he has a 3.74 ERA over his last four starts – his third month in four that he has an ERA under 4.00.
Vince Sinisi hit a two out, two-run homer in the third inning, one of just four hits for Mobile on the day. It was his second of the season with both coming in the month of July. After collecting 13 doubles in June, Sinisi has just five extra base hits this month with two coming in his last two games. The outfielder has driven in four runs in his last two games and seven over his last six. He is batting .282 over his last 45 games and his .260 average is a season high with Mobile.
Lake Elsinore lost 9-8 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Peter Ciofrone came into the game with four homers to the name and left with six, smashing two out of the park for the first time this season. His last two-homer game came on August 3, 2005 while he was with Fort Wayne. Ciofrone also added a single and ended the night with three RBI's. He raised his average to .380 for the month and has 26 RBI's over his last 20 games. It is his tenth game where he has collected three hits or more.
Manny Ayala struggled through 5.2 innings, giving up season highs in hits, ten, and runs, seven. Ayala had surrendered just four runs on 11 hits in his first three starts, spanning 15 innings. The opposition had been hitting .195 off him over 36.1 innings with Lake Elsinore but that number jumped to .229 after the outing. He also held a 2.23 ERA, which rose to 3.46. Ayala had given up nine earned runs in California League play until Friday. He was tagged for two bombs and has served up three long balls in his last two starts.
After hitting .165 in June and seeing his average tank to .226, second baseman Sean Kazmar has surged with his best month of the season. With his highest month netting a .262 average in April, he is hitting .299 over 20 games in July with 18 runs scored. His 51 runs scored rank second on the team. Kazmar was 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk on the day and has walked more times than he has struck out this month, ten to nine.
Fort Wayne won 9-5 over Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)
Matt Bush collected a single to drive in two runs in a four-run sixth inning in his first game back from the disabled list. It was his second multi-RBI game through 20 games but he had been without one over his last ten. He ended the night 1-for-5 and he is batting .225 over his last 11 games. Bush did commit his eighth error of the year. He came into the game with a .930 fielding percentage.
Josh Alley went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs scored, and two RBI's. Since returning from the disabled list, Alley is 7-for-15 with five walks, an on base percentage of .600. His three multi-hit games over the past five games match his total of multi-hit games over his first 32. Alley also stole his tenth bag but was caught stealing for the fourth time on the year. He has raised his average above .200 for the first time this season.
Joel Santo pitched seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk to even his record at 6-6. The right-hander did toss two wild pitches to give him nine for the year. Santo had come into the game having allowed four runs or more in four of his last five starts. He has held the opposition to two runs or less in six of his 15 starts. Santo has a 4.71 ERA as a starter and Friday was the sixth time he has walked two or fewer. He has given up seven hits or more in four starts.
Eugene lost 8-2 to Tri-City (Rockies)
Eugene had just two hits coming into the ninth inning before mustering two more and taking advantage of an error to score their two runs. Tom King collected two of the hits to give him a .257 average over his last 17 games and Mike Epping added a hit to begin a new on base streak of two after reaching base in 26 to open the year and having a one game hiatus. King also stole his third base of the year while Epping was caught stealing for the fourth time. Three of the four hits for Eugene went for extra bases.
Andy Underwood was tagged for three runs on six hits in three innings of work to drop to 0-2. He also hit three batters, matching his walk total over his 21.2 innings of work on the year. Underwood had not hit a batter yet this year. The right-hander came into the game with a .219 average against and that rose to .244. He has a 5.28 ERA on the road and a 0.00 mark at home. He has allowed just one earned run as a start over 9.1 innings until Friday.
Nick Tucci had given up runs in two of his 12 appearances on the season, despite the opposition hitting .350 off him entering play. His luck ran out twice this day. He allowed an inherited runner to score in relief of Orlando Lara and gave up a run of his own on two hits and a walk in an inning and two-thirds. The opposition is batting .385 off the right-hander in road games and .286 at home. Eight of the 16 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.
AZL Padres lost 9-2 to AZL Cubs
Yancarlo Angulo hit a pinch-hit home run, the second time he has left the park in three games, and Michael Campbell hit a fifth inning homer, his first as a professional, to account for the only runs of the game. Angulo is hitting .333 with the bases empty and just .125 with runners on base. Campbell has an RBI in three of his last four games and has reached base in all eight of his games. In 27 at bats he has whiffed twice. His first ten hits were all singles.
Rey Garramone lasted 3.2 innings and was charged with five runs on five hits and two walks. He left the game with the bases loaded and all crossed the plate. The right-hander had allowed two runs over his previous 11 innings and three over his last 15. He has posted a 5.68 ERA in 12.2 innings as a starter and holds a 2.25 ERA in eight frames of relief. Lefties are hitting .333 off him with five of their nine hits going for extra bases.
Pascual Juan allowed three inherited runners to score and proceeded to give up two of his own in an inning and a third. He allowed four hits and walked one – opponents are now hitting .342 off him. He has gone four outings without surrendering a run but has allowed five of seven inherited runners to score on the season. The opposition has seven hits in 17 at bats off him with runners in scoring position and are 3-for-3 off him with the bases loaded.