Luke Allen made his Portland debut and cracked a double in five at bats and adding two RBI's. He did, however, also ground into a double play. Acquired as the player to be named later from Boston in the Doug Mirabelli trade, Allen hit .241 with 12 doubles, four homers, and 24 RBI's for Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League in 52 games. Over his last 15 games, Allen hit .302.
Ryan Meaux was pulled after 3.1 innings with two runs in on four hits and a walk. The left-hander provided some damage at the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. He had been 0-for-4 on the season coming into the game but did double his RBI output on the season. Meaux has made five starts for Portland and boasts a 3.93 ERA in those starts, holding the opposition to a .250 average. He has a 9.00 ERA as a reliever and a .377 average against. He has, however, posted a 3.44 ERA over his last 15 appearances.
Mobile lost 4-1 to Birmingham (White Sox)
Luis Cruz collected two of Mobile's three hits, singling and doubling in four at bats. It is his second multi-hit game over the last 16 games. Cruz is hitting .230 during the month of July after hitting .312 in the months of May and June. Cruz has is swatting .315 off left-handed pitching and .252 of right-handers. Cruz played his 13th game at shortstop on the season. He has a .977 on base percentage at second base and a .963 mark at shortstop.
Paul Abraham put up two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. He has thrown 11 scoreless innings over his last seven appearances, walking one and allowing six hits. Over his last 14 games, Abraham has held the opposition to a .193 average and he has given up three hits over his last 27 at bats.
Lake Elsinore won 8-6 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Skip Adams pounded out three hits in five at bats with a double and an RBI. Adams has hits in ten of his last 12 games and has had multi-hit games in successive games for the first time in a month. Since hitting .205 over April and May, the infielder is hitting .270 with 13 extra base hits and 18 RBI's to raise his average to a season-high .236. He has just two hits in 17 at bats with the bases loaded. Adams also committed his 19th error of the season.
Cesar Ramos picked up his third straight winning decision with two run ball over 6.1 innings. He allowed six hits and walked two as he improved to 6-4 on the year. Ramos has allowed two runs or less in each of his last three starts and ten of 20 overall. Over five July starts the opposition is hitting .304 off him. They had not hit above .279 in any previous month. Twenty-eight of the 38 earned runs he has allowed have come over innings one through three.
Fort Wayne lost 4-2 to Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)
Jarrett Gardner took his second loss with Fort Wayne after allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. It is the third time in four starts he has yielded seven hits or more – with a one-hitter sandwiched in between. Gardner has a 4.26 ERA and is 0-2 on the road with a .345 average against attached. At home, Gardner has a 2.25 ERA and a .182 average against. The opposition is hitting .346 off him with the runners in scoring position.
Brandon Higelin gave up a run on four hits and a walk over an inning and a third. He also allowed one inherited runner to score. He allowed one run over his last 11 outings coming into the game and still owns a 1.80 ERA for the month of July. It is his third month where he has posted a sub-2.00 ERA. He has given up just six hits in 54 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Eugene lost 5-0 to Vancouver (A's)
Brooks Dunn hadn't given up an earned run over his last 11 innings coming into the game and added three more to that total before an earned run crossed the dish and was charged to him after he left the game. Ironically, the left-hander did not surrender a hit in his 3.1 innings. Dunn has found success coming on a relief in the piggy-back system in Eugene, allowing two earned runs over 13 innings while he has given up 12 in 16 frames as a starter.
Aaron Breit was on the hook for just one earned run but two runs would cross on three hits and two walks. Of the 13 batters he faced, he threw a first pitch strike to just three. In 15 innings as a starter, Breit has given up two earned runs on 12 hits and four walks while striking out 17. In ten innings of relief work he has surrendered seven runs on ten hits and six walks with 14 K's.
AZL Padres won 4-3 over AZL Angels
Drew Miller improved to 3-0 by allowing just a single hit, a walk, and an unearned run in five frames. Miller has allowed two earned runs over his last three starts, giving up six hits over that span of 11 innings. As a starter, Miller has held the opposition to a .175 average but that number jumps to .333 when he comes on in relief. Miller, a righty, has limited left-handed hitters to six hits in 37 at bats.
Luis Durango tripled in two runs and drew a walk in five plate appearances. Four of his eight RBI's have come over the last three games. He has been on base nine times over the last three with six hits and three walks. He has been on base two times or more in 11 of his 16 games this year. The switch-hitter is batting .500 against lefties and has improved his average with runners in scoring position to .429 with nine hits in 21 at bats.
Cedric Hunter continued his on base prowess with two of the five hits they collected and a walk. Hunter has been on base in 24 straight games to open the season and has three straight multi-hit games and is 10-for-23 over his last five contests with seven runs scored. He stole his fourth base of the year to even up with his caught stealing numbers. Hunter is hitting .348 over his last 17 games with 16 walks to eight K's.