Jared Wells was pounded for seven runs, all earned, on seven hits, including two bombs, and two walks over just two-plus innings of work. He pitched to five batters in the third and did not retire any. It was his shortest non-injury start of the year and the first time he has yielded more than six earned runs in a start. He did give up seven runs, five earned, in a June 3 start for Mobile and it is the third time in 20 starts he has given up five runs or more.
Justin Leone had three hits in five at bats, including his 16th homer of the year, a solo shot. He also scored three runs in his designated hitter role. It was just the fifth time this year he has not played the field. His hits were the first since returning from San Diego a few days ago, as he went 0-for-7 in his first two contests back in Triple-A. Leone went 0-for-1 in his lone at bat on July 21 for the Padres. He does have an RBI in four of his last five games with Portland, totaling six over that span.
Mobile lost 11-7 to Mississippi (Braves)
Vince Sinisi scored three runs, falling a triple shy of the cycle, landing three hits in five at bats. It is the second time this year he has crossed the dish three times in the same game and fourth time he has had two extra base hits in the same contest. His three homers have all come over the last 22 games and he is hitting .289 for the month of July.
Jose Oyervidez didn't walk a batter for the third time in 21 starts but did surrender four runs on eight hits, including a homer, while striking out five. His 13 innings pitched over his last two games match a season-high in consecutive games. Three of the seven homers he has allowed have come over his last four games. It is the ninth time he has surrendered four runs or more in a start.
Lake Elsinore won 13-4 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Cesar Ramos added win number seven to his belt with seven innings of one run ball. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two, lowering his ERA to 2.92 for the year. Ramos has won four straight decisions and has limited the opposition to two runs or less in each of his last four starts and the 11th time in 21. The left-hander has not allowed more than four runs in any of his starts.
Sean Kazmar homered for the second time in as many days – a solo homer among his three hits for the day. He went on to knock in two more and scored three runs in the rout. The second baseman has scored 22 runs over his last 26 games, nearly doubling his previous output for any month of the season. His .283 average in July is also his best month to date. He has nine multi-hit games this month.
Peter Ciofrone smashed a three-run homer and added two more RBI's to give him five for the night. Ciofrone went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk to go with the bomb. He has homered four times in his last 11 games, more than he had over his first 49 contests with the Storm. The RBI barrage has also continues as he has knocked in 31 over his last 26 games, one more than he had over April and June combined. His 63 RBI's in 60 games leave him 11 shy of the top five in the league, despite playing in far less games than the league leaders.
Fort Wayne won 3-1 over Clinton (Rangers)
Jarrett Gardner picked up his second win with Fort Wayne, tossing one run ball over seven innings on five hits. He did not walk a batter and has issued a free pass to two in 31.2 innings. It is the third time in six start he has allowed one run or less and he has not given up more than three earned runs in any start. Gardner has posted a 1.89 ERA in his three home starts, holding opponents to a .191 average. On the road, he sports a 4.28 ERA and .345 batting average against.
A.J. Davidiuk extended his hitting streak to five games, matching his season high, with two hits in three at bats, a walk, and a run scored. He is 7-for-17 in Midwest League play, playing all his games at shortstop. He played second, third and short in Arizona, hitting .279 over 17 games. It is the second time in 22 games he has reached base three or more times and eighth time he has recorded a multi-hit game. He was caught stealing for the second time this year over two leagues.
Jodam Rivera got the assignment at second base and hit ninth. He ended the night by going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly to score a run. He has a four game hitting streak, his longest while with Fort Wayne and improved his average to .268 when he bats ninth in the order. He is just 1-for-23 when he bats elsewhere in the lineup. In 18 games with Fort Wayne he has scored just three runs. Rivera hit .200 in 19 games with Lake Elsinore and .409 in 11 games for the AZL Padres.
Eugene won 13-2 over Everett (Mariners)
Craig Cooper hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, the first of the year for the Emeralds, and has now homered in consecutive games. With his five RBI's he took over the active team lead and tied the since departed David Freese with 26 RBI's. Cooper ended the night 3-for-5 and stole his second bag of the year. He has eight RBI's and five runs scored over his last two games.
Matt Buschmann came one out shy of being in position for the win, allowing two hits in 4.2 innings, hitting a batter, walking one and striking out five. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last 12 innings and has given up just six hits over that span. In 35.2 innings on the season he has walked five batters and has a WHIP of 0.95.
Kody Valverde tied Chad Huffman for the team lead in sacrifice flies after netting two on Thursday to bring his total to five for the year. He went 1-for-3 on the day but ended up with four RBI's. The catcher has more RBI's on the year (20) than hits (14). Valverde has knocked in a run in six straight games and has eight over his last three and 11 over his last six.
Matt Antonelli was back in action as the designated hitter. While he didn't record a hit, he scored four runs and notched an RBI. Antonelli went 0-for-2 at the plate but drew three walks as he comes back from a hand injury he suffered when he took a ball in the hands while attempting a bunt. Antonelli has drawn 26 walks in 30 games to lead the league and has struck out just 12 times. His .446 on base percentage is good for third in the Northwest League.
AZL Padres won 9-5 over AZL Rangers
Luis Durango pounded out two more hits and scored two runs to give him 19 for the year in 19 games. It is the seventh time he has scored multiple runs in a game. The speedy outfielder also snared his 12th stolen base in 17 atempts. Durango has nine multi-hit games to his credit on the year and added his 12th walk of the year to seven strikeouts.
Jose Ceda allowed three hits over four scoreless innings, walking one an striking out four. The hard throwing right-hander has whiffed 31 in 23 innings this year and has whiffed forty percent of the right-handed batters he has faced. Since giving up nine runs in his first five innings of work, Ceda has surrendered five runs over his last 18 frames. The opposition is hitting .235 off him.
Rey Garramone didn't allow a hit but was on the hook for three runs, two earned, due to his four walks in an inning and a third. He left with two runners on base and both scored. The right-hander has walked six over his last two outings after walking three in his first 17 innings of work. He has given up eight runs, seven earned over the last four innings while limiting the opposition to three runs over his previous 15 innings. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base at a .545 clip.