Luke Carlin went 4-for-5 with four singles but did not score a run or garner an RBI. It was the first time this year he managed more than two hits in any game. The catcher does have 12 RBI's in his last 18 games but after hitting .300 in June he has hit .234 in July – and that includes Sunday's game.
Luke Allen hit a two-run homer and added a sacrifice fly to pace the Beavers' offense. In eight games with Portland, Allen has ten RBI's, including four multi-RBI games. While he has a .229 average over that span, he is hitting .357 with runners in scoring position. Allen hit just .197 with runners in scoring position in 52 games for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox earlier this year.
Dewon Brazelton picked up win number three with seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four. It is the first earned run he has given up since June 11 – spanning 20.1 innings, which included a brief rehab tour in Arizona, which resulted in two unearned runs. Over his last seven starts he has a 2.21 ERA and a .205 average against. Brazelton has given up just six hits in 41 at bats with runners in scoring position.
His impressive stuff over the last few starts has many inquiring whether or not he could be a trade chip in the not so distant future. His outing on Sunday may have cemented that he is back on track - but are the Padres interested in keeping him now to see if they can recapture the magic that once made him an ace?
Mobile lost 7-6 to Jacksonville (Dodgers) in conclusion of suspended game, won 4-1
Vince Sinisi pounded out three hits for the second time in three games in the suspended game, doubling twice and driving in two. Over his last 24 games, Sinisi is hitting .293. Eight of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases. Sinisi, who played first base for the tenth time this year, is hitting .311 when he field that position with seven extra base hits. Sinisi went 0-for-3 with an RBI in the regularly scheduled game.
Bubba Nelson took the loss, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. It was his seventh loss of the year and second in as many games. The right-hander has walked two in four of his last five appearances and despite a .157 average against over his last ten outings he has given up eight runs, four earned. He has given up runs in 17 of his 38 appearances this season. He has given up 20 hits in his last 98 at bats.
The normally scheduled game featured a triple play in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Brett Dowdy catching a low line drive, tossing to second baseman Juan Ciriaco, who stepped on second base and then tagged Jacksonville's Tydus Meadows for the third out of the play.
Jack Cassel had another solid outing, giving up one unearned run on five hits and a walk over seven innings to pick up his third win, lowering his ERA to 1.64 over six starts with Mobile. He has yet to allow more than two runs in any of his six starts and has held the opposition to one run or less four times. In Mobile, the opposition has just two hits in 25 at bats with runners in scoring position against him.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-4 to Modesto (Rockies)
Mark Roberts picked up his first loss with the Storm, taking his third blown save in the process. He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks with two balls leaving the yard. It is the second time this year he has surrendered two jacks in a game, accounting for four of the five homers he has yielded over 29 appearances in two leagues. Roberts had given up four runs total over his last 17 innings of work.
Nick Hundley went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. The catcher has doubled in three straight games and notched his seventh multi-hit game in 15 contests within the California League. He did go 0-for-2 in thwarting baserunners attempting to steal and has nabbed 9-of-24 thus far with Lake Elsinore. Hundley has scored five runs with the Storm and all have come over his last three games.
Yordany Ramirez was pulled from the game after singling in two runs and stealing a base. He did play defensively in the third inning but Tim Turner replaced him to begin the fourth. It turned out to be tightness in his hamstring that had the Storm err on the side of caution. He has driven in five over his last two games, his best two-game stretch of the year.
Fort Wayne won 5-4 over Southwest Michigan (Devil Rays)
Steve Delabar allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks over 5.2 innings in a no-decision. It was the second time in his last nine starts that he has allowed more than two earned runs. Catchers have thrown out 10-of-34 baserunners attempting to steal while Delabar is on the mound, tying him for third most attempts when he is on the hill, with four being successful on Sunday. It is the worst percentage of any pitcher who has seen that many steal attempts against.
Josh Alley went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI to break a 3-for-28 skid. After hitting .165 in April and May, Alley is hitting 261 in July. He still has more walks (44) than hits and RBI's combined (41). Although he has a .194 average, his on base percentage sits at .372. He has drawn a walk in 32 of his 46 contests this season.
Eddie Pena pitched an inning and a third of scoreless ball, preventing two inherited runners from scoring in the process. Pena came into the game having allowed runs in six of his eight previous appearances, posting a 7.30 ERA over that span with a .345 average against. The right-handed sidearmer had given up runs in four of his first nine appearances with Fort Wayne. The opposition is hitting .304 off him with runners on base.
Eugene won 11-7 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)
Matt Antonelli went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored for the Emeralds. After spending three games as the designated hitter, it was his first game back on the field and it was his error that led to three unearned runs. Antonelli does have ten multi-hit games and ten times this season he has reached base three times or more in the same contest. His 25 runs scored are one off the top five, despite missing a little over a week of action.
Brooks Dunn peppered the strike zone over four innings to earn his second win. The left-hander allowed two hits and two walks over four scoreless innings. Over his last six games, spanning 22 innings, Dunn has given up two earned runs. As a reliever, Dunn has an ERA of 1.06 with nine hits allowed in 60 at bats while as a starter he has a 5.75 ERA with 29 hits surrendered in 87 at bats.
While his streak of four straight games with an RBI ended (ten RBI's over that span), Craig Cooper did score three times thanks to a 1-for-2 night that was accompanied by three walks. It was the fourth time this season he has scored three times in a contest and gave him 28 runs scored, trailing only teammate Mike Epping, pending the night's action. Cooper has scored nine times in his last five games and has reached base three times or more in 12 of 35 games.
AZL Padres won 11-6 over AZL Brewers
Mario Ramos made a rehab start with the Peoria squad, pitching an inning of scoreless ball and striking out two. Ramos went 0-3 with a 7.92 ERA over 11 games for Triple-A Portland. The opposition hit .333 off him during that span but he did allow just two runs over his last 8.1 innings of work before injury.
Cedric Hunter, who leads the Arizona Rookie League in hits, doubled twice to tie him for the league lead in that category and added three runs scored to put him back in the lead in runs scored. Hunter has been on base in every one of his 29 games to begin his professional career. He was 2-for-3 with two walks on this day, adding his sixth stolen base in ten attempts for good measure. Hunter is 16-for-37 over an eight game hitting streak and has scored 13 runs over his last nine games.
Vantroit Medina picked up his second win of the year with five innings of action. He allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out four. The right-hander has given up four earned runs over his last 12.2 innings. As a reliever, Medina has a 6.75 ERA, down from 8.38 prior to the game, and as a starter he has posted a 2.38 mark. He has given up more than two earned runs once in his eight outings, including four that have gone 3.2 or more.