Manager Craig Colbert, outfielder Terrmel Sledge, and pitcher Dewon Brazelton were ejected from the game in the third inning. All were ejected for disputing a ruling that gave Sledge a ground-rule double after it was initially called a home run.
Jared Wells dropped his sixth game in Portland, allowing seven runs on nine hits and two walks in six-plus innings. He walked two and struck out six while going 1-for-1 at the plate with a run scored and two sacrifice bunts, his first sacrifice bunts with Portland and third of the year. Wells has given up six runs or more in three straight games and in four of his last six. Over the last three, Wells has surrendered 20 runs, all earned, on 24 hits in 11.1 innings. The right-hander threw 91 pitches with 56 strikes.
Erick Burke allowed two inherited runners to score and proceeded to give up three of his own over two innings on two hits and two walks while striking out three. The left-hander has given up runs in four straight appearances, five of his last six and nine of his last 11. Over his last 11 games, Burke has given up 19 runs on 26 hits and 14 walks over 19.1 innings. He had surrendered 18 runs over his first 28 appearances across a span of 43 innings.
Mobile won 4-3 over Huntsville (Brewers) in 11 innings
Luis Cruz hit a game-tying three-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth inning. He ended up scoring the winning run in the 11th inning on a bases loaded walk by Matt Lauderdale. Cruz was 3-for-4 in the game with a walk. He also stole a base and was caught stealing; he is now 6-for-9 on the year in stolen base attempts. Cruz came into the game in a 1-for-31 slump that saw his average drop 19 points. After hitting .313 over May and June, Cruz had hit just .185 over his last 29 games coming into Sunday. He had just four RBI's over his last 26 games before breaking out.
Sean Thompson was charged with three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks in his six innings of work. He gave up a solo homer in the first and two unearned runs in the second on a Juan Ciriaco error, but struck out nine, matching a season-high, over six frames in a no-decision. Twelve of the 14 jacks he has allowed have come with the bases empty. It is the seventh time in nine starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less and 14th time in 22 starts overall. It is also the ninth time that he has given up four hits or less in a start.
Lake Elsinore lost 13-10 to Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Staked to a 9-0 lead, Lake Elsinore could not hold on, thanks to six unearned runs in the eighth inning, an inning that saw three Storm errors. Nick Hundley, who came into the game with a .974 fielding percentage behind the dish, committed two errors on the night and one in the eighth. Sean Kazmar, a .969 fielder, committed his 17th error of the year. Chris O'Riordan picked up his second error at third base in five games at the hot corner. That led to six runs crossing the dish against Matt Varner, who dropped to 0-4 on the year. Hundley and O'Riordan combined to knock in five runs on the day.
Manny Ayala was good and bad. He had two different three-run innings and allowed seven runs total on a season-high 11 hits while striking out a season-high nine but allowed one hit over the first four frames. The right-hander has allowed seven runs in two of his starts while allowing two runs or less in his other five. He came into the game with eight hits allowed in 40 at bats with runners in scoring position the opposition was 4-for-14 in such spots on Sunday.
Fort Wayne lost 7-6 to West Michigan (Tigers)
Jodam Rivera showed signs of what he did in Peoria when he tagged four singles in as many at bats and scored three runs. Both were season-highs in Midwest League play and matched highs he set with the AZL Padres this year. He is hitting .253 in his second stint with Fort Wayne but had just six runs scored in 24 games coming into Sunday. The infielder had been 0-for-12 when he batted eighth in the lineup for the Wizards, as he did on Sunday.
Will Venable snapped off his sixth multi-hit game over a seven-game hitting streak, going 2-for-5 with two RBI's that tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. The outfielder is 14-for-32 over the streak, raising his average from .307 to .318. he has RBI's in six of the last seven games, totaling ten over that span. The outfielder was also credited with an outfield assist when he sent a bullet home in the second inning to catch Mike Hollimon. It was his eighth outfield assist of the year.
Josh Alley singled in four at bats, added a walk and while matching a season-high with three RBI's. It is the third time this year he has driven in three in a game, accounting for nine of his 20 RBI's on the year with the Wizards. Alley has as many hits as walks (17) since returning from injury and is hitting .250 over that span after batting .165 over the first two months of the season. Alley has knocked in ten runs in his last seven games.
Eugene won 10-1 over Boise (Cubs)
Drew Miller held a no-hitter through the first 5.2 innings before a double down the left field line, several feet inside the chalk line, by Matt Camp broke up the bid for history. The last no-hitter in Eugene history came on June 23, 1968, accomplished by Robert Snyder. Miller walked two batters along with the lone hit over six innings to pick up his first win in the Northwest League and fourth on the season over two leagues. It is the second one-hitter of the year for the right-hander, as he tossed one in his last outing with the AZL Padres. The opposition is hitting .203 off him over the two leagues.
Tom King had a night of perfection, going 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. It is the first time in his professional career he has reached base more than three times in one game. King is 12-for-32 over his last eight games, raising his average from .213 to .244. His two free passes give him more walks (22) than strikeouts (21) on the year with 20 coming over his last 29 games. He is batting .279 over his last 31 games after hitting .152 over his first ten.
Craig Cooper went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI's. The first baseman now sits in a tie for third in the league with 32 RBI's and after scoring a run is tied for second in runs scored with 31. He has 14 RBI's in his last ten games. His 17 extra base hits rank in the top ten in the Northwest League and Cooper is hitting .350 with runners in scoring position. He is one of just eight players in the league, among those that qualify, with an average that tops .300.
AZL Padres won 9-3 over AZL Cubs
Durango went 3-for-5 with a triple, his fourth of the year, and two runs scored. The outfielder has a ten-game hitting streak with four three-hit contests during that span. He is 20-for-40 with seven walks, a .574 on base percentage, and 12 runs scored over the streak. He has whiffed just three times over that span and has added seven stolen bases in nine attempts in his last 11 games. He is also hitting .448 with runners in scoring position.
Contreras vaulted into the league lead in RBI's after adding four more to his impressive resume, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk. The right-handed hitter has an RBI in four straight games and each of the last nine that he has had a plate appearance. Over the ten-game span he has driven in 26 runs and has scored 12 times. He is hitting .468 with runners in scoring position. During his current nine game hitting streak he is 16-for-41 with nine walks. Contreras has played three different infield positions this season for the rookie club and committed his sixth error on Sunday.
Sam Carter homered for the second time in as many days, going 2-for-5. He has recorded three straight multi-hit games to raise his average from .212 to .262. He came into his recent stretch in a 6-for-36 slump. The outfielder has scored five runs in his last three games and has five multi-run games on the year. Carter was caught stealing for the second time in as many attempts.
Rey Garramone didn't allow a hit over 3.2 innings to pick up his second win of the year. He walked one and struck out a season-high five, dropping his ERA to 4.50 as a reliever. The right-hander had given up 12 runs in his last eight innings after a stretch where he surrendered three runs over 15 frames. He has limited right-handers to a .211 average while lefties are batting at a .342 clip. The leadoff man of an inning is reaching base at a .483 rate.