Steve Andrade struck out two in his scoreless inning of work. The right-hander had given up four runs over his last 3.1 innings on six hits and four walks and had surrendered a walk in four straight games and runs in four of his last six. He has yielded runs in seven of his 19 appearances with Portland and sports a 3.16 ERA with the Beavers. He has given up eight hits in 54 at bats to left-handed hitters.
Paul McAnulty's two-run homer accounted for the only runs of the game for Portland. More importantly, no errors while playing third base. The left-handed hitting McAnulty has hit .391 when he plays third base but has three hits in his last 20 at bats. He is hitting .344 with runners in scoring position this year but has just two runs scored in his last 11 games.
Mobile lost 3-2 to Huntsville (Brewers)
Jose Oyervidez became the second pitcher in the organization to lose his tenth game. He gave up three runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five in six innings of work. The right-hander had given up eight earned runs over his last five outings coming in. It is the third time he has walked five batters in a start and 15th time he has walked three or more.
Geoffrey Jones allowed a hit and two walks but managed to evade any runs scoring against him in his lone inning of work. He has a 2.29 ERA over his last 17 appearances, spanning 19.2 innings. Jones, a lefty, has allowed 18 hits in 79 at bats to left-handed hitters, a .228 average. Right-handed batters are, however, hitting ,328 off him.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
Nic Crosta accounted for both runs, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning and doubling in a run in the first. Twenty-four of Crosta's 56 hits with the Storm have gone for extra bases and his .308 average with runners in scoring position in the California League tops his season average by 33 points. Crosta has 60 RBI's in 87 games over two leagues this year with 28 doubles, five triples, and 11 homers.
Cesar Ramos had his roughest outing of the year – the second straight game he has allowed a season-high in runs scored. After giving up five runs for the first time in 22 outings last time, he gave up six runs on Monday. It came on eight hits and three walks and all were earned. He had not given up more than eight runs over any two game stretch – until now with 11 runs crossing the dish on 15 hits over his last 11 innings. Twenty seven of the 50 earned runs he has surrendered this year have come in the second and third innings.
Fort Wayne won 5-1 over West Michigan (Tigers)
Wade LeBlanc pounded out five innings of one run ball, allowing three hits, not walking a batter, and striking out four in a no-decision. Leblanc has held the opposition to a .189 on base percentage in Midwest League play with the bases empty. He has a 3.60 ERA over two leagues and ten appearances on the season. He has struck out 34 in 35 innings between Eugene and Fort Wayne while walking eight.
Mike Sansoe went 3-for-5 with two RBI's to run his hitting streak to 12 games. He has driven in a run in four straight games he has had a plate appearance (he was a pinch-runner in one game), knocking in seven in that time – matching the total he had in his previous 31 contests. Sansoe is 23-for-54, a .426 average, over the streak with 13 runs scored. He has seen his average rise from .219 to .277.
Nathan Staggs improved to 5-1 on the year with two innings of scoreless relief. The right-hander has won each of his last five decisions, coming over a 13-game span. Staggs has given up three earned runs over that time – totaling 26.1 innings. With his three strikeouts on Monday, Staggs has whiffed 27 over that time and has surrendered 16 hits. He has given up just three hits over his last nine innings of work.
Eugene won 3-1 over Boise (Cubs)
Matt Buschmann was on the hook for an unearned run on five hits and two walks over six innings of work. Buschmann dropped his home ERA to 1.55 in the process and has not allowed an earned run in five of his last six outings, including four starts. Over a 26.2 inning span, the right-hander has surrendered three earned runs on 16 hits while striking out 26. He lowered his ERA as a starter to 2.70.
Eugene, who managed two hits all game, had just one hit through the first 6.2 innings but it was a big one from Willy Crafort. His bases loaded double in the fourth inning brought home two and that was all the Ems needed. It is the second game in a row that Crafort has driven in two and the seventh time in his last ten that he has recorded an RBI, driving in 13 over that time. He is 11 for his last 38, a .289 average.
R.J. Rodriguez earned his seventh save in eight chances, giving up a hit and striking out one. While five runs have crossed the dish with Rodriguez on the hill over two leagues, he has not yielded an earned run – a span that covers 19 innings. Over that time he has given up ten hits and has held the opposition to a .145 average.
AZL Padres had the night off