Terrmel Sledge accounted for two of Portland's four hits and all of their runs, hitting a three-run homer in the third inning. He also tripled but was left stranded. He has a hit in nine of his last ten games and is 32-for-96, a .333 average, over his last 26 games with eight homers and 19 RBI's. The outfielder is hitting .307 with runners in scoring position on the year, 18 points higher than his season average. Sledge has seven RBI's over his last five games.
Roger Deago was hammered over four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. He served up three home runs, accounting for four of the runs, as Portland pitching surrendered five on the day. The left-hander has dropped four of his last five games, giving up 21 runs on 38 hits and 14 walks over 26 innings. Deago has given up 22 of his 35 earned runs in the third and fourth innings over his 11 starts, accounting for 63 percent of his runs against in those two frames.
Mobile lost 4-0 to Montgomery (Devil Rays)
Vince Sinisi had two of Mobile's five hits and drew a walk to extend his hitting streak to seven. Sinisi had a three-game RBI streak snapped. The outfielder/first baseman has hit .301 when he is inserted into the second spot in the lineup and .248 when he bats elsewhere. A left-handed hitter, he has hit better off southpaws at a .306 clip compared to his .241 mark against righties.
Dirk Hayhurst was on the hook for four runs on seven hits, including two homers, while striking out two in his longest outing with Mobile (seven innings) to pick up his fifth loss in Double-A and 13th of the year over three leagues. Hayhurst has lost three straight starts, allowing 13 runs on 20 hits and five walks over 17 innings. After holding the opposition to a .187 average in July, they are batting .294 off him in August.
Lake Elsinore lost 7-4 to San Jose (Giants)
Tim Brown made things interesting with his 35th double of the year, scoring two to bring the Storm within one. The first baseman went 2-for-5 on the day with his two RBI's. Brown is hitting .322 over his last 39 games with 26 walks for a .442 on base percentage. He has a .986 fielding percentage at first base.
"I think I handle first base pretty well," Brown said of his defense. "I take a lot of pride in it. I think it is important because you are involved in a lot of plays. When you can pick up a third baseman who throws a ball away and you can make that play for them, of course they appreciate it. You can't put a value on that. You can save as many runs as you drive in playing first base. That is one of my strengths."
Neil Jamison got in an inning of work, facing the minimum. The opposition has 26 hits off him over his last 18 appearances, a .329 average after he surrendered 25 hits in his first 32 appearances. He has given up runs in 14 of his 50 outings this season and is holding the opposition to a .155 average against with runners in scoring position – 9-for-58. Sunday was the 17th time he has faced the minimum amount of hitters in his outing.
Fort Wayne lost 5-0 to Beloit (Twins)
The Wizards had as many outfield assists as they had hits, two. Will Venable and Brandon Gottier gathered singles with the first coming in the bottom of the seventh inning. Drew Davidson and Mike Baxter were credited with outfield assists in the game.
Wade LeBlanc took his first Midwest League loss, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. The left-hander hit a batter and picked off a runner while striking out three. Two of the 18 hits he has surrendered with Fort Wayne have been extra base hits. While he has a .321 average against with runners on base, he has limited the opposition to a .231 mark with runners in scoring position.
John Madden worked a perfect inning of relief, striking out two. The right-hander has allowed seven hits in his last 14 appearances and one run over his last 15 outings. Madden has given up runs in eight of his 42 appearances on the year, spanning 44.2 innings. He has held right-handed hitters to 17 hits in 104 at bats and just five of the 33 hits he has surrendered have gone for extra bases. Madden sports a WHIP of 1.14 on the year.
Eugene won 6-4 over Tri-City (Rockies)
Stephen Faris went five-plus and was charged with two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander has made five consecutive starts and owns a 5.40 ERA over that span with the opposition netting 32 hits in 96 at bats, a .333 average. The leadoff man of an inning has reached base in 16 of 34 tries, a .471 on base percentage, but he has held the opposition to nine hits in 40 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Chad Huffman pounded out two hits in three at bats and added two RBI's, extending his hitting streak to six games. While the outfielder was picked off first base when he fell trying to scramble back in the second inning, it was his bases loaded single that took a wicked hop over the shortstop in the eighth to elude an inning-ending double-play that turned out to be the game winner. Huffman is 14-for-43 over his last 12 games. Sunday's single was his first hit in ten at bats with the bases loaded.
"I wasn't expecting to do that, I was trying to do something different," Huffman said of his game-winning hit. "Try and get the ball in the outfield, try to drive the ball in the gap. At least get a sac-fly, get a run across. Just got a little out in front, hit off the end of the bat, and it bounced over his head. It's just baseball, you catch a break sometimes."
Matt Antonelli went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI's- his first RBI's in 12 games. The third baseman came into the game with three hits in his last 22 at bats. With his eighth double coming on Sunday, nine of his 40 hits have gone for extra bases. That double was part of a hit-and-run with a runner at first and allowed Mike Epping to score without a fight. For just the 12th time in 42 games he did not draw a walk but sports a .432 on base percentage. Antonelli is a .300 hitter at home and a .268 hitter on the road.
AZL Padres won 3-2 over AZL Royals in ten innings
Jarol Gonzalez was back in the lineup, missing the season on the disabled list when spring training broke. He was the only player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He did, however, commit an error at third base. Gonzalez hit .232 over 42 games with the AZL Padres last season with five doubles, a triple, and 14 RBI's. He also drew just four walks while striking out 33 times, playing primarily at shortstop.
Sam Carter had two outfield assists in the game, throwing runners out at home in the third inning with a bullet from left field and in the sixth inning with a one-hopper to nail a runner trying to score from second on a single. Carter has played all three outfield positions and has three outfield assists. The outfielder went 1-for-5 at the dish with an RBI. Carter is 11-for-26 over his last seven games with five runs scored and five RBI's.
Matt Farrington picked up the win with an inning of scoreless ball. The left-hander has surrendered runs in four of his 11 outings in Arizona and in seven of 17 appearances over two leagues. After the opposition hit .389 off him with Eugene, he has held them to a .266 mark with the AZL squad. Left-handers are 2-for-15 off him in rookie ball while right-handers have amassed a .306 mark.