Rolando Valdez made the short trip from Eugene to make a spot start with Portland and cruised through the first four innings, allowing just two walks and not surrendering a hit. Three batters into the fifth he was taken out of the game without an out recorded and one run in. All would score and be charged to Valdez as his night ended with four-plus innings of work, three runs allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Of his 54 pitches, 34 went for strikes. The last time Valdez went more than two innings was on June 30 with Eugene when he went 3.1. Valdez was saddled with the loss despite a terrific outing that saw him arrive at the park at 5:30 PM for the 7 PM start.
Ryan Meaux came on with two on and nobody out in the fifth and proceeded to allow both inherited runners to score. He ended up not allowing a run of his own over three innings while striking out two. He tossed 27 strikes in his 41-pitch performance. He has given up one run over his last seven frames after giving up runs in five straight contests and nine of ten, which included three starts. After beginning the year with an ERA over 10.00, Meaux has posted a sub-5.00 mark in each of the past three months.
Craig Colbert and Justin Leone were ejected for debating balls and strikes before the top of the ninth inning.
Mobile lost 6-5 to West Tenn (Cubs)
Jeremy Cleveland tagged three singles from the leadoff spot and added three RBI's, as more than half his RBI's with Mobile (4) have come in the last two games. After going 4-for-28 in July, Cleveland is 11-for-27 over his last 13 games with five RBI's. It is the fifth time he has knocked in three runs in a game with the last time coming on July 4 while he was with Lake Elsinore. Cleveland is hitting .275 this season over two leagues and is in the midst of a six game hitting streak, which includes three successful pinch hits.
Leo Rosales' string of eight straight appearances without allowing an earned run was snapped when he gave up a one out solo homer to take the loss. The right-hander had given up six earned runs over his last 37 innings of work spanning 30 appearances, a 1.46 ERA. Over that time he had held the opposition to a .179 average. Rosales gave up 12 earned runs in his first 18 innings in Double-A. He has now given up runs in 19 of his 47 appearances with Mobile.
Lake Elsinore won 6-5 over Visalia (Devil Rays) in 12 innings
Yordany Ramirez drove in two runs in the bottom of the ninth to knot the game at 5-5. Ramirez went 3-for-6 on the day with three RBI's. He also stole base number 18 on the year and added an outfield assist. It is the first time since September 4, 2004 that he has had a batting average at .250 – nearly two years below that mark. The outfielder has 28 RBI's in his last 36 games and is hitting .288 over that span. The outfield assist was his seventh of the year.
Neil Jamison pitched two innings of scoreless relief, recording five of his six outs by way of the strikeout. He has a 1.64 ERA over his last ten appearances and has whiffed 16 in his last ten innings. Jamison has held the opposition to a .148 average, 9-for-61, with runners in scoring position. He has given up runs in 14 of his 53 appearances on the year and has 19 perfect outings where he did not allow a baserunner.
Fort Wayne won 4-3 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)
Mike Sansoe had two hits in four at bats and scored two runs. The outfielder also stole his 20th bag of the year in 25 attempts, swiping eight in a row to date between times caught. Sansoe has scored five runs in his last two games and has touched home plate in six straight games. He is hitting .326 over his last 26 games with 23 runs scored. Eleven of his 12 extra base hits have come off left-handed pitching, despite having 36 more at bats versus right-handers.
Mike Baxter went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, his third straight multi-hit contest. He played his fourth game at first base on Saturday, the original position he was drafted at before moving to the outfield. Baxter is hitting .313 over his last 16 games with seven doubles over that span, matching his high for extra base hits in a month. He has raised his average 13 points in his current hot streak from .233 to .246.
Greg Burke won his third straight start on Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while matching a season-high by striking out eight. He has given up five runs over his last 21.2 innings after giving up six runs in his previous start. He has held right-handers to a .243 average on the year while lefties have hit .326 off him. His ERA in 15 starts with the Wizards stands at 3.91.
Eugene won 7-3 over Spokane (Rangers)
Matt Antonelli came into the game hitting .190 over his last 12 games with one three-hit game included in that mix. He added another three-hit night on Saturday, doubling twice and scoring two runs. Antonelli also added a sacrifice fly. After drawing more walks than strikeouts over the first two months of the year, Antonelli has whiffed 11 times to eight walks in August and has gone down to a third strike five times in three games – more than any other three-game span this year.
Stephen Faris went five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out three to pick up the win, his first as a professional. Faris has gone at least five innings and given up exactly two runs in each of his last four starts. While the opposition has a .436 on base percentage leading off an inning, he has held the opposition to a .205 mark with runners in scoring position.
Jon Kirby held up nicely on the backside, coming within one out of closing out the game. He tossed 3.2 innings and allowed four hits and two walks to go with one run. It is the lone run he has surrendered over his last 9.1 innings. His two walks on Saturday were a season-high, as were the four hits he allowed. He has given up runs in seven of his 16 appearances this year but has not yielded a run in any outing shorter than two innings over his last 12.
AZL Padres won 14-11 over AZL Brewers
Matt Bush was back in action on Saturday and playing shortstop. He went 0-for-1 at the dish with three walks, a run scored and an RBI before being pulled in the sixth for a pinch-hitter. Bush has hit .268 over 21 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards with three doubles, seven RBI's and eight runs scored. He was 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position but has seen the disabled list three times this year. Barring any setbacks he will rejoin Fort Wayne for the playoff drive.
Sam Carter belted his third homer in the last nine games and went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, two runs scored, and three RBI's. It is the third time this season he has reached base four times in a game and he has RBI's in four of his last five games. Carter is hitting .412 over his last ten games with six extra base hits with Saturday the second time on the year he has notched multiple extra base hits in the same game. He has six multi-hit contests in the last ten.
Ali Solis went 3-for-6 at the plate with a double and two RBI's. For Solis it was just his second multi-hit game of the year and first three-hit contest. It was also the first time he had more than one RBY in a contest and matched his RBI total over his previous 13 games. He came into the contest with ten hits in his first 49 at bats. Solis threw out one of two baserunners attempting to steal. He has thrown out 14-of-34 on the year, or 41 percent.
Cedric Hunter pushed his hitting streak to 23 games and his on base streak to 44 by going 2-for-5 with a triple and four RBI's. He has notched an RBI in six straight games and ten of his last 12. He is 46-for-103 over the hitting streak, a .446 average.