The Beavers managed just two hits with Terrmel Sledge's solo homer accounting for the only run. The homer is Sledge's seventh this month and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Sledge is 19-for-47, a .404 average, with six homers, 14 runs scored, and 18 RBI's. He is hitting .373 for the month with 16 extra base hits. He had not totaled more than nine extra base hits in any previous month.
Jared Wells took his seventh loss of the year on three unearned runs over eight frames. He surrendered just four hits, walked two and struck out three on 93 pitches, 61 strikes. Errors on Dave Matranga and Paul McAnulty led directly to the three runs against. Wells came into the game having allowed six runs or more in four of his last five starts, totaling 29 runs over an 18.2 inning span. After posting a 4.05 ERA over his first three starts he has a 7.77 mark over his last ten, including Wednesday.
Mobile won 6-4 over Mississippi (Braves)
Jose Oyervidez followed in Sean Thompson's footsteps of a night ago by pounding out two hits, including a double, and driving in two to give him four RBI's on the year. The pitcher had just two hits in 22 at bats coming into the game. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over six-plus innings, striking out seven in the process, to pick up his sixth win of the year. Oyervidez has posted a 3.10 ERA over his last five starts and his win total of three in August matched the number he recorded in 21 starts coming in.
Justin Hatcher went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his second game as a BayBear and has been on base four times in eight plate appearances so far. Hatcher went 2-for-14 with Triple-A Oklahoma and hit .228 with one extra base hit in 32 games for High-A Bakersfield before being released by the Rangers. He threw out one of two baserunners attempting to steal. He tossed out 14-of-43 thieves in the California League for the Blaze earlier this year.
Lake Elsinore won 8-4 over Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
Sean Kazmar collected four hits in five at bats, scored three runs and drove in two. He also had his first multi-steal game of the year. Five of his ten steals on the year have come during the month of August. Kazmar has notched four straight multi-hit games and has seven RBI's over his last four games. He has also scored a run in five straight contests. Kazmar has reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games.
A loser of five straight decisions to open the year, Matt Varner picked up his first win of the year with an inning of scoreless work. He came into the game with runs allowed in three straight games and has yielded a run in 12 of his 37 appearances this season. The opposition is hitting .339 off Varner over his last 26 outings but he has maintained a 2.39 ERA over that span. Twelve unearned runs have scored off him during that same time. Left-handed hitters are swatting .386 off him this year.
Fort Wayne had the night off
Eugene lost 10-5 to Vancouver (A's)
Matt Buschmann had the worst outing of the year, tagged for six runs, four earned, on six hits over 3.1 innings with an ejection to boot. He had not allowed more than five hits in any of his outings nor had he given up more than four runs. The right-hander has lost three of his last five starts, sporting a 3.96 ERA over that span. He broke a string of four straight games with a wild pitch but did hit a batter. Buschmann has given up 11 hits in 53 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Craig Cooper hit his sixth home run of the year, a two-run blast in the fifth, and ended his night by going 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is 15-for-32 over the streak with 11 RBI's. He has notched an RBI in six of his last seven games. Cooper is hitting .329 during the month of August and has a .338 mark with runners in scoring position. The homer was his first in 20 contests. He now stands fourth in the Northwest League in batting at .318 and hits with 69 while sitting third in RBI's with 44 and fifth in on base percentage at .412 and runs scored with 40.
Ernesto Frieri gave up three runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. It is the tenth time in 21 appearances he has surrendered a run and his ERA over his last ten outings has ballooned to 6.39 with nine runs allowed in his last 12.2 innings. After holding the opposition to a .172 average against in July, opponents are hitting .311 off him during August. The leadoff man of an inning is reaching base at a .556 clip off Frieri.
Manager Doug Dascenzo was ejected in the fourth inning along with Buschmann.
AZL Padres won 6-5 over AZL Brewers
Kyler Burke hit three extra base hits and drove in three runs to elevate his average to .223 on the year. He doubled twice and added a triple to push his extra base hit total to eight over 39 games. Burke is hitting .275 over his last 12 games after hitting .167 during the month of July. He has also drawn 11 walks while striking out eight times after fanning 33 times in the cruel heat of July. Burke sports a .431 on base percentage this month and his four triples match the amount of doubles and homers he has collected this year. Burke also stole his first base of the year after getting snared in his initial three attempts.
Yesid Salazar allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings to earn his third win of the year. After posting a 6.00 ERA that saw him given up 19 runs, 16 earned, over a 24 inning span, the right-hander has come back to give up six runs over his last 17 innings, a 3.18 ERA. The opposition, however, is hitting .343 off him in his last four appearances, forcing him to dance around trouble at every turn. Salazar has a 3.25 ERA as a starter after posting a 7.71 mark as a reliever.
Matt Huff struck out three in an inning and two-thirds and surrendered three hits, pulled before he could earn his second save of the year. He allowed one of two inherited runners to score but was not charged with any to his docket. Huff had given up four runs in his previous outing, the only runs he has surrendered in his last 14 appearances. Huff has fared extremely well at home, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.80 ERA and striking out 26 in 20 innings. He has a 5.11 ERA on the road.