Jon Knot drove in his 100th run of the year with a solo homer, his 27th to tie teammate Jack Cust for the Pacific Coast League lead. Both Knott and Cust have tied the team's six-year franchise high in bombs (Kevin Witt, 2001). Knott then bested the mark with a two-run game-winning homer in the 11th inning. The slugger went 5-for-6 on the night with five RBI's and three runs scored. It is the eighth time he has notched four RBI's or more in the same game.
Terrmel Sledge extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a solo homer in the first inning, his second in as many days. He has eight jacks over the streak and nine in his last 18 games. The outfielder has hit .390 over his last 23 games with 24 RBI's and 20 runs scored. He has 19 extra base hits over that span, accounting for 59 percent of his hits for the month. Sledge is 25-for-57 over the streak.
Mobile won 5-4 over West Tenn (Cubs)
Drew Macias cracked a two-out two-run homer in the fourth inning and finished his night by going 3-for-5, adding a double and two runs scored. He has his first four game hitting streak since notching a base hit in nine straight games from May 7 to May 15. The centerfielder has nine RBI's in his last ten games and is hitting .283 over his last 17 contests.
Bubba Nelson pitched an inning and a third scoreless, walking one and striking out two while holding an inherited runner from scoring. It was his 12th straight scoreless appearance, spanning 15.2 innings. He has not allowed a hit in his last 5.1 innings and has held the opposition to 16 hits over their last 105 at bats, a .152 average. Take out his three spot starts and Nelson has an ERA of 2.00 on the year over 72 innings with a .191 average against.
Lake Elsinore won 8-7 over High Desert (Royals)
Nic Crosta hit a two run homer in the ninth inning to break a 6-6 tie and it ended up being the game-winner. He was 2-for-5 on a day that seven players in the Storm lineup recorded multi-hit games. The outfielder has three straight multi-hit games and a hitting streak of eight games. He has an extra base hit in five of those games and has three multi-RBI games during that span. Crosta has also scored seven runs to go along with four walks. He has whiffed in ten straight games – striking out 18 times in that span.
Matt Hagen clubbed a double and a homer, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored while earning the nod as the catcher. Of the six positions he has played with Lake Elsinore, catcher and left field have been his most productive. He is hitting .250 when he sits behind the dish and .286 out in left, as opposed to the .129 average when he lines up elsewhere. Five of his last six hits have gone for extra bases.
Fort Wayne 4-2 over West Michigan (Tigers)
Wade LeBlanc pitched shutout ball over five innings, scattering four hits and walking one. The left-hander struck out seven straight batters before being pulled and collected a season-high eight K's in the game. In the four games he has reached the five inning plateau for Fort Wayne he has given up one run or less in three and he has yet to allow more than three runs in his six starts. He has given up six hits in 30 at bats to left-handed batters.
Mike Sansoe went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, two RBI's and a stolen base, his 19th. The outfielder is hitting .329 during the month of August and .320 over his last 32 games. He has 14 RBI's in 21 games this month after netting just 13 over his first 46 contests. Eleven of his 27 RBI's have come with the bases loaded. He has raised his average from .218 on July 6 to .273 today. Sansoe is hitting .327 off left-handed pitching but just .237 off righties.
Jon Link saw his first action since returning from a seven-game suspension. He pitched two innings of scoreless ball, allowing a hit, a walk, and striking out two. The right-hander had allowed runs in three straight appearances coming into the game and five of his last eight. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .242 average while left-handed batters are hitting .346 off him. Seventeen of the 65 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases.
Eugene won 6-4 over Everett (Mariners)
Drew Miller pitched six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out a season-high six. The right-hander had given up ten runs, six earned, over his previous 8.1 innings entering the game but has flashed a 2.96 ERA over his last six starts. At the same time, Miller has yielded 22 hits in his last 14 innings. While the opposition is hitting .321 off him with runners on base the leadoff man in an inning is just 3-for-25, a .120 average.
Chad Huffman touched home each time he reached base, hitting a solo homer, doubling and drawing a walk, coming around for half of Eugene's runs. The outfielder has five RBI's in his last four games and has a hit in 18 of his last 19 games. He is hitting .407 over his last 25 games with eight doubles, four homers and 18 RBI's. His 27 extra base hits rank third in the Northwest League.
AZL Padres had the night off