Paul McAnulty went perfect on Saturday night, going 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He did, however, get caught stealing second base. After going 2-for-17 to begin the year in Triple-A, McAnulty is 7-for-18 over a four-game hitting streak with five RBIs and two walks. He has scored just one run over his eight games with Portland.
Ryan Ketchner out up zeroes over six innings, allowing four hits and walking three while striking out two. After giving up 11 runs over his first 15.1 innings, Ketchner has allowed two over his last 12. The southpaw is being hit at a .342 clip by lefties but has limited the opposition to six hits in 33 at bats with runners in scoring position, a .182 average.
Despite loading the bases in the ninth inning in a 1-0 game, Leo Rosales came out of the game with his fifth save. It is the second time this year he has loaded the bags and still came away unscathed with a save in his pocket. Rosales has kept the leadoff man off the bases in all but one of his 11 innings and has only had four at bats against with runners in scoring position – and he has yet to allow a run in those situations. The only run to score off him came on a solo homer.
San Antonio won 2-1 over Midland (A's)
Shawn Wooten is back in the system after being released at the end of spring training and went 0-for-3, grounding into two double plays in his season debut. One game into the season, Wooten is one shy of the team lead in the dubious grounded into a double play category. He did throw out the only runner attempting to steal off him. Wooten is a career .289 hitter over 1,135 minor league games in a career that began in 1993.
Sean Thompson allowed one run on three hits and two walks over six innings – the lone run coming on a solo homer – in a no-decision. It is the fifth straight start to open the year that Thompson has gone without allowing more than one earned run. In 28.1 innings, Thompson has surrendered just two earned and the homer was the first he has given up after allowing 18 a year ago.
Tim Brown went 2-for-3 and collected both Mission RBIs on the night, driving in Michael Johnson both times. Brown has five multi-RBI games this year and 13 RBIs over 19 games. Eight of his RBIs have come over his last six games. Brown may not have a hit when he leads off an inning (0-for-8) but he does have a .278 average with runners in scoring position.
Lake Elsinore won 11-4 over Stockton (A's)
Brent Carter tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings to even his record at 2-2. The only other time he has whiffed 10 in a game was August 26, 2005 while with the Eugene Emeralds. He entered the game with 11 strikeouts over his first 19 innings. The left-hander had allowed 16 runs on 30 hits over his previous 15.1 innings.
Kyle Blanks went 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, a season-high three RBIs, and two runs scored. It was Blanks' first triple since August 14, 2005 while with the Arizona Rookie League Padres. Blanks has reached base safely in seven straight games and has scored seven runs over that span. Blanks has struck out just once in his last 24 at bats after whiffing 15 times in his previous 55 at bats.
Craig Cooper has reached base in seven straight games, going 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. He has RBIs in three consecutive and four of the last five. Saturday was the just the second time in 20 games he has scored twice in a game. Cooper is hitting .308 with runners in scoring position and the right-handed hitters is batting .281 off his righty counterparts.
Fort Wayne won 9-3 over Wisconsin (Mariners)
Andy Underwood was strong over six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three to pick up the win, moving to 3-1 on the year. He has allowed two runs or less in three of his four starts. The right-hander has given up just four hits in 32 at bats to left-handed hitters while righties are batting .317 off him. The leadoff man in an inning has reached base four times in the 21 frames he has begun.
Jodam Rivera, playing third base to give Rayner Contreras and his errors a rest, went 3-for-5 with an RBI – his first multi-hit game of the year. The utility man had collected just four hits in his first 28 at bats. Rivera is 5-for-14 during day games while batting .105 during night contests. Rivera does not have an extra base hit this year through nine games.
Sam Carter smacked a two-run homer, his first of the year. He was 2-for-3 with two walks on the day. Carter has three extra base hits in his last two games after netting zero over his first eight games. After beginning the year going 4-for-19, Carter is 4-for-6 with two walks and three RBIs. Carter, a right-handed hitter, is batting .545 off righties but just .143 off southpaws.