Portland went without a hit until the seventh when Vince Sinisi hit a solo homer. It was the second time this week that they have been held without a hit for six or more innings. It was Sinisi's only hit in four trips but sparked a four run frame. The outfielder is hitting .311 in May with five homers and 18 runs scored. His average has dropped from .359 to .320 since May 5.
Jared Wells was hammered over 3.1 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits and four walks. This was the sixth time in nine starts that he has given up four or more runs and Wells has allowed 19 runs on 28 hits and nine walks over his last 13.1 innings as a starter. He had made two relief appearances between this start and his last, whiffing five while facing the minimum.
Luke Carlin snapped a 1-for-17 slump by going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBIs. While it was his third multi-RBI game of the year, Carlin has driven in just eight. He is just 8-for-37 in May after hitting .255 in April. Carlin had struck out 11 times over his previous 10 games with just two walks. He still has an 18-to-26 walk-to-K ratio on the year.
San Antonio won 1-0 over Arkansas (Angels)
Shawn Wooten collected three of the Missions four hits and plated the only run of the game with a single in the sixth. It was the catcher's fifth multi-hit game in 12 contests this year and gave him hits in all but two of his last nine. Wooten is hitting .364 with runners in scoring position and has a .519 on base percentage when he hits fifth in the lineup, as he did on Saturday.
Cesar Ramos evened his record at 4-4 with five innings of shutout ball. He allowed four this and a walk while striking out two. It is the fourth time in 10 starts he has allowed four or fewer hits and the third time he has not allowed an earned run. After going 2-2 with a 5.20 ERA in April, Ramos is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA in May. The leadoff runner has reached base in 14 of the 59 innings he has started – a scant .237 on base percentage.
Neil Jamison picked up his 11th save of the year pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, inducing three fly outs. It was his first save in nearly two weeks and just his second in May after racking up nine in April. Jamison posted a 3.00 ERA in 12 April appearances but has a 14.09 ERA in eight May appearances. Saturday marked the first time this month he has put down the side in order, a feat he accomplished five times in April.
Lake Elsinore won 12-9 over High Desert (Mariners)
Nic Crosta smashed his second grand slam of the year, his only hit in four at bats and Lake Elsinore's seventh slam of the year. Crosta has had five at bats with the bases juiced this year and both his hits have left the yard to go with 11 RBIs in such situations. The outfielder has eight RBIs over his last five games but has had just one multi-hit game since April 22. While he is hitting .194 on the year, Crosta is hitting .259 with runners in scoring position.
Matt Antonelli had two hits in six at bats and both left the park to give him seven on the year. He has collected three jacks over his last five games and has reached base safely in nine straight, going 17-for-44 with five doubles, three homers, six RBIs and 17 runs scored. He has scored a run in nine straight games and his 49 scored rank second in the league. He also stole his 14th base in 15 attempts and has swiped 11 straight without being caught.
People just don't like Chad Huffman. He was hit by two pitches on Saturday and has been plunked nine times this year, the most on the team. Huffman also went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The outfielder has reached base four or more times in a game on four occasions over his last nine games. He also has a string of seven multi-hit games in his last nine, going 19-for-35 with 16 runs scored and 11 RBIs.
David Freese went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a homer – his seventh – and two RBIs. He has reached base multiple times in six of his last eight games with four multi-hit games. The third baseman was also hit by a pitch in four games over a five game stretch earlier this week. While he has just five hits in 31 at bats when he leads off an inning, Freese is hitting .345 with runners in scoring position.
Craig Cooper saw his on base streak come to an end when he came on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and flied out. He had reached base in 28 straight games with a .500 on base percentage during that streak.
Fort Wayne won 8-7 over West Michigan (Tigers)
Pablo Menchaca earned his first Midwest League win, bouncing back from a six run outing last time out, with three innings of spotless relief work. He allowed two hits and struck out three as part of a bullpen that pitched five scoreless. Left-handed hitters went 1-for-6 off him after beginning the year hitting .500 off the righty.
Matt Stocco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The catcher has a five-game hitting streak, going 8-for-18 with four runs scored and four RBIs. After struggling out of the gate with a .083 average over his first eight games, Stocco has hit .309 over his last 18 games to push his average up to .241. He did go 0-for-1 in throwing out baserunners and had an error, his sixth, trying to pickoff a runner. He has thrown out 8-of-38 runners on the year.
Cedric Hunter collected two hits in five at bats, notching his second triple of the year, scoring a run and adding an RBI. The run scored was his first in a span of 10 games. Hunter has 11 multi-hit games on the year but came into the contest hitting just .237 in May after batting .292 in April. Hunter is hitting .344 off left-handed pitching this year and after going 2-for-5 off righties on Saturday he is batting .217 off them.