Portland and Fort Wayne lost their games in the opposition's last at bat, while Lake Elsinore cruised. ">
Portland and Fort Wayne lost their games in the opposition's last at bat, while Lake Elsinore cruised. ">

Furmaniak!!

JJ Furmaniak stroked a grand slam in the sixth inning on Wednesday to pace the BayBears to an 8-0 win against West Tennessee, calling his jack "pretty special".<br><br> Portland and Fort Wayne lost their games in the opposition's last at bat, while Lake Elsinore cruised.

Mobile won 8-0

JJ Furmaniak opened the sixth inning with a double. The next batter, Jake Gautreau hit a home run to give Mobile a 2-0 lead.

Three singles, two walks and two outs later, Furmaniak was again at the dish. A double wasn't the only power he had to show. His second hit of the inning left the park for a grand slam.

"It is real nice (to clear the bases)," Furmaniak said.

Furmaniak has previously said he was a slow starter and tonight it seemed to come together. He is hitting .292 on the young season with four walks. His four extra base hits early on, seven runs scored and six RBI's are tied for the team lead. The only downside is he has struck out eight times on the season.

"I am still making some minor adjustments," Furmaniak said. "Coming out of spring training they are not throwing as hard as they are now. Guys are throwing some pretty good breaking balls the last couple of days and I am just trying to make adjustments."

The Mobile pitching was solid. Three guys who have struggled early on showed promise and lowered ERA's that were in the next stratosphere.

Duncan McAdoo pitched six innings, giving up just three hits and striking out six. Jack Cassel, Matt Hampton and Brad Baker each added an inning of scoreless relief.

Portland lost 5-4

After Portland tied the game in the eighth inning, Blaine Neal came on to pitch. Neal battled through a leadoff single to retire the side. The score stayed tied at 4-4 until the bottom of the ninth. After a single and force out, which left one runner on, Scott Hairston, considered one of the top three second base prospects in the minors, tripled to centerfield to give Tucson the victory, 5-4.

The Beavers tied the game in the eighth when Bobby Scales doubled in Humberto Quintero and Henri Stanley singled in Scales.

Tagg Bozied knocked in the other two runs with a two run homer in the fourth, his second of the year and he remains the only Beaver to take one deep.

Lake Elsinore won 8-1

Gabe Ribas pitched a gem over 6.1 innings, allowing three hits and one walk to earn the victory. Ribas' ERA now sits at 1.64 on the season. Dale Thayer and Jason Wiedmeyer closed the game out, allowing one hit along the way.

Every Storm batter got a hit on Wednesday with Luis Cruz leading the charge with three hits, including two doubles, and two RBI's. Kennard Jones also had two RBI's off a triple in the first.

Michael Johnson, Paul McAnulty and Mike Richardson each hit solo home runs with Johnson's and Richardson's coming back-to-back in the sixth.

Fort Wayne lost in 11, 3-2

Eddie Bonine rebounded from his previous outing to post six innings of one run ball. After Colt Morton put the Wizards ahead in the top of the eighth with a single to score Skip Adams, a steal of home tied the game. With two outs in the eight and runners on the corners, the man on first went for second. When the throw went down to second, the man on third cruised home.

In the eleventh, Erold Andrus homered off Geivy Garcia. Garcia has now allowed three home runs on the young season which is more than all other Wizards pitchers combined.

Brian Wahlbrink was on base four times, raising his average to .308, but never crossed home plate.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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