Portland Lost 4-3 in 11
In his second game back, Xavier Nady smacked two solo home runs to push his total up to three on the season. With three home runs, Nady already is second on the team in that category.
Three pitchers for the Beavers gave up home runs and the last one given up by Marty McLeary lost the game in the eleventh. Matt Bruback gave up his team leading fourth homer of the season. Homer aside, Bruback pitched his best game of the year. He allowed just two hits over seven innings and only one other player got the best of Bruback on the night, an infield single in the second. Anyone else who got on based did so on Portland miscues in the field.
Mobile won 4-1
Josh Barfield stroked two home runs, both solo shots and has pushed his hitting streak up to eight games. It was only the second time during the streak that he has had a multi-hit game. Barfield has hit all four of his home runs over the last six games. Three of the shots have been of the solo variety with one three run dinger mixed in.
Brad baker earned his tenth save of the year and has yet to allow a run on the season in 16 appearances. So far in 16 innings he has allowed just seven hits and four walks. His WHIP is a commanding 0.69.
Lake Elsinore got pummeled 17-0
If only the ten run rule applied like it did in Little League the game might have been called in the seventh. Instead seven more runs crossed the plate as the Storm faced their worst loss of the season and in their history.
No pitcher was immune to the barrage of hits and runs scored and no hitter was worthy of mention. Sometimes when a night like this happens it is better to say nothing at all.
Fort Wayne won 4-3 in 10
A sac fly with the bases juiced in the tenth by Brian Wahlbrink won it for the Wizards.
Dirk Hayhurst got his second start of the year after spending the start of the season in the bullpen. He has allowed five earned runs in 11 innings, a 4.09 ERA, since making the transition. He had not allowed an earned run all season until he became a starter.
Ryan Klatt got his fourth win of the season and leads the team in victories and games pitched with 17. Only one of the wins Klatt has on the season came in a regular nine inning game. Two, including the one on Wednesday, came in extra innings while another came in a seven inning game.
Rashad Smith made his debut and went 0-for-4 with 2 K's. Smith spent part of last season with Eugene in the rookie league and the Wizards. He combined to hit .238 with six doubles, two triples and a home run.
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