Donovan peforms in the field too, Bonine back

Portland had the night off, just when their bats are smoking. Mobile got another solid start from Clay Hensley and timely hitting and timelier fielding. Lake Elsinore saw the return of Eddie Bonine, so dominant in Fort Wayne and average until Wednesday for the Storm. Fort Wayne gets a breather before seeing Mark Prior on Thursday.

Clay Hensley got a double play ball with the bases loaded to get out of a jam in the first inning with only one run scored. It would prove to be a turning point. Hensley did not allow another run on the night and got the victory, his third of the season. Over his last four games, Hensley has given up just six runs and has lowered an ERA from 9.72 to 5.18.

Todd Donovan extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Wednesday. He and Freddy Guzman pulled off a double steal in the fifth that did not even draw a throw. Greg Sain hit a slow roller that scored Donovan on the very next pitch.

Donovan also threw out a runner trying to score from second base in the eighth inning to preserve a 2-1 lead. Donovan made a perfect throw to Nick Trzesniak who blocked the plate nicely and tagged the runner who tried to slide around the catcher, bailing out R.D. Spiehs who allowed back to back walks to open the inning. Spiehs had not walked a batter in his previous seven appearances.

Trzesniak also came through with his bat in the fourth with his tenth RBI of the season, getting the green light on a 3-0 count and smoking a double that scored Josh Barfield.

Barfield hit one of the longest balls in BayBear history in the fifth but the ball went foul. He proceeded to strike out on a very questionable call and Manager Gary Jones came out to argue the call to no avail. Neither player nor coach was ejected from the game.

Tom Nichols, the announcer for the Mobile BayBears, said the call was "one of the worst we have seen this year."

Brad Baker pitched the ninth and had a sigh of relief when with two outs and one on the Sergio Garcia hit a pitch to the edge of the wall that Guzman snared to end the game and give Baker his 11th save of the year.

Lake Elsinore won 6-0

Eddie Bonine returned to his dominant self with a 6.1 inning performance without surrendering a run. This comes on the heels of his first two starts in Elsinore where he allowed ten runs in ten innings. Kevin Beavers and Nate Sevier rounded out the evening for the shutout. Beavers pitched two-thirds of an inning and Sevier closed the game out with two innings of one hit ball.

Steve Baker and Paul McAnulty drove in one run apiece on Wednesday and have driven in six runs apiece over the last five games they have played in with an RBI in four of their last five.

Michael Johnson has struck out at least once in seven straight games. He is 5-29 over that period, a .172 average and he is hitting .202 for the year.

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